Conditions of Competition Rules Men’s Section RGC 2018

Competition Rules 

Rush Golf Club boasts a tradition of high participation by members  in club and open competitions. All players are expected to adhere to competition rules which are designed to ensure fair-play, improve player etiquette and enhance competitiveness.


The following conditions under which Club competitions are to be played have been drawn up and approved by the Men’s Committee.  Members are advised to know and comply with them.


Rules of Golf


The Rules of Golf as approved by R & A Rules Limited and the U.S.G.A. in addition to Local Rules as made and published by the Men’s Committee shall apply to all competitions.
(Players should familiarise themselves with these rules)



Competition Entry Sheets (Timesheets)

Timesheets for weekend competitions go live at 1 pm on the previous Friday.

 Individual Competitors are solely responsible for their names appearing on a Timesheet.

Competitors who do not remove their name from timesheet and who do not play will have entry fee deducted from club card, and in some cases competitors who do this on a reqular basis  will be disqualified from putting their name on the next competition sheet .

 A competition must be played in accordance with the timesheet in place . 
 "In accordance with rule 33-3 of the R & A rules of golf the Men's Golf Sub-Committee will produce a time sheet for each competition. Additional time slots are not permitted. Members playing in an additional time slots will be disqualified from the competition."

Members are encouraged to use timesheet at all times

General Competition Rules.

The competition secretary and committee are responsible for drawing up and interpreting conditions for all competitions. Their decision is final in all matters relating to competitions.

If the number of participants in a competition is 15 or below, the competition will be abandoned, no prizes will be awarded and the Entry Fees will be refunded.If a competition is sponsored and there is a low participation (under 33 entries), sponsor(s) will be contacted on whether prizes are to be awarded. Otherwise  40% of entry fees will be given as prizes.

Weekend Competition entry fee is €6. 

Entry Fee for  Presidents Prize and Captains Prize will be €10.

Prizes by Entries


Ties in all competitions shall be decided as follows: 



In match play, if level after 18 holes – thereafter sudden death (starting at the 1st)

Persons in arrears (Annual Subscription and Competition Fees) will not be eligible to win prizes in any competition.

Before commencing your round please complete the following steps:

1. Pay the entry fee in the golf-shop. (No casual golf is permitted during official competition time). 

2. Enter for the competition on the computer. On completion of your round, enter your score in the computer and then put your signed scorecard in the slot for scorecards beside the computer monitor.

Members must ensure that scorecards are signed by a fellow member that is signed into the club competition.

Players are responsible for the proper return of their scorecards. This card should have the date, competition details, handicap, signature and the gross score for stroke play, four ball, foursomes and preferable the points filled in for each hole to assist in the efficient processing of cards.


Winter & Spring league Rules


1.   Handicap classes are: 

Class 1----- 0-9, 

Class 2----- 10-16, 

Class 3----- 17 and up. 

2. Class winners are cut 1.5 shots off his score for a first win, a further 2 shots for a second win and a further 3 shorts for a third win (total 6.5 ). 

3. Best 5 out of 8 cards to count for the overall winner, with the best last scoring card to count in the event of a tie. 

4. Players must start their round on their assigned tee box at the sound of the klaxon and CANNOT avoid their designated tee time by sheltering. (Start times are 08.30 and 13.00). 

5. Count backs (if required) will be carried out on the card. (Back 6,3,2,1). 

All Disputes & Queries relating to a competition must be put in writing to the Mens Secretary or Competition Secretary  at the earliest opportunity within 7 days of competition closure.


All handicaps shall be maintained in accordance with “the CONGU Unified Handicapping System” booklet.  All players should be aware of their rights and obligations as published by CONGU.  


Players should return their score cards after competitions. Failure to do this impacts on the CSS calculation and effects all players’ handicap adjustments. Clauses 23 and 24 of the UHS gives Handicap Committees discretion to deal with players who persistently submit incomplete cards or make Non-Returns, if it considers they are attempting to build a handicap. (Pg. 85 CONGU Unified Handicap System). Players failing to return scorecards on completion of their round cause the Handicap Committee additional work and the club would be entitled to suspend a player’s right to compete in club competitions for a specified period or for more persistent offences suspend his handicap for an appropriate period. (Clause 17 Dec.1 (p) CONGU Unified Handicap System). Golfing Union of Ireland


Rules regarding Amateur Status applies in all competitions.

Failure to enter your score in the computer for singles competitions may result in disqualification, unless in the exceptional case the computer was out of order, and the player indicates this on his scorecard.

Members must ensure that scorecards are signed by a fellow member in all members’ competitions.

Players are also responsible for checking the details of conditions of play on club notice board prior to competitions.

Procedure for returning Scorecards at Rush GC.

Responsibilities of the Player

The UHS is based on the premise that a player will endeavour to make the best score he can at each hole in every qualifying round he plays and will report all such rounds for handicap purposes.

Any player who fails to carry out any of the responsibilities imposed by the UHS is not entitled to a CONGU Handicap.

The following is an extract from the Congu manual.

The player must:

8.1 – Have one Exact Handicap only which must be allotted and adjusted by his Home Club and produce, if so required, a current, validated CONGU® Handicap Certificate and/or valid CDH ID Number.

The Playing Handicap calculated from this Exact Handicap shall apply elsewhere including other clubs of which the player is a Member.

8.2 – If he is a Member of more than one Affiliated Club, select one as his Home Club and notify that club and the others of his choice and supply each away club his Home Club CDH ID Number.

In Ireland, a player’s Home Club is the club at which a Member plays most Qualifying Competitions.

8.3 – Not change his Home Club except by giving advance notice of the change which can take effect only at the end of a calendar year unless he has ceased to be a Member of his Home Club or both clubs agree to the change taking place at an earlier date.

8.4 – Report to his Home Club the names of all other Affiliated Clubs of which he is, becomes, or ceases to be, a Member and report to all other Affiliated Clubs of which he is a Member:

(a)    The name of his Home Club and any changes of Home Club and

(b)   His Home Club CDH ID Number, and

(c)    Alterations to his Playing Handicap made by his Home Club.

8.5 – Prior to playing in any competition ascertain whether all appropriate reductions to Playing Handicap have been made or alternatively comply with the responsibilities set out in Clause 20.

8.6 – Before commencing play on the day of a Qualifying Competition ensure that his entry has been registered in the competition record, manually or by computer in the manner required by the club or Committee in charge of the competition.

A player who fails to enter a Qualifying Competition in the required manner is deemed to have neither a score for the competition nor a score for handicap purposes.

8.7 – Enter his current Playing Handicap on all cards returned in a Qualifying Competition even though the event may not be a handicap competition. This is required for the calculation of a Competition Scratch Score.

8.8 – Ensure that all competition cards in Qualifying Competitions, whether or not complete, are returned to the organising Committee, and make such computer entries as may be required – see Decisions, Dec. (m) and Dec. (n).

8.9 – When competing away from his Home Club produce, on request, a current CONGU® Handicap Certificate authenticated by his Home Club and/or a valid CDH ID Number.

8. 10 – Report to his Home Club as soon as practicable all Qualifying Scores (including ‘No Returns’ and Disqualified Scores – see Appendix P) returned away from his Home Club advising the Home Club of the date of the Qualifying Competition, the venue, Standard Scratch Score and the Competition Scratch Score together with the following:

(a)    After a Stroke Play Qualifying Competition, the gross score returned and any Stableford/Nett Double Bogey Adjustment applicable. See Clause 19.1 and the example referenced 19.1 /1. The Home Club may require a copy of the scorecard to be returned to support the adjustment.

(b)   After a Par/Bogey Qualifying Competition, the Par of the course and the score versus Par.

(c)    After a Stableford Qualifying Competition, the Par of the course and the number of points scored.

In Ireland, see also Clause 8.12(b).

Note 1: Players are reminded that failure to report all Qualifying Scores returned away from their Home Clubs (including ‘No Returns’ and Disqualified Scores – see Appendix P) as required by the UHS could lead to the suspension of offending players’ handicaps under the provisions of Clause 24.

Note 2: In the event of a Qualifying Competition being declared abandoned or scores returned being determined by the provisions of Clause 8 to be for Reduction Only, the player must report the information required by Clause 8.10 to his Home Club.

Note 3: The fact that scores recorded by players competing in competitions away from their Home Club may be reported to their Home Club by the competition organisers, or through a Centralised

Database of Handicaps (CDH), does not remove the responsibility of individual players to ensure that all relevant scores are recorded in their Player Handicap Record.

8.11 – Authorise, if so requested, his Home Club to provide the Union with such information as his Union shall reasonably require to maintain a National Handicap Database and also sign any relevant document which may be required to comply with or satisfy Data Protection legislation.

8.12 – Provide to his Home Club information regarding scores in Non Qualifying Competitions if so directed by a Union – see Clause 4.5(b)

In Ireland, players and clubs must report to Home Clubs:

(a)    All Qualifying Scores together with the relevant Competition Scratch Score.

(b)   All Non-Qualifying Scores from Team and Society Golf played over a course for which the Union has allotted a Standard Scratch Score together with notification of the relevant SSS.

Players should be aware of the significance of the Stableford/Nett Double Bogey Adjustment. This adjustment allows a player who has a ‘bad’ score on a hole(s) or does not complete a hole(s), for any reason, to continue to record a score on subsequent holes for handicap purposes. This sustains the golfing interest and at the same time provides valuable handicap information. See Clause 19.


Slow Play

Please avoid slow play. The Competition Committee will monitor all reports of slow play.

Slow-play is increasingly becoming  a source of much frustration and disquiet amongst our playing members.
The Men’s committee would urge all members to play at a good pace without detriment to their own game, while preserving for their fellow members, the enjoyment of the game we all love.

Rule 6-7 ; Slow Play

Players should play at a good pace.
It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If it loses a clear hole and it is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group. Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can  play faster, it should invite the faster moving group to play through.

Players in a competition shall have precedence both in starting and through the green over players playing ordinary matches.

Course etiquette

Please replace divots, repair pitch marks, and rake bunkers.

Local Rules are located on notice boards in the clubhouse.

Club Competitions

The Following Club competitions will be by open draw. Cusack Cup, Farrell Cup & Foursomes. The Club Championship draw however will be based on the qualifying format decided by the committee. All members will receive email for competition commencement dates and entry books will be in clubhouse one month before draw. Entry fee will be deducted by card

 All matches must  be played  before the close off date and there will strictly  be no extensions. All matches should be booked on the BRS system. Once the draw is posted, no changes can be made by individual members. Any unauthorised changes will result in disqualification from the competition.


Major Competitions

The following are the Major competitions:

President’s Prize, Captain’s Prize

In order to win any prize in the above major competitions a player:

Must be a paid-up full member of Rush Golf Club

Must have completed and returned at least 3 single qualifying club competitions in Rush Golf Club prior to any major competition.

Golfer of the Year

The competitions which count for the Golfer of the Year are as follows:

The President’s Prize, Captain’s Prize, Medals


Feedback from Members


The Men’s Golf Committee welcomes input from members on the running of the competitions. Comments or suggestions should be sent in writing to the Secretary Men’s Section Golf at Rush Golf Club. Personal emails, or telephone calls, will not be accepted by Secretary, or by any of the Committee members.


 Updating Rules of Competition


These Rules of Competition will be updated from time to time.  The most up-to-date version will be posted up in the Men’s Locker Room.  Where there is any difference these Rules supersede those printed in the Club Diary.



The committee has the sole discretion as it sees fit to amend the rules.

Rush Golf Club, Rush, Co. Dublin

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