• Pairs
  • Individual

We have laid out the rules and guidelines to provide clarity and ensure maximum enjoyment for all entrants.

We expect matches to be played in the true spirit of the game and for competitors to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times.

Rules of the Competition

  1. The championship will be played in accordance with the Rules of Golf as laid down by The R&A.
  2. We strongly recommend that competitors carry an up-to-date Rules of Golf book so that any queries during play can be resolved immediately and without delay.
  3. The championship will be a matchplay knock-out format and is approved by The R&A for the payment of expenses.
  4. The entry fee is £32.50 per person for the Individual championship and £67.00 per pair for the Pairs championship.
  5. Entries close at 23:59 on Tuesday 5th June 2018 . Any entries received after this time will not be accepted.
  6. Once accepted entries can be withdrawn but not refunded.
  7. Entry is open to amateur male and female golfers, aged 16 or over on Sunday 24th June 2018.
  8. Entrants must hold an ‘active’ CONGU handicap at the time of the closing date and this must remain active during the championship. Entrants must have held an active handicap for the previous 12 months prior to the entry closing date.
  9. Entrants must be a member of an affiliated  golf club in England, Scotland or Wales
  10. Entrants can only represent one golf club.
  11. The exact region boundaries will be determined at the closing date based on the location of the entrant’s golf club. The competition will be split into North and South regions
  12. When entering the Pairs competition players do not have to be from the same golf clubs. A ‘home’ course however, must be nominated for any home matches and should be used throughout the tournament (unless mutually agreed by both sides to change). Player 1’s course will be deemed to be the home course unless you inform the Tournament Organiser otherwise before the closing date.
  13. No changes can be made to the names of the entrants or playing partners after the 1st match has been played (i.e. due to injury/illness/work commitments/holidays/availability). Any changes required must be made to the Tournament Organiser before the closing date.
  14. Entrants do not need to be a full member of their golf club but must be able to offer dates to play on both week and weekends at their own course should they be drawn at home, otherwise they will forfeit home advantage.
  15. Entrants can enter both the Individual and Pairs competitions however should any player qualify through to the national final in both formats he/she will give up their place in the individual competition and only play in the pairs national finals
  16. Entry Payment should be made online.
  17. All queries should be sent in the first instance to the Tournament office by email.
  18. All decisions concerning the championship rest with the Tournament Director whose decision in all matters is final.
  19. The Tournament Director reserves the right to change the National Final venue or Grand final venues without prior notice should circumstances be deemed appropriate
  20. The competition invites entrants from male, female and mixed pairs. the re is only one competition per format therefor it is possible men and woman will compete against each other.

Handicaps and strokes

  1. The maximum handicap limit for both men and woman is 18; however, players with handicaps 19+ may enter but must reduce to 18 for competition purposes (before any strokes are calculated).
  2. Strokes should be taken against the gents Stroke Index as displayed on the host golf club’s scorecard.
  3. In the Individual competition the golfer with the highest handicap receives the full difference of strokes between both golfers.
  4. In the Pairs competition each player receives 9/10 of the difference between the handicaps and are calculated from lowest handicapped player..
  5. Current handicap certificates MUST be taken to each match and shown to the opponents before the match starts. If these are not available the game should still go ahead but opponents may request that proof of handicap be supplied to the Tournament Organiser within 24 hours of the match having been completed.
  6. Handicaps may increase/decrease throughout the season and you must play off your current handicap on the day of the match. The only exception to this is the first round where if your handicap changes between legs you must still use your handicap from the start of the first leg.
  7. It is the player’s responsibility to maintain an accurate record of their handicap.
  8. In order to preserve the integrity of The Abu Dhabi Matchplay Championship , the organisers’ reserve the right to disqualify a player or players from the tournament in the event that the tournament committee determines, in its absolute discretion, that a player’s handicap is inaccurate when compared with their actual playing ability. The tournament committee will determine whether a player’s handicap is inaccurate by taking into consideration any or all of the following:
    • Handicap history review;
    • Previous tournament/competition results;
    • Current sanctions from any other national golf tournaments or from any County or National golf administrative bodies;
    • Judgement on the relevance of completed qualifying competitions within the past 36 months;
    • Complaints which are in the public domain and any other handicap inconsistencies that are brought to our attention

Playing the match

  1. Once you have registered and paid your entry fee you will be notified about your first round opponents shortly after the competition closing date.
  2. Players will receive notification of the draw by email from the Tournament Organiser. This will include details about opponents including contact details, the venue for the match and when it must be played.
  3. Home players are responsible for contacting opponents to arrange a mutually agreeable date before the closing date of each round. If contact has not been made within 7 days of the draw being published the Tournament Organiser should be contacted without delay.
  4. The home side is responsible for ensuring play is possible at their course on the agreed date and time.
  5. If the home course is closed but the away course is open on the agreed date the venue should be switched, subject to availability. If neither course is open a neutral course may be used if this is mutually agreed by both sides with any green-fees split equally. Games should still go ahead if preferred lies, temporary tees or greens are in use.
  6. Both sides are responsible for knowing the local rules of the host golf course.
  7.  Both sides are required to provide at least 8 dates for playing each round (at least 3 of which are midweek and at least 3 on a weekend). The provisional deadlines (subject to change) for each round are;
  • 1st round: Friday 6th July 2018 – Thursday 16th August 2018 
  • 2nd round and subsequent round dates will be advised following the completion of the previous round (Approximately 4 weeks will be offered to play each round fixture)
  1. The Tournament Organiser will disqualify any players who fail to complete their match by the deadline date.
  2. We strongly advise that matches are arranged and played ASAP in case of bad weather or other circumstances force the delay or postponement. Contact should be made with opponents within the first 2 days or the draws being announced.
  3. Extensions will not be granted unless at the absolute discretion of the tournament organiser.
  4. Players should consult the Tournament office ASAP if they have any problems arranging any match.
  5. In many cases the home clubs will support their members and offer courtesy of the course to visiting players. If for any reason they do not grant this then green-fees must be paid and shared equally between all players, usually at the member’s guest rate.
  6. The competition tees (normally white) should be used by men with ladies playing from the ladies tee  (usually Red) Should the host golf club not allow visitors to play from the competition tee men should play from the general play tee  (normally yellow). Where there are two sets of competition tees (i.e. blue & white) it is at the discretion of the home side as to which are used, subject to approval from the host club.
  7. If the match is all-square at the completion of 18 holes (Round 2 onwards) the match goes into extra holes starting at the first, with strokes being taken as per the scorecard until a winner is determined.
  8. During the 1st round, the match is decided over 36 holes on a home and away basis with the score from the 1st leg carried over to the 2nd leg (ie player 1 is 3up after 1st round, 2nd leg commences with player 2, 3 down) from Round 2 onwards matches are played over 18 holes on a home or away basis.
  9. If a match has to be abandoned (i.e. due to poor light or adverse weather) the round should be restarted from the place it was abandoned at a mutually convenient time but before the round closing date. When arranging the game we advise to allow plenty of time for fading light as extra holes may need to be played. Failure to complete the match before the deadline will result in disqualification.
  10. Once a date and time has been agreed if either side cancels the match within 72 hours of the agreed start time the opponents may claim the match. If more than 72 hours’ notice is given the match should be re-arranged at a mutually agreed time. Cancelling a match twice, or cancelling a match that is arranged within 7 days of the deadline, may be claimed by the opposition.
  11. Failure to play a match by the stated dates will result in the disqualification of both sides.
  12. The winner(s) in each round must notify the organiser by email before the closing date for each round. A confirmation email that the result has been received will be sent within 48 hours with details of your next opponent(s) if they are available.
  13. We do not operate a policy where the side returning their result first is more likely to receive home advantage.
  14. If a dispute arises and an agreement cannot be reached between opponents the Tournament Organiser should be contacted urgently and his decision will be final. If players fail to comply with the rules of the championship they will face disqualification.

Play during the winter season

Course Status:The home player/pair have to ensure that the course is open for play and advise their opponents of any winter rule stipulations. If Winter Rules are in operation, this should not detract from the fair playing of a fixture. If the home course is unavailable for play or doesn’t meet the criteria identified below for the playing of a match the fixture should be played at the away course, providing it conforms to the acceptable winter rules conditions.

Course closed on the fixture date: If the home course is closed or does not meet the acceptable Winter Rules conditions and the away course is open and does comply with the Winter Rules, the match should be played if available at the away players/pairs course. If both course fail to meet the acceptable play conditions on the first agreed fixture date, an alternative date should be found to play at the home club, providing a date can be found within the fixture played by period or the home team may elect to play at a neutral venue however any greens fees payable will need to be met by the home player/pair.

The home player/pair must notify their opponents if any winter rules are in operation prior to their opponents arriving at the venue. The opponents may agree or decline the playing of the match if any of the below stipulations are in operation. Should this be the case the opponents may then claim home advantage.

a) Carrying a piece of Astroturf mat around and playing from it.

b) Generally dropping off the fairway in the semi rough or rough. The odd fairway is acceptable if it is for course maintenance purposes.

c) Generally teeing the ball up on the fairway. The odd fairway is acceptable if it is for course maintenance purposes

d) Winter tees and greens are acceptable (maximum 6) as long as they do not alter the length of the course by more than 10%. If winter greens are in operation they must be cut to an appropriate height and the holes MUST be regulation size.

Qualifying rounds

First and subsequent rounds

  1. Qualifying rounds will be played from 6th July 2018.
  2. The first round will be played on a ‘home and away’ basis over 36 holes. Therefore golfers are guaranteed at least one round away from their home course.
  3. The draw will state who has home advantage in the first leg of the first round.
  4. If sudden-death is required in the first round this will take place at the venue of the second leg immediately after the completion of the 36th hole.
  5. A regional random draw will be made for home advantage in subsequent rounds which are to be played over 18 holes.
  6. After the draw has been made for home advantage the venue of the match cannot be changed unless both sides mutually agree to do so or if the home course is unavailable.
  7. Players will be notified of the draw and their opponents in each round by e-mail.
  8. Rounds played whilst winter rules are in operation should take place under the criteria of the host golf club.
  9. Should the host club have 6 or more winter greens in operation then the away team have the right to request changing the fixture venue.

National Finals

  1. The National will be played at Marriott Hotels Forest of Arden over 18 holes matchplay
  2. Players will be invited as guests of THE ABU DHABI AMATEUR MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP and will NOT be required to pay a green fee for their playoff match.
  3. The draw for the National Finals will be made prior to the event with a Northern and Southern Section identified, players will be advised by email of their opponent and tee time.
  4. Should the match be All Square after 18 holes additional holes starting at the 1st should be played until a winner is determined.
  5. Players and pairs winning their National Final will be invited to the expenses paid International Grand Finals in Abu Dhabi*

 International Grand finals

  1. The International grand finals will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates with players staying at the Rotana Yas Island Hotel on a Bed and Breakfast basis.
  2. The International Grand Finals will be played over 3 days offering 54 holes of championship golf. 3 outstanding courses will be used for the International Grand Finals, Saadiyat Golf Club, Yas Links Golf Club and finally Abu Dhabi National Golf club, part of the European tours desert swing.
  3. Each player/pair will compete against each other in a ’round robin’ matchplay format over the full 18 holes. 2 points will be awarded for a win and 1 point for a halved match. Winning margins will be used to determine any ties after the 3 games if necessary.
  4. In addition all players will be invited to a welcome floodlit Par 3 event at Yas Links Golf Club
  5. Finalists are responsible for any other expenses, i.e. travel to and from the UK airport, drinks and additional food.
  6. In the event that play is not possible on the day(s) of the Grand Final the Tournament Organiser has the right to settle the competition in any way deemed fit.
  7. The Tournament Organiser reserves the right to change the grand final venue at any time without prior notice.
  8. Players qualifying to the Grand Finals will be provided with a return flight to the United Arab Emirates but will be responsible for paying the tax element of the flights*.
  9. Complimentary transportation to and from the overseas Airport to the hotel and golf courses will be provided by the tournament organisers. Transportation is not provided to the UK based departure airport.
  10. The grand Finals package is offered on a twin room basis, supplements at each player’s expense can be paid to offer a single room

Other rules

  1. Distance Measuring Devices (DMD’s) are allowed for competitors use. However, please note devices that also measure slope/gradient, temperature, wind-speed etc are not permitted regardless of whether such an additional function is used. Please see the Rules of Golf 14-3 for further information on this subject.
  2. Caddies are permitted unless they are a qualified PGA or LPGA professional.
  3. Buggies can be used provided advance permission has been granted by the host golf club.

Your details

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Quick Guide

Individual (Men , Women) £33.50
Pairs (Men, Women, Mixed) £67.00

Open to male and female golfers aged 16+ with an active CONGU handicap in England, Scotland and Wales.

Approx. 4 weeks to complete each round, played July to March

36 hole 'Home & Away' first round

National Final winners invited to the expenses paid 6 day International Grand Finals in Abu Dhabi

A 5* golf experience at:
Abu Dhabi National
Yas Links
Saadiyat Golf Club

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