• Pairs betterball stableford  –  WHS calculations to determine playing handicap (Maximum playing handicap after calculations is 18)
  • We have laid out the rules to provide clarity and ensure maximum enjoyment for all entrants.

We expect all matches to be played in the true spirit of the game and for competitors to conduct themselves in a manner befitting of the game of golf.

  1. The playing format is:
    Pairs Competition – 18 holes of betterball stableford. 80% playing handicap allowance. The maximum playing handicap is 18, after calculations. Players with a playing handicap of 18+, after World Handicap Index and Course Slope Calculations, must reduce to 18 before any match allowance is calculated (e.g. playing handicap of 22 reduces to 18 first then uses 80% allowance making their playing handicap 14.4 (14 strokes)).
  2. Play-off Stage – As per league stage but played over 18 holes on a home or away basis.
  3. Pairs Regional Play-off – 18 holes betterball stableford using 80% of playing handicap.
  4. The Competition is played under the Rules of Golf as laid down by the R & A.
  5. Competitors must be 16 years old on or before the 26 June 2021. Players entering the competition under 18 yrs of age must be chaperoned at all stages of competition by a responsible adult.
  6. Each competitor must have an Active World Handicap Index and be a member of an affiliated golf club and have played in a minimum of 6 handicap qualifying competitions during any previous 24 month period. Handicap indexes must remain ACTIVE from the date of entry and throughout involvement in the competition. Current playing handicap index confirmation must be taken to each match and shown to the opponents before the match commences. If a competitor does not provide handicap index information on the day of the match they must provide proof of handicap to the Tournament Director within 48 hours of completion of the match if requested by the opponents. The opponent will inform the Tournament Director of any such request.
    In order to preserve the integrity of The League to Dubai, the organisers’ reserve the right to disqualify any player or players from the tournament in the event that the tournament committee determines, in its absolute discretion, that a player’s handicap index is inaccurate when compared with their actual playing ability. The Tournament Committee will determine whether a player’s handicap  index is inaccurate by taking into consideration any or all the following:

    • Playing 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 competitions within the past 24 months;
    • Complaints which are in the public domain and any other handicap index inconsistencies that are brought to our attention.
  7.  Under no circumstances may a pair change either or both of its players after the first match has been played. Requests to change   either of the players in the pairs competition prior to the first match being played must be made to the Tournament Director.
  8.  In the League format, each pair will be issued with 2 matches at their “home” course and 2 matches “away” at           their opponent’s course.
  9. The 5 player league format allows each pair 4 initial matches, however League to Dubai reserve the right to amend this offer where it is deemed more suitable in the interest of the competition.
  10. League to Dubai are not responsible for any pair not fulfilling any fixture, the non-fulfilment of any fixture will be deemed a walkover with a set protocol for the allocation of scores issued. Walkovers where issued will be awarded as 1:0 wins to the aggrieved party.
  11. If the “home” course is unavailable for play on the agreed date, a new date of play will be agreed at the earliest opportunity, a further request should be made if the fixture is to be played outside of the identified fixture period.
  12. Within the League format it is the responsibility of both parties to communicate with their opponents and offer a minimum of 6 dates in which to play the fixture, dates of play must include weekdays, weekends, AM and PM.   Fixtures should be discussed at the very earliest opportunity.  Should a suitable date not be agreed within the “fixture played by” period, the Tournament Director must be advised. Fixtures should not be arranged outside of the allocated “played between” dates without agreement from the Tournament Committee.
  13. It is the responsibility of both teams to update the match scores within 48 hours of the completion of each league match, scores are updated within the “locker room” of each player. The league will automatically update once both pairs have updated the score
  14. Once a mutually agreed date has been set for each match, if either pair has to cancel the match due to be played, a new date must be arranged within the allocated played between dates, Any cancellation of a fixture less than 72 hours prior to the date of play will result in a walkover being issued to the aggrieved party. Should a suitable date within the allocated period not be agreed the Tournament Director must be informed. Should a pair cancel a match for a second time the opponent may request a walkover.
  15. If Pairs are members at different golf clubs, they may choose either course as their home venue. However, once a pair has played a home match they cannot change their home course. Each players “Home” course is identified as the course / club where the players official handicap index is held and monitored.
  16. Courtesy of the course is often granted to the away pair. If courtesy of the course is not offered then the total cost of any green fees payable must be shared equally between all players and paid before the match commences.
  17. The winning pair will be the one that achieve the highest stableford score in each match, the winners will be awarded 2 league points, the losers will be awarded 0 league points, where the stableford scores are tied after 18 holes the match will be declared a draw and 1 league point will be awarded the each pair. The pair with most most league points will qualify to the play-off stage. Additional places will be awarded where appropriate to best runners up if a pair loses out on winning a league due solely to a walkover being awarded to another pair to either themselves or another pair.
  18. During the League matches, play should be from the home club Competition tee of the day.
  19. If a match has to be abandoned due to adverse weather / bad light then play shall resume at a mutually agreed date from the point where the match was abandoned as stated in the Rules of Golf. Should a new date of play not be agreed the score at the time of abandonment will stand.
  20. The use of any GPS, rangefinders and stroke savers is permitted providing the device measures distance only.
  21. Any dispute unable to be resolved by the players should be raised initially with the local club pro and then by email to the Tournament Director at  The Tournament Directors decision on any issue will be final.
  22. During league matches the players themselves act as referees.
  23. No refunds will be offered after the entry closing date has passed.
  24. Each League fixture will have a “played between” date, identified fixtures must be played in their allocated date slot. in extreme circumstances requests to fulfil fixtures outside of the “Played By” date must be made to the Tournament Director by email, explaining the reasons for the request. Fixtures played outside of the identified fixture periods without agreement will be invalid.
  25. Any player found to not be complying with the rules laid down by League to Dubai can, at the Tournaments Committee’s discretion, be disqualified from the Competition.
  26. Entries will close on 27th March 2022 or when all places are filled.
  27. Players can only enter the competition as part of one playing pair.
  28. The entry fee for the competition is £81.60
  29. League fixtures will be displayed in each player’s secure area.
  30. By entering the League to Dubai, you agree to your contact details being disclosed to the other players playing in your league and play-off stage, in order that contact can be made to arrange fixtures. You also agree to your information and playing record being shared with other golf competitions
  31. Players playing in the League to Dubai can make use of a caddie providing the caddie is not classed as a professional caddie or having had experience on any professional golf tour.
  32. The general use of Golf buggies is not permitted during either League matches or at the Regional Playoff stage, unless agreed by the Tournament Director. Requests to make use of a golf buggy are to be made to the Tournament Director by email prior to the commencement of the first fixture. Requests are to be emailed to
  33. League winners and best runners up will qualify to the play-off stage against another pair. Play-off matches are played over 18 holes on a home or away basis.  Winners of the second round of Play-off matches will be invited to the National Final.
  34. Attendance to compete at the National Final stage is by invitation only. Knock-out match winners will be invited. Green fees are offered as courtesy at the National final stage by League to Dubai. Any additional costs for practice rounds, range balls, refreshments, accommodation, and travel expenses are to be met by the individual players.  League to Dubai are not responsible for any travel costs or accommodation costs incurred by players during any stage of the competition.
  35. The League fixture period will commence and conclude on the dates identified within each player’s locker room. Fixtures completed outside of the identified dates will be invalid unless authorised by the Tournament Director.
  36. Each competitor is responsible for having the correct cover of insurance, League to Dubai do not accept liability for any injury, damage or death caused at any stage of competition.
  37. Expenses will be paid for winners of the League to Dubai Finals, expenses will cover:
    • Return Flights from the UK to Dubai*.
    • 5 days accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
    • League to Dubai related ground transportation in Dubai.
    • 3 rounds of golf.
    • * Players are required to pay the tax element on flights upto a maximum of £200
  38. Winning pairs qualifying to the Dubai Grand Final are responsible for making their own way to and from the UK departure airport.
  39. By entering the League to Dubai you agree that you may be included through both text and images on any advertising, marketing or promotional information set out by the League to Dubai.
  40. Winners of the National Finals, and travelling to Dubai, will need to have appropriate travel insurance; League to Dubai will not be liable for any costs relating to any loss, injury, or illness.
  41. League to Dubai reserve the right to amend both the dates for play and / or the National final venues and Grand final venue without prior or written notice.
  42. Whilst every effort will be made to not place entrants from the same club in the same league, League to Dubai reserve the right to do so when in the best interests of the competition.
  43. Should play not be possible at any stage of the competition, League to Dubai reserve the right to amend the format and qualification process of the competition without reinstating the lost round of golf.
  44. In the event of the competition being cancelled, entry fee refunds will be made to those players actively taking part in the competition at the time of cancellation.
  45. League to Dubai reserve the right to amend or cancel any aspect of the competition should there be cause to do so.
  46. Any player winning the National Finals on 2 separate occasions may only enter further League to Dubai competitions at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.

And finally – League to Dubai do not support the actions of golfers that are seen to “protect their handicap indexes”.  We share and source information on golfers with governing bodies, golf clubs, other national and local competitions and golfers themselves in order to eliminate those players that do not utilise the World Handicap System in the way it is designed.

Quick Guide

Pairs Stableford (Men)

4 league matches 

2 Play-off matches (18 holes)

Open to Men with a World Handicap Index*

National Final

5 day Expenses paid Grand Finals hosted in Dubai*

Entries Closing date - 27th March 2022 - Or until all places are filled


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