Abu Dhabi Matchplay Pairs

  • Pairs

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 Competitions

  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.
  4. The entry fee for the Abu Dhabi Matchplay is £65.00 per pair.
  5. Entries close for the Abu Dhabi Matchplay at 23:59 on 1st May 2022 . 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 Once accepted entries can be withdrawn but not refunded.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 when the competition commences
  8. Entrants must be a member of an affiliated golf club in England, Scotland or Wales
  9. Entrants can only represent one golf club.
  10. The exact region boundaries will be determined at the closing date, based on the location of the entrant’s golf club.
  11. Pairs do not have to be from the same golf clubs. A ‘home’ course however, must be nominated for 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 the Tournament Organiser is advised.
  12. No changes can be made to the entrants after the 1st match has been played. Any changes required must be made to the Tournament Organiser before the closing date.
  13. 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
  14. Entry Payment should be made online.
  15. All queries should be sent in the first instance to the Tournament office by email.
  16. All decisions concerning the championship rest with the Tournament Director whose decision in all matters is final.
  17. The Tournament Director reserves the right to change the National Final venue or Grand Final without prior notice should circumstances be deemed appropriate.
  18. The competition invites entrants from male, female and mixed pairs. there is only one competition  therefore it is possible men and woman will compete against each other.

Handicaps and strokes

  1. There are no restrictions on a players handicap index, however the maximum playing handicap is 18 following the Handicap Index and Course Slope Rating calculations.   If a players playing handicap is 19+, they must reduce to 18 before any stroke allowances are calculated.
  2. Strokes should be taken against the gents Stroke Index as displayed on the host golf club’s scorecard.
  3. Each player receives 9/10 of the difference between the playing handicaps and are calculated from the player with the lowest playing handicap.
  4. Current handicap index information 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 index be supplied to the Tournament Organiser within 24 hours of the match having been completed.
  5. Handicap Indexes may increase/decrease throughout the length of the competition and players must make calculations using their current handicap index on the day of the match.
  6. It is the player’s responsibility to maintain an accurate record of their handicap index.
  7. Each competitor must have a World Handicap Index and be a member of an affiliated golf club.  Each Competitor must have played in a minimum of 6 handicap qualifying competitions during the previous 24 months. World Handicap Indexes and golf club membership must remain ACTIVE from the date of entry and throughout involvement in the competition. Confirmation of World Handicap Indexes must be made available to opponents at each match before the match commences. If a competitor does not provide a handicap index on the day of the match they must provide proof of handicap index 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 Abu Dhabi Matchplay competition, 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.

Playing the match

  1. Once you have registered and paid your entry fee you will be notified of 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. Pairs are responsible for contacting their opponents to arrange a mutually agreeable date for play before the closing date of each round. If contact has not been made/received after 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).
  8. The Tournament Organiser will disqualify any players who fail to complete their match by the deadline date.
  9. 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.
  10. Extensions will not be granted unless at the absolute discretion of the tournament organiser.
  11. Players should consult the Tournament office ASAP if they have any problems arranging any match.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 pair one are 3 up after 1st round of 18 holes, the 2nd leg commences with pair two, 3 down) from Round 2 onwards matches are played over 18 holes on a home or away basis.
  16. If a match has to be abandoned (i.e. due to poor light or adverse weather) the match 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Failure to play a match by the stated dates will result in the disqualification of both sides.
  19. The winning pair 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.
  20. We do not operate a policy where the side returning their result first is more likely to receive home advantage.
  21. 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 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  at the away pairs course. If both courses 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.

Should neither course be available for a second date, a neutral venue should be sought, equidistant between the players  home courses. Any green fees payable should be shared equally by both pairs

The home 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) Playing from a piece of astroturf

b) Generally dropping off the fairway in the semi rough or rough.

c) Generally teeing the ball up on the fairway.

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. 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.
  2. The draw will state who has home advantage in the first leg of the first round.
  3. 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.
  4. A regional random draw will be made for home advantage from round 2 and will be played over 18 holes
  5. 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.
  6. Players will be notified of the draw details by e-mail.
  7. Rounds played whilst winter rules are in operation should take place under the criteria of the host golf club.
  8. 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.


  1. The National final will be played over 18 holes matchplay
  2. Players will be invited as guests of Square Peg Events and will NOT be required to pay a green fee for their final match.
  3. The draw for the National Final 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. Pairs winning their National Final will be invited to the expenses paid finals Experience.

Finals Experience

  1. The Finals Experience 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 Winners Experience offers 54 holes of championship golf on 3 outstanding courses.  The courses to be used are Saadiyat Golf Club, Yas Links Golf Club and Abu Dhabi National Golf Club.
  3. Finalists are responsible for any other expenses, i.e. travel to and from the UK airport, drinks and additional food.
  4. In the event that play is not possible on the day(s) of the Grand Final the Tournament Organiser has the right to cancel or amend the days play as deemed fit.
  5. The Tournament Organiser reserves the right to change the final experience at any time without prior notice.
  6. Players qualifying to the final experience will be provided with a return flight to the United Arab Emirates but will be responsible for paying the tax element of the flights*.(approx £172.00)
  7. 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.
  8. The final experience 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. Should a player reach the National final in both formats (Individual & Pairs) they just forfeit their place in the individual competition) *Relates to 2020 competition.
  3. Caddies are permitted unless they are a qualified PGA or LPGA professional.
  4. Buggies can be used provided advance permission has been granted by the host golf club.

Your details

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Abu Dhabi Matchplay

Pairs (Men, Women, Mixed - One Competition) £60.00 

Open to golfers aged 16+ with a World Handicap Index and member of an affiliated golf club. 

36 hole 'Home & Away' first round


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