Eligibility to play on the Tours
Any golfer over the age of 18 with an active Golf Club handicap is eligible to play on the Golf Days UK Amateur Tours. All players can win prizes at each event, however only Golf Days UK Tour members can earn Order of Merit Points throughout the season. To become a Golf Days UK Tour member a one off payment of £25 is required. If a player wishes to enter an event at a club they are a full paying member of they may enter from just £10. This offer can only be used at one event on a tour.
To earn Order of Merit points on any Golf Days UK Amateur Tour, you must be a tour member. This is a one off payment of £25 and must be paid before you play your first event if you intend to use this score towards your ‘best five total’. Under no circumstances will a player be allowed to play an event and then become a tour member for that score. Tour membership fees are strictly non refundable. You may still play events if you are not a tour member and you will be eligible to win the prizes on the day.
Enhanced Tour Membership
This is new for 2016. A player can opt to pay £50 for the Tour Membership and they will receive a dozen of the brand new Nike Tour Ball included in their membership fee. The balls will be available to be collected at the players first event. If for any reason this is not possible, Golf Days UK will contact the player to discuss.
Registering for a tour
Players must register for a Golf Days UK Amateur Tour by completing one of the online forms. Once they have completed a form they may enter subsequent events via email, phone or via a shortened form through the website. Each player registering for a tour will be emailed a reminder for the next events in the tour. A players place is only confirmed once payment has been received. Players may register for more than one event at a time in which case they may be entitled to special offers (see payment section below).
The deadline for entries will be 7 days prior to the event at 12:00. Only players who have paid the fees will be allocated a spot. At 12:00 7 days prior to the event the online entry forms will be removed from www.golfdaysuk.co.uk
Players must be aware of the etiquette of golf and behave accordingly when playing in a tour event. Any poor behaviour including swearing, arguing, club throwing will be dealt with by a Golf Days UK Representative at the event and could result in disqualification from that and future events. Each player is expected to complete their round and if a player decides to leave the course for reasons other than injury, they will be in breach of tour rules and could possibly face disqualification for the tour. Each event will be played under The R&A Rules of Golf which players should be familiar with before entering. Players must know the Stableford scoring system as they will be expected to score for a playing partner. Players must be in correct golfing attire and follow the dress code of the golf club at which the event is being played. If unsure players should refer to the hosting clubs website or contact Golf Days UK prior to the event taking place. Any disputes over the rules or behaviour should be referred to the Golf Days UK Representative at the event in which case their word is final.
Each tour will run on the same format as outlined below:
Ten events played on ten different golf courses in the region of the tour. All events will be played on a stableford scoring system with a 3/4 handicap allowance. A players best five order of merit scores will make the final leaderboard. The player at the top of the leaderboard after ten events will be Order of Merit Champion and will win a personalised tour bag and the latest Driver courtesy of Nike Golf.
The top ten in the end of season leaderboard will go forward to play in the Grand Final event for each tour. A further four spots in the Grand Final will come from the final five events. The four players with the best three Order of Merit points from the final five events will qualify (to qualify, players must have played in a minimum of five events and be a tour member). The fifteenth player will be via wildcard entry. A player who wins a nearest the pin throughout the year is eligible to qualify through the wildcard entry. Any players completing a minimum of five events that did not make the top fifteen and won at least one nearest the pin throughout the year will qualify for the wildcard playoff. The wildcard playoff will be a separate nearest the pin at the 10th event of the tour. The player who lands on the green closest to the hole will take the wildcard spot and qualify for the grand final. The winner of the Grand Final will be crowned the tour champion and will win a day at with Nike Golf at Archerfield Links in Scotland. This will include a full custom fit session in the Nike Performance Lab and a brand new set of the latest Nike Vapor irons. After the custom fit session, the winner and a guest will play the exclusive Archerfield Links.
Order of Merit (OoM)
Only Golf Days UK Tour members are eligible to earn OoM points. Players must be a tour member before the event registration closes to earn points for that event, you cannot claim points for previous events once you become a member. Points will be awarded for a players finish compared to the rest of the tour members. The OoM system will work as follows:
1st place finish – 100 points
2nd place finish – 95 points
3rd place finish – 92 points
4th place finish – 90 points
Subsequent finishing position go down in one point increments, for example, 5th place will receive 89 points, 6th place will receive 88 points and so on. Below 3rd place, each tied finishing player will receive the amount of points awarded for the said position.
There will be no extra points on offer at Major events.
Ties and countbacks
If any of the top three places at an event are tied, we will use the following countback system until an outright winner is decided:
Total stableford score for last nine holes
Total stableford score for last six holes
Total stableford score for last three holes
Stableford score for last hole
If after the countback system the scores are still the same, both players will finish in a tie for the place and will get the same order of merit points and a prize each.
If a tie in the overall leaderboard occurs for a top tenth place, the overall winner or the new final four format then a sudden death playoff hole will commence. If one of the players tied in the play off positions is not present at the last event, they will forfeit their place and the player who they are tied with will automatically be awarded the qualifying position and will progress to the Grand Final or will win the Order of Merit Prize. If a player eligible for the wildcard playoff is not present at the last event they will forfeit their place in the wildcard playoff.
In the Grand Final a countback system will not be used and should the scores be the same for the first place, then a sudden death play off hole will commence.
Only players with active CONGU Handicaps or players that have previously played in at least three Golf Days UK Tour events are eligible to play on the Golf Days UK Amateur Tours. The maximum handicap for men is 28 and 36 for women. You must declare your current handicap when entering and proof will be required at the first event played. Failure to provide evidence will forfeit your place in the event and no refunds will be awarded. Each event is played off 3/4 of your full handicap allowance. Handicaps will be adjusted by us if a player returns a score of over 36 points. For each point over 36, you will get cut 0.5 strokes off your full handicap for the remainder of the tour. If a player has a club registered CONGU handicap which is adjusted during the year at a competition outside of the tour it is their responsibility to update Golf Days UK. However in the event a player has received a cut from the tour that will remain their handicap for the year regardless of any increases at their Club. Golf Days UK carry out random checks throughout the year and if a false handicap is proven to be given then Golf Days UK reserve the right to disqualify the player from the tour.
Each event winner will have a choice of either a pair of Nike Lunar Control 4 Golf Shoes or a voucher worth £80 (regular events) or £150 (Major events) to spend at Nike Golf through Golf Days UK. Vouchers can be collected over the season for larger purchases if required. Prizes are to be collected at the next event. If a player wished to have a prize posted to them, they must cover the cost of this. These prizes are supplied by Nike Golf and no alternatives are available.
The winner of each event will also receive a £75 voucher from tour sponsor Loudmouth Golf.
All players must pre pay their entry fees before* the tee times are issued for the upcoming event. Tee times are issued 48 hours before the date of the event via email (where an event is on a Friday, the tee times will be issued on the Wednesday afternoon and where the event is on a Monday, tee times will be issued on the Friday before) any player who has not paid their entry fee will not be included in the start sheet and will not be able to play in the event. Payment can be made by the following methods:
Credit/Debit Card using our online payment system.
Credit/Debit Card over the phone.
Bank Transfer direct to our account.
Please note that a 2.5% handling fee will be added to all credit card transactions. Debit card payments will not incur a handling fee.
Players may take advantage of Golf Days UK special offers by buying 5 or more events at once. 5 events (excluding majors) can be purchased at a discounted rate or full rate with a GDUK Tour Nike Shirt included.
Please note: any player purchasing five or more rounds as a package deal will not be eligible for a refund if they decide they cannot make the amount of events they have paid for. It is a players responsibility to make sure they can participate in the number of events purchased.
Number of Players
The maximum number of players varies across the tours and is dependent on the hosting club. Players will be awarded a place in the event on a a first come first served basis. Only once a player has paid for the event are they awarded a place. A minimum of 20 players are required to run a tour event. Should this number not be reached the event will be cancelled and players that have paid will receive a credit for a future event. Should more than one event not reach the required number of participants, Golf Days UK may withdraw the tour. Any entry fees (excluding Tour Memberships) will be returned to the player without question.
Once the tee times have been issued (48 hours prior to the event) any player who has paid for the event will not be entitled to a full refund. In extreme circumstances, Golf Days UK may override this decision and a credit will be offered for future events. No refunds will be offered.
If a player does not show for their tee time at any event, Golf Days UK will contact them for an explanation. If the explanation is not satisfactory, the player will be disqualified from the tour for the rest of the season and all order of merit points will be lost.
All events will be played off the white competition tees for men and the red tees for women where possible.
Golf Days UK cannot be held responsible for the condition of the course.
If the course is closed due to bad weather/unplayable conditions, Golf Days UK will do their best to inform you prior to the day. If the course is closed on the day of an event, Golf Days UK will endeavour to contact you to let you know. If during an event the course becomes unplayable and the host course decides to close the course, the event will be abandoned. Golf Days UK will reschedule the event for a new date and inform all players. Should a player not be able to make the new date, a credit will be offered for any future events. Only in exceptional circumstances will a refund be offered.
Slow play will not be tolerated on any of the tours. All groups must keep up with the group in front and if they are losing their position, they must invite following groups to play through. Golf Days UK will marshal the course and encourage play to speed up where necessary. Groups who do not keep up with the group in front may be at risk of disqualification from the event.
GDScore Live Golf Scoring will be used during each event in 2016. One player per group will be required to update each of their groups score on the device given to them. Players will still score and sign cards as normal for competitive play and it will be the score on the card that will count at the end if there are any discrepancies. One player from the group must take control of the live scoring device. Failure to do will result in the whole group being disqualified from the event and no refunds will be offered.
GPS and distance measuring devices
GPS and distance measuring devices are allowed at all events.
Photos and Video
Golf Days UK will be taking photographs and video footage of the action at each event some of which will be used in the event reports as well as for marketing the tour through our website and media connections. Should you wish not to be photographed or videoed during our events, please inform Golf Days UK when registering.
Golf Days UK reserves the right to alter these terms during the course of the year. Should you have any questions regarding the rules of our Amateur Tours please email your query to firstname.lastname@example.org.