Terms & Conditions

The events will be run in accordance with ‘The Rules of Golf’ as laid down by the R&A and the Local Rules of the courses visited.

Eligibility

  • The events are open to all golfers, male and female.
  • Competitors under the age of 18 are welcome to take part but must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The handicap limit at each event for males is 24.
  • The handicap limit at each event for females is 24.
  • Should a player’s handicap exceed the limit on the day, their handicap will be reduced to the handicap limit.
  • A player is solely responsible for playing from their correct handicap.

Integrity of competition policy

  • We have a responsibility to all competitors to ensure the integrity of our NCG Top 100 Tour events. We take this responsibility very seriously.
  • It is every competitor’s responsibility to record and verify their scores – not only with each other but ahead of finalising their scorecard, even if they are not directly involved in the scoring for their group.
  • Any player that breaches the requirements of Rule 3.3b will be disqualified.
  • We routinely contact the home clubs of winning players to verify their handicaps and check recent competition scores.
  • We reserve the right to refuse entry to any competitors for future NCG Top 100s Tour events if we feel the integrity of those events might be affected by their presence in the field. In such circumstances, there are no grounds for appeal.
  • We reserve the right to pull the handicap of any golfers playing in consecutive events where cards cannot automatically be sent back to their respective Union’

Entry Requirements, closing dates, payments and refunds

  • A player may participate in as many events as they wish.
  • All payments must be made prior to each event.
  • Registration will close at noon, fourteen (14) days prior to each event.
  • In a particular event, if a player chooses to withdraw, the following penalties will apply on a sliding scale for administration purposes:
  • Up to 60 days before the closing date of the event: players receive a full refund.
  • Up to 30 days before the closing date for the event: players receive a 50% refund
  • Up to 14 days before the closing date for the event: players receive a 25% refund
  • If a player withdraws after the closing date for the event their entry fee is non refundable.
  • A player is allowed to substitute him/herself with another player provided full details of that player are given to the organiser prior to the closing date for the event.
  • Should an event become oversubscribed, a waiting list will be in use. The waiting list will operate on a first come, first served basis. Should a spot arise, the first player to be contacted will be the first person to have registered after the event has exceeded its limit.
  • Any dietary requirements must be noted when registering for an event using the appropriate field.
  • A golfer may register up to 12 players when entering an event. Please take time to fill in players’ details correctly, including spelling of names, consistency of names, email addresses and CDH numbers. You are responsible for your group being contactable, represented correctly on the Order of Merit, and having correct handicap Indexes.

Payments

  • Unless stated otherwise, payments for entry into an event must be made in advance by an accepted credit or debit card through the Websites (some credit or debit cards may not be accepted such as American Express). (Not sure if we can but we should block AMEX payments as we will pay a higher fee to Stripe I would imagine?)
  • Transactions will appear on the cardholder’s bank or card statement will show as Sports Publications Ltd.

Commission

  • The contract for a Tee Time will always be between you and the Golf Course in question. The Golf Course and NCG Top 100s Tour have a commercial agreement in place, whereby the Golf Course will pay NCG Top 100s Tour a commission fee for advertising and facilitating the sale of your Tee Time and the event between you and the Golf Course.
  • Instead of commission fees or where NCG Top 100s Tour provides the Golf Course with additional services, the Golf Course may opt to provide NCG Top 100s Tour with exclusive tee times (which are usually discounted) in order to market the club via NCG channels. When you purchase a tee time for said club you are entering into a legal contract with NCG Top 100s Tour.

Format – Including handicap allowance

  • The playing format is Individual Stableford with 95% handicap allowance under the World Handicap System.
  • Where permitted, men will play from the equivalent White Competition tees.
  • Ladies will play from the equivalent Red competition tees.
  • Ladies and Gentlemen will compete against each other according to the CONGU Mixed Tee Calculator in accordance with the WHS for a Stableford competition format.  Handicap adjustments will be applied to the playing handicap prior to the event in accordance with the WHS system and CONGU.

Competition Rules

  • Caddies are permitted at any of the events and the competitor is responsible for his/ her caddie’s actions and food.
  • The use of buggies is permitted in events where they are available for hire.
  • The use of GPS and laser range finding equipment, which only measures distance, is permitted.
  • The use of smartphones and other devices that provide additional information, such as wind speed and direction and distance that takes into account gradient, is in breach of the Rules of Golf.
  • The Grand Final will be played at TBC.
  • The top 64 players in the 2022 Order of Merit will automatically qualify for our Grand Final.
  • The points gained from each event will be added together to get the final Order of Merit standings.
  • Competitors do not have to play in all events to qualify for the Grand Final from the Order of Merit.
  • All previous winners of the NCG Top 100s Tour Grand Final or winners of an NCG Top 100s Matchplay Regional Final are ineligible for the main prize at any future Grand Finals or Regional Finals.
  • Should a competitor make a hole-in-one during one of our events they will be offered a free place at another Top 100s Tour event with an entry fee of £110 or less.

Grand Final Prize

  • In order to comply with the R&A regulations regarding Amateur prizes
  • The Grand Final Prize is deemed to have zero value and is not open for resale and is only to be taken by the competition winner and their chosen companion.
  • Claiming this competition prize may put you at risk of breaching the rules of Amateur Status

Players with no official handicap

  • Players who have no official handicap can still play in a Top 100s Tour event.
  • Players who do not have a handicap will not be eligible to win the main prizes in their first 3 events.
  • Instead, they will be eligible for any spot prizes and will play for a separate prize, providing there is more than one player without a handicap in the field.
  • Players without handicaps are not eligible for the Order of Merit.

Scorecards

  • We will be using the electronic scoring system, courtesy of Golf Genius.
  • Players must familiarise themselves with the app prior to their tee time and use the code provided via email to register for their group.
  • Only one person from each fourball will be required to keep score for all 4 players.
  • Please confirm with playing partners before recording final 18th hole scores, this should be done asap so as not to delay the prize giving.

Ties

  • In the case of a tie the result will be decided on countback.
  • For a one round event this will be resolved by taking into account the last nine holes on the scorecard.
  • If there is still a tie the result will then be decided on the last 6, 3, 1 hole(s).
  • In all cases of tied results, the decision will be made based on the order of the holes as set out on the scorecard, regardless of where the individual competitors started.

Bad Weather Policy

  • Should one of our events be cancelled due to bad weather, we cannot guarantee a refund but our first endeavour will be to find a new date as soon as possible.

Covid Policy

  • As you will appreciate, the coronavirus pandemic means we are currently unable to guarantee that NCG Top 100s Tour events will go ahead as scheduled in 2022.
  • Should we be unable to hold any events due to Covid restrictions, it is our intention to reschedule the events for later in the year, when all original entries will remain valid. Should competitors be unable to attend the new date they have the option of either transferring their booking to a future event or receiving a full refund.
  • Should any competitors be unable to travel to an event due to individual circumstances relating to Covid, they can either nominate a substitute to take their place or refer to our cancellation policy as per our standard Terms & Conditions.

For any further questions or information, do not hesitate to call our office on 0113 2893979