Golf Society League Rules

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Playing rules for The Les Mielles Golf League

  1. The Les Mielles Golf Society League (the League) shall be a Match play team competition played at Les Mielles Golf & Country Club between Golf Society Teams on dates to be pre-booked by the Management Committee (the Committee).  The teams may be of Gentlemen, Ladies or Mixed and require a minimum registration of 6 players


  1. The Committee shall undertake the administration of the League and where necessary will settle any disputes. The Committee’s decision will be final in any such dispute.


  1. The Rules of Golf and Local Rules (printed on the Les Mielles Golf & Country Club scorecard) apply at all times.


  1. The League shall be composed of as many divisions as the Committee shall determine prior to the start of the season.


  1. The League season shall run from April to September and the format will be singles Match play (3/4 handicap difference off a 9-hole society playing handicap).  An exact 18-hole society handicap shall be halved and the playing handicap then determined. Where a player holds official and/or more than one society handicap, the lowest handicap must be used for league matches.


  1. The Committee will provide a Fixtures List to all societies prior to each season. The first named team shall be the home team for that fixture.


  1. An up-to-date Handicap List must be maintained by each Society.  It is the responsibility of each Society to place a list of registered players’ handicaps in the folder provided.  Failure to do so will result in the immediate application of Penalty 4 and Match Captains must confirm the players’ handicaps by signing the scoresheet where indicated for each match.


  1. Each team’s green fees will be made in one amount directly to the Golf & Country Club unless otherwise instructed by the Committee.


  1. Monies collected from the Team and Individual Subscriptions during the season will be allocated towards the prizes at the end of the League season.  The League is non-profit making and all monies collected during the season should be spent.


  1. An acceptable standard of dress and etiquette must be maintained at all times and teams should be present at least 10 minutes before the 1st tee time.


  1. It is the responsibility of the home team in the Fixtures List to contact the away team to confirm arrangements for each fixture.  If in extenuating circumstances a league fixture has to be rearranged, the team requiring the change must apply to the Committee for sanction, and then inform the Hon. Secretary of the re-arranged match date.  Any such match must be played before the end of the divisional matches.  A minimum of 7 days’ notice is required prior to re-arranging any fixture.


  1. The maximum handicap for Gentlemen will be 14, and for the Ladies will be 18.  The Gentlemen will receive shots, if applicable, on the men’s’ stroke index and ladies will receive shots, if applicable, on the ladies’ stroke index, as printed on the League Scorecards.  The par of the course when playing the League is 36 on the south course and 34 on the north course for both ladies and gentlemen.


  1. The Gentlemen shall play from the yellow tees and the Ladies from the blue tees off a society handicap. However a Lady playing off an 18 hole LGU Handicap (red tee) may play off the blue tees with a halved exact LGU handicap less 1 full shot.  Likewise, a Gentleman playing off an 18 hole Official Handicap (white tee) may play off the yellow tees with a halved exact handicap less 1 full shot.


  1. In any match the lower handicapper shall tee-off first.


  1. All league match results must be recorded on the Result Sheet provided, signed by both Captains and placed in the folder in the Clubhouse on the day of the fixture.


  1. Each divisional match shall be played over 9 holes and each team will consist of 4 players. The teams will play each other twice on a home and away basis - once on the north course and once on the south course.


  1. In the divisional matches the home team shall decide the order of play and the pairings and announce it at least 10 minutes prior to the 1st tee time.


  1. All games won and halved in any league match shall count towards the match score.  3 Team Points will be awarded for a win, 1 Team Point for a Draw and 0 Team Points for a loss.  Individual match scores will be recorded as before and used to determine a winner if the divisional scores are drawn.


  1. The divisional winners will be the team with the most points after all divisional games have been played.  In the event of two or more teams tying at the head of a division the number of points won and lost between the tying teams will decide winners.  If there is still a tie situation then a count back system will be used.  The winner will be determined by the result of the last match played by the two teams.  If still a tie situation, the 6th game result in that last match will be used, followed by the 5th game result, etc. until a winning team is found.  Only whole points will be counted. 


  1. If there is more than one division a Knock-Out Competition will be run at the end of the season composed of the top two teams from each division plus the best runner(s)-up at the discretion of the Committee (8 teams needed).  Neither team shall be deemed to be home or away and each Captain must submit a team list, in playing order, at least 10 minutes before the 1st tee time. Teams for the Knock-Out Competition will be made up from named players who have played in the divisional league during the season.


  1. If there is a knockout competition, The Draw shall be made as follows; 


1st  vs 4th

3rd  vs 2nd


  1. The quarter finals, semi-finals and final will be played over 9 holes.  In the event of a draw the winner shall be decided by one nominated player from either team undertaking a sudden-death play-off until a result is achieved. Starting from the first hole where the match began and played on until a hole is won.  If either Captain decides the light is inadequate the match will cease and the nominated player will return to undertake a sudden-death play-off at a mutually agreeable time.