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Rules & Eligibility



Amateur participants must be full members in good standing of a recognized bona fide golf club. Teams can be made up of amateurs from multiple clubs but the TEAM can only represent one Club or may select their own championship team name.

Participants must be at least 16 years old on the starting date of the event or accompanied by a legal guardian or parent at their own cost, either as a player or non-golfer package.

Your Home club Handicap Index limit is 30 for ladies and 24 for men. Higher handicaps play off these limits unless they are recalculated higher according to the Championship Course Slope rating. In all instances golfers will compete against players with similar championship handicaps.

All players will be expected to compete off the full Championship Handicap as recorded on the first day of the tournament calculated per course on the slope rating as per the Handicap Index registered with their home Club. The handicap verification form must be filled in and signed by the relevant person from the Players home club. All handicap forms are to be provided by the TEAM Captain at registration prior to the event. Failure to submit forms will result in an automatic 2-shot deduction off the player's handicap for the duration of the tournament.

Conditions Of Play

The tournament will be a 72-hole, 12 match event for all amateurs, with each match comprising 6 holes. Each player fourball will rotate three times in a daily fourball for each player to complete 3 matches over 18 holes, across 4 days rotating between the Lost City Golf Course and Gary Player Country Club, Home of the European Tour’s, Race to Dubai Nedbank Golf Challenge, Hosted by Gary Player.

Team Event

  • The format is individual stableford scoring off your Championship Course Handicap and the draw will pair players in the same divisions with minimal shot differences.
  • The competition score is the team combined score of all four players across every match daily.
  • The total championship score is calculated by adding all players scores over 4-competition days.
  • On the 4th and final day the teams are ranked into the 8 trophy divisions to play for their final positions..

Tees and Handicaps

Due to the fair calculations of the new Slope rating system and handicap Indexes, all players will play off Championship Tees. These will be positioned and the course set up to make the event playable for men and women as well as all handicaps. Forward tees may possibly be in play in the championship to be used only by those those players in a Handicap bracket as decided by the Tournament Director.


The new global Slope rating system is simple and standard across the world. You get handicapped per round according to the golf course and Tee box you play off each round.

Definition of Stableford

A scoring system in which points are awarded according to the number of strokes taken at each hole, whereby a hole completed in a net (of handicap) one stroke over par counts as one point, a hole completed in level par counts as two points.

  • Nett Albatross : 5 points
  • Nett Eagle : 4 points
  • Nett Birdie : 3 points
  • Nett Par : 2 points
  • Nett one over par : 1 point
  • Double bogeys or worse : 0 points