Winter League



Winter League Rules 2020-21


  1. Matches are to be played at the weekend (Saturday/Sunday) from Sat 21st Nov 2020 to Sun 7th Mar inclusive (=16weeks) and teams must play a minimum of 12 matches to compete for a prize. Members can only play games on days permitted by their membership category.
  2. The number of qualifying matches will be reduced by one on each occasion the course is unplayable.
  3. The format is four ball better ball match play. Under World Handicapping System rules, matches are played off the difference between Playing Handicaps. For this format, a 90% Handicap Allowance is applied to the Course Handicap as the final step in calculating a player’s Playing Handicap.
  4. To enter the Winter League, or play as a substitute, members must have an active WHS handicap. Maximum competition handicap for men is 28; ladies and juniors 36. Members with a higher handicap may play but must play off the maximum handicap.
  5. Points awarded are 2 for a win, 1 for a halved match and 0 for a loss.
  6. Match results must be recorded on the sheet on the notice board outside the Men’s locker room by noon on the Monday following the match. Failure to do so will result in both teams being awarded 0 points for the match.
  7. Neither pair may claim any points from a match that is cancelled. If a match is cancelled, the Professional Shop must be notified by noon on the Monday following the scheduled match. Failure to do so will result in both teams being awarded 0 points for the match.
  8. League positions are determined by calculating the total points gained expressed as % of the total available from matches played.
  9. Substitutes are permitted. Only club members may be substitutes. In exceptional circumstances, a team may use two substitutes in a match if both players are unavailable. Where two substitutes are used in a match this should reported to the Professional Shop before the match is played. Only one match can be played at a time.
  10. During the last four weeks of the competition, all partnerships within the top 20 places must play at least two matches to qualify for a prize.
  11. All disputes to be resolved by the Captain’s Competition and Handicap Sub-Committee.
  12. Entry fee is £30 per pair and is payable in the pro shop BEFORE the start of the league. Members who have not paid the entry fee will be deemed to have forfeited any matches they play while the entry fee remains unpaid. The actual result of those matches will stand for their opponents.
  13. Winning pair are awarded the Dicky Richards Salvers (current champions Alan Martinez/Kevin MacDonald). Prizes to be awarded to 10th place.
  14. Men to play from the BLUE course and Ladies from the GREEN course.
  15. Ladies’ Playing Handicap is calculated taking into account slope rating for ladies’ green course and differences in course rating – details to be confirmed with WHS. In matches involving ladies, updated CONGU/WHS advice is that ALL players should use the ladies’ course stroke index to determine at which holes shots are taken.