1. The competition will consist of each club playing each other club once between the months of June and August.
2. Each club shall play two matches at “home” and two “away” as per the draw made by the Secretary of the League with the final matches for every club being played at one venue on the same day.
3. Matches shall be completed during the month stated.
4. The Club Secretary/ delegated club official will be responsible for making the arrangements for their club's home fixtures with the relevant opponents, and forwarding the result within seven days of completion of the match to the Secretary of the League. Once a date has been agreed the match should take place on that date. Only in exceptional circumstances could a date be altered, but if a Club should have such a request they should approach the Secretary in the first instance.
5. The team for each match will consist of 8 players from each club. The composition of the team is to be 2 players from handicap 5-9, 3 from 10-13, 2 from 14-17, and 1 from 18-24.
6. The games will be played in order of the handicap bands i.e. games 1 and 2 from 5-9 handicap, games 3, 4 and 5 from 10-13 handicap, games 6 and 7 from 14-17 handicap, and game 8 from 18-24 handicap.
7. The method of selection of team members will lie with each individual club. There is no limit to the number of players that may be used during the league. However, if a player is a member of more than one member club, he may only play for one club during that year's competition. Likewise any player who represents a club in the Scratch League is ineligible to play for any club in that season's Handicap League as well. Breach of this rule will result in the loss of the point from that individual game.
8. If a player's “playing” handicap alters during the season so that he changes to a different handicap band (as listed above), then he is eligible for selection for only the new band. If after selection for a particular match a player's handicap is reduced to a lower handicap band he should be allowed to participate in the match in the handicap band for which he
had been selected. Conversely, the same applies if a player's handicap rises after the team has been selected.
9. If, after selection for a match, a player calls off then a substitute from the same handicap band should replace him. However, if the call-off is at short notice/ fails to appear then if another eligible player is available, even if from another handicap band, he should take the absent player's place on the team sheet and the game will count in the match result. If no substitute can be obtained then that game will be forfeited by the offending side.
10. The maximum playing handicap is 24. Any player with a playing handicap of 25-28 inclusive may participate but only will be given a maximum handicap of 24.
11. Full handicap allowance will be given with play from medal tees. All games are match play over 18 holes, with those level after 18 holes counting as a halved game.
12. In each match the club winning the most games will be awarded two points for a win. In tied matches each club will be awarded one point. The winners of the league will be the club accumulating the most points and in the event of two or more clubs being equal points then the number of individual games won (including halved games) during the course of the season will be used to determine the winner. Should there still be a tie at this stage then the clubs will be declared joint winners.
13. In the event of adverse weather occurring whilst the match is being/scheduled to be played, the decision will rest with the two team captains to suspend play for the appropriate time until the course is playable again and/or safe to do so. In the event of the decision being made to abandon play as there appears to be no prospect of a resumption within a reasonable period of time, the following will apply:-
• If one club has secured 4 ½ points before play is abandoned, that club shall be declared the winner and awarded two points with any games still on the course at the time play was suspended being declared as halved matches.
• If the match has not commenced or neither club has secured the minimum of 4 ½ points for a win, then the match will be abandoned with no scores recorded, and replayed at a mutually convenient date. The match must be played at the latest within 28 days of the last scheduled fixture listed on the League's web site.
If the participating clubs are unable to agree on a date for the fixture to be played, then either club may request the Executive, who will invite an official from a neutral club to consider the issue with them, to try and resolve the matter to both clubs' satisfaction. However, in the event of no date still being agreed, this sub-committee is empowered to award two points and 8 games to one of the clubs if they feel that other club has not made a genuine attempt to fulfill the fixture.
If the clubs themselves decide not to play the fixture, as it has no bearing on the outcome of the League, then no points will be awarded to either club.
• Should any matter not be covered by the rules, the decision of the League Executive will be final.