Golf Cup Rules & Tips

What kind of tournament is the Golf Cup?

The Golf Cup 2021 is a seasonal tournament played in match play style. Match Play means that you are only playing against one other player at a time which means that the amount of shots don’t matter but the number of holes you win or lose. For every win you will receive 1 point, for every tie you will receive 1/2 a point. Depending on the overall number of players and the delayed start due to the Covid rules, we will announce at a later date if the winners or also the runner-ups will move on to the Play Offs.

What can I win?

Our Golf Cup is a fundraiser for the common good to support our projects. All prizes are donations of supporting organizations. Since we are playing for fun and based on the honor system, all donated prizes will be distributed among all players in a raffle so that every player has an equal chance of winning something. Of course, we will have some memorabilia for the winners of the Play Offs.

Who can play/participate in the Golf Cup?

The Golf Cup is open to all golfers who want to help us with our cause. However, to ensure proper etiquette and speed during the rounds, golfs must have at least a handicap of 36 based on your honor.

What is the starter fee and how is it used?

To participate in the Golf Cup, all players must pay a starter fee of $150 of which $100 will be donated to our Rotary Club. Each player will receive a tax deductible donation receipt for this part of the starter fee. The rest will be used to cover the costs associated with the Golf Cup.

How are the groups created?

We are grouping players using the following criteria: gender, handicap, location to ensure everyone has fun while playing and doesn’t have to travel too far for each round. Of course, how successful we can group the players mainly depends on the total number of registrations. We will try our best to group fairly and hope that we all agree that the fun is more important than the win.

How does match play work?

In short, you play against one opponent at a time with slightly different rules compared to stroke play style. Gold Monthly has published a great article about the Match Play Golf Rules and also prepared a nice short video. Please, use this link to get to their website and/or watch the video below:

How is the handicap difference being calculated and used?

The current recommendation regarding the difference in handicaps when playing match play is that the weaker player receives the full difference as strokes. These strokes are divided over the course using the handicap of each hole. Please, see the examples below:

Let’s assume that we have 2 players: A with a hcp of 12 and B with a hcp of 26. The difference is 14. This would mean that Player B gets 14 strokes against A.

These strokes get distributed according to the Handicap rating for each hole, starting with the most difficult hole which would have Hcp 1. Please, see the generic scorecard example below. To make matters easy, we assumed a 9-hole course:

Scorecard Example
Hole 1 / 10
Hole 2 / 11
Hole 3 / 12
Hole 4 / 13
Hole 5 / 14
Hole 6 / 15
Hole 7 / 16
Hole 8 / 17
Hole 9 / 18
Handicap

6 / 15

8 / 17

2 / 11

9 / 18

4 / 13

1 / 10

7 / 16

5 / 14

3 / 12

Par

4

4

3

4

4

5

5

3

4

As you can see, given the Handicap rating, the most difficult hole is #6 / 15 and the easiest one if #9. In our example, we have 14 strokes to distribute across this scorecard. The easiest way to do this is to start with Hcp. 1 – the most difficult hole – and mark this hole with one stroke and then continue with Hcp. 2, 3, 4, etc. until you have reached the maximum number of strokes:

Scorecard Example
Hole 1 / 10
Hole 2 / 11
Hole 3 / 12
Hole 4 / 13
Hole 5 / 14
Hole 6 / 15
Hole 7 / 16
Hole 8 / 17
Hole 9 / 18
Handicap

6 / 15

8 / 17

2 / 11

9 / 18

4 / 13

1 / 10

7 / 16

5 / 14

3 / 12

Par

4

4

3

4

4

5

5

3

4

Strokes

/

/

/ /

/

/ /

/ /

/

/ /

/ /

Now that all strokes are distributed, Player B knows at which hole he or she gets the number of strokes against Player A. Having strokes against someone means that the weaker player is allowed to have x amount of shots more than the stronger one. Here’s another example:

Hole 1: 1 stroke against player A. Player A plays a par (4) and player B plays a bogey (5). However, because of the stroke, Player B can subtract 1 shot from his 5 which equals player A’s 4. As a result, this hole was tied.

Hole 2: Player A plays par (4) but player B plays a double-bogey (6) – again 1 stroke against player A: 6-1 = 5 but 4 is still better than 5, so Player A wins the hole.

Hole 3: Player A plays a bogey (4) and player B plays a double-bogey (5) – this time there are 2 strokes against player A which means 5-2 = 3 which means Player B wins this hole since the 4 is the worse result.

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