IGC Internal Rules

IGC Internal Rules (and a reminder of some important rules of the game!)

These rules apply to all IGC members and their guests.

1. General rules

1.1 Access to the golf course

Access to the course is determined in accordance with the host club’s rules.

1.2 Administration of indexes / handicap

Each player’s index will be updated after each competition. The calculation is based on the « Stableford » scoring method. The IGC Committee has the final say in determination of players’ indexes.

1.3 Guests

IGC competitions are open to all members and their guests. A maximum of five guests may be invited to play in each event. Non-members (guests) may be invited no more than twice in the season. Each member may invite a maximum of two guests per season. Guests will play outside the competition ; their scores will be included in the final results list but they will not be eligible for the competition prizes.

Note : When slots are still available for a competition, a guest having exceeded the two invitations, may exceptionally participatesubjectto payment of an entry fee of 10 euros.

1.4 New members

New members’s indexes will be determined by the IGC Committee. If the new member already has an FFG licence from the previous year, the index therein will be used for handicap purposes. If not, or without proof  from his previous club, the Committee may decide to attribute the player a temporary index of 54. After a few competitions the player will automatically reach his adequate level of play.

New members are invited to consult the R&A Rules and in particular those related to « Etiquette » as they are regularly updated.

2. Competition Rules

2.1 Competition Committee

A Competition Committee will be established for each competition, normally comprising a Captain and one or two members of the IGC Committee.

2.2 Competition registration

2.2.1 Only IGC members who have paid their annual membership dues will be allowed to participate in competitions. They must also have provided a medical certificate in accordance with the FFG requirements, and produce a valid FFG licence (for insurance purposes).

2.2.2 Registrations must be made directly on the IGC website by members themselves, at least 5 days before the competition. For members without internet access, the registration may be made a Committee member.

2.2.3 Should a competition be overbooked, the rule will be : first registered, first served.

2.3 Starting list

2.3.1 Starting lists are established by the Competition Committee and generated by the FFG RMS software, and sent directly to the golf clubs.  Players’ indexesare now updated in real time.

Thanks to this technology, players may consult their tee-off times directly on the IGC usually from 12 noon onwards, two days prior to the competition.  The list is displayed in PDF format.

This means that the captain no longer sends any e-mails to competitors. 

This new process, which is used by all other golf clubs in France and Switzerland, allows players to consult their tee-off times on the competition pages of the FFG or the ASG websites. Competitors without an Internet connection may call the office of the host club the day before the competition.

2.3.2 The starting list is usually based on three different time slots. All requests about tee-off (shedule, specific person to play with, ...) can only be considered wishes not instructions. The Captain may not be able to satisfythe request for any number of reasons. The general objective of IGC is to allow each one to play with a maximum number of different players along the golf season.

2.2.3 After an event registration has been closed, a subsequent “no-show”, which has not been announced in advance, will be considered as an unjustified scratching and will be penalized by an increase of 0.1 of the index.

2.4 The competition

2.4.1 Each player is personally responsible to verify, before starting the competition, the conditions under which the event is being played (format, starting tees), the correctness of his index on the scorecard as well aslocal rules.

2.4.2 Correct golfing dress must be worn by players (no jeans nor T shirts).

2.4.3 The official Rules of golf and etiquette must be respected scrupulously. In case of non-respect, the Competition Committee may intervene thereon, in conformity with the official rules of golf, in particular with regards to disqualification.

2.4.4 Players must be ready to play (or be at the disposition of the starter) 10 minutes before their starting time. Lateness will be penalized in accordance with Rule 6-3.

2.4.5 Players must maintain a quick pace of play in accordance with indicated time limits. The Competition Committee (or Course Marshall) will penalize slow play by a warning, a one-stroke penalty, skipping an entire hole or a disqualification.

2.4.6 Use of golf carts: Noting that the FFG encourages the use of golf carts on the course during a competition in case of a specific medical problem, the use of a golf cart during a IGC competition is authorized for a maximum of three competitions during the season. After this, concerned members will be allowed to continue using a golf cart if they so wish, but will not be eligible any longer for the prize giving. In all cases, their results will be registered with FFG and taken into account for their index. 

2.5 Registration of scores

2.5.1 Each player is responsible for checking his score, hole by hole, with his playing partner (marker) before both sign the card.

2.5.2 For a scorecard to be valid, the gross (not net) scores must be marked in the correct space on the card, and the card must be signed by the player himself as well as his marker.

2.5.3 If a player leaves the game, without justification acceptable to the Competition Committee, his index will be increased by 0.1 point.

2.5.4 Illegible completed cards will not be accepted.

2.5.5 No change may be made to a card once it has been signed and handed in.

2.5.6 In case of a disputeabout a score, the cards must not be signed and the dispute shall be referred to the Competition Committee for settlement.

2.5.7 A competition shall only be deemed as having been completed if all the competitors have played at least the same nine holes.

2.5.8 All scorecards must be handed in to the (club) secretariat within 10 minutes following completion of play. Penalty for failure to do so is disqualification.

2.6 Prize giving

2.6.1 The number of prizes will be proportional to the number of participants in each series.

2.6.2 The gross score takes precedence over the net score.

2.6.3 Good manners require that all participants be present at the prize giving. A player who is unable to attend the prize giving must inform the Competition Committee before teeing off. If a prize winner is not present, the prize will be awarded to the next person.

2.7 Definition of series

A serie must be made of at least 6 players. If this is not possible, series will be merged by the Captain.

Ladies will generally play from the Red Tees, except when there are enough of them with the appropriate index to set upa serie starting from the Blue Tees.

Men will be spread over one, two or three series according to the number of players who have registered for the given competion. These series will be defined taking into account those established by the Host Club .

Within a serie all players will depart from the same Tees. If there are not enough players who can start from the White Tees , they will be included in a serie where all players start fom the Yellow Tees.

In specific cases a mixed serie could be set-up.

Reminder of some important rules of the game!

Registration: Nothing is easier that registering personally to a competition! Simply do it directly online on our website (https://www.cig-igc.com). In order to register a guest, you must indicate his/her surname, first name, license number and index in the « Comments » column of the registration process. If you are on the waiting list and if someone withdraws (scratches), your registration will automatically be confirmed by order of priority of the waiting list. If you are late and want to register after the registration process has been closed , you can send a message to contact@cig-igc.com and we will do our best to accommodate you if a spot is vacated.

Scratches: It is always best to scratch yourself before the closing of registrations, as the departure list is prepared immediately afterwards. It is admitted that one may scratch him/herself on Tuesday prior to a competition taking place on Friday, on Wednesday for a Saturday competition and on Thursday for one taking place on Sunday; doing it later than that make our voluntary Captain’s work very complicated, but also that of the Host Club. It may also have an incidence on the schedule requested by other participants, which cannot be guaranteed any longer. In case of a last minute problem, please inform as quickly as possible the secretariat of the Host Club and if possible a member of the Committee.

Departures list: The Captain tries his best to satisfy all players’ requests for specific departure times or other expressed wishes, but it is not always possible. The club’s intent is for members to play with as many different players as possible in order to get to know each other better. We cannot guaranty that you will be able to play in the afternoon if you work in the morning. If you think that you will no be able to depart on time, it is best to scratch yourself.

Series: Series are established on the basis of the indexes defined by the host club and if we have at least 6 players for each one of them. No exception to this rule will be admitted.

Playing « outside » of a competition: Some players like to participate but prefer not to compete. Just specify it when you register in the column « Comments ». You score will not be registered with FFG.

Showing up at the departure Tee: As a elementary demonstration of respect for your fellow competitors, you are imperatively required to present yourself at the departure 10 minutes ahead of you tee time. 5 minutes late will be penalized by the loss of the first hole and if you show up later than that, it will unfortunately mean disqualification. 

- New Rules: It is indispensable to be acquainted with the new rules established this year (2019). You will find them under chapter « News » on our website.

Provisional ball: In case of doubt, you must play a provisional ball in order to avoid the need to go back to your starting point to play another one, which slows the game considerably for everyone.

Lost ball: Beware ! The new rules only allow 3 minutes to search for a lost ball. Your fellow competitors bear responsibility to tell you: « stop, we move on » if you haven’t found it within this time frame.

Bunkers: Remember to rake the bunkers after your passage. Nothing is more annoying than finding oneself in difficulty in a bunker damaged by footprints.

Specific use of golf carts: Players concerned are requested to refer to chapter 2.4.6 of our Internal Rules.

Cocktails: The cocktail and prize giving ceremony is an integral part of the competition. In case you cannot attend, you are required to inform us either via the contact e-mail address, or to indicate it in the « Comments » column upon registration.

V.4 - 2019