IGC Internal Rules (Rules of game)


1. General rules

1.1 Access to the golf course, club house and practice

Accesses to the course are 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 by the FFG. The calculation is based on the scoring method WHS (World Handicap System) which took effect in 2019 – see web sites FFG (ffgolf) and ASG (Swissgolf).

1.3 Guests

IGC competitions are open to all members and their guests. A maximum of 3 guests may be invited to play in each event. However the Committee reserves the right to give priority to the members if necessary. Non-members (guests) may be invited no more than twice per the season. Each member may invite a maximum of two guests per season. Guests will play outside of the competition; their scores will be included in the final results’ list but they will not be eligible for the competition prizes.

1.4 New members

New members’ indexes will be determined on the basis of the attestation supplied by the golf club that they were members of. If a new member already has an FFG or ASG licence from the previous year, the index therein will apply. If not, the Committee may decide to allocate a temporary index of maximum 54 to the player and then determine his level of play based on the score obtained on the occasion of his first competition.

New members are invited to consult the new R&A Rules of 2019 and in particular those related to the etiquette.

2. Competition Rules

2.1 Competition Committee

A competition committee will be established for each competition, normally including the captain and one or two members of the IGC Committee.

2.2 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.

2.2.2 Registrations must be made directly on the IGC website by members themselves, at least 4 days before the competition.

2.2.3 Should a competition be overbooked, a waiting list will be established and the rule applied will be first registered, first served. If one player is on the waiting list and if someone withdraws (scratches), his registration will be automatically confirmed according to the position he has on the list.

2.2.4 In order to register a guest, you must indicate his/her surname, first name, licence number and index in the « comments » column of the registration process.

2.2.5 If one player missed the registration deadline, he may send a request to contact@cig-igc.com and the Committee will do it upmost to accommodate him if a spot has been vacated.

2.2.6 A participant who wish to scratch will do it if possible before the closing of registrations, that is to say on Monday prior to a competition taking place on Friday, on Tuesday for a Saturday competition and on Wednesday for one taking place on Sunday.  Doing it later will make the captain’s work and that of the host club complicated, while it may have also an incidence on the schedule requested by other participants, which cannot be guaranteed any longer. In case of a last minute scratch, the player should inform as quickly as possible the secretariat of the host club and if possible a member of the Committee.

2.2.7 A player who do not want to compete has to mention it while registering in the column “comments”. Consequently, his score will not be registered with FFG.

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 club with the updated player’s index.

Thanks to this technology, players may consult their tee-off times directly on the IGC website, usually from 12 noon onwards one day prior to the competition.  The list is displayed in PDF format. Members are required to inform their quests accordingly.

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

This new process, which is used by all 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. In case of difficulties, competitors may call the office of the host club the day before the competition.

2.3.2 The starting list is usually based on two different time slots (first half, second half) whose choice will be mentioned by the participant in the registration form. In case, he will also indicate a partner with whom he wish to play (carpool,etc.). To play with a partner of choice is not a given, while the captain might not be able to satisfy all requests for any number of reasons and constraints. Furthermore, 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 the deadline for registration, a subsequent “no-show” which has not been announced in advance within a reasonable time, will be considered as an unjustified scratching and will be registered as such by the FFG.

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 as local rules.

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

2.4.3 The Rules of golf and etiquette must be known and 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 ahead of your tee time. 5 minutes late will be penalized by the loss of the first hole and more then 5 minutes will be sanctioned by a disqualification, except a case of absolute necessity.

2.4.5 Players must maintain a quick pace of play in accordance with indicated time limits. The competition committee (or course’ s 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 reason, the use of a golf cart during a IGC competition is authorized in principle for a maximum of three competitions during the season. Beyond this number, members will be allowed to continue using a golf cart if they so wish, but will not be eligible for a price. In all cases, their results will be registered with FFG and taken into account for their index.

2.4.7 In case of doubt, the player should play a provisional ball in order to avoid to go back to his  starting point to play again, while slowing the game for everyone.

2.4.8 The new rule gives only 3 minutes to players for searching a lost ball. If the ball is not found within this time frame, the other flight members bear responsibility to draw the attention of the player to go on.

2.4.9 The players are requested to rake the bunkers after their passage and to repair the pitch marks.

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 number of strokes (NB: no the net score) 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, he could be penalized and where appropriate his index could be modified by the FFG.

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 dispute about a score, the cards must not be signed and the dispute shall be referred to the competition committee for settlement.

2.5.7 All scorecards must be handed in to the club secretariat within 10 minutes following the completion of play. Penalty for failure to do so is 2 points net.

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 Each competition will include a raw score ranking for men and ladies separately, a net score ranking per serie for men and ladies separately

2.6.4 The prize giving ceremony is an integral part or the competition and requires that all participants be present at this occasion. A player who is unable to attend the prize giving must inform the committee by e-mail or indicate it in the “comments” column upon registration. If a prize winner is not present, the prize will be awarded to the next-ranked person, except for special prizes which will be picked at random.

.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 up a 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 competition. 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 from the yellow tees. From 75 years onwards, the player may play from the blue tees.

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

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