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Situated in picturesque Royal Park, the course is both attractive and challenging, only 3 kms from the city, with the honour of being possibly the only golf course with a tram and train line running through it. The Club has been the nursery for many golfers who went on to make a mark in the golfing world, including Peter Thomson (club champion at the age of 16, in 1945) who won the British Open 5 times, Gus Jackson and Mick Ryan. Peter and Mick were both included in the VGA's Victorian Team of the Century in 2002.

Club Patron ~ Peter Thomson

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GOLF COMPETITIONS AND HOW THEY ARE PLAYED

These notes are only intended to assist in the general concept of how various handicap competitions are played. They must be read in conjunction with the Rules of Golf.

STROKE
The score of each hole is entered on the score card, totalled and the player's full handicap deducted. The player who completes the round with the least strokes is the winner.


PAR AND STABLEFORD (See Rule 32)
Determine each holes 'Calculated Par'
Using the 'Stroke Index' from the scorecard, firstly allocate your handicap to determine each holes 'calculated par'.
For example, a player on a handicap of 10 will add one shot to the 'par' value of each hole with a stroke index of 10 or less.
On each of these holes a par 4 would become a 'calculated par' 5 for that player. (a par 3 would become a calculated par 4)
A player with a handicap greater than 18 will receive 2 shots on the number of holes calculated by subtracting 18 from their handicap.
For example, a player with a handicap of 21 will receive 2 shots on three holes. (21 - 18 = 3). They will receive one shot on the other 15 holes.
For the three holes they receive 2 shots on, (i.e. the holes with a stroke index of 1, 2 and 3) a par 4 would become a 'calculated par' 6.

Scoring for STABLEFORD Competitions

Players who exceed their calculated par by two strokes receive no points and wipe the hole.
A score of one stroke over your calculated 'par' will result in one point.
If you make your calculated 'par' you will score two points.
A score of one stroke better than your calculated par will result in three points.
A score two strokes better than your calculated par will result four points.
A score three strokes better than your calculated par will result in five points (and so on).

Scoring for PAR Competitions

A hole is either won, lost or halved. Once again this is determined by comparing your actual strokes against your 'calculated par'.
If you make your calculated 'par', you will halve the hole. - a 0 (zero) or a small square is recorded in the scorecards result column.
If you score better than your calculated par you will 'win' the hole. A '+' (plus) is recorded in the scorecards result column.
If you score more than your 'par', you will 'lose' the hole. A '-' (minus) is recorded in the scorecards result column.


FOUR BALL-BEST BALL PAR OR STABLEFORD
These competitions are played by two players competing as partners. Each player plays his own ball. Handicaps and scoring as for Par or Stableford as previously described, except that only the better score of the pair is recorded on the card, together with that players initials. When score are equal, the ball holed first is recorded.


FOUR BALL-WORST BALL PAR OR STABLEFORD
These competitions are played by two players competing as partners. Each player plays his own ball. Handicaps and scoring as for Par or Stableford as previously described. The WORST score of the pair is recorded on the card, together with that players initials. When score are equal, the ball holed last is recorded.


CANADIAN FOURSOMES
Played with a partner and both players tee off on all holes. The players then decide together which ball is in the best position and the other ball is taken out of play.
If Player A hit the selected ball from the tee, then Player B will hit the next shot or vice versa. Play continues on an alternate basis until the hole is completed, and for each hole thereafter. Incurring a penalty shot does not affect the order of play. The handicap of each team is calculated by halving the aggregate of team members' individual handicaps.


FOURSOMES
Played in pairs with one ball in play. Players strike the ball alternately during each holes play. The partners must tee off from alternate tees. (Player A tees off on the odd numbered holes, Player B tees off on the even numbered holes.)

Players play alternate shots during the hole. Penalty strokes do NOT affect the order of play. Scoring is done as for a stroke round and the total is subject to a deduction of half the partners' aggregate handicaps


AMBROSE

Played with one or more partners. Each player tees off and the best shot is selected and its position marked. Each player in the team then places the ball within one score cards width of the marked position. The team may play in any order. The ball selected to play may be lifted, cleaned and placed once its position has been marked. If on the green, the balls are to be placed within one putter head of the marker.

Number of drives required by each player:

18 holes:

9 holes:
Players Drives Players Drives
4 3 4 2
3 4 3 2
2 6 2 3

Handicaps Calculation:
Teams of 4, divide by 8
Teams of 3, divide by 6
Teams of 2, divide by 4


STABLEFORD MULTIPLIER

4 Ball Stableford Event
Both players should record their individual score and their stableford points on the card. The teams overall result for the hole is determined by multiplying these two stableford points .The teams overall result is also to be recorded on the card.
Player A has 4 (strokes) 2 (points)
Player B has 3 for 3
Teams has 2 x 3 = 6 stableford points
The card would thus appear : 4-2 3-3 6



MATCH PLAY

In Match Play, the game is played in holes. A hole is won by the player or side that holes the ball in fewer strokes. In a handicap match the lower nett score wins. The score is kept by the term "holes up", "holes down" or "all square".
A hole is halved if each side/player holes out in the same number of strokes or the same nett score.
A player/side may concede a hole or a match at any time prior to the conclusion of the hole or the match. Concession of a stroke, hole or match may not be declined or withdrawn.
A match is won by the player/side when the number of holes "up" is greater than the number of holes remaining to be played.

Chris McManus Memorial Match Play Championship Qualification Details :

An individuals single best net score from any of the first three monthly medals will be used as their qualifying score.

Note:
Scratch Events-A match which ends all square, shall be continued hole by hole from the hole where the match began, until one side wins a hole
Handicap Events-As in scratch events, but with strokes being allowed as if the match has been recommenced.

In handicap Match Play, the method of ascertaining handicap is that the lowest marker, in any particular match, goes back to scratch and then give the other player or players the difference in their respective handicaps.

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