Rathbane Golf Club boasts a tradition of high participation by members and visitors in Club and Open Competitions. All players adhere to competition rules which lead to a high level of fair-play, player etiquette and competitiveness.

Men's Competition Rules

  • The Committee reserves the right to alter, postpone, or abandon any competition.
  • Please accord priority on the course to those so entitled.
  • Ties in all competitions shall be decided as follows: last 18, 9, 6, 3, 2, 1 holes.
  • In match play, if level after 18 holes - thereafter sudden death.
  • Persons in arrears (Annual Subscription and Competition Fees) will not be eligible to win prizes in any competition.
  • Slow Play. The Competition Committee will monitor this.  Players maybe penalise players. 
  • Players are responsible for the proper return of their scorecards. The Score Card should include the following:- 1. Your Name, 2. The date of the competition, 3. Name of the competition, 4. Your handicap, 5. Your signature, 6. Your markers signature, 7. The Gross and Nett Score for Strokeplay, Four Ball and Foursomes, 8. The points filled in for each hole and totalled for all holes played in Stableford Competitions.
  • Before commencing your round please complete the following steps:- 1. Sign in the competitions book, 2. Pay the entry fee and complete fully the envelope with the Date, Your Name and the Name of the Competition, then leave the envelope in the Men's Drawer under the computer monitor. 3. Enter for the Competition on the computer.
  • On completion of your round:- 1. Enter your score in the computer, 2. Put your signed scorecard in the slot for scorecards under the computer monitor.
  • Failure to enter your score in the computer for singles competitions may result in disqualification, unless in the exceptional case the computer was out of order, and the player indicates this on his scorecard.
  • Players are also responsible for checking the conditions of play. Please check the notice board and competition book for details.
  • Men's time sheets will operate for all competitions and will be available when the Club House opens on the Saturday week prior to the competition. Members should note that the management is now operating the time sheets and all bookings need to be made through the reservation desk. There will also be a starter in place for us and members are asked to report 15 minutes before their tee time. Repeated failure in either missing your tee time or failing to turn up could result in having your actions reviewed by the disciplinary committee for possible sanction.
  • Reserved tee times for members will be posted on the Notice Board in the Club House.  
  • Golfing Union of Ireland Rules regarding Amateur Status applies in all competitions.  
  • Please replace divots, repair pitch marks, and rake bunkers
  • Current Handicap for all match play competitions with the full difference in singles, 3/4 of the difference with the lowest going to scratch in Fourball and half the combined difference of current handicaps in Foursomes.
  • Rule 14-3, Appendix IV.  Rules of Golf 2012 to 2015.  The use of measuring devices may be used in the measuring of distance, it cannot measure the slope, wind speed or direction, temperature, humidity etc.  It cannot make recommendations that might assist the player in making a stroke or in her play club selection or type of shot or green reading.  It cannot calculate the distance between two points based on the slope or other conditions affecting shot distance.

 Men's Rules for Golfer of the Year

  1. The following are the Majors:
  • President’s Prize
  • Captain’s Prize
  • Vice-Captain’s Prize
  1. In order to win first prize in the above majors, a player:
  • Must be a paid up member of Rathbane Golf Club
  • Must have played in at least 3 club competitions before any of the Majors

Golfer of the Year

  1. Golfer of the year will be played over 13 Competitions marked ** in the Competitions fixture listings.
  2. The player with the best overall points score for the 13 events will be the winner.
  3. The Competitions to count are as follows:
  • The three Majors
  • The April, May, June, July, August and September Medals
  • The Rabbits and Foxes Cups, August V Par, the PlayersChampionship and the Singles Match Play
  1. Points scale: (except for match play) 1st Place = 10 Points to 10th Place = 1 point
  2. Winner of singles-match play 10 points, 2nd 6 points, 3rd and 4th place 4 points each
  3. The Winners in each of the Majors get 5 bonus points.

Singles Match Play

  1. A notice will be posted on a notice board in the clubhouse for entries and there will be 3 weeks between rounds.
  2. Dates will be strictly enforced. Failure to play the match within the allotted time will result in the disqualification of both players.
  3. All first round matches to be completed by (Date to be confirmed).
  4. Both players are responsible for arranging their match. Unless the Competition Secretary has agreed prior to the closing date of that round, failure to play the match within the allotted time will result in the disqualification of both players.

Fourball Match Play

  1. The qualifying competition will take place in April, with 32 pairs to qualify. There will be 3 weeks between rounds. Dates will be strictly enforced. Failure to play the match within the allotted time will result in the disqualification of both pairings.
  2. Both pairings are responsible for arranging the match. Unless the Competition Secretary has agreed prior to the closing date of that round, failure to play the match within the allotted time will result in the disqualification of both pairings.

Club Foursomes

  1. The qualifying competition will take place in April with 32 pairs to qualify. There will be at least 3 weeks between rounds. Dates will be strictly enforced. Failure to play the match within the allotted time will result in the disqualification of both pairings.
  2. Both pairings are responsible for arranging the match. Unless the Competition Secretary has agreed prior to the closing date of that round, failure to play the match within the allotted time will result in the disqualification of both pairings.

National and Provincial Cups and Shields 2013

Team Team Manager
Pierce Purcell Shield Eamon Ryan
Jimmy Bruen Shield Paul Clancy
Junior Cup Brian Fitzgerald
Senior Cup Brian Fitzgerald
Barton Shield Leonard Fitzgerald
National Mixed Foursomes            TBA
Belvedere TBA

 

Competitions, except Majors, can now be played anytime on Saturday or Sunday

Bookings outside of club times to be made at reception.


Men's Tee Times

Saturday Morning 8.00 to 9.00

Sunday Morning opening to 11.45

sunday Afternoon 3.00 to 3.30 

Ladies Competition Rules

  • The committee reserves the right to alter, postpone, or abandon any competition. Committee decision is final.  The Committee has the right to amend/change/alter/introduce rules from time to time.
  • Please accord priority on the course to those so entitled.
  • Ties in all competitions shall be decided as follows: last 18, 9, 6, 3, 2, 1 holes.
  • Persons in arrears (Annual Subscription and Competition Fees) will not be eligible to win prizes in any competition.
  • Slow Play. The Competition Committee will monitor this.  Players maybe penalised. Your place on the Golf Course is behind the group in front not in front of the group behind
  • Each Score Card shall be deemed to be correctly issued by the Committee pursuant to Rule 33.5.  It is the responsibility of each Member to ensure that her name and date of the Competition are on the Score Card.
  • Players are responsible for the proper return of their score cards. The score card should include the following:- 1. Your Name, 2. The date of the Competition, 3. Name of the Competition, 4. Your handicap, 5. Your Signature, 6. Your Markers Signature.
  • Before commencing your round please complete the following steps: 1. Sign in the competitions book, 2. Pay the entry fee and complete fully the envelope with the Date, Your Name and the Competition, then leave the envelope in the Ladies Drawer.  3. Enter for the competition on the computer.
  • On completion of your round, 1. Enter your score in the computer, 2. Put your signed score card in the slot for score cards under the computer monitor.  3. The Gross and Net Score for Stroke play, 4. The points filled in for each hole and totalled for all holes played in Stableford competitions.
  • Failure to enter your score in the computer for singles competitions may result in disqualification, unless in the exceptional case the computer was out of order, and the player indicates this on his scorecard.  You must sign into the computer on Wednesday if you play your competition on this day instead of Sunday.
  • Players are also responsible for checking the conditions of play. Please check the notice board before you commence your round.
  • Ladies Timesheets will be in operation for all competitions and will be put on the Notice Board each Sunday for the following week and will remain on the Notice Board until the Wednesday of the Competition week and will then be moved to the desk to facilitate further phone bookings on the sheet through the Reservation Desk.  Please be at the First Tee at least 15 minutes before your tee time.
  • All Members must swipe their Club Membership Card at the Reception Desk every time they play.  This includes all competitions.  You must carry your Club Membership Card on the course to show the Ranger or Course Manager when asked.
  • Reserved tee times for members will be posted on the Notice Board in the Club House.  
  • ILGU Rules regarding Amateur Status applies in all competitions.  
  • Please replace divots, repair pitch marks, and rake bunkers.
  • Single Match Play/Plate Competition.  The closing date for entry to the Club Match Play is April 16th and there will be 3 weeks between rounds.  Dates will be strictly enforced.  Top named player on the draw sheet is responsible for arranging the match or letting the Competition Secretary know the match is not going ahead.  Failure to play the match within the allotted time will result in disqualification.  Entry Fee must be paid prior to first match.  The Plate Competition will take place after the 1st round of the Match Play.
  • Non Return of Score Cards. All members must return their score card after each competition, even if the round is not fully completed.  Congu Rule 8.8 - it is the responsibility of the player to "Ensure that all competition cards in Qualifying Competitions, whether or not complete, are returned to the Organising Committee, and make such computer entries as may be required".  All score cards, including "No Return" cards must be deposited in the competition box.  Breaches of this rule may result in a player being excluded from competitions for a specified period, or suspension of handicap.  As and from 1st March 2012 if a member has 2 Non Return Score Cards, the Member will be contacted and informed that on the 3rd Non Return the Member will face disqualification.
  • Current Handicap for all match play competitions with the full difference in singles, Half the combined difference of current handicaps in Foursomes.  As in previous years, all match play competitions will go straight to sudden death if tied after 18 holes.
  • Rule 14-3, Appendix IV.  Rules of Golf 2012 to 2015.  The use of measuring devices may be used in the measuring of distance, it cannot measure the slope, wind speed or direction, temperature, humidity etc.  It cannot make recommendations that might assist the player in making a stroke or in her play club selection or type of shot or green reading.  It cannot calculate the distance between two points based on the slope or other conditions affecting shot distance.
  • Away Scores:-  If you play in a Competition with a Society or a Single Competition at another Club, and your score is better than standard scratch, you must cut your handicap immediately, if you play with an incorrect handicap you will be disqualified i.e. if your handicap should have been reduced.  You must report your score from any away Competitions to the Handicap Secretary immediately.  You must also record your score in the Away Score Book which can be found in the Ladies Locker Room.  If you are unsure of Standard Scratch please ask the Competition Organiser or the Competition Secretary at the Club where you have played.  In relation to Team Competitions i.e. Rumbles, Scramble, Team of 3, all scores must be returned and these will be reviewed at the Annual Review.
  • Alternate Day - Weekly Competition.  Lady Members, playing with another Lady Member, can play on the Wednesday of the current competition week (this is called an alternate day) ONLY for weeks of Stableford Competition and by paying your competition fee, signing in the competition book and returning your signed card you can qualify for the following Sunday Competition (STABLEFORD ONLY - excludes Majors/Monthly Medals).  There has to be a minimum of 6 players between Wednesday and Sunday to enable the Competition to go ahead.  If 6 members play on a Wednesday and the Sunday Competition is cancelled, it will be deemed that there was a Competition.
  • In the event of a competition being cancelled because of weather or other circumstances the timesheet will carry over to the following week.
  • When playing in competitions, 4 balls are not permitted.  2 and 3 balls are only allowed.

Lady Golfer of the Year

The following are the Majors:

  • Presidents Prize
  • Captains Prize
  • Vice-Captains Prize
  • Men’s Prize to the Ladies

In order for any Lady member to be eligible to win first prize in any of the above Major Competitions, the member must have played in at least 3 weekly competitions prior to the first Major Competition of the season.

Lady Golfer of the Year is based on the best 10 cards in the following competitions marked *** in the competitions listings.

  • All 4 Majors as above
  • 6 Monthly Medals - April, May, June, July, August and September

Points scale: 1st Place = 10 Points to 10th Place = 1 point. The Winners in each of the Majors get 5 bonus points.

In the event of a tie in the Lady Golfer of the Year Competition the following will determine the winner:-  The player with the Most Points from the 4 Major Competitions will be declared the winner.  If still tied the Competition will be shared.

ILGU Awards

Silver Spoon is awarded by the ILGU to the Club Member who returns the lowest aggregate of three net stroke play scores in a qualifying competition on our home course during the year. Members must be playing off 36 or less.

The ILGU Silver and Bronze Medals are presented annually in each Club affiliated to the ILGU. The winner will be the player who returns the lowest aggregate of 4 net scores in her club in Medal competitions in her handicap category. The Silver Medal is awarded in the handicap category of 0-20 inclusive. The Bonze Medal is awarded in the handicap category of 21-36 inclusive.

Ladies Team Events

For Private Home Care Inter Club Championships (ILGU), Mixed Team and Miele Competitions sign in sheets will be placed on the notice board. Places will be decided on current playing form, and not handicaps. To be eligible to participate on team events members must have their subscription fully paid.

Members please note the following:

  1. Team Managers will be posting a trial sheet and members are encouraged to put their name on the sheet if they are interested in attending trials for the team panels.
  2. Submit any cards from play in the time leading up to and including trials for teams.
  3. Team Managers decisions on selection are final and deserve the support of the entire team.

Most Improved Golfer in 2012

To be eligible for this award, you must be a fully paid up member on 1st March 2012 and playing off a Handicap of 36 at that time.  The award will be decided based on the best improvement (loss of shots) by 1st October 2012 and will be presented at the Joint Captain's Dinner in December 2012.

Masters Competition 2012

The top 10 players in the Lady Golfer of the Year table and the winner of the Club Match Play will play in this Competition. 

Private Home Care Inter Club Championships 2012

Team Team Managers
Senior Foursomes          Marie Costello and Therese Clancy
Junior Foursomes Mary Traynor/Judy Purcell and Teresa Stack   
Junior Cup Noreen Campbell and Elaine Donegan
Intermediate Cup Patricia Costello and Mary Lipper
Minor Cup Mairead O'Connell and Charlene Conwell
Challenge Cup Marion Kennedy and Marie Bartlett