Matchplay Format

  • How is the Matchplay Championship played?

    The Championship includes a Betterball (team of 2) and Individual competition and competitors may enter one or both. For the purpose of this text we refer to the Betterball competition but the format is identical for the Individual competition with the exception of stroke allowance – see below.

    The playing format is Betterball or Individual matchplay whereby the player who scores the lowest net score on a particular hole will win that hole. At the end of each match the winning team will progress to the next round and the losing team are eliminated from the competition.

    Play commences in June with a maximum of four rounds played between June and October. After four rounds the winning pair in each region will qualify for their Regional Final in October. The playing format at the Regional Finals is individual / betterball Stableford.

    The leading pairs from each Regional Final, depending on the number of pairs taking part on the day, qualify for the Grand Final in Las Vegas in March 2025.

  • Who can enter?

    The competition is open to all male and female golfers who are a member of a CONGU affiliated golf club in England, Scotland or Wales.

    Each competitor must have an active World Handicap System (WHS) index issued by a CONGU affiliated golf club and their handicap must remain active for the duration of the competition.
    Each competitor must have played in a minimum of SIX individual handicap qualifying competitions, at the golf club at which their handicap is managed, in the 12 month period 1st June 2023 – 31st May 2024.

    For the purpose of this rule supplementary scores are not classed as qualifying scores.

    Handicap limits are 18 for men and 24 for ladies. Golfers with higher handicap may enter and play off these limits.

    Betterball teams may be mixed and players may come from different clubs.

    Golfers under 18 yrs may compete in the Betterball competition but MUST be partnered by an adult. Competitors in the Individual competition MUST be 18 yrs and over.

    Closing date for entries is Monday 13th May.

    If, during the competition a competitor is found to not comply with any of the above entry criteria the pair will be disqualified and the entry fee will not be refunded.

  • How much is the entry fee?

    BETTERBALL - £100 per pair
    INDIVIDUAL - £60 per player

  • Where are the matches played?

    After the closing date a Draw is made on a regional basis to minimise travelling for competitors.

    Each pair will have nominated a home course where they will play their home matches. The draw is based on the post code of the home club and each draw contains 16 pairs including the names, handicaps, golf clubs and contact details of all 16 pairs.

    Matches must be played at courses with 18 holes (not 9 hole courses). Members of 9 hole courses can enter the competition but must play their matches away.

    Each pair is allocated a reference code including a number and letter A – P, for example 012A, 012B etc. In the first round pair A play pair B, C play D, E play F etc etc.

    In the first round the pair drawn at the top in each match, that is, A,C,E,G,I,K,M,O will play at home. In the first round it is the responsibility of both pairs to contact each other to arrange a date to play the match.

    In subsequent rounds the pair who are first to record their result will have home advantage in the next round.

    It is always the equal responsibility of both pairs to contact their opponents to arrange a date and time to play the match.

  • Complimentary or reduced green fees?

    Every competitor in the tournament must be a current member of a golf club so that they can offer their opponents a Member’s Guest green fee. Courtesy of the course is often granted but not guaranteed and any green fees payable will be charged at the member's guest rate and shared equally between each competitor:

    For example, if two players need to pay a green fee and the member's guest green fee is £20 then each player in the fourball will pay £10 each ( 2 x £20 / 4 = £10).

    One of the most popular reasons for entering the tournament is that it provides an opportunity to play competitive golf on different courses for a fraction of the normal green fee.

  • How are matches arranged?

    At the start of June the regional draws are published on the website. Competitors can view the details of the other pairs in their regional draw including their names, handicaps, telephone numbers, emails and golf clubs.

    Matches are arranged by the competitors on a mutually convenient date and time. A period of at least 4 weeks is allocated to complete each round.

    It is always the equal responsibility of both pairs to contact their opponents to arrange a date and time to play the match.