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Hole not Completed / Played

Members need to make sure they select the right option when prompted during score entry about hole not played or not completed. Under the rules of handicapping there is a difference:


There are various circumstances that may result in a round not being completed and some holes not being played. For example, due to:

  • Fading light or bad weather,
  • Player injury or illness,
  • A match finishing before the final hole, or
  • A hole being declared out of play by the Committee for maintenance or reconstruction purposes.

If it is determined that a player has not played a hole or holes for an invalid reason, the score will not be acceptable for handicap purposes. Invalid reasons include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Not playing a particular hole on a golf course because the player knows it usually causes them difficulty and they are likely to return a high hole score.
  • Not playing the final holes on a golf course in order to avoid submitting a high or low score.

In either case, the Handicap Committee could add a penalty score to the player’s scoring record, if it is determined that the player’s actions were for the purpose of gaining an unfair scoring advantage.


When a player starts a hole but does not hole out for a valid reason, subject to other provisions set out within the Rules of Handicapping, the player must record their score as appropriate for the situation and depending on the format of play, for example, net double bogey or zero Stableford points.


If the format of play does not allow a player to pick-up their ball before holing out, for example an individual gross score or net score stroke play competition, the player will be disqualified from the competition.

In a Maximum Score format of stroke play, there may be situations where a player has not reached their net double bogey score before reaching the maximum score as determined by the Terms of the Competition. In such cases, the player should record either a net double bogey or zero Stableford points.

May 2022 Competitions #1

May Day Trophy

The May Day Trophy in 2022 will be awarded to the overall winner of the Sunday Competition which runs from Sunday 1st May to Tuesday 3rd May.

Saturday Competition

07th May – Golf Ireland Gold Medals Competition
As Golf Ireland have not confirmed the format for the 2022 competition, we have decided to change the competition to Maximum Score. Competition prizes will be awarded based on our ‘normal’ sections BUT the members who will represent at the Club at the Ulster final will be determined when the competition bands have been released.

14th May – Club Members Day
Due to the change to the Golf Medals format we have changed this to a stableford competition. In addition to the ‘normal’ sections prizes there will be additional prizes per hole.

21st May – Mary Peter’s Trust Golf Finals Qualifier
Eighteen hole stableford competition with the overall winner representing the club at the Mary Peter’s Trust Finals. In 2022 the Club will cover the cost of the additional entry fee per member.

28th May – Davidson Cup and Club Championship Qualifier
Eighteen hole maximum score competition which is the second qualifying round for the Davidson Cup and the Club Championship.

Seniors and Super Senior Competitions

36 Hole Seniors and Super Senior Competition
Members aged 50 and over qualify to compete in the Seniors and members aged 60 and over qualify to compete in the Super Seniors competition.  

May 2022: 36 Hole Seniors
Winner will have the highest two stableford scores submitted in a competition played from the WHITE tee boxes during these dates from members aged 50 or over. In the event of a tie the better second round will be used.

May 2022: 36 Hole Super Seniors
Winner will have the highest two stableford scores submitted in a competition played from the BLUE tee boxes during May from members aged 60 or over. In the event of a tie the better second round will be used.

Midweek Competitions

The Sunday, Midweek and 60 Plus competitions will continue as scheduled with Sunday 29th May the monthly maximum score competition.

The 60 Plus and Sunday Summer Leagues scores to date will be published within the next couple of weeks.

Match play Competitions

Draw for the match play competitions will be made published on Monday 2nd May with details posted on the match play page.

Advanced Information

Members are asked to read the post about the prompt that appears on screen when entering a score – Hole not Completed / Played

Captains Day Friday Night
On Friday 29th July we plan to hold a knock out competition on the Par 3. If the match is tied going into the final hole then it will be decided with a single shot closest to the pin. Winner progresses to the next round until we have an overall winner. More details to follow.

Captains & Presidents Day
Based on a recommendation from Match & Handicap the Council have agreed members must have eight competitions on their scoring record in 2022 to be eligible to win one of the main prizes on both Captains Day and Presidents Day. General Play score will not be accepted.

The only exception will be for a valid medical reason BUT members must notify Match & Handicap at least one week in advance to be granted this exemption.

April 2022 Update #1


From Saturday 16th April the ball must be played as it lies.

Visit the April Competitions for further information about the remaining Saturday competitions this month.

Inter Club Competitions

If anyone is interested in representing the Club in any of the Inter Club competition this year, please return the Qualifying Criteria post before putting your name on the relevant sheet in the members room.

Saturday Tee Times

Some members are experiencing problems the tee time booking on the HowDidiDo App and website. If you are one of those members please contact Keith Hanna and he will update your booking accordingly.

2022 / 2023 Membership

Membership forms are available in the members room or can be downloaded from the Membership Page.

As was previously posted, if your membership has not been paid by Friday 15th April, in additional to no longer holding an official Golf Ireland Handicap Index you will be blocked from signing into Club Competitions.

Tee times can be cancelled and amended using the Touch Screen in the Members Room.


From 1st April 2022 all Clubs will revert to the rules of golf regarding score cards with the requirement for a marker to complete and return a physical score card with both signatures on it.  Members can still enter their scores into the handicap system via the Touch Screen or the HowDidiDo app.
Also we expect members to put all Handicap Index, Course Handicap and Playing Handicap on the score cards. DQ penalties will apply to the Handicap Index.

Match Play

The entries are open for the 2022 match play competitions. Visit the Match Play page for further details.

Transportation [Buggies]

Our transportation policy states:
During a round a player must not ride on any form of transportation during a club competition except as authorised or later approved by the Match & Handicap committee.

Penalty for Breach of Local Rule: The player gets the General Penalty for each hole during which there is a breach of the local rule. If the breach occurs between the play of two holes, it applies to the next hole.

As there has been an increase in members using buggies Match & Handicap want to compile a list of members who are using them. So, we would ask ALL existing members who use transportation and any new members wishing to use transportation during 2022 to email, so he can complete the list.