Format

  • All events will be conducted in accordance with the rules of golf and such local rules as approved by the tournament committee.
  • The Championship will be a 72 hole single stableford event. ‘A’ grade golfers will also be eligible to compete for a 72 hole ‘gross’ event. Golfers will be drawn to play one round at each of the four host courses.
  • Golfers may choose morning or afternoon starts each round. Subject to availability.
  • Competition is played in age divisions and are subject to change based on entry numbers. The handicap range for each grade (A, B, C) will be based on final entries. The maximum handicap for men and women are as follows:

Age Groups and Handicap Divisions (A,B,C)
You are guaranteed to play with golfers your own age and standard:

35-55 (max. h’cap 30 men; 40 ladies)
56-65 (max. h’cap 30 men; 40 ladies)
66+ (max. h’cap 36 men; 45 ladies)

Players with higher handicaps must play off the maximum permitted handicap.

  • Trophies for the 72 hole event will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in each age/handicap division. Winners are determined by the highest aggregate of Stableford points over the four competition rounds. Trophies will be awarded to the winner of the 72 hole single stroke ‘gross’ event in each age division. Players may only win one trophy.
  • The tournament committee has approved the use of distance measuring devices at the Centara World Masters Golf Championship.
  • All events will be conducted in accordance with the rules of golf and such local rules as approved by the tournament committee.
  • To drive a motorised cart, competitors agree to possess a current driver’s license and have previous experience driving a golf cart equal to a minimum of four rounds. In the event of an accident, the driver is responsible for the costs to repair the cart and any property damaged as well as being liable for any personal injury claims.

Handicaps

  • Competitors must have an official handicap (endorsed by your national golf association). For golfers who have provided online access to their handicap history, tournament organisers will download your ‘handicap index’ and this will be confirmed at tournament registration. Entrants who have not provided online access to your handicap, must provide confirmation of your handicap index to the tournament committee. This official handicap advice must be signed by an authorised club official. Players who fail to provide handicap verification will be permitted to play, but will be ineligible for golf prizes.
  • The ‘slope handicap system’ will be utilised to calculate player handicaps for the Championship rounds. Under the slope system, the difficulty of the golf course and the tee blocks played from determine a player’s handicap prior to the start of each round. The course handicap will be displayed on your scorecard each round and is calculated as follows:
    Handicap Index x Slope Rating (Corresponding Tee) /113
  • The handicap committee have managed international amateur tournaments for more than 20 years. The handicap committee have developed a complex and proven system for adjusting player handicaps (reductions only) following each round of the tournament. The handicap adjustments take into consideration: Scores for each round in relation to the calculated course rating. The calculated course rating is based on the 15th percentile score at the course you are playing each day.

Stableford Competition Explained
The number of stableford points awarded on each hole is determined based on your ‘adjusted score’ on each hole in relation to par. Under stableford scoring, your actual score on each hole is adjusted based on your handicap. The stroke index is used to determine on what holes you apply your handicap. Examples: a 12 handicap golfer would deduct one shot from their fixed score on stroke index holes rated 1 to 12 only. A 24 handicap player would deduct two shots from their fixed score on holes indexed 1 through 6 and deduct one shot on holes indexed 7 to 18. The ‘adjusted’ score is then compared to the stableford scoring table as follows:

Use this table to calculate stableford points for your ‘adjusted score’
Double bogey or worse 0 stableford points Birdie (1 under par) 3 stableford points
Bogey (1 over par) 1 stableford point Eagle (2 under par) 4 stableford points
Par 2 stableford points Albatross (3 under par) 5 stableford points

Pace of Play
Pace of Play is paramount at Go Golfing / Golfasian events. Where many players are unfamiliar with the courses, 4.5 hours is a reasonable pace of play. Maintaining a reasonable pace of play is an important element in having a good experience on course. It’s often a combination of little things not done that wind up contributing to slow play and on-course traffic jams.
Here are some tips for making sure your pace of play is as brisk as it should be. Remember: pace of play isn’t about rushing your shots, it’s about being ready to play your stroke when it’s your turn, and behaving efficiently on the course. Click here to view our pace of play tips. << link to a new page in Thailand.

Distance Measuring Devices
The tournament committee has approved the use of distance measuring devices at the Centara World Masters.