REGISTRATION OF GOLFING SOCIETIES
14.1 A Golfing Society shall be entitled to become registered with the Union provided its membership comprises not less than fifteen members and it undertakes:-
14.1.1 To pay an annual Registration fee before the 31st January each year of an amount as prescribed by the Union.
14.1.2 To forward to the Union, with the Registration Fee, the name and address of both the Captain and Honorary Secretary of the Society and the number of members.
14.1.3 To permit control and management of the Society to be operated by Officers and a duly elected Committee.
14.1.4 To conform strictly with the Rules of Golf and the Rules of Amateur Status as laid down by the R & A Rules Ltd.
14.1.5 To conform strictly with the Constitution, Rules and Bye-Laws of the Golfing Union of Ireland in relation to Auction Sweeps, Gambling, Prize Vouchers, Prizes and Optional Sweeps.
14.1.6 To return all scores which equal or better the Standard Scratch Score to a player’s Home Club immediately after each Competition.
14.1.7 To prohibit any member of the Society, who is not a current member of a Club affiliated to the Union and to whom the Society may have allocated a handicap for competitions within that Society, from using that Society handicap in any competition outside that Society.
14.1.8 To fully complete and return the Registration Form annually and to strictly comply with the regulations contained therein.
14.1.9 Not to adjust any official Club handicap. Scores returned off an official handicap may be adjusted by the addition or subtraction of bonus or penalty points/strokes/holes to or from the score returned off such official handicap.
14.2 The Union will not issue a mandatory direction to Affiliated Clubs precluding them from providing facilities for non-registered Societies. At all times acceptance or refusal is the sole prerogative of the Affiliated Club.
14.3 The Union will maintain a Register of Societies.
UNION BYE-LAW 15 - SOCIETY COMPETITIONS
15.1 No Affiliated Club shall grant permission to any group of golfers, whether registered with the Union or non-registered, to play over its links or course unless it shall first receive an assurance in writing that the group will:-
15.1.1 conform strictly with the “Rules of Golf “ and the “Rules of Amateur Status “ as prescribed by the R & A Rules Ltd.
15.1.2 not accept from any sponsor, group or individual any prize for competition by its members which is in excess of the retail value of prizes as permitted by the Rules of Amateur Status.
15.1.3 conform strictly with the Constitution, Rules and Bye-Laws of the Golfing Union of Ireland relating to Auction Sweeps or other gambling transactions, Prizes, Prize Vouchers and Optional Sweepstakes.
15.1.4 immediately following a competition forward to a players Home Club the original card of such player if it records a score (i) equal or better than the S.S.S., (ii) 36 or more Stableford points or (iii) all square or better
15.2 Breaches of Sub Clause 15.1 shall render the Club liable to such penalties as the Union may impose.
Note: A supply of forms incorporating the above conditions are available from the Union and Clubs
are urged to insist on the competition of such form by an applicant before granting facilities.
1. The Constitution, Rules and Bye-Laws of the Golfing Union of Ireland can be inspected at any Affiliated Club.
2. Auction Sweeps are prohibited. Prize Vouchers must be on a special Official Form (obtainable from the Housing Club). Optional Sweeps are limited to a maximum of €3 or £2.50 Sterling per competitor.
3. If a member of the Society is not a current member of a Golf Club, any handicap so allotted by the Society to him may be used by him only for the purpose of competition within the Society and not otherwise.
By Order of the Central Council