Medal Competitions

1. You can enter medal competitions online using a PC, tablet or iPhone etc., the PC in the Belhaven Lounge. You can also ask the Starter to do this for you if you do not have easy access to the internet.

Juniors wishing to enter adult competitions may do so by following the procedures set out below, subject to the detailed advice in the Juniors Section of the website.

To enter a competition from your PC, tablet or iPhone etc.

• Log in to the Members Secure Area on the Club website.
• Enter your 4 digit ‘Identifier’ and your PIN. Click on the ‘Competitions’ tab to see the available competitions. You will be entitled to enter those marked ‘Enter’.
• Choose the time slot you wish to enter and click on the relevant space.
• If your preferred slots are all taken, use the reserve list posted on the Competitions Notice Board outside the Clubhouse locker rooms. Alternatively, phone the Starter and ask to be put on the reserve list.

To enter competitions on the Belhaven Lounge computer:

• Click on the Player Score Input icon
• Click on ‘EVENT ENTRY’.
• Enter your Identifier number.
• Click on the ‘Competitions’ tab to see the available competitions. You will be entitled to enter those marked ‘Enter’.
• Choose the time slot you wish to enter and click on the relevant space.
• If your preferred slots are all taken, use the reserve list posted on the Competitions Notice Board outside the Clubhouse locker rooms. Alternatively, contact the Starter to ask to be put on the reserve list.

Competition draws, late entries and No Shows

2. If you need to withdraw from the competition prior to the closing date (Monday noon prior to the competition), follow the steps above and click on ‘Withdraw’ or phone the Starter.

3. Draws for medal competitions are made and published online and on the Competitions Notice Board as soon as possible after entries close, normally on the Monday afternoon (Saturday afternoon for Ladies’ competitions) before the relevant competition date. The Starters will accept late entries up to 1400hrs on the day before the relevant competition to try to fill any remaining gaps in the draw sheet. However, the only way to guarantee a place in the draw is to apply before entries close on the Monday (or Saturday for Ladies) before the competition.

4. If you need to withdraw from a Competition after the draw has been made you may do so without penalty by informing the Starter as soon as possible. Inevitably, some entrants may find that they cannot play on the day of the competition. If that happens they must advise the Starter as soon as possible. Simply failing to turn up on the day is unacceptable and all No Shows will be pursued by the Match Committee.  With effect from the Gents’ medal on Saturday 30 July 2016, anyone failing to advise the Starter at least 30 minutes before his allotted tee time that he is unable to play, for whatever reason, will be automatically banned from entering the next 2 medal competitions. In addition, anyone receiving 2 such bans within a period of 2 years will be reported to the Management Committee, for it to determine whether any further disciplinary action should be taken.

Competition play and returning scorecards

5. The Starter will make any necessary adjustments to individual tee times that become necessary on the day so all competitors should book in at least 15 minutes before their published tee time. The Starters also have discretion to allow visitors and any members not playing in the competition to use any untaken tee times during a competition, including going off in 4-balls.

6. All medal competitions are played under the R&As Rules of Golf and our Local Rules (September 2014 version), as printed on the scorecard. Each player is always responsible for knowing the rules and conditions under which the relevant competition is being played. Ignorance is no defence so all members should know the rules. Indeed, knowledge of the rules can be very helpful in particular situations e.g. free relief from molehills, casual water or paths on the course etc. Equally, other acts or omissions may result in disqualification e.g. the penalty for practice on the course before a stroke play competition or failure to sign your scorecard is DQ. Free copies of the R&As Rules of Golf are available from the Starter.

7. All scores must be entered via the Belhaven PC with scorecards posted in the Competition Cards Box in the Belhaven Lounge, or if the Belhaven PC is not in use for particular competitions, all scorecards must be posted in the Competition Cards Box outside the Starter’s Office. A scorecard is considered ‘returned’ to the Match Committee when it is placed in the Competition Cards Box. It is vitally important that all cards are returned since all scores, including No Returns, can affect the overall outcome of the competition, including any handicap adjustments required. Failure to return a card is unacceptable, no matter what the circumstances may be. Even if a round is not completed or a player needs to leave immediately after their round, they should always make arrangements e.g. with their marker, to have the signed card returned on their behalf.

8. If any member is still unsure about competitions and related handicapping issues, etc. they should contact the Match Secretary for further advice, ideally by e-mail via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.