Competition FAQs

FAQs relating to the Linksnet season and competition.

General

When does the season start and finish?

Season 2 starts on Thursday 7 January 2021 and will close at midnight on Sunday 24 October 2021. 

We are accepting scores from rounds played from Monday 29 March 2021 onwards, and all scores must be received with verification within 28 days of the round played.

What's the difference between my Dashboard and my Profile?

Your Dashboard is what you see when you log into Linksnet and can also be accessed via the top right navigation. This is where all your activity is logged and you can see your Calendar items and your avatar.

Your Profile is what everyone else sees following a member search. This shows your activity as well as your avatar and your background image, an image which is not shown on your Dashboard view. Your Profile also shows your personal info message and your golf club.

How do I earn Linksnet points and how do my scores get converted into Linksnet points?

CLUB members can enter individual medal/strokeplay and Stableford scores which are registered on their World Handicap record.

CASUAL members can enter any strokeplay and Stableford rounds verified by signed scorecards.

All Linksnet members can enter Matchplay scores against other Linksnet members. Matchplay wins earn 2 points, Matchplay draws earn 1 point whilst a loss earns 0 points.

For all types of rounds listed above, if you score net under par in any round that earns you points. For example, 4 under par net is 4 points, 2 under par net is 2 points and so on. Level par net is 0 points, whilst over par net rounds earn negative points. For example 3 over par net is -3 points, and 1 over par net is -1 points.

The leaderboard is based on your 6 best scores only although only 3 of those 6 scores can be Matchplay scores. 

Should I become a CLUB or CASUAL member?

You only have to choose when it's time to enter your first score. Then you will be prompted to choose CLUB or CASUAL.

Choose CLUB if you are a golf club member and have an official World Handicap. Choose CASUAL if you don’t belong to a golf club and don’t have an official handicap.

All CLUB members scores submitted (except Matchplay) must be registered on their World Handicap records.

All CASUAL member scores submitted must be supported by a signed scorecard.

Can I register as a CASUAL member if I have an official World Handicap?

No, if you are a golf club member with an official World Handicap please register as a CLUB Linksnet member.  

The CASUAL leaderboard is purely for Linksnet members who do not belong to a golf club and therefore do not have a World Handicap.

Can I register as a CLUB member if I don’t have an official World Handicap?

Unfortunately not. Linksnet CLUB will be for players with official World Handicaps only.

I don’t live in the UK, do I register as a CLUB or CASUAL member?

No matter where you live in the world, if you belong to a golf club and have an official World Handicap you must join as a CLUB member. 

If you do not have an official World Handicap and don’t belong to a club, you should become a CASUAL member.

If I register as a CLUB member, can I enter competition scores from a club outside of the UK?

As long as your score is registered on your World Handicap record, you can enter it on our platform.

Why are UK members and overseas members competing on the same leaderboard? Surely this isn’t fair?

With the introduction of the World Handicap System all across the globe, golfers from every country can now compete fairly on the same leaderboard assuming they are members of a golf club and have an official World Handicap. 

Should you be encouraging golfers to network and play in these current times of COVID-19?

At all times we are asking members to stay safe and abide by the current R&A, national governing body (eg. England Golf) and government guidance where social distancing rules must be observed. However, as long as this guidance is respected, there is no reason why members shouldn’t play golf and indeed participate in Linksnet to enhance their golf. We are firm believers that golf is an excellent form of safe exercise with many mental health benefits.

Can I change which leaderboard I enter during the course of the Season?

No, you can only change leaderboards at the start of each season or prior to entering your first score.

Subscriptions

What type of Linksnet subscriptions are there?

The programme is free to join but there are 3 different levels of membership to suit everyone.

Choose PAR - our basic membership which is free to join and allows you to log all your scores, climb the leaderboard and compete for monthly prizes.

Choose BIRDIE - for £3.99 per month to give you the ability to network whilst also giving you access to partner offers, our Matchplay Pairs Competition as well as all our Network Days and the chance to make the end of season Final.

Choose EAGLE - the premium package for £119 per year where in addition to the above you receive enhanced networking tools, exclusive golf club and partner benefits, 72 hour pre-sale access to all our Network Days, a limited edition Linksnet polo shirt, exclusive bag tag and a dozen Titleist balls of your choice delivered to your doorstep in the Spring, Summer and Autumn (3 dozen in total).

Where can I see an exact breakdown of each type of subscription?

To see what’s included in each subscription, click here 

What happens if I take out a Linksnet BIRDIE subscription but subsequently choose to cancel?

If you have a BIRDIE membership but choose to revert to a PAR membership, you will be charged for the month you are currently in and will receive BIRDIE benefits until the end of that month. 

For example, if you started your BIRDIE subscription on the 6th of the month, your month runs until the 5th of the following month, and the next month’s subscription starts on the 6th. If you cancel on the 21st of the month, you will have already paid for that month and will receive all the benefits of that subscription until the 5th of the following month.

What happens if I am a Linksnet BIRDIE member but want to upgrade to an EAGLE subscription?

If you are a Linksnet BIRDIE member and you decide to upgrade to EAGLE membership you will pay for the existing month you are currently a BIRDIE member (no refund for that month will be provided), and you will then pay £119 for your EAGLE membership which will run until the corresponding date the following year. 

For example if your monthly BIRDIE payment is taken on 4th of the month and you decide to become an EAGLE member on 10th of the month, you do not get refunded for your payment on the 4th of month and your new EAGLE membership lasts until 10th of that month the following year.

What happens If I am an EAGLE member and I decide I want to return to a PAR (free) membership and therefore cancel my EAGLE subscription?

If you cancel your EAGLE subscription, the cancellation does not come into effect until the renewal date of your EAGLE subscription. In other words, no refund will be provided and the benefits of your EAGLE membership will remain until your renewal date. 

For example if you started your EAGLE subscription on the 5th of the month, your EAGLE membership will run until the 5th of that month the following year.

If I cancel my EAGLE membership will that stop my EAGLE subscription automatically renewing on the renewal date?

Yes, if you cancel your EAGLE subscription at any time before the renewal date, although the benefits of that EAGLE membership remain until the renewal date, the subscription will not automatically renew on the renewal date.

If I start an EAGLE subscription now will it automatically renew?

Yes, taking out an EAGLE subscription will mean it will automatically renew on the corresponding date the following year, and a further £119 will be taken on that date, unless you cancel your membership.

What happens to my subscription if my debit/credit card changes or expires?

If your card changes or expires, your payment will not be able to be taken and your subscription will be automatically cancelled until you submit your new card details. 

What happens if I am an EAGLE member and want to become a BIRDIE member?

If you currently have an EAGLE subscription but wish to revert to a monthly BIRDIE subscription, please wait until your EAGLE year long subscription is about to expire. This will ensure you get your full value from the EAGLE membership rather than convert to a monthly BIRDIE membership having already paid out for an annual EAGLE subscription.

I was a BIRDIE member, but have decided to revert to the free PAR membership, can I still take part in the Network Day(s) I’ve booked?

As a BIRDIE member, if you book a space at a Network Day but revert to a PAR subscription prior to the day taking place, you automatically forfeit your place on the day. Refunds will only be given if your space is re-sold.

I was a BIRDIE member, but have decided to revert to the free PAR membership, can I continue to take part in the Bushnell Matchplay Pairs Trophy?

The Bushnell Matchplay Pairs Trophy is only open to BIRDIE and EAGLE members. If one of your pair downgrades to a PAR membership during the course of the tournament, you will automatically forfeit the current round match to your opponents.

I was a BIRDIE member at certain points of the season, but reverted to a PAR membership. My scores suggest I should have qualified for the Final or end of season leaderboard prizes but I am told I don’t qualify. Why is that?

Your scores only count towards qualification for the final or end of season leaderboard prizes whilst you are a BIRDIE or EAGLE member. For example, if you entered 3 scores prior to becoming a BIRDIE member, and 2 scores whilst you were a BIRDIE member and then a few more when reverting to PAR membership, only the 2 scores submitted as a BIRDIE member count towards your Final qualification or end of season leaderboard prizes.

If I am an EAGLE member and cancel before the end of the season will I miss out on any Final qualification, end of season prizes, Network Days or Bushnell Matchplay Pairs Trophy participation? 

As long as your renewal date is after the season end date, cancelling your EAGLE membership will not affect your participation in anything, as your EAGLE subscription and all its benefits run until the renewal date of your EAGLE subscription the following year.

Can I win prizes if I am a PAR member?

Yes you can. PAR members can win any of our monthly competitions, but cannot take part in the Bushnell Matchplay Pairs Trophy or qualify for the Final or end of season leaderboard prizes without upgrading their subscription.

What are the main benefits of upgrading to BIRDIE membership?

As a BIRDIE member you can utilise most of the networking aspects of the platform which is not available to PAR members, plus you can take part in our Network Days, the Bushnell Matchplay Pairs Trophy and compete for a place in the Final and end of season leaderboard prizes, as well as potentially earn one of our season opening goody bags.

What are the main benefits of upgrading to EAGLE membership?

As an EAGLE member you get full access to all the networking functionality of the platform, exclusive partner and golf club benefits, 72 hour pre-sale access to all our Network Days, a limited edition Linksnet polo shirt, an exclusive EAGLE member bag tag and a dozen premium Titleist balls of your choice delivered to your doorstep for the Spring, Summer and Autumn (3 dozen delivered together).

Is there anything on my Dashboard that identifies me as a BIRDIE or EAGLE member?

Yes, a small silver trophy next to your name indicates a BIRDIE member and a small gold trophy indicates you are an EAGLE member. Should you cancel your membership, the icon will remain in place until your current subscription is due for repayment.


Handicaps

As a CASUAL member what handicap should I use?

As a CASUAL member, you should use a handicap that fairly reflects your standard of golf. You will then be allocated a CASUAL Linksnet handicap once you have submitted a score or several scores which justify a reduction from the handicap you have originally used in your score submission(s). 

As a CASUAL Linksnet member, why are you using the old CONGU system to administer handicaps and not the World Handicap?

Given players do not have to submit all their golfing scores to Linksnet in order to take part on the platform, it was felt it would be more efficient to continue using the CONGU handicap system for CASUAL members, rather than work out averages of the best 8 scores from the last 20.

I’m a CASUAL Linksnet member, how does the old CONGU Handicapping System work?

For each score you enter you will be asked to submit the gross score (number of total strokes taken) or Stableford points, the par of the course and your handicap. The following calculation is then made to work out your Linksnet points. 

Medal scores: Gross strokes minus handicap = net score. Par minus net score = Linksnet points.

Stableford scores:  Stableford points score – 36 = Linksnet points. 

Positive Linksnet points scores

For instance, if I score a 76 gross and my handicap is 8, my net score is 68. If the par of the course is 72, I have scored 4 Linksnet points (4 under par).

Given this, the following table will determine how your Linksnet handicap will be amended based on this score of 4 Linksnet points.

The maximum handicap we allow for Linksnet CASUAL members is 28 for men and the maximum handicap for ladies is 36.

The table below shows the handicap ranges in each category and the deduction in handicap for each golf league point scored.

Category 1  Handicap range 0.1 - 5.4           Deduction for each point scored 0.1
Category 2  Handicap range 5.5 - 12.4         Deduction for each point scored 0.2
Category 3  Handicap range 12.5 - 20.4       Deduction for each point scored 0.3
Category 4  Handicap range 20.5 - 28.4       Deduction for each point scored 0.4
Category 5  Handicap range over 28.5          Deduction for each point scored 0.5


Therefore if my handicap is currently 8, and I score 4 league points, my new handicap will be 8 minus 4 x 0.2 equals 7.2. Please note for rounds played all handicaps are rounded up or down where appropriate. Therefore my new playing handicap is 7.

Please note we also use the Exceptional Score Rule which was also a key element of the CONGU handicapping system.

In other words, where a CASUAL Linksnet member submits two scores of 4 points or more, their handicap will be adjusted in addition to the normal handicap adjustment depending on the total number of points scored, and the number of other scores submitted in between those two ‘exceptional’ rounds.

Every time a Linksnet member then achieves another two of those scores (4 points or more) another additional reduction will be made.

Average of the 2 scores                                 Number of scores submitted between the 2 'exceptional' scores                                                                      
4 or fewer                    5 to 9                   10 or more
4 to 5pts                                                          1 shot reduction           0.5 shot reduction           No change
5.5 to 9.5pts                                                  2 shot reduction          1 shot reduction              0.5 shot reduction
10 or more pts                                               3 shot reduction          2 shot reduction              2  shot reduction


If I score negative points, a net score above par, my handicap is only increased by point 0.1 per round if my score is outside of the buffer zone stipulated for that handicap to be increased.

The buffer zones for each category are as follows:

Category 1 Handicap range 0.1 – 5.4          Increase handicap by 0.1 for all scores 2 over net par and above
Category 2 Handicap range 5.5 – 12.4         Increase handicap by 0.1 for all scores 3 over net par and above
Category 3 Handicap range 12.5 – 20.4       Increase handicap by 0.1 for all scores 4 over net par and above
Category 4 Handicap range 20.5 – 28.4       Increase handicap by 0.1 for all scores 5 over net par and above
Category 5 Handicap range over 28.5          Increase handicap by 0.1 for all scores 6 over net par and above

For instance, if with my new handicap of 7.2, I then score a gross 83 my net score is 76. If the par of the course is still 72, I have scored – 4 Linksnet points, four over par. Given this is outside by buffer zone, my new handicap would be 7.3 an increase of just 0.1.

However if with my new handicap of 7.2, I score a gross 81, my net score is 74. If the par of the course is still 72, I have scored -2 Linksnet points, two over par. Given this is still within my buffer zone, my handicap does not increase at all.

Isn’t the Exceptional Score Rule a bit unfair on CASUAL members who have a great round?

No, it enables us to provide much fairer leaderboards where great scores are still rewarded but not to the extent that they can give a Linksnet CASUAL member an unassailable lead on the leaderboards within 3 or 4 rounds. 

I have entered some scores and you have told me my handicap has been cut. How can that be possible?

As a Linksnet CLUB member handicapping is controlled by your World Handicap. 

To ensure the Linksnet CASUAL leaderboard is also a credible competition and to ensure that it is fair for all players, we verify scores and in turn we control handicaps.

Therefore, if you enter a score which we deem is better than your current handicap suggests, we will adjust your handicap using the former CONGU rules. However, once your handicap has been adjusted by us, we will then constantly monitor every score you enter to ensure your handicap remains fair (in other words it may go down further or it may go up again).

Are there any sub categories within the CLUB and CASUAL leaderboards?

Members will be able to sort each leaderboard by gender, age and starting handicap range (0-9, 10-19 and 20+*).  End of season prizes and Final qualification will be awarded based on these criteria.

*Note if you are a CLUB member your handicap index is rounded down to place you in your handicap range. For instance if your starting handicap is 9.7 you will be placed in the 0-9 range and not the 10-19 range.

As a CLUB Linksnet member, how do I know what course handicap to use?

Your World Handicap is updated daily, and there are numerous tools for working out your course handicap on any given day, from checking the tables displayed at your club to utilising calculators such as the R&A course handicap calculator here 

As a CLUB Linksnet member, do I enter the gross score or the adjusted gross score?

When entering a stroke play or medal score, members should submit the score which is shown on their World Handicap record which will be the adjusted gross score from the round rather than the actual gross score which could be different.

Why as a CLUB Linksnet member do I need to wait 24 hours to submit my score to the Linksnet platform?

Following every day’s play at a golf club, a 'Playing Conditions Calculation' (PCC) adjustment may be made for all rounds played at that club on the day. Although the PPC does not affect the adjusted gross, it does affect your subsequent new Handicap Index. In additional sometimes a score can be inputted incorrectly and waiting 24 hours allows us to ensure that your Linksnet record and your World Handicap record match.

Any adjustments made are available at midnight as well as confirmation of the subsequent new Handicap Index.Therefore please wait until this has been done before submitting your score to Linksnet.

If I make the final as a CASUAL member, will I have to use the Linksnet handicap allocated to me?

If you qualify for the Final as a CASUAL member, you will use your Linksnet handicap for the Final, which will be treated as a handicap index and converted to the relevant course handicap.

What is the maximum CASUAL Linksnet handicap I can play off?

For men the maximum Linksnet handicap is 28, for ladies it is 36.

Why, as a CASUAL Linksnet member can I only play off a maximum handicap of 28 for men or 36 for ladies when CLUB Linksnet members can play off a handicap index of 54.0?

In principle the World Handicap System monitors every score played, and arguably provides a more accurate appraisal of a player’s handicap. As a safety measure where the CASUAL Leaderboard still uses the CONGU system, we will limit the handicaps for this groups to 28 for men and 36 for ladies like last season. 


Player Referral

My friends would like to become Linksnet members, what should I tell them?

Simply tell them to go to the sign up page where they can add their referrer’s name and email address. Referring friends can help you win monthly prizes such as our Ambassador of the Month award.   


Score Verification

How long do I have to enter my score?

All scores must be submitted and verified within 28 days of the round being played.  The final responsibility for verification within 28 days of the round will lie with the member.

I’m a Linksnet CLUB member, why are you asking me to provide verification for my club scores?

We ask Linksnet CLUB members when entering a score to submit a screen shot from their national association's World Handicap System (WHS) Members Platform. For example in England, you would submit a screen shot of the score detail from England Golf's WHS Members Platform.  

The final responsibility for verification within 28 days of the round will lie with the Linksnet CLUB member.

For more information click here

I’m a Linksnet CASUAL member, why do I need to provide a copy of my scorecard?

To maintain the credibility of the competition, we have to ensure that all scores can be verified, even for CASUAL members.

For CASUAL rounds, the only way we can verify the score is by checking your scorecard and checking it’s been signed and dated.

It is your responsibility to remember to send the card to us via email within 28 days of the round. 

I’ve entered a Match Play score, what do I need to send through to get the score verified?

If you have submitted a Matchplay score, you will need to upload a copy of your scorecard with the match score clearly marked together with both players’ signatures. 

Your opponent will also receive a notification to verify that the score is indeed correct. 

Do both players need to submit the Match Play score?

No, only ONE player needs to submit a Matchplay score. The opponent will receive a notification to verify, and once verified, the score will be added to both profiles.

Why does my score have to be entered and verified within 28 days of my round?

By setting the submission date at 28 days max, it allows us to keep the leaderboards as up to date and as accurate as possible, and avoids Linksnet members stockpiling scores until the end of the Season.

I have entered a new score, but my points total has not changed. Why?

If the score you have entered is not one of your top six best scores, it will not count towards your points total. Likewise, if your score is your fourth or more match play submitted and not better than your best 3 Matchplay scores, it will not count. Your top six best scores can only include a maximum 3 Matchplay scores.

I have entered four scores but have been told I do not qualify for any end of season prizes?

All Linksnet members must enter a minimum six valid scores to be eligible for end of season prizes.

If I enter 6 Match Plays can I qualify for any end of season prizes?

Unfortunately not. Only a maximum 3 Matchplay scores can count to your overall Linksnet points total. Therefore, if you’ve entered 6 Matchplays and no other types of round, your Linksnet points total will only consist of your 3 best Matchplay rounds, and you will have been deemed not to have entered the necessary 6 qualifying scores required for any end of season prizes.

I'm a Linksnet CLUB member and have entered a club score but I have been told it is not valid, why is this?

If you enter a club score which is not showing on your World Handicap record, it will not be accepted. All scores must be from individual rounds which show as an adjusted gross on your handicap record.  

I want to submit a Match Play but I can't choose an opponent?

You can only submit Matchplays against other Linksnet members who you follow. And remember, to follow them you must be a BIRDIE or EAGLE member. Once you follow that member, their name will appear in the drop down menu when selecting an opponent on the Matchplay score submission form. 

Why can I not enter Club Match Play competition scores?

Unfortunately we only allow Matchplay scores against other Linksnet members to be entered into our leaderboards. This is to encourage networking on the platform and Linksnet members to meet and play golf together, therefore making Linksnet a true golfing network. 

You can however enter Matchplay results from the Bushnell Matchplay Pairs Trophy but you must choose one of your opposing pair to enter the score against. You cannot enter the score twice - i.e. against both of the opposing pair.

Remember only play a Matchplay if it’s safe to do so based on current government guidance and social distancing rules. 

How often can I play the same Linksnet member and submit the Match Play result?

You can play the same Linksnet member a maximum of three times in the season.  

Can I enter Match Plays against multiple opponents in my fourball?

No, you are not able to enter multiple Match Plays from the same round. In other words, you can only submit one match play score per round played, although that one match play can be played within a fourball. 

Remember only play a Match Play if it’s safe to do so based on current government guidance and social distancing rules. 

Can I play two Linksnet Match Plays on the same day?

You can only submit one Match Play result on any one date. Multiple Match Plays on the same day are not allowed. Therefore you cannot play a 9 hole Match Play on the front nine and then a separate 9 hole Match Play against another Linksnet member on the back nine. You would only be able to submit one of them. 

Can I enter a Match Play and then also enter a Stroke play, Stableford or CASUAL score from the same round?

No only one score submission can be made per round. Therefore you cannot submit a score as a Match Play and then also submit it in another submission category. You will need to choose what category to submit that round in.

Do corporate, society day or Network Day scores count for Linksnet points?

If you are a CASUAL Linksbook member, any 18 hole score can be submitted as long as it can be verified as described above. If you are a CLUB Linksnet member, as long as you’ve registered the round for your World Handicap, and that round can be verified on your World Handicap record, then the score will count for Linksnet points.  

Can I enter a score from a 9 hole round?

If you are a CLUB Linksnet member then 9 hole rounds can count towards your World Handicap, and therefore these scores can count towards Linksnet points as long as you have registered your score, and we can verify it on your handicap record.

If you are a CASUAL Linksnet member, then you can submit a 9 hole round, using the relevant calculation described below with the appropriate verification.

I’m a CLUB Linksnet member, how do I enter a 9 hole round score?

As a CLUB Linksnet member you can enter a 9 hole score as a medal/strokeplay score but NOT as a Stableford score. Enter the gross score (adjusted gross) the par for the 9 holes and your course handicap for the 9 holes.

I’m a CASUAL Linksnet member, how do I enter a 9 hole round score?

As a CASUAL Linksnet member, you can enter a 9 hole score as a strokeplay round but NOT as a Stableford score. 

For strokeplay rounds, enter the full course par. You need to also enter your full handicap and multiply the number of strokes for the 9 holes by 2.25 so you obtain an 18 hole equivalent

Can I enter a score from an 18 hole par 3 course or any other course with a low par?

Rounds played on Par 3 courses whether 9 or 18 holes are not accepted, although again they can be submitted as a Matchplay score. The minimum 18 hole par allowed for a score submissions is 65. Therefore, any round played on a course with an 18 hole par of 64 or less will not be accepted.


Leaderboards

Why should I keep entering scores even if I can't better my best six scores?

If scores are tied at the end of the Season, your league position will be based on the number of valid scores you have entered.

What happens if I am tied with another Linksnet member at the end of the Season on both points scored and number of valid scored entered?

If you are tied at the end of the Season on points scored and number of valid scores entered, your league position will be determined by the first valid score submitted. For example if Player A scored a 6 point round and Player B scored a 4 point round, Player A would be placed above Player B in the league table.

In order to qualify for end of season prizes including a place in the Final, you will need to be a BIRDIE or EAGLE member, and only scores submitted whilst you are a BIRDIE or EAGLE member will count towards winning a prize or a place in the Final.


Linksnet Network Days

How do I sign up for one of the Linksnet Network Days?

You can sign up through the Network Day page and also through your Dashboard feed, where days will be regularly promoted. You will need to be a BIRDIE or EAGLE member to have access to these days.

I can’t see any days on my Dashboard?

In order to be able to access our Network Days and book a space you need to a BIRDIE or EAGLE member. 

If you then decide to cancel your BIRDIE subscription, you will by default lose your space at the Network Day but will not be refunded unless that space can subsequently be resold. 

I can see the Network Days but I can’t book them?

If you are an EAGLE member, you get exclusive 72 hour pre-sale access to all our Network Days and events. If you are BIRDIE member, you may well be able to see those days in that 72 hour period but will not be able to book unless you upgrade your subscription. 

What do the costs of the Linksnet Network Day cover?

Unless otherwise stated, the package cost covers 18 holes of golf, a bacon roll or breakfast, tea, coffee and a minimum 2 course lunch. You will also receive an event goody prize and have access to all the prizes available on the day.

Can I submit my scores from any Linksnet Network Day into my Linksnet profile?

If you are a CASUAL Linksbook member, any 18 hole score can be submitted and we will automatically verify it for you as it’s a day run by us! If you are a CLUB Linksnet member, as long as you’ve registered the round for your World Handicap beforehand, then the score will count for Linksnet points.  .

What handicap should I use for Linksnet Network Days?

If you are a CLUB Linksnet member, your current handicap index will provide you with a course handicap on the day. 

If you are a CASUAL Linksnet member, your current Linksnet handicap will be used to give you a course handicap on the day. If you currently do not have a Linksnet handicap you should continue to use the handicap you have been using to submit Linksnet scores, and we will then use this to provide you with a course handicap.

Does anyone qualify from the Network Days for the Final?

A minimum of one Linksnet member will qualify from the series of Network Days for our end of season Final. The member(s) chosen will have the best aggregate score from any 3 of the Network Days.

No adjustment will be made to any day’s scores when calculating best aggregates.

How often do you run Linksnet Network Days?

We are running 10 days this season, with plenty of choice across mainland UK, including a two day residential event. In future seasons, we will look to expand further to include overseas trips and events for our international members.


End of Season Final

When and where will the end of season Final take place?

The end of season final takes place at Prince's Golf Club in Kent between 11-12 November 2021.

What format will be played at the Final?

The Final will consist of two rounds of team matchplay. Round one will be Greensomes, round two will be Singles played in fourballs. The winning team will be crowned Linksnet champions.

How do I qualify for the end of season Final?

There are 12 spaces up for grabs for our best performers during the season. Spaces will be split between handicap divisions* and between Club and Casual Birdie and Eagle members based on the number of active members in each section.

The exact breakdown of how we will be selecting our finalists is: 

1 space for the winner of the Linksnet Network Day Aggregate competition 
1 space for the overall leading EAGLE member 
1 space for the overall leading Casual member
3 spaces for the 3 leading members in handicap range 0-9
4 spaces for the 4 leading members in handicap range 10-19
2 spaces for the 2 leading members in handicap range 20+

Please note if the winner of the aggregate competition also qualifies directly from their relevant leaderboard, the next best placed member from their leaderboard will qualify.

Please note if the overall leading Eagle member also qualifies directly from their relevant leaderboard, the next best placed overall Eagle member who hasn’t already qualified from their relevant leaderboard will qualify

Please note all qualifiers must have either Eagle membership or birdie membership covering all the dates of all their 6 best scores.  

*Note if you are a CLUB member your handicap index is rounded down to place you in your handicap range. For instance if your starting handicap is 9.7 you will be placed in the 0-9 range and not the 10-19 range.

How will the teams and captains be chosen?

We will look to choose two even teams of six from our 12 qualifiers to create a competitive Final. From each team, we will also select a captain to manage their teams at the final and decide pairings.

Can all members qualify for the end of season Final?

To qualify for the end of season Final, you must be a BIRDIE or EAGLE member. Remember only scores submitted whilst you are a BIRDIE or EAGLE member will count towards Final qualification.

You also need to be a BIRDIE or EAGLE member at the time of the Final to participate.

How will the end of the season leaderboard prizes be awarded?

End of season leaderboard prizes will be awarded to those who just miss out on qualification for the Final based on the criteria mentioned.

Again, to qualify for leaderboard prizes you must be a BIRDIE or EAGLE member. Remember only scores submitted whilst you are a BIRDIE or EAGLE member will count towards leaderboard prizes.

You also need to be a BIRDIE or EAGLE member at the time of the leaderboard prize being awarded.

If I qualify for the Final, what is included?

All finalists receive 36 holes of golf at Prince's GC, 1 night's single occupancy accommodation at The Lodge, dinner, breakfast, a prize lunch and a Linksnet goody bag.

Any additional food, all drinks and travel to and from the venue is at the expense of the finalist.


Other Competitions

How does the Bushnell Matchplay Pairs work?

The Bushnell Matchplay Pairs is a free to enter knock out competition for BIRDIE and EAGLE members. It’s run first in regions, followed by a final at Woburn Golf Club.

When will the Bushnell Matchplay Pairs start?

The competition will begin on 21st June 2021, when the first round draw takes place.   

How do I sign up to the Bushnell Matchplay Pairs?

You can register your interest now by emailing your name, your partner name’s and your chosen home club to support@linksnetgolf.com. Full registration will be required once we confirm the regions and number of rounds for this season’s tournament. 

What happens if a Bushnell Matchplay Pairs participant downgrades to a PAR membership during the course of the tournament?

The Bushnell Matchplay Pairs is open only to BIRDIE and EAGLE members. If one of your pair downgrades to a PAR membership during the course of the tournament, you will automatically forfeit the current round match to your opponents.

Will there be any costs involved in the Bushnell Matchplay Pairs Final?

Only the round of golf is provided free of charge. Any food or drink and any travel or accommodation expenses will need to be paid for by the finalists.

Where can I see a full list of fixtures and results?

You will be able to view all the fixtures and all the results as they are declared here

Can I see a full list of the rules and regulations for the Bushnell Matchplay Pairs?

Yes, you can view all the details here

How does the INTER-CLUB Championship work?

The INTER-CLUB Championship is based on a separate leaderboard which calculates a golf club’s top 4 members’ total Linksnet leaderboard points and adds them together for an INTER-CLUB points total.

How do I sign up my club?

It’s easy to get your club involved. Just make sure your club has a minimum of 4 members competing on the Linksnet Club leaderboard, all having identified your club as their home club on their profile.  Once you have 4 members your club will automatically appear on the INTER-CLUB leaderboard.

Is the INTER-CLUB Championship open to all members?

Yes, the INTER-CLUB Championship is open to all PAR, BIRDIE and EAGLE members.

When does the INTER-CLUB Championship close?

The INTER-CLUB Championship will close at midnight on Sunday 24 October 2021.

What’s in it for my golf club?

The winning golf club will host a Linksnet Network day in 2022 (UK only) with 10 spaces reserved exclusively for members of the club, and of course there’s a trophy to proudly display.

Are there individual prizes as well?

Yes one member from the winning club who has contributed to the club’s scores on Linksnet will be drawn out of a hat to win a space at another 2022 UK Network day along with 3 friends.

What happens if the winning club is from outside the UK?

If the winning club is from outside the UK, the club will still win the trophy and up to 4 members from that club (chosen at random) will receive a free place at a UK Network Day of their choice in 2022 (flights, travel and acommodation are not included).

What other competitions other than the leaderboard do you run?

Details of our other competitions can be found on our Prizes page. Additional competitions may be added at any time, so it's worth keeping an eye out on this page and through our social media channels.

How is the Player of the Month chosen?

Each month we will look at the best performances and most improved performances and choose our winner from our short list. We will also explain why that player has been chosen.

How is the Linksnet Ambassador Award decided?

The Ambassador Award is  given to the member who we feel has or can best promote Linksnet and all we stand for to help us grow as a golfing community. That member may be particular active on social media, may have taken part in several of our Network Days, or may be particular active in the golf scene – playing lots of competitions and events, travelling to play golf etc. They may also be one of our most prevalent networkers – following lots of other members, or being heavily followed themselves or arranging the most Matchplays. Importantly, they may have referred the most members to Linksnet,and encouraged those members to take out an Eagle or Birdie subscription.

How do I enter the Photo of the Month competition? 

Send your photo to support@linksnetgolf.com and title the email Linksnet Photo Competition. The best photo will be displayed on the website and on social media and will receive our monthly prize.

How do I enter the prize draw for a Stewart Golf Q Follow?

Make sure you subscribe as either a BIRDIE or EAGLE member. You then need to enter 6 validated scores across the season and/or play in our network days. 

You will receive one entry in the draw for entering 6 scores, and an ADDITIONAL ENTRY for EVERY Network Day you play.

How and when does the prize draw for a Stewart Golf Q Follow take place?

The draw will take place following the conclusion of Season 2 which ends on Sunday 24 October.

Do you run other competitions not listed on the prize page?

From time to time we may run exclusive social media competitions although these competitions are also displayed on members’ Dashboard Feeds.

How do I get hold of one of the season goody bags?

To get one of the season goody bags, you need to submit 6 validated scores. The goody bags are very rare and only available to the first 25 UK Linksnet members (either CLUB or CASUAL) and the first 5 overseas Linksnet members who submit 6 scores.

Goody bags are exclusive to BIRDIE and EAGLE members. 

Why do you only post prizes to a UK address?

The cost of posting items overseas has become prohibitively expensive (especially for bulky items), meaning that we now have to stipulate that prizes must be dispatched to a UK postal address.

What if I am an overseas winner without a UK postal address?

If you are an overseas winner, we can either post your prize to a UK postal address of your choice or we can quote you a cost for posting your prize to you direct.  Prizes will only be despatched overseas once full payment has been received.

Why has my prize been delayed?

Due to the ongoing pandemic there are likely to be potential delays on prize delivery. We will endeavour to update prize winners on any such delays.

Other

What sponsorship opportunities are there for next season?

To enquire about sponsorship, please email support@linksnetgolf.com 

Can I make a suggestion for next season?

By all means, we welcome suggestions. Please email support@linksnetgolf.com

None of these FAQs have answered my query?

No problem, feel free to drop us a line. Please email support@linksnetgolf.com


 



























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