These terms and conditions relate to the Linksnet season and competition
3. Submitting a Score
4. Strokeplay Scores
5. Match Play Scores
6. Linksnet Network Day Scores
7. The Leaderboard and Handicap Ranges
8. Updating a Member’s Profile
9. Arranging a Match Play
10. Submitted images
11. Player Referral
12. Supplementary Competitions
13. Bushnell Matchplay Tournaments
14. Inter-Club Championship
15. Network Days
16. Season Dates, The Final & End of Season Prizes
17. General Terms & Conditions
1.1. By creating your own Profile/dashboard the member agrees to abide by the following Terms & Conditions.
1.2. The member also agrees that the following information is held on our database for the purpose of running the Linksnet competition - current season and subsequent seasons, which will include the mailing of any Linksnet communication:
• Job Title
• Telephone number
• Email address
• Golf club (if applicable)
• Player photograph
• Player Bio
1.3. The member will have the option to opt in to receive a periodic Linksnet newsletter. This can be amended at any time should the member wish to no longer receive the newsletter.
1.4. The member will have the option to make their profile private which means only members which the member approves can follow them, and only followers approved can view their profile.
1.5. Where a member has a plus handicap, for the purposes of this site it will shown as a '-' (minus).
1.6. A member must have an official World Handicap to take part in Linksnet. If a member is not a golf club member, they must obtain a World Handicap through England Golf's Igolf system, or through their national golf association should they live outside of England.
1.7 The organisers of Linksnet reserve the right not to publish photos or copy if we deem them obscene, pornographic or liable to harm or cause offence to others.
1.8 Anyone persons, including employees of Linksnet TA Milestone Event Management Ltd, who are directly connected with the creation and administration of the competition are not entitled to enter it. This restriction does not apply to any employees of Milestone Event Management Ltd (or their immediate families) who are not directly connected with the creation and administration of the competition. However, these persons will not be eligible to participate in the Final regardless of their position on the leaderboard.
1.9 The organisers of Linksnet reserve the right to remove a member from the competition if it is proved that the member has knowingly entered an incorrect score, incorrect handicap, incorrect date, an incorrect scorecard, a forged signature or any other incorrect information which affects the member’s status in the competition. If the member has already benefited from such incorrect information in terms of a prize, Linksnet TA Milestone Event Management Ltd reserve the right to request the return of that prize, and if that prize has been spent (i.e. qualification for the Final), Linksnet TA Milestone Event Management Ltd reserve the right to take action to redeem any monies spent on the prize.
2.1. There are 4 types of subscription for Linksnet members. The default subscription is PAR, a free version of Linksnet. Other subscriptions are PRO charged at £69 per annum, TOUR charged at £189 per annum and TOUR PLUS charged at £289 per annum.
2.2. PAR membership allows a member usage of the Linksnet platform to include profile creation, use of the Linksnet calendar function, the ability to follow other members and comment on their posts, the search function for members (20 results at a time), the arrange matchplay function, the ability to enter scores and monthly competitions, inclusion in the Inter-Club Championships (subject to club participation), ability to create Dashboard posts and the ability to be followed by other members. It also allow a member access to the Network Days and the Matchplay Tournaments.
2.3. PRO membership gives access to all the networking tools on the Linksnet platform (as per 2.2) as well as giving access to Linksnet Network Days and Matchplay Tournaments at reduced rates. It also provides the chance to qualify for the Final direct from the leaderboard. A PRO member (in addition to all the benefits that PAR membership provides) can search for members via industry and with unlimited results. In addition a PRO member receives a member's pack containing 2 dozen Titleist Trufeel balls and a Linksnet towel (subject to stock availability).
2.4. TOUR membership gives a member all the benefits of 2.3 (excluding a PRO members pack), exclusive benefits at select UK clubs and partners, a dozen Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1X balls, a Glenmuir Linksnet polo shirt (subject to stock availability), access to Network Days at further discounted rates and access to the Matchplay Tournaments for free.
2.5. TOUR PLUS membership also gives a member all the benefits of 2.4 however a TOUR PLUS members pack consists of 2 dozen Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1X balls, a Glenmuir Linksnet polo shirt, a Glenmuir Linksnet 1/4 zip top, a Titleist Tour cap and a personalised bamboo golf bag tag (subject to stock availability)
2.6 An annual subscription entitles a member to one member's pack relevant to that subscription in that subscription year. If a subsequent year's membership is announced during the 12 months of that subscription, if the member has already received their relevant member's pack they are not entitled to another one until the relevant renewal has been paid.
2.7 All levels of membership can take part in Network Days and Linksnet Matchplay Tournaments and qualify for the Final from both. However only PRO and TOUR/TOUR PLUS members can qualify for the Final from the Leaderboard.
2.8 Payment for both PRO, TOUR and TOUR PLUS subscriptions is taken immediately via Stripe and the subscription lasts until 31st December 2022. Members will receive notification by email. It is possible to cancel a subscription at any time but the member will not be refunded for the current year. In addition their benefits will continue until 31st December 2022, at which point if they have cancelled their subscription their benefits will be stopped and no payment will be taken and the member will be returned to PAR (free) membership.
2.9. If a member cancels a paid subscription, they will not be able to repurchase a new subscription until their current paid benefits have ceased on 31st December 2022, although a member may upgrade a membership at any time.
2.10. All paid members will receive an auto renewal reminder shortly before their annual payment is taken. The annual payment is taken via Stripe using the card details used to purchase the previous year's subscription. If a member cancels their paid subscription during the year, although they will continue receiving benefits for their subscription until their renewal date, their subscription will not be automatically renewed on their renewal date and as such they will not receive an auto renewal reminder.
2.11. If the payment card a member originally paid their subscription with expires or changes their next payment will not be taken and at that point their subscription will automatically be cancelled. They will then need to re-subscribe using their new payment card details.
2.12. To take advantage of discounted rates for the Network Days, a member must have either a PRO or TOUR/TOUR PLUS subscription and the discount they receive will depend on the type of subscription they currently have. No refunds shall be given if a member subsequently upgrades their subscription having already paid for Network Day spaces at a higher rate through a lower subscription.
2.13 Should a member upgrade a membership after paying for a Network Day at a standard price, they will not be refunded the difference between that price and the new discounted price. If during the Matchplay Tournaments, the member has downgraded membership and the relevant benefits are no longer applicable, that member will be expected to pay the additional fee required in order to continue competing in the competition. Failure to do so will result in the member or the pair (if Pairs competition) being removed from the competition and a walkover being given to their opponent(s).
2.14. To receive free entry to the Matchplay Tournaments a member must have a current TOUR or TOUR PLUS subscription at the time of entry. Should a member subsequently purchase a TOUR or TOUR PLUS subscription no refund on entry fee will be given. No refunds will also be given should a PAR member upgrade to a PRO membership after they had entered the Matchplay Tournaments. If a pair entering the Matchplay Pairs hold different levels of subscription at the time of entry, they will be advised of the appropriate entry fee to be paid. No refunds will be provided if a member within the pair subsequently changes their subscription level following entry.
2.15 Members who purchase a TOUR or TOUR PLUS subscription will be contacted within 28 days of their subscription starting to confirm their ball choice and clothing size. An annual subscription entitles you to one full set of exclusive gifts.
2.16 A member can sign up to PRO, TOUR or TOUR PLUS at any time during the season, and then qualify for the Final via the leaderboard. A member can not sign up after the closing date of the season and qualify for that year's final via the leaderboard.2.17 Should a member cancel their PRO, TOUR or TOUR PLUS during the season, as their benefits still remain, they can still qualify for that year's final via the leaderboard.
2.18 Should a member upgrade their paid subscription during the season, and they have NOT yet received their membership pack they will only need to pay the difference between their existing subscription and the new subscription they are moving to. For example if they move from PRO to TOUR thy will pay £120 and if they move from PRO to TOUR PLUS they will pay £220. If they move from TOUR to TOUR PLUS they will pay £100. Please note they will need to pay the full amount of the subscription to upgrade online and then claim the relevant refund back by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org If however they upgrade their paid subscription during the season, and they have already received their membership pack for their existing subscription, no refund will be due and they will need to pay the full amount of the new subscription.
2.19. A small silver trophy icon next to the name on a member’s profile identifies that member as a PRO member, a small gold trophy icon identifies a member as an TOUR member and a small black trophy icon identifies a member as a TOUR PLUS member. The icons remain in place until a member's renewal date when the next subscription payment is due.
3. Submitting a Score
3.1. All scores submitted must be individual strokeplay scores, or individual matchplay results against other Linksnet members. A Linksnet Member can only submit scores which are registered on their World Handicap record (other than Match play scores) – it is the responsibility of the member to ensure the organisers of Linksnet have a screen shot of the score record from the member's WHS Members Platform. Any Club Stableford Competitions should be submitted into Linksnet as an adjusted gross which is how they will be shown on a Member's World Handicap record. Matchplay results are verified by the Member submitting a dated scorecard signed whilst the Member’s opponent also verifies the result online.
3.2. Linksnet members must submit the correct handicap index for all their Strokeplay scores together with the correct adjusted gross displayed on their World Handicap record and the correct course rating for the tees played. They should also wait 24 hours before submitting the score to Linksnet to allow for any adjustment to be made to their score. It is the responsibility of the member to ensure they are submitting the correct score details at all times.
3.3. Scores cannot be entered in multiple categories - i.e. a Matchplay score cannot also be entered as a Strokeplay score.
3.4. Linksnet members can only submit 9 hole Matchplay scores, NOT strokeplay scores, even if the score in question is registered on their World Handicap record.
3.5. All Matchplay scorecards must have a player's and marker’s signature and state the match result. The player signing the card must be a minimum 14 years of age.
3.6. Scores will only be accepted if they have been submitted online first. We will not accept scores in the post or email unless there is already a record of them on the website.
3.7. All scores must be submitted and verified within 28 days of the round taking place, unless otherwise stated.
4. Strokeplay Scores
4.1. Linksnet members will be able to enter any Strokeplay scores which are registered on their World Handicap records, or Stableford competitions that have been converted to an adjusted gross score on their World Handicap record.
4.2. When entering Strokeplay scores, the member will be asked to provide the following information:
• Date of Round
• Name of Golf Club
• Course Name (if more than one course)
• Handicap Index
• Slope (to calculate Playing Handicap)
• Course Rating
• Adjusted Gross Score (this will be shown on your World Handicap record)
• Score Verification screen shot
4.3. It is the responsibility of the member to enter the correct course Slope to calculate the Playing Handicap (this number is not rounded at this stage), as well as the correct Adjusted Gross score and Course Rating. The member should also wait 24 hours for any adjustment to be made to their score before they submit the score to the Linksnet platform.
4.4. We will then calculate the member’s net score and their Linksnet points score using the following calculation 10 x (Playing Handicap (not rounded) + Course Rating - Adjusted Gross) + 100. This number is then rounded to produce the correct points score. For example, if the playing handicap is 12.47 and the course rating is 72.2 and the member scores an Adjusted Gross of 82, the Member's Linksnet points will be 10 x (12.47+72.2-82)+100=126.7 = 127 Linksnet points rounded. However, if they score an adjusted gross score of 86 their Linksnet points will be 10 x (12.47+72.2-86)+100=86.7 = 87 Linksnet points rounded.
4.5. Their score will be automatically added to their list of points scores. All entries must be received within 28 days of the round having taken place unless otherwise stated. Members can enter as many Strokeplay scores as they wish.
4.6. It is the responsibility of the member to ensure the organisers of Linksnet have a screen shot of the score record from the member's WHS Members Platform - see here. The final responsibility for verification within 28 days of the round will lie with the member.
4.7. 9 hole Strokeplay submissions are not allowed even if the score is registered on the member’s World Handicap record.
5. Match Play Scores
5.1. All Linksnet members can enter Match Play scores.
5.2. When entering Matchplay scores, the member will be asked to provide the following information:
• Date of Round/Matchplay
• Name of Golf Club
• Course Name (if more than one course)
• Course Par
• Handicap Index
• Name of member played against and their Handicap Index
• Result Detail (e.g. won 4&3, 2&1 etc)
5.3. Matchplay scores can also be submitted automatically following the set up of a Matchplay game, where both the member and the member’s opponent are prompted to submit and verify the score.
5.5. The handicap allowance for any Matchplay competition is at the discretion of both members.
5.6. Only Matchplay scores can be entered when playing against another member, where each hole is recorded as a win, a half (draw) or a loss and the player who wins the most holes wins the match. Both players must be registered members of Linksnet.
5.7. The member will be asked to complete a form attaching a scan of the scorecard signed by one member with their names and date clearly printed, which confirms consent to points 5.2, 5.5 and 5.6. All completed entries must be received within 28 days of the match having taken place, unless otherwise stated. If the member fails to provide the necessary verification within the 28 day period (i.e. the scorecard), the score will be deleted. It is the member's responsibility to remember to send the necessary verification.
5.8. The winner of the match will receive 120 Linksnet points, the loser will receive 100 Linksnet points. If the match is halved, each player will receive 110 Linksnet points.
5.9. A member is only allowed to play the same Linksnet member three times in one season. Members can enter as many Matchplay scores as they wish, but can only submit one Matchplay from any given date. In other words multi player Matchplays from the same date are not allowed.
5.10. It is the responsibility of the opponent to complete the verification of the Matchplay when prompted on their Dashboard Feed and through notifications. Failure to do so within the required 28 day period will result in both members’ scores being rejected.
5.11. We do not accept Matchplay scores from official club competitions or against players who are not registered Linksnet members. Matchplay submissions cannot be made from Linksnet Network Days. Matchplays cannot be submitted from pitch and putt or Par 3 courses, although match plays from officially recognised 9 hole courses are allowed. Two separate 9 hole Matchplays from an 18 hole course are not allowed as a member cannot submit two Matchplay scores from the same date.
5.12. You can enter Matchplay results from the Matchplay Tournaments although if you are entering a Pairs Tournament result 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.
6. Linksnet Network Day Scores
6.1. As a Linksnet member, you may enter scores from any Linksnet Network Days on to your profile and these will count towards your Linksnet points total subject to point 7.5 below. However, we will also expect to see your score on your World Handicap record, so you must pre-register your round for World Handicap purposes.
6.2. There is no limit as to how many Linksnet Network Days scores count. If you play in all the days, all the scores can be added to earn Linksnet Points subject to point 7.5 below.
6.3. Matchplay scores submissions from Linksnet Network Days are not allowed.
7. The Leaderboard and Handicap Ranges
7.1. The leaderboard can be sorted by age, gender and starting handicap range - handicaps 0-9, handicaps 10-19, handicaps 20+.
7.2. The member’s handicap range is determined by the member’s handicap at the time of the first score. Please note your handicap index is rounded down to place you in your handicap range. For example, if your starting handicap is 9.7 you will be placed in the 0-9 range and not the 10-19 range. Once the first score has been entered and in turn the first handicap, the member will remain in that range for the remainder of the season irrespective of whether their handicap moves up or down into another handicap range. For example, if you start in handicap range 0-9 but your handicap increases to 12, you will remain in handicap range 0-9 and will not move to range 10-18.
7.3. If a member’s handicap is deemed incorrect on the first score submitted, the organisers of Linksnet reserve the right to amend the handicap appropriately and therefore place the member in the appropriate handicap range where they will remain for the season.
7.4. For all scores submitted, a member’s points score is automatically calculated and added to their list of Linksnet points. All scores require verification.
7.5. The league table calculates each member’s six overall best point scores, which forms their total Linksnet points and thus determines their leaderboard position. The member’s six best scores can include a maximum of 3 best Matchplay scores. Therefore, in order for their total golf league points to increase, they need to submit a score better than one of their six previous best scores. For example, so far a member’s best scores are 140,140,140,130,120,110 making a total 780 points, if they score 140 points, their points total increases to 810 (140,140,140,140,130,120). If they score 110 points however, it remains at 780. Likewise, if they score 120pts for a Matchplay win, this will also be included in their best 6 scores, as even if it was their fourth or more Matchplay score, it would be one of their best 3 match play scores. Therefore in this example their points total increases to 790 (140,140,140,130,120,120).
7.6. Please note a member should still enter scores that don’t necessarily improve their total Linksnet points, because at the end of the season anyone tied on points will have the number of scores entered taken into account to determine who qualifies for the end of season prizes including the Final. This includes Matchplay scores submitted. If the number of scores entered are tied, then qualification for prizes will be determined by whoever has the best first valid score entered.
7.7. For a league position to count towards any Final qualification and end of season prizes, a member must have submitted a minimum of six qualifying scores.
7.8. Only scores from PRO, TOUR or TOUR PLUS members count towards Final qualification through the leaderboard and end of season leaderboard prizes. Although all scores will show on the leaderboard, anyone in a qualifying position for either the Final or end of season leaderboard prizes will have all their scores checked by the organisers of Linksnet for a second time to ensure no incorrect scores or foul play has taken place. The organisers have the right to remove any such scores immediately and without warning in these circumstances.
7.9. By clicking on any player name in the league table, you will be able to view that member’s profile and list of points scores.
8. Updating your Profile
8.1. A member’s profile can be updated at any time during the season.
8.2. A member's profile will display name, leaderboard, golf club (where applicable), current handicap index, avatar and photo, golf biography, activity feed, upcoming events, followers, those following, interaction with other members’ feeds and a list of all scores.
8.3. Where possible, a member's image on their profile should be an image of themselves. We reserve the right to remove any images which display advertising or are deemed inappropriate, obscene, pornographic or liable to cause harm or offence to others.
8.4. At any point, a member can decide to make their profile private which will mean only followers who have been approved by the member will be able to see their profile.
9. Arranging a Matchplay
9.1. Members can arrange Matchplays with other members through the Matchplay search facility.and the member search facility.
9.2. For privacy reasons, we do not provide email addresses; all messaging is done via the Linksnet website, and whether a member divulges personal contact to another member is at their discretion.
9.3. If a member does not want to be contacted by other members, they can set their profile to private allowing them to only hear from followers that they have approved, rather than any Linksnet member.
9.4. Members must follow a Matchplay opponent to allow for a Matchplay score against that member to be entered on the platform.
10. Submitted images
10.1. Members can post their own images on their profile, Dashboard Feed and on their scores which are then displayed on their profile. All information provided does not necessarily reflect the views of the administrators or Milestone Event Management Ltd TA Linksnet.
10.2. We reserve the right to not publish photos or captions if we deem them obscene, pornographic or liable to cause harm or offence to others.
11. Player Referral
11.1. When a player registers for Linksnet, they can indicate if anyone has referred them. There is a Referrals and Rewards scheme which monitors who has referred members and what level subscriptions they take out.
11.2 A player can earn a range of rewards which increase in value the more members they refer - there are seperate rewards for the number of PRO and TOUR/TOUR PLUS referrals as below:
- Introduce 4+ members at PRO level or above and receive a FULL REFUND on your annual membership fee.
- Introduce 8+ members at PRO level or above and receive a FULL REFUND on your annual membership fee plus 1 free space at a Linksnet Network Day*.
- Introduce 12+ members at PRO level or above and receive a FULL REFUND on your annual membership fee, 1 free space at a Linksnet Network Day* and a Bushnell Phantom GPS device.
- Introduce 25+ members at PRO level or above and receive a FULL REFUND on your annual membership fee, 1 free space at a Linksnet Network Day*, a Bushnell Phantom GPS device and a Stewart Golf cart bag.
- Introduce 50+ members at PRO level or above and receive a FULL REFUND on your annual membership fee, 1 free space at a Linksnet Network Day*, a Bushnell Phantom GPS device, a Stewart Golf cart bag and a Stewart Golf R1-S Push trolley.
- Introduce 100+ members at PRO level or above and receive a FULL REFUND on your annual membership fee, 1 free space at a Linksnet Network Day*, a Bushnell Phantom GPS device, a Stewart Golf cart bag, a Stewart Golf R1-S Push trolley and a £500 Golf Escapes holiday voucher.
- Introduce 4+ members at TOUR or TOUR PLUS level and receive a FULL REFUND on your annual membership fee.
- Introduce 8+ members at TOUR or TOUR PLUS level and receive a FULL REFUND on your annual membership fee plus 2 free spaces at a Linksnet Network Day*.
- Introduce 12+ members at TOUR or TOUR PLUS level and receive a FULL REFUND on your annual membership fee, 2 free spaces at a Linksnet Network Day* and a Bushnell Tour V5 Shift laser.
- Introduce 25+ members at TOUR or TOUR PLUS level and receive a FULL REFUND on your annual membership fee, 2 free spaces at a Linksnet Network Day*, Bushnell Tour V5 Shift laser, Stewart Golf StaffPro Cart bag and a Sunderland Whisper Dry jacket.
- Introduce 50+ members at TOUR or TOUR PLUS level and receive a FULL REFUND on your annual membership fee, 2 free spaces at a Linksnet Network Day*, Bushnell Tour V5 Shift laser, Stewart Golf StaffPro Cart bag, Sunderland Whisper Dry jacket and Stewart Golf Q Follow Trolley.
- Introduce 100+ members at TOUR or TOUR PLUS level and receive a FULL REFUND on your annual membership fee, 2 free spaces at a Linksnet Network Day*, Bushnell Tour V5 Shift laser, Stewart Golf StaffPro Cart bag, Sunderland Whisper Dry jacket, Stewart Golf Q Follow Trolley and a £1,000 Golf Escapes holiday voucher.
11.3 If a referred friend failed to mention the referrer's name on the registration form, nothing can be done to retrospectively add this to the Player's Referral and Awards Scheme total. It is imperative to remind any friends a player recommends Linksnet to to reference the Player's name in the Referrers Name and Email address box.
11.4 A Player must be a PRO, TOUR or TOUR PLUS member to qualify for any referrals and they must have one of these subscriptions before any referral counts to their total.
11.5 A PRO member will qualify for the same rewards as a TOUR or TOUR PLUS member. A player will earn the PRO referral awards for the number of referrals who become PRO members and the TOUR or TOUR PLUS referral awards for the number of referrals who become TOUR or TOUR PLUS members. This is irrespective of whether a player is themselves a PRO, TOUR or TOUR PLUS member.
11.6 At the point of the first reward of a player's subscription refund (4+ members referred), the refunded amount will be the level of subscription that player was prior to them gaining either their 4th PRO referral or 4th TOUR/TOUR PLUS referral.
12. Supplementary Competitions
12.1. Throughout the season there will be a number of supplementary competitions that run independent to the leaderboards.
12.2. Details of each competition together with specific competition rules will be displayed on the Prizes page as well as in these terms and conditions.
12.3. Current website competitions are:
• Season long prize draw - win a Stewart Golf Q Follow and a day with the Stewart Golf team.
• Player of the Month – win a Bushnell GPS watch.
• Ambassador Award – win a personalised Titleist Hybrid 14 stand bag, a dozen Titleist Pro V1 balls, other prizes from our partners and a round of golf for one with the sponsor provulo at Burhill GC (to be organised direct with the sponsor).
• Prediction Competition – win a Glenmuir Linksnet shirt.
12.4. The season long prize draw for a Stewart Golf Q Follow and a day with the Stewart Golf team will be exclusive to PRO, TOUR and TOUR PLUS members. Members will be automatically entered on the submission of 6 verified scores during the season and/or on attending a Network day. Members will receive one additional entry made for every further Network Day attended. The winner will be drawn at random following the end of the season at midnight UK time on 13 October 2022 and will be informed by email. Certain terms and conditions apply to the prizes - please contact us for further information. The organisers decision is final.
12.5. The Player of the Month will be chosen based on performances during the course of that month. The winner won’t necessarily be the best performer, they may be the most improved or best under certain other criteria. The organisers decision is final.
12.6. The Ambassador Award will be awarded to the member based on their number of referrals (including number converted to PRO, TOUR or TOUR PLUS status), general networking on the platform, and general promotion of Linksnet on social media and in golf generally. Anyone who has been referred must include the referrer’s name in their registration where requested for the referral to be counted. The organisers decision is final.
12.7. The Predictions Competition will be based on a number of pre-determined professional tournaments and all predictions must be emailed to email@example.com no later than 48 hours prior to the start of the relevant tournament.
12.8. From time to time we will run ad hoc competitions on the site or on our social media channels. The appropriate terms and conditions relating to any specific ad hoc competition will be posted at the time.
12.9. Prizes can only be dispatched to a UK postal address. 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.
13. Bushnell Matchplay Tournaments
13.1. There will be two tournaments running throughout the season - a Singles Matchplay where the best net score on each hole wins that hole and a Pairs betterball matchplay, where the best net score of the four players on each hole wins that hole for their pair.
13.2. All official World Handicaps indices should be used. The player’s playing handicap is calculated based on the following:
Playing Handicap = (Course Handicap x handicap allowance) + difference in Course Ratings if any opponent is using different tees.
The course handicap = Handicap Index x (Slope /113) which is rounded to a whole number. The handicap allowance for betterball matchplay is 90% which is applied to the course handicap and is not rounded. The difference in the course ratings between the two tees, not rounded, is then added to the course handicap to produce the Playing Handicap which is finally rounded. Shots are then taken from the lowest handicapper within the group. Players then score using the card and SI appropriate for the tee they are playing from.
To avoid confusion on the day we advise players to discuss which tees they are using prior to their match. Although it's more sociable to play from the same tees, there is no reason why players can not play from different tees using the handicap calculation above.
13.3 For Singles Matchplay the handicap allowance is the full 100%.
13.4. All results should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org within 24 hours by the winning single or winning pair declaring their match score.
13.5. The home drawn team or single player is responsible for arranging the fixture. In the event of bad weather, it is the home team or player who determine whether the course is playable. If for any reason the fixture is not played by the deadline, a toss of the coin will decide who proceeds through to the next round. No deadline extensions will be granted.
13.6. The home drawn team or single player is responsible for paying 50% of guest green fees for both away team players or their single opponent. The away team or single player is responsible for the other 50% of their green fees and their own travel costs.
13.7. If one team or single player has been deemed to have made a reasonable effort to have arranged a fixture (by offering at least 3 dates, one of which must be an evening or weekend date) and the opposing team or single player has not communicated availability or is unable to play on the dates given then the organisers may decide to award a walk over. The organisers decision is final.
13.8. All entrants agree to have their email addresses and contact numbers circulated amongst other entrants.
13.9. The draw will not be seeded although every effort will be taken to limit travel.
13.10. All entrants must be current members of Linksnet for the duration of the competition and be based in the UK. Certain membership levels will pay for entry into both Matchplay tournaments. Should an entrant, whether single or part of a pair, move memberships level once the tournament has started, no refund will be given just because the new membership level has discounted entry fees or free entry into the Matchplay tournaments.
13.11 Should a Member use his current membership benefits when signing up to the Matchplay tournaments and then subsequently that membership lapses during the course of the tournament, that Member even if part of a pair will be expected to pay the shortfall in Matchplay tournament entry fee where applicable. Failure to do so will result in their opponent(s) receiving a walkover into the next round.
13.12 Should a Pair consist of two members from different membership levels, the entry fee will be the stated entry fee for the member with the lower level of membership. For instance a PRO member and a PAR member would pay £30. A TOUR member and a PRO member would pay £20.
13.13. All entries must be emailed to email@example.com clearly stating both player names, handicaps, email addresses and home club chosen. All entries must be received by Monday 21 March, with payment where applicable (depending on Membership level). If a pair are from different regions, all home matches must be played in the region they are drawn in.
13.14. All Bushnell Tournament scores can be entered as official Linksnet Matchplays on a members’ profile irrespective of it being a singles or pairs betterball match, but if you have already played one of your opponents in Matchplay during the season 3 times, it will not count towards your total. To enter a Pairs result, please choose just one of your opponents to enter the score against - do not enter the score twice against both opponents.
13.15 Once a Pairs match has been played, it is not possible to change a partner for future rounds.
13.16. The Final for both the Singles and Pairs Matchplay will be held on Tuesday 4 October on the Cheshire Course at Carden Park Resort. The golf costs are complimentary but finalists will be expected to cover all other costs, including but not limited to, their own travel and accommodation expenses, food or drinks costs and any golf buggy costs.
13.17 The winners of both the Singles and Pairs Matchplay will be invited to play in the End of Season Final with qualifiers also taken from the Network Days Order of Merit and the Leaderboard.They will also win Bushnell lasers.
13.18. Failure to comply with any of these terms will result in a Single player or Pair being removed from the Bushnell Matchplay Tournament and a walk over given to their last opponent(s).
14. INTER-CLUB Championship
14.1. A club’s total on the INTER-CLUB leaderboard is the combined total number of points of the top 3 players from that club on the individual leaderboard.
14.2. To take part in the INTER-CLUB Championship, and therefore to be featured on the INTER-CLUB leaderboard, a club must have a minimum 3 members from their club featured on the individual leaderboard.
14.3. There is no limit to how many members a club can have but the INTER-CLUB leaderboard will only ever calculate the top 3 members’ scores to create the combined INTER-CLUB points total.
14.4. There is no deadline to when a club can qualify for the INTER-CLUB Championship. They will automatically feature on the leaderboard as soon as 3 club members submit scores to the individual leaderboard, and they will be removed if the number of members drops below 3.
14.5. If a member leaves a club mid season and joins another club, their new and current golf club will benefit from his/her scores, and they will no longer count towards his/her previous golf club’s INTER-CLUB total points.
14. 6. The individual prize is a space at an additional 2023 UK Network Day for the winner and 2 friends from the winning club. The winner will be drawn at random from the list of Linksnet members who have competed for the winning club in the INTER-CLUB Championship. Checks will be made to ensure the member chosen is indeed a current member of the winning club. The prize is for a space on a UK Network Day. A choice of up to 3 days will be given to the winner, once the schedule for 2023 has been finalised. Travel to the event and any accommodation is at the member’s own cost.
14.7. The winning club will also be invited to host a Linksnet Network Day in 2023. The Linksnet team will discuss suitable dates with the club direct, with 4 spaces reserved for members from the winning golf club. Remaining spaces will be available for all Linksnet members to book on a first come first served basis. Should the winning club be from outside of the UK, a substitute prize of 4 spaces at a Network Day in 2023 will be provided, although travel to and from the venue and all accommodation will be at the winners’ own cost. Should the winning club not be set up to host a Linksnet Network Day, the Linksnet team will run an exclusive competition at the venue for up to 12 of the club's members to include Linksnet balls for all 12 members, and prizes.
14.8. The INTER-CLUB Championship will close at midnight UK time on Thursday 13 October 2022.
14.9. The INTER-CLUB Championship is open to all Linksnet members subject to point 14.7 above.
14.10. Prizes can only be dispatched to a UK postal address.
14.11. The organiser’s decision is final..
15. Network Days
15.1. Spaces are strictly limited to just 40 per day, unless otherwise stated. We will also be running a reserve list in the event the days sell out.
15.2. The package cost includes tea, coffee and bacon roll on arrival, 18 holes of golf and a 1 course lunch.
15.3 Players may bring partners and friends to the event to caddy for them for instance, but must inform the organisers at least 48 hours prior to the event. Any attendance is subject to the venue's catering limits and rules and the member will need to pay a cost for catering which will be confirmed to them at the time. This cost must be paid prior to the day.
15.4. Refunds are only given if we are able to resell your space, or if the event is cancelled or has substantially changed. We are unable to offer refunds for cancellations due to localised Covid-19 travel restrictions or government guidelines which do not affect the day in question. Should you unfortunately develop Covid-19 and are required to self-isolate, we will credit your space and will allow you to use your credit against another day in 2022 or 2023 although any difference in price will need to be paid. We will also require proof of positive test and the date of that test to credit your booking.
15.5. Network Days are available at discounted rates for PRO, TOUR and TOUR PLUS members. If a member's subscription lapses prior to them taking part in the day they have booked and their new subscription level does not allow them the discount they have benefited from, they will be expected to pay the additional amount required. Failure to do so will result in their space being made void and resold. If however a member upgrades their subscription after having booked a day at a higher price, no refund will be given should that day then be available for them to purchase at that rate.
15.6. The competitions on the day will take the form of an Individual and Team Stableford with current world handicap indices converted to playing handicaps on the day, of which players will receive a 95% allowance. Where men and women play from different tees, additional shots will be allocated to the playing handicap based on the relationship between the course rating of each tee and the par.
15.7. A Network Day score may be added to a members’ profile and count towards their overall Linksnet points total. However, Linksnet members must pre-register their rounds for their World Handicap record. This is done automatically if they provide Linksnet with an England Golf CDH number prior to the round.
15.8. Three Linksnet members will qualify directly from the Network Days Order of Merit to the Final. The Order of Merit works on a points system with set points being awarded per day depending on a member's finishing spot. If there are two members with a tied number of Order of Merit points at the end of the season, the Order of Merit points scored in any Network Day they both played in will decide the winner. If they played in more than one Network Day together it will be the total of all the Order of Merit points from all days played together that will determine the winner. If neither of them played in a Network Day together, the winner will be decided by their most recent Network Day points.
15.9 The number of Final spaces available to the Network Day Order of Merit is 3.
15.10 The SIK Golf Birdie Leaderboard will run across all 18 Network Days (Ireland trip counts as 3 separate days). One point will be awarded for every nett birdie, two points for every nett eagle and three points for every nett albatross. The top 4 members with the most nett birdies, eagles,albatrosses across all days played will be invited to a fitting with SIK Golf where they will be custom fit for a SIK putter. The fitting will take place at a fitting location to be confirmed on a date to be confirmed.The winning putters will be standard length with a choice of head, neck and shaft length dependant on the fitting results. If there are two members tied on the Birdie leaderboard, their position will be determined by the number of Order of Merit points they have. If Order of Merit points are also tied, the Order of Merit points scored in the last Network Day they both played in will decide the winner.
15.11 The Network Days at Pyle & Kenfig GC, The Lambourne GC, Carden Park Resort and Whittington Heath GC will also feature a prize draw for any member who signed up to those days. The prize will be a Stewart Golf R1-S Push Trolley, a StaffPro Cart Bag and a range of Stewart Golf accessories. The winner will be drawn at the prize giving at the end of the day.
15.12. All attendees are required to strictly comply with the golf club’s rules and regulations relating to safe golf during the current pandemic. Any specific rules will be sent to all attendees in advance of the day.
15.13 All attendees agree to photos or video footage from the event being used for future promotional purposes by Linksnet.
15.14. Although everything will be done to create a safe event, all attendees attending a Network Day do so at their own risk.
16. Season Dates, the Final & End of Season Prizes
16.1. Season 3 starts on Friday 4 March 2022 and will close at midnight UK time on Thursday 13 October 2022. We will accept scores worldwide from rounds played from Friday 4 March 2022. All scores must be submitted and verified within 28 days of the round played. Once the season closes at midnight UK time on Thursday 13 October 2022, all score verification must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:00 UK time on Friday 14 October 2022.
16.2. Qualification for the Final will take various forms to decide our finalists. 10 finalists will be selected based on their leaderboard position at the end of the season subject to them being PRO, TOUR or TOUR PLUS members. In addition the winners of the Pairs Matchplay and the Singles Matchplay winner will also qualify for the Final. Finally, there will be 3 spaces guaranteed for the leading members in the Network Day Order of Merit (see point 15.8). On the Leaderboard, Final spaces will be split between handicap divisions as follows: 0-9 - 4 spaces, 10-19 - 4 spaces, 20+ - 2 spaces.
16.3 If the winners of the Network Day Order of Merit also qualify directly from their relevant leaderboard, the next best placed member from their leaderboard will qualify.
16.4 Please note all qualifiers must be a PRO, TOUR or TOUR PLUS member by the close of the season and have 6 qualifying scores.
16.5. End of season prizes will be awarded to those finishing in the top leaderboard positions within certain categories (age, gender, handicap range) at the end of the season, subject to them being PRO, TOUR or TOUR PLUS members prior to the season closing. End of season prizes are only open to those members not taking part in the Final - you cannot win both an end of season prize and a place in the Final.
16.6. The final will take place on 10-11 November 2022 at Princes GC. The winners' package will consist of 1 night's accommodation in the lodge with full English breakfast, 2 rounds of golf and 1 dinner. Costs payable by the finalist include additional food, all drinks, shop purchases and travel to and from the venue.
16.7. Final spaces will be awarded by Monday 17 October. All Qualifiers have until 0900 on Friday 21 October to accept their space with the full information required, following which spaces will be passed onto members on our reserve list.
16.8. The Final will be played as a team match play with one round of betterball and one round of singles. Terms and Conditions relating to the format, rules and structure of the Final will be distributed to all Finalists prior to the Final taking place.
16.9 Milestone Event Management Ltd TA Linksnet reserves the right to publish any photographs or video footage taken at the Network Days and the Final either on the Linksnet platform or social media channels or for the purposes of any promotion or advertising on the Milestone Event Management Ltd website or elsewhere as we see fit.
17. General Terms & Conditions
17.1. Should a member ask to have their registration removed, they will be unable to rejoin Linksnet until the start of a new season.
17.2. The minimum age to be a Linksnet member is 14.
17.3 The administrators reserve the right to amend the website, the format of Linksnet and the Terms & Conditions at any time without notice.