Competition Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions relate to the Linksnet season and competition

Contents

1. Registration 
2. Subscriptions
3. Submitting a Score
4. Medal/Stroke Play Scores (Casual Members)
5. Stableford Scores (Casual Members)
6. Competition Medal/Strokeplay Scores (Club Members)
7. Stableford Scores (Club Members)
8. Match Play Scores (All Members)
9. Linksnet Network Day Scores
10. The Leaderboards and Handicap Ranges
11. Updating a Member’s Profile
12. Arranging a Match Play  
13. Submitted images
14. Player Referral
15. Goody Bags
16. Supplementary Competitions
17. Bushnell Matchplay Pairs 
18. Inter-Club Championship
19. Network Days
20. Season Dates, The Final & End of Season Prizes 
21. General Terms & Conditions

1. Registration

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:

Name
Gender
Age
Job Title
Industry
Telephone number
Email address
Address
League chosen
Golf club (if applicable)
Handicap (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. When a member comes to enter their first score, they will choose to be either a Club or Casual Linksnet member which places them on either the Club or Casual leaderboard. Once they have submitted their first score, they cannot then change the league they have chosen.
1.7. A member with an official World Handicap must become a Club Linksnet member, and a member with no handicap must become a Casual Linksnet member.
1.8. Any non UK based members with a World Handicap must also become Club Linksnet members. 
1.9 All handicaps for Casual Linksnet members will be administered by the event organisers. Handicaps are allocated to new Casual Linksnet members on completion of their first net score under par should that score require a handicap reduction. These handicaps are known as Linksnet Handicaps. All Club Linksnet members use their own official World Handicaps.
1.10 Any Casual Linksbook members returning in a new season after having not taken part at all in one or more seasons will start the new season off exactly the same Linksnet Handicap which was allocated to them following their last verified score, whichever that season was in. The organisers of Linksnet reserve the right to adjust any starting handicaps which don’t comply with this rule. However, should they so wish, a Casual Linksnet member may decide to play off a lower handicap on their return if they feel their golf has improved since their last Linksnet handicap.
1.11 If a Casual Linksnet member competed in any previous season but was not allocated a Linksnet handicap, they have the right to continue to use a handicap which reflects their current level of performance.
1.12 Should a Casual Linksnet member be competing for the first time in Linksnet they should use a handicap which is deemed a fair reflection of their current level of performance. The current maximum Casual Linksnet handicap for men is 28 and ladies 36. We reserve the right to adjust the handicap if we deem this handicap does not fairly reflect the member based on their first score submitted. In addition we will do spot checks on Casual Linksnet members and if they are found to be using a lower handicap in other competitions or are indeed club members, they will have their handicap amended for all scores submitted and face removal from the competition. A member with an official World Handicap must compete as a Club Linksnet member.
1.13 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.
1.14 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.
1.15 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. Subscriptions

2.1. There are 3 types of subscription that a Linksnet member may have. The default subscription is PAR, a free version of Linksnet. Other subscriptions are BIRDIE, charged at £3.99 per month and EAGLE charged at £119 per annum.
2.2. PAR membership allows a member basic usage of the Linksnet platform to include profile creation, 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.
2.3. BIRDIE membership gives a member access to the majority of networking tools on the Linksnet platform as well as giving them access to Linksnet Network Days and the chance to qualify for the Final. A BIRDIE member (in addition to all the benefits that PAR membership provides) has use of the Linksnet calendar function, can follow other members, comment on their posts, search for members (20 results at a time), arrange Matchplays, take part in the Bushnell Matchplay Pairs Trophy, and qualify for one of 30 goody bags available to the first 30 BIRDIE or EAGLE members to enter 6 scores.
2.4. EAGLE membership gives a member additional networking tools such as unlimited member search and search by industry, as well as 72 hour early access to Network Day bookings, a guaranteed final spot for the leading Eagle member at end of season, industry specific exclusive event(s), tuition event(s) with Geoff Swain, exclusive benefits at select UK clubs and partners, a branded Linksnet polo shirt, three dozen Titleist balls (of their choice), and an exclusive Linksnet bag tag (all subject to availability at the time of ordering).
2.5 Payment for both BIRDIE and EAGLE subscription is taken immediately via Stripe. 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 month if they are a BIRDIE member or for the current year if they are an EAGLE member. In addition their benefits for either BIRDIE or EAGLE membership will continue until the next scheduled payment date, at which point if they have cancelled their subscription their benefits will be stopped and no payment will be taken.
2.6. If a member cancels a BIRDIE or EAGLE subscription, they will not be able to repurchase a new subscription until their current BIRDIE or EAGLE benefits have ceased which will be the date on which their next payment would have been taken if they hadn’t cancelled. In other words, they will be able to repurchase a BIRDIE subscription one calendar month after their original subscription started, and they will be able to repurchase an EAGLE subscription one calendar year after their original subscription started.
2.7. If they are a BIRDIE member, and decide to upgrade to an EAGLE subscription, they will not be refunded for the current month of their BIRDIE subscription. Therefore, we would suggest upgrading towards the end of the current month of their BIRDIE subscription. Likewise if they are an EAGLE member and wish to downgrade to a BIRDIE member, we recommend they wait until their EAGLE subscription has expired, rather than start paying immediately for a BIRDIE membership having already paid for an annual EAGLE subscription.
2.8. BIRDIE members do not receive monthly reminders of their next payments. Payments are automatically taken monthly via Stripe using the card details used to purchase the subscription. EAGLE 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 subscription. If a member cancels their EAGLE subscription during the year, although they will continue receiving benefits for the whole year of their subscription, their subscription will not be automatically renewed the following year and as such they will not receive an auto renewal reminder.
2.9. If the payment card a member originally paid their subscription with, whether BIRDIE or EAGLE 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.
2.10. To book and take part in the Linksnet Network Days, a member must hold a BIRDIE or EAGLE subscription both at the time of booking and until the completion of that Network Day. Failure to maintain either a BIRDIE or EAGLE membership will automatically mean their space for that day is forfeited and an attempt will be made to resell their space to another BIRDIE or EAGLE member. Refunds will only be given if the space is re-sold.
2.11. To take part in the Bushnell Matchplay Pairs Trophy 2021, a member must hold a BIRDIE or EAGLE subscription for the duration of the tournament. If one member within the pair downgrades to a PAR membership,  the pair will automatically forfeit their place in the tournament and the current match they have played (if prior to the next round draw) or due to play (if next round draw has been made) will be deemed a walkover to their opponents.
2.12. Only scores posted whilst being a BIRDIE or EAGLE member count for end of season Final or leaderboard prize qualification. Should a member post scores as a PAR member these will not be included in their qualification total although they will still be shown on the leaderboard. For example, if a member posts 3 scores as a PAR member during the season and 3 scores as a BIRDIE or EAGLE member during the season, only the 3 scores as a BIRDIE or EAGLE member will count.
2.13 Eagle members receive exclusive gifts to include three dozen Titleist balls of their choice (subject to availablility of chosen ball) which will be dispatched together but are promoted as a dozen balls for Spring, Summer and Autumn. They also receive a Linksnet Eagle member polo shirt from Island Green Golf, a Linksnet Eagle member bag tag and a Titleist gift. Eagle members will be contacted within 28 days of their subscription starting to confirm ball of choice and shirt size. A one year Eagle membership entitles you to one full set of exclusive gifts. 
2.14. A small silver trophy icon next to the name on a member’s profile identifies that member as a BIRDIE member whilst a small gold trophy icon identifies a member as an EAGLE member. The icons remain in place until such time as a subscription is cancelled, and even then will remain on the member’s profile until their next payment date is due.

3. Submitting a Score

3.1. Whether a member becomes a Club or Casual Linksnet member will affect how they enter and verify their scores.
3.2. All scores submitted must be individual Medal/Strokeplay scores, individual Stableford scores or individual Matchplay results against other Linksnet members. A Linksnet Club 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 together with if a stableford score a completed scorecard - see here. A Linksnet Casual Member must provide verification for all scores submitted in the form of a signed and dated scorecard or automated scorecard signed by both player and marker. Matchplay results are verified by the Member submitting a dated scorecard signed whilst the Member’s opponent also verifies the result online. 
3.3. Club Linksnet members must submit the correct handicap index and course handicap for all their Medal/Strokeplay and Stableford scores together with the correct adjusted gross displayed on their World Handicap record. 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.
3.4. Scores cannot be entered in multiple categories - i.e. a Matchplay score cannot also be entered as a Medal/Strokeplay score.
3.5. Club Linksnet members can submit 9 hole scores as a strokeplay round recording the adjusted gross, if the score in question is registered on their World Handicap record. Club Linksnet members cannot submit 9 hole stableford scores. Likewise Casual Linksnet member 9 hole scores can be submitted as long as the overall par of the course is 65 or greater, but the score must also be from a Medal/Strokeplay round. All Casual Linksnet member 9 hole Medal/Strokeplay scores should be multiplied by 2.25 to provide an 18 hole equivalent. Casual Linksnet member 9 hole stableford scores will not be accepted.
3.6. All Casual Linksnet member scorecards and Matchplay scorecards must have a player's and marker’s signature. The player signing the card must be a minimum 14 years of age.
3.7. 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.
3.8. All scores must be submitted and verified within 28 days of the round taking place, unless otherwise stated.

4. Medal/Stroke Play Scores (Casual Linksnet Members Only)

4.1. When entering Medal/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)
Par
Handicap Used
Gross Score (total strokes played)

4.2. Until such time as the Casual Linksnet member has been allocated a Linksnet handicap, the handicap that they use for the Medal/Strokeplay round must be agreed by all playing partners subject to point 1.12.The maximum handicap for men is 28, the maximum for ladies is 36. The organisers of Linksnet reserve the right to check any golf scores of Casual Linksnet members within or outside of Linksnet and allocate a new handicap or amend an existing one based on previous scores submitted to Linksnet. Handicaps will be amended according to the UK’s former CONGU handicap rules. The organisers of Linksnet reserve the right to back date Casual Linksnet members’ handicaps where necessary which may affect a member’s previous points scores. We also reserve the right to amend a member's starting handicap where that handicap is deemed by the organisers not to be a fair reflection of their ability based on the score(s) submitted.
4.3. Any Casual Linksnet members returning from a previous season will start the current season off the exact Linksnet Handicap which was allocated to them following their final verified score of the last season they competed in (no matter how long ago that season was). We reserve the right to adjust any starting handicaps which don’t comply with this rule.
4.4. A Casual Linksnet member can enter as many Medal/Strokeplay Round scores as they wish.
4.5. The member will then be asked to complete a form attaching a scan of the scorecard signed and dated by themselves. All completed entries must be received within 28 days of the Medal/Strokeplay Round having taken place unless otherwise stated. If the member fails to provide the necessary verification within the 28 days period, the score will be deleted. It is the member's responsibility to remember to send the necessary verification.
4.6. The par of the course minus the gross score of the member minus handicap used on the day will calculate the member’s point score. For example, if the par is 72 and they take 94 shots off a handicap of 24, this is 72 – (94-24) = 2 better than handicap, therefore they earn 2 Linksnet points. However, if they take 98 shots, this is 72 – (98-24) = 2 worse than handicap, therefore they earn –2 Linksnet points.
4.7. 9 hole Casual Linksnet member Medal/Strokeplay submissions are allowed. All Medal/Strokeplay scores should be multiplied by 2.25 to provide an 18 hole equivalent with full course par and full handicap also submitted.

5. Stableford Scores (Casual LInksnet Members Only)

5.1. When entering Stableford 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)
Par
Handicap Used
Stableford points

5.2. Until such time as the Casual Linksnet member has been allocated a Linksnet handicap, the handicap that they use for the Medal/Strokeplay round must be agreed by all playing partners subject to point 1.12.The maximum handicap for men is 28, the maximum for ladies is 36. The organisers of Linksnet reserve the right to check any golf scores of Casual Linksnet members within or outside of Linksnet and allocate a new handicap or amend an existing one based on previous scores submitted to Linksnet. Handicaps will be amended according to the UK’s former CONGU handicap system. The organisers of Linksnet reserve the right to back date Casual Linksnet members’ handicaps where necessary which may affect a member’s previous points scores. We also reserve the right to amend a member's starting handicap where that handicap is deemed by the organisers not to be a fair reflection of their ability based on the score(s) submitted.
5.3. Any Casual Linksnet members returning from a previous season will start the current season off the exact Linksnet handicap which was allocated to them following their final verified score of the last season they competed in (no matter how long ago that season was). We reserve the right to adjust any starting handicaps which don’t comply with this rule.
5.4. A Casual Linksbook member can enter as many Stableford round scores as they wish.
5.5. The member will then be asked to complete a form attaching a scan of the scorecard signed and dated by themselves. All completed entries must be received within 28 days of the stableford round having taken place unless otherwise stated. If the member fails to provide the necessary verification within the 28 days period, the score will be deleted. It is the member's responsibility to remember to send the necessary verification.
5.6. The total number of stableford points scored minus 36 (deemed par stableford points) will calculate the member’s points score. For example, if the stableford score is 40pts, minus the par score of 36pts = 4 better than handicap, therefore they earn 4 Linksnet points. However, if the stableford score is 34pts, this is 34-36 = -2 worse than handicap, therefore they earn –2 Linksnet points.
5.7. 9 hole Casual Member Stableford submissions are not allowed.  

6. Medal/Strokeplay Scores (Club Linksnet Members only)

6.1. Club Linksnet members will be able to enter any Medal/Strokeplay scores which are registered on their World Handicap records.
6.2. When entering Medal/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)
Par 
Handicap Index
Course Handicap (this can be found using a World Handicap calculator if you know the course slope)
Adjusted Gross Score (this will be shown on your World Handicap record)
Score Verification screen shot 

6.3. It is the responsibility of the member to enter the current handicap index and correct course handicap using the relevant course slope to calculate, as well as the correct adjusted gross score. 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.
6.4. We will then calculate the member’s net score and their Linksnet points score. For example, if a member scores an adjusted gross score of 82 and their course handicap is 12, their net score is 70. If the Par is 72, that equates to 2 Linksnet points. However, if they score an adjusted gross score of 86 and their course handicap is 12, their net score is 74. If the Par is 72, they scored 2 shots worse, hence –2 Linksnet points.
6.5. 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 Medal/Strokeplay scores as they wish.
6.6. 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.  
6.7. 9 hole Medal/Strokeplay submissions are allowed as long as the score is registered on the member’s World Handicap record.  

7. Stableford Scores (Club Linksnet Members Only)

7.1. Club Linksnet members will be able to enter any Stableford scores which are registered on their World Handicap records.
7.2. When entering Stableford scores, the Player will be asked to provide the following information:

Date of Round
Name of Golf Club
Course Name (if more than one course)
Par 
Handicap Index
Course Handicap (this can be found using a World Handicap calculator if you know the course slope)
Stableford Points Score
Score Verification screen shot 

7.3. It is the responsibility of the member to enter the current handicap index and correct course handicap using the relevant course slope to calculate. 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.
7.4. We will then calculate the member’s Linksnet points score using 36 Stableford points as the level score whatever their handicap maybe. For example, if they score 40 points, they will have effectively scored 4 better than their handicap, 40-36 = 4, therefore they earn 4 Linksnet points. However, if they score 34 points, they will have effectively scored 2 worse than their handicap, 34-36 = -2, therefore they earn -2 Linksnet points.  
7.5. 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 Stableford scores as they wish.
7.6. 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 together with if a stableford score a completed scorecard - see here.. The final responsibility for verification within 28 days of the round will lie with the member. Alternatively an image of any verification can also be attached to the score submission.
7.7. We are unable to accept 9 hole Stableford rounds in the CLUB section. 9 hole Stableford submissions should be submitted as 9 hole stroke play rounds recording the adjusted gross as per the Player's World Handicap record.  

8. Match Play Scores (All Linksnet members)

8.1. All Linksnet members can enter Match Play scores.
8.2. 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
Player’s Handicap/Handicap Index (depending on whether CLUB or CASUAL)
Name of member played against and their Handicap/Handicap Index (depending on whether CLUB or CASUAL)
Result
Result Detail (e.g. won 4&3, 2&1 etc)

8.3. 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.
8.4. Where a member does not possess a current official handicap, both parties in the arranged match must agree what handicap that member should play off for the purposes of Matchplay. Any handicaps, whether official or a Linksnet handicap should be converted to course handicaps using the relevant course slope.
8.5. The handicap allowance for any Matchplay competition is at the discretion of both members.
8.6. 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.
8.7. 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 8.2, 8.4 and 8.5. 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.
8.8. The winner of the match will receive 2 Linksnet points, the loser will receive 0 Linksnet points. If the match is halved, each player will receive 1 Linksnet point.
8.9. A member is only allowed to play the same member three times in one season. However members can play against any other Linksnet member, both Club and Casual. 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. 
8.10. 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.
8.11. We do not accept Matchplay scores from official club competitions or against players who are not registered Linksbook 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.
8.12. You can 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.

9. Linksnet Network Day Scores

9.1. 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 10.5 below. However, if you are a Club Linksnet member, we will also expect to see your score on your World Handicap record, so you must pre-register your round for World Handicap purposes.
9.2. 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 10.5 below.
9.3. Matchplay scores submissions from Linksnet Network Days are not allowed.

10. The Leaderboards and Handicap Ranges

10.1. There are two sections a member can join – Club Linksnet and Casual Linksnet. Both the Club Linksnet and Casual Linksnet leaderboards can be sorted by age, gender and starting handicap range -handicaps 0-9, handicaps 10-19, handicaps 20+. 
10.2. Whether Club or Casual, the member’s handicap range is determined by the member’s handicap at the time of the first score. Please note if you are a Club member 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 (either World Handicap or Linksnet) 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.
10.3. 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.
10.4. For all scores submitted, a member’s points score is automatically calculated and added to their list of Linksnet points. All Matchplay scores require verification (see Section 8) and all other scores of 1pt or greater will require verification.
10.5. 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 4,4,4,3,2,1 making a total 18 points, if they score 4 points, their points total increases to 21 (4,4,4,4,3,2). If they score 1 point however, it remains at 18. Likewise, if they score 2pts 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 19 (4,4,4,3,2,2).
10.6. 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. 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.
10.7. For a league position to count towards any Final qualification, end of season prizes as well as goody bags, a member must have submitted a minimum of six qualifying scores.
10.8. Only scores posted whilst either a BIRDIE or EAGLE member count towards Final qualification 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 check which scores were submitted as BIRDIE or EAGLE members and 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.
10.9. 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.

11. Updating your Profile

11.1. A member’s profile can be updated at any time during the season.
11.2. A member's profile will display name, leaderboard, golf club (where applicable), current handicap/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.
11.3. 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.
11.4. 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. 

12. Arranging a Matchplay  

12.1. Members can arrange Matchplays with other members through the Matchplay search facility.and the member search facility.
12.2. 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.
12.3. 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. 
12.4. Only BIRDIE and EAGLE members can arrange Linksnet Matchplays through the platform. In addition, only BIRDIE and EAGLE members can follow other members which allows for Matchplay scores to be entered on the platform.

13. Submitted images 

13.1. 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.
13.2. 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.

14. Player Referral

14.1. When a player registers for Linksnet, they can indicate if anyone has referred them. From time to time the top referrers may receive a prize.

15. Goody Bags

15.1. The first 5 overseas Linksnet members and the first 25 UK Linksnet members (whether Club or Casual) to submit six validated scores will receive a goody bag containing a range of gifts from our partners. All goody bags will be dispatched in the summer of 2021. You will receive confirmation by email if you are one of the first 30 to submit six scores which have been validated.
15.2. The goody bags are available to BIRDIE and EAGLE members only.
15.3. Goody bags can only be dispatched to a UK postal address. A quote for postage overseas can be provided upon request.

16. Supplementary Competitions

16.1. Throughout the season there will be a number of supplementary competitions that run independent to the leaderboards.
15.2. Details of each competition together with specific competition rules will be displayed on the Prizes page as well as in these terms and conditions.
16.3. Current website competitions are:

Prize Draw for a Stewart Golf Q Follow.  
Player of the Month – win a dozen Titleist balls of your choice, together with a pair of Dirty Dog sunglasses and an Island Green cap.  
Ambassador Award – a personalised Titleist Midsize cart bag, a dozen Titleist Pro V1 balls, a pair of Dirty Dog sunglasses, an exclusive Linksnet polo shirt and a round of golf for one with the sponsor provulo at Burhill GC (to be organised direct with the sponsor).
Photo of the Month – win a Hayman’s Gin Tour voucher, a pair of Dirty Dog sunglasses and a gift from Island Green.

16.4. The prize draw for a Stewart Golf Q Follow will be exclusive to Birdie and Eagle 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 20 October 2021 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.
16.5. 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.
16.6. The Ambassador Award will be awarded to the member based on their number of referrals (including number converted to Eagle or Birdie 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.
16.7. By entering the Photo of the Month competition, a member agrees for that photo to be used on the Linksnet platform and on related social media. 
16.8. 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. 
16.9. 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.

17. Bushnell Matchplay Pairs

17.1. The format is betterball match play, where the best net score of the four players on each hole wins that hole for their pair.
17.2.  All official World Handicaps indices or, if casual members, current Linksnet handicaps should be used, whereby the Linksnet handicap is classed as a handicap index. The player’s playing handicap is calculated based on the following:
Playing Handicap = (Course Handicap x handicap allowance) + difference in Course Ratings
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. Players score using the card and SI appropriate for the tee they are playing from.
17.3. All results should be emailed to support@linksnetgolf.com within 24 hours by the winning pair declaring their match score.
17.4. The home drawn team is responsible for arranging the fixture. In the event of bad weather, it is the home team 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.
17.5. The home drawn team is responsible for paying 50% of guest green fees for both away team players. The away team is responsible for the other 50% of their green fees and their own travel costs.
17.6. If one team 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 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.
17.7. All entrants agree to have their email addresses and contact numbers circulated amongst other entrants.
17.8. The draw will not be seeded although every effort will be taken to limit travel.
17.9. All entrants must be current members of Linksnet, hold a BIRDIE or EAGLE membership for the duration of the competition and be based in the UK. Should an entrant move from EAGLE or BIRDIE to PAR during the course of the competition, they will forfeit their current match and their opponents will be awarded a walk over.
17.10. All entries must be emailed to support@linksnetgolf.com clearly stating both player names, handicaps, email addresses, home club chosen and region. All entries must be received by midnight on 13 June 2021 with a first round due to start on 21 June 2021. There is no entrance fee. The competition is only open to players in the regions stated which will be identified following pre-registration. If a pair are from different regions, all home matches must be played in the region they are drawn in.
17.11. All Bushnell Matchplay Pairs scores can be entered as official Linksnet Matchplays on a members’ profile irrespective of it being a 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 please choose just one of your opponents to enter the score against - do not enter the score twice against both opponents.
17.12. The Final will be held in the autumn/winter of 2021 at Woburn Golf Club. A mutual date should be agreed by both finalists. The organisers of Linksnet will then book the tee time. 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. 
17.13. Failure to comply with any of these terms will result in a pair being removed from the Bushnell Matchplay Pairs and a walk over given to their last opponents.

18. INTER-CLUB Championship

18.1. A club’s total on the INTER-CLUB leaderboard is the combined total number of points of the top 4 players from that club on the individual Club leaderboard. 
18.2. To take part in the INTER-CLUB Championship, and therefore to be featured on the INTER-CLUB leaderboard, a club must have a minimum 4 members from their club featured on the individual Club leaderboard.  
18.3. There is no limit to how many members a club can have but the INTER-CLUB leaderboard will only ever calculate the top 4 members’ scores to create the combined INTER-CLUB points total.
18.4. 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 4 club members submit scores to the Linksnet individual Club leaderboard, and they will be removed if the number of members drops below 4.
18.5. 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. 
18. 6. The individual prize is a space at an additional 2022 UK Network Day for the winner and 3 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 2022 has been finalised.Travel to the event and any accommodation is at the member’s own cost.

18.7. The winning club will also be invited to host a Linksnet Network Day in 2022. The Linksnet team will discuss suitable dates with the club direct, with 10 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 2022 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 goody bags for all 12 members, and prizes.
18.8. The INTER-CLUB Championship will close at midnight UK time on Wednesday 20 October 2021.
18.9. The INTER-CLUB Championship is open to all Linksnet members subject to point 18.7 above.
18.10. Prizes can only be dispatched to a UK postal address.
18.11. The organiser’s decision is final.. 

19. Network Days

19.1. 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.
19.2. The package cost includes tea, coffee and bacon roll on arrival, 18 holes of golf and lunch. The only exception is our residential Network Day where the package cost includes accommodation for 1 night, breakfast, lunch, dinner and 36 holes of golf.  
19.3. Refunds are only given if we are able to resell your space, if the event is cancelled or has substantially changed.  We are unable to offer refunds for cancellations due to Covid-19 travel restrictions or government guidelines.
19.4. Unless otherwise stated, to book and take part in a Network Day, a member must be either a Linksnet BIRDIE or EAGLE member. Should a member revert to a PAR membership prior to the Network Day taking place, they will forfeit their right to a space on the day, and a refund will only be given to the member if their space is resold.
19.5. All players should use their current World Handicap Index unless a Casual Linksnet member in which case they should use their current Linksnet handicap if one has been allocated. Linksnet handicaps, like official World Handicaps will be converted to course handicaps based on the relevant course slope for the purpose of running the event.  
19.6. A Network Day score may be added to a members’ profile and count towards their overall Linksnet points total. However, Club Linksnet members must pre-register their rounds for their World Handicap record.
19.7. One Linksnet member will qualify directly from the Network Days to the Final. This will be the member with the best aggregate points total from any three Linksnet Network Days during the season. If there are two members with a tied number of aggregate points scored, the 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 aggregate points score from all days played together. If neither of them played in a Network Day together, the winner will be decided by their most recent Network Day score.
19.8. 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.
19.9. Although everything will be done to create a safe event, all attendees attending a Network Day do so at their own risk.

20. Season Dates, the Final & End of Season Prizes  

20.1. Season 2 starts on Thursday 7 January 2021 and will close at midnight UK time on Wednesday 20 October 2021. We will accept scores worldwide from rounds played from Monday 29 March 2021 once England golf courses have reopened. All scores must be submitted and verified within 28 days of the round played. Once the season closes at midnight UK time on Wednesday 20 October, all score verification must be emailed to support@linksnetgolf.com by 11:00 UK time on Thursday 21 October. 
20.2. Qualification for the Final will take various forms to decide our 12 finalists. Ten (10) finalists will be selected based on their leaderboard position at the end of the season subject to them being BIRDIE and EAGLE members, with only the scores submitted whilst being BIRDIE or EAGLE members counting towards qualification. One finalist space is guaranteed for the leading registered EAGLE member on the Club Leaderboard based on the scores submitted. In addition, one place is guaranteed for the leading aggregate scorer (best three scores from any of 10 Network days) from our series of Network Days - please note for the aggregate competition only, the scores from the day will be used and not scores following any Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC) adjustment. Spaces will be split between handicap divisions and between Club and Casual BIRDIE and EAGLE members. The exact breakdown of how we will be selecting our finalists is dependent on the number of active members in each division. The split is as follows:

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 or BIRDIE membership covering all the dates of their 6 best scores.
20.3. 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 BIRDIE and EAGLE members, with only the scores submitted whilst being BIRDIE or EAGLE members counting towards qualification.
20.4. The final takes place at Princes GC between 11-12 November 2021. FInalists will receive 36 holes of golf, overnight single room accommodation, dinner, breakfast, a prizegiving lunch and a goody bag. Any additional food, all drinks and travel to and from the journey is the responsibility of the finalists. 
20.5. Final spaces will be awarded by Friday 22 October. All Qualifiers have until 0900 on Monday 25 October to accept their space with the full information required, following which spaces will be passed onto members on our reserve list. 
20.6. The Final will be played as a team match play over 2 rounds - greensomes in round one and singles in round two. 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.
20.7 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.

21. General Terms & Conditions

21.1. Should a member ask to have their registration removed, they will be unable to rejoin Linksnet until the start of a new season.
21.2. The minimum age to be a Linksnet member is 14.  
21.3 The administrators reserve the right to amend the website, the format of Linksnet and the Terms & Conditions at any time without notice.


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