Stroke/Stableford & Matchplay Tournaments


Rules & Conditions for Play

Handicap & General Info

As a Scottish Club we abide by the WHS (World Handicap System) when it comes to rating our golfers in both competition or casual rounds.

The handicap limits for Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club competitions is:


Up to 54, but for competition purposes there is a cap at 36.

Ladies & Juniors

Maximum 54 with no capping.

Texas Scramble

Our up to date information on handicaps for Texas Scramble are displayed on Club Competition Wall.

Strathpeffer members can take advantage of reciprocal agreements with these neighbouring Golf Clubs: Muir of Ord, Alness, Invergordon, Tarbat, Isle of Sky and Tain – as long as you call in advance to check the availability of tee times.


The Order of Merit recognises the most successful players of the year. There are three divisions in the Order of Merit, Scratch to 11, 12 to 21, 22 + and it is open to a fully inclusive field of all SSGC Full Membership holders only, as well as Juniors who have a handicap of 18 or less & play off the yellow tees. This is arguably one of the most prestigious awards to win as it shows prolonged success as opposed to single day wins. We are extremely excited for all women, men and juniors to showcase their skills by entering the Order of Merit, all you firstly need to do is enter one of the events on the Fixture List and you will automatically be in the Order of Merit. The more events you play, the better your chances, but there are no minimum events to be included. There is no charge for entry for the Order of Merit but the prizes are outstanding in recognition of the dedication and consistency on the divisional winners.

All Divisional Prizes Are As Follows:

*1ST PLACE = Full Annual membership to SSGC

*2ND PLACE= £100 Club Voucher

*3RD PLACE= £50 Club Voucher

*A Golf Buggy is only available for those over 65 or those who have a medical exemption during OOM or Open Competitions. A medical certificate and driving license are required.
Competition Divisional Placing Points Awarded
1st Place in Division 120
2nd Place in Division 100
3rd Place in Division 90
4th Place in Division 85
5th Place in Division 80
6th Place in Division 75
7th Place in Division 70
8th Place in Division 65
9th Place in Division 60
10th Place in Division 55

Local Rules

Please be aware of these local rules set down by our Match and Handicap Committee, most of which are printed on the back of the Club scorecard for your convenience.

1. OUT OF BOUNDS is when the ball lies:

beyond the fence surrounding the course;
within the clubhouse enclosure, including all car parks;
beyond the white posts around the 18th green;
when a tee shot from the 13th tee lies beyond the white posts;
ball is beyond the white posts to the far right of the 18th fairway.

Rule 18.2b applies


are marked with yellow or red posts respectively

Rule 17.1 applies


are all shelters, seats, yardage markers, signs and fixed sprinkler heads.

Rule 16 applies


A ball embedded in its own pitch mark in the GENERAL AREA (that is the whole of the course) may be lifted, cleaned and dropped WITHOUT PENALTY as near to the spot where it lay but NOT nearer to the hole.

Rule 16.3a applies


Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions.

Rule 12.2a applies


If such a tree interferes with a player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, the ball must be lifted WITHOUT PENALTY and dropped in accordance with Rule 16.1a.


left of the 1st hole, right of the 13th hole and right of the 15th hole are in play.


A ball landing on a road or path may be lifted and dropped at the nearest point of relief within two club lengths WITHOUT PENALTY and NOT nearer the hole.


If your ball lands in a depression in a bunker it may be placed without penalty within the bunker and not nearer the hole.


If your ball is impeded by a post it may be lifted and dropped without penalty within one club length and not nearer the hole.

Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club Matchplay Rules

In the interests of good organisation and fair play, we’ve set out some ground rules for our match play tournaments which we strictly adhere to:

When you put your name on the entry sheet please put the entry fee in an envelope and leave it at the bar (or put it through the shop door). If your entry fee is not received your name will not be included in the draw.

All ties in the club match play competition must be played by the stated date – we can’t grant extensions and no excuses are accepted. The first named player or team shall give their opponents three reasonable optional dates.

Unreasonable dates are considered to be:

– Three consecutive dates
– Three dates in the same week
– Midweek or weekend dates only

If the dates are not offered the second-named progresses to the next round.

If the dates are offered but not accepted, the first-named progresses.

Players are jointly responsible for ensuring that a name is put forward to the next round. If no name is put forward at the closing date both players will be eliminated. There will be no exceptions to this rule.

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