§1. The SCANDINAVIAN GOLF CUP is open to citizens of Nordic(1) countries, their spouses and children with a visa for Japan. There is a special cup for ladies, although they can also compete for the main cup. Young golfers(2) compete for the Junior Trophy and Near Pin prizes only. Nordic guests are welcome, but only residents of Japan can actually win the cup and the main prices.(3) Non-Nordic guests may be invited if there is space.

§2. Maximum handicap for men is 30, for women 36 – however players with higher handicap are welcome, but have to play with the given maximum handicap.

§3. We compete using the STABLEFORD SYSTEM(4) and you get 1 point for bogey, 2 points for par, 3 pts for a Birdie, 4 pts for an Eagle, 5 pts for an Albatross. Points given based on net score results.

§4. In case two players end up with the same score (i.e. points), the player with the lowest net score wins. If there is still a tie, the player with the lowest handicap wins. If there is still a tie, then the oldest player wins. If the players are the same age, a coin toss will decide the winner.

§5. The committee reserves the right to adjust any player’s handicap with which he/she registered to enter the tournament, depending on his or her result(s) in earlier tournaments or on recent scores.

§6. When calculating your official handicap, please use the Stableford System and not the Japanese or American system.

§7. Please hole out every hole. Absolutely no Gimmies or Mulligans are accepted. Missed swings etc. must also be counted.

§8. If a player hits Out of Bounds (OB), he/she is required to use the “Playing Four” Tee (if such exists); repeat hits from the original tee are not permitted. If you hit into a ditch or a pond, you play either in front of the ditch or from a specially marked drop zone, adding the appropriate number of penalty shots to your score. In the case of lateral water, drop where the ball cut the land/water line.

§9.Players are not allowed to use more than two minutes to look for their ball. Please remember to hit a provisional ball when necessary.

§10.It is allowed to pick up the ball and give up the hole (and therefore scoring zero points). In such a case, your stroke count will be counted as (Par * 2 + 1), i.e. 7, 9, or 11 for par 3 – 5, respectively. Remember to note this score down because it is needed in case of a tie.

§11.Important! The official score-card given to every player on registration at the Golf Club must be filled out by a co-player (the marker) showing the player’s own score and points only. It must be signed by both player and marker. Each group of players has a captain(5) and who must check all score-cards before they are handed over to the competition committee.

§12.Special competions apart from the Scandinavian Cup, includes:
The Ladies’ Cup
The Junior Cup
The Pair Cup(6)
Best Gross
Nearest-Pin (All Par 3 holes)
Nearest Pin on Third Shot (Hole 18)
Longest Drive (Hole 6)

§13. Scandinavian Cup defines last place as Booby Maker and second from last as Booby, as per usual in Japanese tournaments.

§14.Unless noted above, the SCANDINAVIAN GOLF CUP TOURNAMENT abides by Official Rules of Golf as defined by R&A and USGA, in addition to any Local Rules, which may or may not negate some of the points above, of the Golf Club where the competition takes place.

§15.To prevent players from starting with a wrong handicap, first time players can not win first prize. This will prevent a player from being a handicap cheater, and helps keep the friendly atmosphere in the traditional Scandinavian Cup spirit!

§17.Most importantly, Good Luck in the tournament!

(1) Nordic is defined as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
(2) Young golfers are considered Juniors up to, and including, the year they turn 20.
(3) ’Main’ prizes consist of 1st – 3rd price, Booby-Maker, Booby Prize, and Best Gross.
(4) Stableford System is the same as the Swedish term ‘poäng bogey’.
(5) The captain of each player group is decided by the committee and communicated at registration.
(6) The competition for the Pair Cup is open to all couples, married or non-married, and the winner is determined by adding spouses’ scores (points) together.