Competition FAQs

FAQs relating to the Linksbook season and competition.

General

When does the season start and finish?

Due to the current government guidance and social distancing rules, our first season will be a little different to subsequent seasons. We started the season as soon as golf courses reopened (Wednesday 13 May) and will close the season at midnight on Sunday 25 October. 

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

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

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

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

You earn Linksbook points by submitting rounds of golf played.

During Season One, due to current government guidance and social distancing rules, all members can enter any medal/stroke play and Stableford rounds verified by a scorecard they have signed and dated (scorecard can be digital). They will not require any other signatures.

All Linksbook members can enter match play scores against other Linksbook members, as long as social distancing rules are observed. Match Play wins earn 2 points, whilst Match Play draws earn 1 point.

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

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

Should I become a CLUB or CASUAL member?

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

Choose CLUB if you have an official club handicap and normally play club competitions. Choose CASUAL if you normally only play for fun and don’t have an official handicap.

Given current government guidance and social distancing rules, all players will, for this season only, be able to enter casual rounds played and of course all players can enter Match Play scores against other Linksbook members, as long as social distancing rules are maintained. 

In subsequent seasons, once golf clubs return to normal, the rules will change for  CLUB members.

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

For Season One only, if you are a club member with an official handicap please register as a CLUB Linksbook member. Although you will be entering the same type of scores as CASUAL Linksbook members, you will maintain your existing club handicap.

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

Unfortunately not. Linksbook CLUB will be for players with official handicaps only.

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

If you don’t live in the UK, you should register as a CASUAL member even if you have an official handicap with your own national golf association.

The only exception is Ireland, where you should still register as a CLUB member.

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

In Season One, all casual scores from any club are permitted for CLUB Linksbook members. This will change once golf clubs return to normal.

Why are the rules so relaxed this season? Surely they will be abused?

We recognise that things aren’t normal for any of us at the moment, and much as we would love to be able to verify CLUB member scores properly by only accepting official competition scores and insist on scorecards signed by opponents for CASUAL members, we have to respect government guidance and social distancing rules, which means all those methods of verification are not always practical.

Instead, we are making Season One a more casual competition where like all of us, we are just grateful to be outside playing golf again. Yes, there’s still competitive leaderboards with prizes on offer, but the focus is on playing golf even if it’s alone or in two balls, and networking online where you can let your followers know about your golf and compete against them even if you can’t necessarily compete against them in a club competition! 

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

At all times we are asking members to stay safe and abide by the current R&A, national governing body (eg. England Golf) and government guidance where social distancing rules must be observed. However, as long as this guidance is respected, there is no reason why members shouldn’t play golf and indeed participate in Linksbook to enhance their golf. After all, golf is a form of safe exercise which is also good for mental health.

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

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


Handicaps

As a CASUAL member what handicap should I use?

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

I’m a CASUAL Linksbook member, how does the UK Handicapping System work?

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

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

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

Positive Linksbook points scores

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

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

The maximum handicap we allow for Linksbook is 28 for men and the maximum handicap for ladies is 36.

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

Category 1 Handicap range 0.1 – 5.4          Deduction for each point scored 0.1

Category 2 Handicap range 5.5 – 12.4        Deduction for each point scored 0.2

Category 3 Handicap range 12.5 – 20.4      Deduction for each point scored 0.3

Category 4 Handicap range 20.5 – 28.4      Deduction for each point scored 0.4

Category 5 Handicap range over 28.5         Deduction for each point scored 0.5

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

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

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

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

The reductions are based on the following table:

Average of the 2 scores                                Number of scores submitted between the 2 'exceptional' scores                                                                      

                                                                                4 or fewer                   5 to 9                  10 or more                                                                             

4 to 5pts                                                         1 shot reduction          0.5 shot reduction          No change

5.5 tp 9.5pts                                                 2 shot reduction          1 shot reduction             0.5 shot reduction

10 or more pts                                              3 shot reduction          2 shot reduction             2  shot reduction

Negative Linksbook points scores

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

The buffer zones for each category are as follows:

Category 1 Handicap range 0.1 – 5.4          Increase handicap by 0.1 for all scores 2 over net par and above

Category 2 Handicap range 5.5 – 12.4        Increase handicap by 0.1 for all scores 3 over net par and above

Category 3 Handicap range 12.5 – 20.4      Increase handicap by 0.1 for all scores 4 over net par and above

Category 4 Handicap range 20.5 – 28.4      Increase handicap by 0.1 for all scores 5 over net par and above

Category 5 Handicap range over 28.5         Increase handicap by 0.1 for all scores 6 over net par and above

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

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

Please note these handicap rules will change and will be based on the World Handicap System in 2021.

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

Rather than seeing the Exceptional Score Rule (ESR) as an extra penalty for a good round, we see it as the final part of full compliance of our Linksbook CASUAL handicap system within the CONGU handicapping system.

It enables us to provide much fairer leaderboards where great scores are still rewarded but not to the extent that they can give a Linksbook CASUAL member an unassailable lead on the leaderboards within 3 or 4 rounds. 

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

Members will be able to sort each leaderboard by gender, age and handicap range (0-9, 10-19 and 19+).  Prizes and places at the potential end of season Final will be awarded based on these criteria..

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

As a Linksbook CLUB member handicapping is controlled by your Club as all competition scores are verified by them. 

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

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

I have entered a Club Competition score as a CLUB Linksbook member and you have changed my handicap but the club hasn’t? How is this possible?

It is the responsibility of the LInksbook member in question to ensure they are indeed playing off the correct handicap for any given competition. In the event of a Linksbook member playing two competitions or two rounds of a competition in consecutive days, or open competitions at different clubs, the Linksbook member’s club may not have time to adjust their handicap appropriately after every round. Therefore the Linksbook member may end up playing a round off an incorrect handicap. In these circumstances where we deem fit, we will adjust the Linksbook member’s handicap manually for the purpose of their score entry into Linksbook to ensure fairness across the CLUB leaderboard. This is on the recommendation of England Golf.

Please note this is unlikely to be an issue in Season One where government guidelines and social distancing rules may effect competitive golf. We will however continue to monitor CLUB members handicaps to ensure they are entering scores off the correct club handicap.

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

If you qualify for the potential final as a CASUAL member, you will use your Linksbook handicap for the final.

What is the maximum Linksbook handicap I can play off?

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

How will the World Handicap System be incorporated into Linksbook and when will this take effect?

We are monitoring progress with the World Handicap System but do not expect it to be implemented into Linksbook until 2021. 


Player Referral

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

Simply tell them to go to the sign up page where they can add their referrer’s name and email address.  We will award prizes to those Linksbook members that refer the most members (Ambassador of the Month).


Score Verification

How long do I have to enter my score?

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

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

As mentioned elsewhere, the rules for Season One will be slightly different to how Linksbook would normally run due to government guidance and social distancing rules. We will allow CLUB members to submit both casual and competition scores. 

To speed up the verification process, we ask Linksbook Club members when entering a score to submit EITHER a URL listing the official competition results (e.g. on the club website) or a copy of scorecard whether a digital scorecard or a scanned scorecard. Any scorecard needs only to be signed and dated by the player itself. Importantly the player’s current handicap and gross score must be shown.

Unless the golf club provides an official CSS from the club competition, then you should just write the par in the CSS field.

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

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

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

For CASUAL rounds during the current social distancing rules, the only way we can verify the score is by checking your scorecard and checking you’ve signed and dated it.

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

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

If you have submitted a Match Play score, you will need to upload a copy of your scorecard with the match score clearly marked together with your signature. 

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

Remember to only play a Match Play if you can do so safely within the current government guidance and social distancing rules.

Do both players need to submit the Match Play score?

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

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

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

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

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

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

All Linksbook members must enter a minimum six valid scores to be eligible for end of season prizes and any potential final qualification.

If I enter 6 Match Plays can I qualify for any potential final?

Unfortunately not. Only a maximum 3 match play scores can count to your overall Linksbook points total. Therefore if you’ve entered 6 match plays and no other types of round, your Linksbook points total will only consist of your 3 best match play rounds, and you will have been deemed not to have entered the necessary 6 qualifying scores required for any potential Final qualification.

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

You can only submit Match Plays against other Linksbook members who you follow. Once you follow that member, their name will appear in the drop down menu when selecting an opponent on the Match Play score submission form. 

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

Why can I not enter Club Match Play competition scores?

Unfortunately we only allow Match Play scores against other Linksbook members to be entered into our leaderboards. This is to encourage Linksbook members to meet and play golf together therefore making Linksbook a true golfing network. 

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

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

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

For Season One only, You can play the same Linksbook member three times.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can I enter a score from a 9 hole round?

Given current government guidelines and social distancing rules, more 9 hole golf is being encouraged so for Season One we are accepting 9 hole rounds across both leaderboards.

How do I enter a 9 hole round score?

For medal rounds, enter the full course par (remember to also enter the par in the CSS field where required). You need to also enter your full handicap and multiply the number of strokes for the 9 holes by 2.25 so you obtain an 18 hole equivalent.

For Stableford rounds, enter the full course par (remember to also enter the par in the CSS field where required). You need to also enter your full handicap and multiply the stableford points you entered for the 9 holes you played by 1.75 to obtain an 18 hole equivalent.

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

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


Leaderboards

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

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

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

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


Linksbook Network Days

Surely you can’t be running Linksbook Network Days this season?

Our two network days later this autumn will be run whilst strictly complying to all government guidence, the guidence from England Golf and the guidence from each specific club..

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

You can sign up through the Network Day page and also through your Dashboard feed, where days will be regularly promoted.

What do the costs of the Linksbook Network Day cover?

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

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

Yes, in fact any scores from Linksbook Network Days will be automatically submitted for you.

What handicap should I use for Linksbook Network Days?

If you are a CLUB Linksbook member, you should use your official club handicap. If you are a CASUAL Linksbook member, you should use your current LInksbook handicap if one is allocated, or if not the handicap you are using to enter scores online, until such time as a Linksbook handicap is allocated.

Does anyone qualify from the Network Days for any potential Final?

Again this will very much depend on government guidance and social distancing rules this autumn. A decision on a final for Season One will be made on or around 1st September 2020, where possible.

Should we host a final then one member will qualify directly from the Network Days. This will be based on the best aggregate stableford score from any two days. A CSS will be calculated on each event to make it fairer given playing conditions can vary so much between any two days. The CSS will then be used to adjust the Stableford points for the purposes of the aggregate competition only.

How often do you run Linksbook Network Days?

Due to current government guidance and social distancing rules, we are only running two Network Days this autumn..

From Season Two, we expect to run a minimum 3 events per season, but we hope to expand on this to include more events and tours, both in the UK and overseas.


The End of Season Final

When will we know if there is an end of season final?

This will very much depend on government guidance and social distancing rules this autumn. A decision on a final for Season One will be made on or around 1st September 2020 if possible.

How do I qualify for the potential end of season final?

Qualification for the potential final will be based on your leaderboard position within certain categories at the season closing date (e.g. type of member, starting handicap range, age, gender). 

The number of persons qualifying for the final and the split of categories will be announced later this summer.

One space will be given to the winner of our Linksbook Network Days aggregate competition, should government guidance and social distancing rules allow us to run these events.


Other Competitions

How does the Linksbook Matchplay Pairs Trophy work?

The Matchplay Pairs Trophy is a free to enter knock out competition run first in regions, leading to an inter-region eliminator round followed by a final at Stoke Park GC.

How do I sign up to the Linksbook Matchplay Pairs Trophy?

Unfortunately registration has now closed. However, we will be looking to run another Matchplay Pairs Trophy in Season 2 (in 2021).

Will there be any costs involved in the Matchplay Pairs Trophy at Stoke Park?

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

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

You can view all the fixtures and all the results as they are declared here

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

Yes, you can view all the details here

How does the INTER-CLUB Championship work?

The INTER-CLUB Championship is based on a separate leaderboard which calculates a golf club’s top 10 members’ total Linksbook leaderboard points and adds them together for an INTER-CLUB points total.

How do I sign up my club?

It’s easy to get your club involved. Just make sure your club has a minimum of 10 members competing on the Linksbook Club leaderboard, all having identified your club as their home club on their profile.  Once you have 10 members your club will automatically appear on the INTER-CLUB leaderboard.

When does the INTER-CLUB Championship close?

The INTER-CLUB Championship will close at midnight on Sunday 25 October 2020.

What’s in it for my golf club?

The winning golf club will host a Linksbook Networking day in 2021  with 10 spaces reserved exclusively for members of the club, and of course there’s a trophy to proudly display.

Are there individual prizes as well?

Yes one member from the winning club who has contributed to the club’s scores on Linksbook will be drawn out of a hat to win a golf holiday for four to Portugal courtesy of Your Golf Travel.

Is there a Cup Competition as well as an INTER-CLUB leaderboard?

Yes, On the 1st August we will launch our INTER-CLUB Cup competition where clubs will battle it out on specific weekends to see which club’s members submit the best scores that weekend to make it through to the next round. There’s a trophy for the winning club and Titleist Pro V1 balls for the winning 5 team members!   

What if my club only has enough members to trigger joining the INTER-CLUB leaderboard after 1st August, will my club still be included in the cup competition?

Although they will still automatically take part in the INTER-CLUB Championship, they won’t be included in the INTER-CLUB Cup Competition as the first round will have already been drawn.

What other competitions other than the leaderboard do you run?

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

How is the Team of the Month chosen?

This will be based on the best performances and most improved performances but also how we think they would fit into a team of 12. We will give our reasons each month as to why we've chosen a particular team. In addition we will choose a team captain who effectively is our Player of the Month, and they will receive an additional prize.

How is the Ambassador of the Month chosen?

The Ambassador of the month is the member who has referred the most new members in any given month. Those new members must have stated who their referrer was on their registration.

How is the Networker of the Month chosen?

The Networker of the month is the member who we feel has made the most effort to network that month. Maybe they have followed the most other members, or have attracted the most followers, or they played the most matchplays against different members, or travelled the furthest to play.


Other

What sponsorship opportunities are there for next season?

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

Can I make a suggestion for next season?

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

None of these FAQs have answered my query?

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


 



























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