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1) Participation is by invitation only but we are open to Stanford and Ryder Club alumni and to golfers around Biarritz, so please contact us. We do not discriminate by handicap but you should belong to a golf federation.

2) The handicap is the official one but the Competition Committee could assess a different one if the need arises.

3) Once the list of participants is closed the half with players with better handicaps will be matched with players from the other half, trying to have two mixed couples for each starting time.

4) The handicap of the pair is calculated following these steps: i) the lowest handicap is multiplied by 4 and is added to the highest and all this is divided by 8; ii) we deduct one and iii) we round it up to the nearest unit.

5) The pairs will tee off starting with the lowest handicap.

6) For every hole the pair must choose at least one stroke of each partner. Violation of this rule will have a two-stroke penalty if the hole is completed in three strokes or more, and a one-stroke penalty if completed in two strokes. There is no penalty if you finish in one stroke (hole in one).

7) If the ball is on the fairway -and of course, on the green- it can be picked up and placed. In these two cases the couple can choose which player goes first. In the rest of the cases, the player who played the chosen ball must play first or is deemed to have waived his turn. In the fairway, green or bunker the ball will be placed for the second player on the same site. In the rest of the cases the ball will be dropped, A player may give up his turn before or after the other player has played. Violation of any of these rules will have a two-stroke penalty.

8) There will be trophies for the winning pair (Champions), the finalists (Runners Up), and prizes for the best approach and longest drive, both for females and males. We distinguish the pair finishing with more points with a trophy for being last (Quinces), including disqualified pairs (the trophy going to the pair with the highest accumulated strokes at the time of the disqualification). It is played medal, that is, total strokes. Ties are solved by: i) advancing the couple with the highest decimal points in the handicap, ii) considering only the second nine holes and iii) by the difference in age of the members in the pair advancing the one with the highest difference.

9) In matters not covered here local rules for local issues and rules of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation and the International one will apply. We remind you, balls for the nearest ball and longest drive must be on the green or on the actual fairway, respectively, not the ante-green or the pre-rough.

10) The Competition Committee is composed of María Altolaguirre, Manuel Asin and Marcelino Elosua. Its decisions are final.

For clarification we explain here why we calculate the pair's handicap this way.

The calculation takes into account that you can choose the best ball of the two players at each time so the handicap of the twosome should be considerably lower than the usual combination of four strokes of the player with the lower handicap and one stroke of the player with the higher handicap. That is the reason to divide by 8 and not by 5. In case of a tie, the rule benefits the higher decimal because it was the less benefited when rounding (and of course Stanford people keep and take into account the decimal points!!).


The goal is that all players should play and being accounted for and no single stroke should break the good mood. This tournament allows choosing the most appropriate shot each time, which is not always the best one. Remember that in each hole you must use at least one stroke of each player; and, therefore it usually pays to take both players into account before getting to the green. It is best to use a good ball of the player that is playing worse as soon as possible, even if the other ball is marginally better. Your game will not be damaged by hard luck at the last minute!! If you are shooting for birdie and the ball is on the green or in the fairway, remember that you can alter the order of playing. Champions normally beat par by several strokes, so do not get distracted.

The dubious Quinces distinction -by the way, the most-celebrated one- adds some spark to the bottom of the table. So, enjoy but don’t relax even if you can’t win, you may be the looser!!