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PGGuild Terms & Conditions

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The Professional Golfers Guild is also referred to as the “PGG”, “Pro Golfers Guild” and “PGGuild”. PGGuild owns a number of brands with all rights reserved and are included below under “Brands” and any reference to PGGuild, can also relate to and includes it’s “Brands”.

PGGuild owns the tournament and is the tournament organiser unless otherwise stated in the detailed event information. Entry by the player is lodged with the Tournament Organiser. The following Terms & Conditions apply, unless otherwise specified by the Tournament Organiser. If unforeseen circumstances arise, Tournament Organisers may change any term or condition at short notice. When possible, this will be done in consultation with the PGGuild Members.


  • Membership is open to declared professional golfers age 45 and over
  • The PGGuild reserves the right to refuse any membership application or entry to any tournament for any reason.
  • If a Member resigns or has their Membership terminated, no refund will be given.
  • To allow for personalisation, membership merchandise will be available at the earliest opportunity after registration.


  • PGG Tour: Professional tournaments are open to declared professional golfers aged 45 and over and amateur players age 45 years and over with a CONGU handicap of 5 or below.
  • PGG Ambassadors: Professional tournaments are open to declared professional golfers age 60 and over and amateur players age 60 years and over with a CONGU handicap of 10 and over. Ambassadors can “elect” to compete for either the “PGG Tour” prize fund and Order of Merit, or the PGG Ambassadors prize fund and Order of Merit but not both in the same tournament.
  • PGG Days, PGG-Am’s and other events are open to any player with a CONGU handicap. At the discretion of the tournament organiser, handicap limits may be imposed, for example a maximum CONGU men’s handicap of 26, ladies 36
  • Some tournaments administered outside the PGGuild may have a different minimum (for example the Taiwan Senior PGA Championship qualifier has a minimum age of 50) – refer to individual tournament information.

Tournament Entry

  • To enter professional tournaments, players must complete the entry form, either online at the website.
  • Any questions or concerns, please contact Michelle Aldous on +44 (0) 7951 221 543 or email to
  • Entries are accepted when the full entry fee has been paid by the closing date.
  • Entry fees can be found on each tournament page.
  • Entry fees are the same for both the PGG Tour and PGG Ambassadors.
  • For any event where entry numbers are limited, priority will be given to Members of The PGGuild on a first come first served basis.
  • If oversubscribed, we will increase the field size if the venue and daylight allow. Alternatively, a reserve list will come into effect.
  • The PGGuild reserve the right to invite 3 players to any tournament

Closing Date for Entries

  • Professional Tournaments – unless stated differently on the tournament page, the official closing date for entries will be 6pm 5 days prior to the event (see individual tournament information). This will enable us to finalise tournament arrangements and the prompt issue of start sheets to enable players to make travel and accommodation arrangements.
  • PGG-Am and PGG Golf Days– The official closing date for entries will be 6pm, 7 days prior to the tournament date.
  • Subject to availability, late entries may be accepted and an administration fee of £20 will be payable.
  • Start sheets will usually be available on the website the day before the event at the latest.

Payment Options – Full Payment with Entry

  • To secure entry, you MUST complete the online registration and follow payment procedures to pay the full entry fee.
  • Your entry is NOT accepted unless you pay full entry fee

How to Pay

  • Bank Transfer/BACS (Online, telephone banking or in your local banks branch).
  • Cash at event. Paying cash for the full entry fee MUST BE PRE-APPROVED by a member of PGGuild. Call Michelle Aldous on +44 7951 221 543.


  • Withdrawals before the closing date: The full entry will be refunded. Alternatively, the player may ask for the entry fee to be “carried over” to their next event.
  • Withdrawals after the closing date & before 6pm on the day before the tournament – will be subject to a charge of £25 for members and £35 for non-members. This must be paid before their next event.
  • Withdrawals after 6pm on the day before the tournament and within 2 hours of the tournaments 1st tee time – subject to a £50 charge for members and £75 for non members. This must be paid before their next event.
  • Failure to show up, or advise us within 2 hours before the tournaments 1st tee – The full entry fee is due (where not paid) before any entries to further tournaments are considered.
  • If a withdrawal is supported by a medical certificate then withdrawal, with full refund, will be made up until 7am on the day of the tournament.
  • Claiming no starting sheet has been published the day before the tournament will not excuse non-appearance and the fine will be imposed. If necessary, please telephone for your start time (Michelle Aldous on +44 (0) 7951 221 543).

Retiring from a Tournament

  • A player opting not to play on Day 2, after the draw has been made, will be fined £50.00 (subject to declared medical reason).
  • A player opting to “walk-in” during tournament play will be fined £50.00 (subject to declared medical reason).

Prize Fund – PGGuild Tour & Ambassadors Tour

  • The prize fund for each tournament will be announced once registration has been completed. This however may change due to late entries and withdrawals.
  • Prize money will be awarded to between 30% and 40% of the professional field in each tournament depending on entries and sponsorship.
  • Players are responsible for the declaration of winnings and the payment of taxes due under UK legislation.
  • PGGuild does expect the top five to stay for prize giving as often the Captain is there and it is a way to thank the club for allowing us to play
  • If an amateur player wins, he will be awarded the appropriate title. Due to R & A Rules & Regulations, amateur players cannot receive money from the professional prize fund. Instead amateurs will be recorded in the ranking list and they will win prizes within R & A Rules and Regulations.

PGG Ambassadors

  • Players age 60 and over can elect to enter the PG Ambassadors. Tournament entry fees from PG Ambassadors will be used to determine the PGGA prize fund plus any sponsorship

2018 Order of Merit – Professional Tournaments

  • There will be an Order of Merit for both the PGG Tour and PGG Ambassadors Tour.
  • Points are awarded depending on where the player is placed in the results – see table below.
  • The winner will receive free entry into four 2019 tournaments (excl. Players Championship) and free 2019 Membership of the Professional Golfers Guild.

PGG Tour OOM  PGG Ambassadors OOM 
16th onwards1016th onwards10
Place PointsPlace Points

The Players Championship

  • The end of season Players Championship will be available to all players (Members, Non Members & Amateurs Players) with discounts available depending on the number of qualifying events played during the season. Enter 6 or more for maximum discount.

Tournament Rules

  • Tournaments will be played in accordance with The Rules of Golf as specified by the R&A.
  • Local rules will be determined in cooperation with the host club and published at each tournament.
  • Removal of stones in bunkers will be allowed at all tournaments.
  • It is the players’ responsibility to familiarise themselves with the Professional Golfers Guild player information, policy and local rules applying to each tournament. These Rules shall be binding upon all players.
  • The course will be set up with a single tee for all players
  • Slow Play will not be tolerated.


  • Tournaments are either 18 or 36 holes stroke play, over one or two days as shown on each tournament entry.
  • In the event of a tie, a play-off will decide the winner.

Equipment Requirements

  • Driving Clubs must follow the R & A advice and appear on the R&A list of Conforming Driver Heads.
  • PGGuild will adopt the Condition of Competition regarding grooves on iron clubs.
  • The One Ball Condition is in effect and balls must be on the R&A conforming list.
  • A player must mark their ball and identify it to playing partners on the first tee and for any subsequent changes.

Laser, GPS equipment

  • Standalone laser and GPS equipment may be used.
  • Exceptions to this are devices which inform the player of gradient, temperature or wind conditions.

Pace of play

  • We expect players to keep up with the group in front.
  • Without a mitigating circumstance i.e. a ruling is required or there has been a lost ball (in both cases the group behind should be waved through if necessary) then the following timing procedure will be applied:
    • Timing will commence when a group is out of position i.e. more than one hole behind the group ahead or failing to adhere to the timings for each hole as laid down by The European Tour, which are, Par 3, 12 minutes, Par 4, 14 minutes, Par 5, 17 minutes.
      • The player first to play has 50 seconds in which to execute their shot.
      • The second or third players have 40 seconds in which to execute their shots.
      • Timing will start when the official deems the player ready to play.
      • Failure to stay within the above timings will result in a bad time.
      • One bad time: Warning from official.
      • Two bad times: One stroke penalty
      • Three bad times: Two stroke penalty
      • Four bad times: Disqualification

Suspension of Play

  • In the event of play being suspended due to thunderstorm/electrical activity, signalled by sound of one prolonged klaxon horn, the player shall immediately mark his ball and seek the nearest area of shelter.
  • Practice is not allowed during suspension of play.
  • If play is suspended for any other reason, signalled by 2 short blasts of the klaxon then players may choose to either mark the ball, or finish the hole currently in play. All players must return directly to the clubhouse and await announcements.

Resumption of Play

  • Play will not resume until an official has deemed it is safe to play.
  • Resumption of play will be signalled by two long blasts on the klaxon.

Adverse Weather

  • Every effort will be made to finish each tournament on the specific day.
  • If a tournament cannot be completed due to adverse weather, the tournament may be re-scheduled and entry fees will be ‘carried over’ provided less than 10 holes have been completed.
  • If a player cannot play in the re-scheduled tournament due to other work commitment, they will be entitled to a full refund if the tour is notified before the new closing date for that tournament.
  • If the tournament cannot be rescheduled, all entry fees excluding charges will be refunded provided less than 10 holes have been played.

Code of Conduct

  • All players and caddies must conduct themselves with the highest standards of professionalism at all time. Detrimental behaviour involving players or caddies will be subject to disciplinary action.
  • Any player, caddy or players’ supporters displaying inappropriate behaviour, using abusive or profane language, breaking or throwing clubs, or behaving in a manner that in the opinion of the PGGuild Directors may damage the Tour’s reputation may be subject to suspension.
  • Any player outspokenly critical of the venue or officials will be subject to disciplinary action.
  • Any player found cheating will have their membership terminated and banned for life from the Professional Golfers Guild.
  • If a player causes wilful damage to any property of the golf course or the ”PGGuild”, the fine will be £150 or the value of the equipment damaged, whichever is the higher.
  • Any concerns or comments should be directed towards the Tour Directors

Dress Code

  • As a minimum, players and caddies must uphold the minimum standards required by each golf club at all times.
  • For players, no denim, sandals, trainers or non-collared shirts are permitted.
  • For caddies, non-spiked shoes & tailored shorts are acceptable. Jeans or collarless tops are not permitted. It is the players’ responsibility to ensure their caddy observes the dress code.
  • In the Clubhouse, hats, waterproofs or spikes must not be worn.

Mobile Phones

  • The use of mobile phones is not allowed on the Golf Course during Tournament play, except, as laid down in the local rules. Failure to abide by this rule may lead to disqualification
  • Players must obey individual golf club rules regarding the use of mobile phones on all areas of the property.


  • The use of buggies is at the discretion of the Tournament Organiser.
  • When using buggies, players may not drive significantly ahead of fellow competitors in the same group.

Practice Rounds

  • Practice rounds are only available at the discretion of each venue and must be arranged through the Secretary or Pro Shop directly by the player – please refer to the information for each tournament


  • Where we have found examples of accommodation in the vicinity of tournaments information will be shown on the tournament page.
  • Unless specifically quoted, players should make their own enquiries to confirm price, type and availability.

Media, Sponsors and Venues

  • When dealing with the media, players must be respectful towards the tour, sponsors and venues at all times.
  • It is a Tournament entry requirement that that all players will be available for any media duties asked of them by the PGGuild.

Social Media

  • Players must respect the PGGuild, sponsors and venues when using social media.
  • If a player has a grievance regarding any aspect of the tour or a particular event they must address this directly with the Tournament Directors with 10 days.
  • Any disrespectful comments posted on social media about any aspect of the tour or its sponsors and venues may result in a suspension of Membership/play. In more serious cases, membership may be terminated without refund. The decision for this will be taken by the Tournament Directors of the PGGuild and will be final.


  • There may be pro-am events, clinics or media events on the day before or during the tournament. We would like professionals to make themselves available.

Media Release

  • Players agree to release all media rights to the PGGuild and the Tournament Organiser without compensation. This will include any coverage of play, any activity at the event venue, interviews, testimonials for display in tour marketing, videos, newspapers, magazines, television, internet posting, broadcasting and all other forms of media.

Damages and Insurance

  • Players are responsible for any damages they or their caddies may cause. Players are advised to have a specialist insurance policy.

Liability Disclaimer

  • Players acknowledge that participation in PGGuild events shall be played entirely at your own risk. You, hereby release and discharge the PGGuild and its Officers, Directors, Employees, Volunteers and Representatives from all manner of actions, causes of action, suits, liabilities, damages, costs, claims and demands whatsoever which may arise out of the involvement and participation in the PGGuild Tournaments including bodily injury, death, property damage and/or other whether caused by negligence of other members of the PGGuild or of any of the PGGuild Officers, Directors, Employees, Volunteers and Representatives.


  • These Terms and Conditions represent the PGGuild as a whole including its brands: PGG Tour, also referred to as “PGGT” and “Guild Tour”. PGG Ambassadors, also referred to as the “PGGA”, “PGG Ambassadors Tour”, “PGGAT”. PGG Golf Days, also referred to as “PGG Days”, “PGGD”. PGG-Amateurs, also referred to as “PGG-AM” and “PG-AM”. JustASkJimmy also referred to as “JAJ”,


  • Any appeal regarding penalties must be referred to the Tour Director immediately after the round is completed and before the card is signed.
  • Appeals to subsequent penalties must be referred to a Tour Director before the next tournament the player competes in.
  • In all cases the PGGuild Directors decision is final.

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