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4 Ball Best Ball Stroke Matchplay Competition

What is the Competition?
It is a 4 Ball Best Ball Stroke Matchplay.

The competition is played by four players competing as partners (a team) against another team as a 4Ball. Each player plays his own ball. Handicaps and scoring apply as to each player as per Stroke Match Play. More details below. The rules of 4BBB apply (i.e. partners can assist each other with advice etc.) in accordance with the Rules of golf. The winner of the hole is the team with the best individual stroke score nett of handicap. If each team has a player with the same best nett stroke score the hole is halved.


Who can Enter?

  • Teams can be men, women or mixed. Each person can only participate in one team.

  • All entrants must be financial or life members of the Maccabi Golf Club at the time of entry.

  • All entrants must have valid GA handicaps at the time of playing each round. The GA handicap and Slope rating on the day of the competition is to be used for the calculation of the daily handicaps for each player.

  • The competition will accommodate a maximum of 32 teams

  • Entries close on February 7th at 5pm

How will the competition be run?

Teams to arrange their matches as follows:

  • Choice of venue: matches can be played at any venue that the teams can agree on. The venue must have a Slope Rating.

  • Costs of playing: Where players decide to play at a course where one or more players are charged a green fee, such cost are to be borne equally by all players equally.

  • Responsibility to arrange: It is the responsibility of the first named player in each pair to contact their opponent to arrange the match. It is encumbered on both players to contact each other as soon as the round starts.

  • The Committee will determine the draw for Round 1.

  • The general rule of the competition is that no match extensions will be granted.

    • However, a match extension may be considered in very extenuating circumstances and at the sole discretion of the Match Referee. A delayed match can only be played within a short period of the scheduled date. The default position will be that the team available for play on the round completion date will be awarded the win.

    • If you are planning on travelling and will be away for any round then think ahead and ask your opponents to play prior to the last date of play. We ask that all players invoke the Maccabi spirit and go out of their way to assist their opponents and get the match scheduled. If your partner is sick or injured that is unfortunate and you may be forced to play 2 against 1.

    • If teams are unable to arrange the match prior to the specified round completion date the winner will be the team available to play on the last day of play. If neither team are available on the last day of play, the winner will be decided by coin toss conducted by the event referee.

  • Match Referee is Rob Goldstein.

  • Results:

    • The due date for the communication of results to the Match Referee is 9pm on the day the round is to be completed.

    • The emails are to be sent to Rob Goldstein: or

    • If no result is provided or if no advice of a walkover is communicated to the Match Referee by the players by the due date the match will be decided by coin toss by the Match Referee.

    • The Swart Cup earns Order Of Merit (OOM) points for men and Ladies. (refer to the OOM competition rules for details.)

  • Competition Commencement:

    • Entries Close February 7th. The first round will be posted by 14th February.


Round Completion Dates:


Round 1              21st March 2021

Round 2              25th April 2021

Round 3              30th May 2021

Quarter Finals     27th June 2021

Semi Finals         25th July 2021

Final                    22nd August 2021

Handicap Calculations:

  1. Each player is to determine his daily handicap based on his GA Handicap and the daily Slope rating of the course they are playing on the day of the match.

  2. All matches are to be played from the club allocated tee of the day. For men these are usually black, blue or white. Some courses offer yellow tees in addition to their regular men's tees. These are not considered the tees of the day unless they are the ONLY men’s tee available on the day of play and are not to be used by any player. Only women may use the red tees.

  3. The player with the lower handicap (Player A) is to play the competition of scratch (Handicap =0). Players with a higher handicap (Players B, C & D) are to subtract the handicap of Player A from their own handicap and play off that handicap. For example Player a has a playing handicap of 10, each player is to reduce their playing handicap by 10 and play off that reduced number.

  4. The holes where Players B,C & D gets strokes are determined by the Matchplay rating of the course (not the stroke rating). Where the course does not have a Matchplay rating, take advice from the starter at that course and play in accordance with that advice.

  5. The better net score from each team is used to determine the winner of each hole. Each hole is scored as a win, a loss or as halved. The total number of wins is tallied to determine the winning team.

  6. If the match is all square at the end of 18 holes, sudden death playoff holes are played until one team wins a hole. That team wins the match. The first playoff hole is the next hole in order of play. If you started on the first your first playoff hole will be Hole 1. If you started on the 10th, Hole 10 will be your first playoff hole.



Any dispute before, during or after a match should be referred to the Match Referee (Rob Goldstein) for consideration. The Match Referee may refer disputes to the Match Committee if he deems it appropriate. The decisions by the Match Referee and/or the Match Committee shall be final. The members of the Match Committee will be appointed by the Maccabi Golf Club Committee.



An online spreadsheet will be created to communicate with Maccabi members. The sheet will include;

  • the nominated contact details for communication for the purposes of running this competition,

  • Golflink numbers,

  • match results and

  • other relevant information.

Entrants agree to their information being handled in this manner.

Etiquette and other Matters:

When conceding putts (or holes) to an opponent be clear and concise. If you are in doubt, do not pick up your ball until after you have asked your opponent if he is conceding the putt to you. 

Individuals score cards cannot be kept or entered for handicapping as the competition allows for advice during the round which would disqualify an individual score. To speed up play it is customary practice for players to pick up their ball once it is impossible for them to better their partner’s score or to better or halve their opponent’s score.

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