General conditions

The Dutch Amateur Championship will be played in accordance with the Rules of Golf approved by R&A Rules Limited, the General Conditions of Competition and the Local Rules issued by the Championship Committee.


The Championship is a four day tournament and will be decided by stroke play over four rounds of 18 holes. After 36 holes 47 men (+ties) and 18 ladies (+ties) will be playing the third round on Saturday and the fourth round on Sunday. The committee has the right to change the number of men and ladies for the third and fourth round depending of the number of entries of men and women. The competitor with the lowest aggregate score over 72 holes will be declared the winner (man and woman). In the event that more than one competitor has the same aggregate score over 72 holes, a sudden death play-off will be played immediately after the final round. The play-off holes for the ladies will be 10, 11, 12, 13, etc; play-off holes for men will be 10, 11, 9, 10, etc.

Smoking prohibited.

Smoking, including electronic cigarettes, on the course and the practice facilities is strictly prohibited by players and their caddies. Penalty is disqualification (R1-2).

Practise rounds

Each competitor shall have the right to play a practice round prior to the Championship. It is mandatory to contact the caddie master to book a tee time.

A player must not practise on the competition course before the round on a competition day and between rounds of the competition. See Rule 5.2 and additional clarification. First offence: general penalty; second offence: disqualification.

Slow Play

The referees will strictly adhere to the Slow Play procedure. Play READY golf! Keep the connection with the group in front of you

The first group to start will be considered "out of position" if, at any time during the round, the group's cumulative time exceeds the time allowed for the number of holes played. Any following group will be considered "out of position" if it is more than the starting interval behind the group in front and has exceeded the time allowed for the number of holes played.

In the absence of mitigating circumstances, e.g. a lengthy ruling, a group is liable to be timed if it is in excess of the time allowed and in case of second or subsequent groups, out of position.

From the commencement of timing, if any competitor exceeds:

50 seconds on a first to play approach shot (including par three tee shot), chip or putt or

40 seconds if it is a tee shot, or if 2nd or 3rd to play shot he/she is deemed to have had a "bad time".

A competitor whose group is timed will have a bad time carried forward in the round even if the group subsequently arrives back in position or within time.

Penalties for breach of condition are:

1st bad time – official warning

2nd bad time – 1 penalty stroke

3rd  bad time – 2 penalty strokes

4th  bad time – disqualification.

Provisional ball

Volunteers will be situated throughout the course to assist you. If you happen to miss the fairway, please indicate clearly which direction the ball is going to increase the chance of somebody spotting your ball. The volunteer will put his/her arm (or flag) up to indicate that they have spotted your ball. If the volunteer does not put an arm (or flag) up or If you have any doubt whether the ball will be found,: play a provisional ball!If a provisional ball is not played when the situation requires it, a penalty stroke may be imposed in accordance with Rule 5.6.

Zero tolerance

All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times. By any misbehavior of a player the Committee is entitled to disqualify the player. See chapter C1: Code of Conduct NGF.

Coaches and spectators

A player is not allowed to communicate with any person, excluding players in his or her group, caddies, the committee and referees. The player must also take action to stop any communication from a coach or spectator. To avoid any discussion, coaches, parents and other persons are requested to keep a minimal distance of 20 meters. The player will be warned once, further violation will be a breach of rule 10.2a (advice, 2 penalty strokes).

Suspension of play:

1 prolonged note of siren = discontinue play immediately

Repeated 3 consecutive notes of siren = discontinue play (hole may me finished)

Repeated 2 consecutive notes of siren = resume play

If a competitor does not discontinue play immediately after one long continuous tone, he/she will be disqualified (note Rule 5.7). All practice areas will be closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the Championship Committee has declared them open for use.