Tournament Policies and Entry Regulations


By submitting your entry to Golf Manitoba the applicant/participant is aware of and assumes all risks of bodily injury or property damage, including specifically (but not exclusively) the risk of being injured by thrown or struck golf balls or clubs, actions by spectators, players, caddies, or others in attendance, and the competitor agrees that Golf Manitoba, including its Directors, Officers, and employees, as well as the competitors in the tournament, are not liable for any injuries or property damage resulting from such causes or any other negligence.

I have read and understand the terms and conditions of entry and all policies as set out on the Golf Manitoba website below and will abide by them. I also agree that all entries are subject to approval by Golf Manitoba.

Entry Policies & Regulations


All information for specific tournaments, such as information regarding pairings and starting times will be available on the Golf Manitoba web site approximately 3 – 5 days before the tournament commences. Email of pairings and starting times will be sent to players who have supplied valid information.

It is the competitor’s sole responsibility to determine their starting time. If the player arrives at their starting point, ready to play, within five minutes after their starting time, in the absence of circumstances that warrant waiving the penalty of disqualification as provided in Rule 33 – 7, the penalty for failure to start on time is loss of the first hole to be played in match play or two strokes in stroke play. Penalty for lateness beyond five minutes is disqualification. No exceptions.


All Golf Manitoba tournaments are conducted using the Standard Local Rules, Conditions of the Competition and Notice to Competitors adopted by Golf Manitoba. These documents are available on the Golf Manitoba web site, at the Golf Manitoba office and copies are available to all players at the tournament starting table.


All competitors must be a member of a recognized provincial, state or national golf association.

RESIDENCY Only those players who are members of a Golf Manitoba Member Club, and who have been in permanent residence in the Golf Manitoba jurisdiction area for at least six months are eligible to represent Manitoba on a Provincial Team at a National Championship or to take a Golf Manitoba quota spot.


It is the player’s responsibility to ensure entries arrive in the Golf Manitoba office by the entry deadline date.  Please check the Golf Manitoba web site to ensure your entry has been received. Golf Manitoba does not assume responsibility for lost entries.

Players that register on – line for any event will be charged a reduced entry fee.  Entries not made on – line will be charged the standard entry fee.  Please see the Golf Manitoba Entry form for standard fees.

Payment in full must accompany the registration. Cheques are to be made payable to: “Golf Manitoba”, and mailed to the Association at: 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2Z6.  NSF cheques are subject to a $20.00 charge plus any financial institution charge.


Any player who fails to notify Golf Manitoba with a valid reason for withdrawing prior to commencement of the event, or who withdraws during play without valid reason, or who fails to appear for a subsequent round of an event, may be suspended from competing in any Golf Manitoba events for the balance of the current season, as well as for the next season. Should a competitor be forced to withdraw from an event, he/she must inform a Golf Manitoba Official at the earliest possible opportunity. In addition, a 24-hour telephone answering service is available to accept notification of emergency withdrawals. Call 925-5730.

If a player is entered for an event and does not arrive for their designated tee time, or if a player picks up his/her ball and leaves the golf course prior to completing play without notifying a Golf Manitoba official, they will receive a letter from the Association requesting an explanation. The player will be warned that a suspension could occur if similar action is repeated at a future event or if they fail to respond to the request. If a player does not respond to the request for an explanation, they will be suspended from competing in Golf Manitoba events for the balance of the current season and the entire next season.


Entry fees will not be refunded after the entry closing date. Tournament entry fees, less a $20.00 service charge, will be refunded when Golf Manitoba is notified by phone or email prior to the entry deadline of the tournament. Refunds, less the service charge, will be given only for medical or compassionate reasons for a cancellation received after the tournament entry deadline. Such cancellations require written confirmation. No refund will be given for any reason once the tournament begins.


Play in all Golf Manitoba events will be governed by the Rules of Golf as approved for use in Canada by Golf Canada.


Tie Breaking – All ties in an Individual Championship for Overall place, team spots, quota spots or qualifying spots shall be decided by a sudden victory playoff.  All other ties shall be broken by a system of matching cards as outlined in the Rules of Golf, 2016 – 2019 – Appendix I – 10(c).


Each group will be accompanied by an official.  If, in the sole judgment of the Tournament Committee, a playoff is not feasible, a system of Matching Scorecards will be used.


A penalty which may result in disqualification will be discussed by the Official with the Committee on site before being imposed.


Players may request a second opinion on a question of rules.  This will be provided as a courtesy by Golf Manitoba officials.  The second opinion will be final.

All questions will be settled by the Tournament Committee of Golf Manitoba.

Tournament Policies


Automotive carts are permitted in all events except the Junior Bantam Championship, Junior Interclub Championship and the Junior Provincial Championship.

Use of Motorized Transportation by a Competitor or Caddie is subject to the following conditions: When using motorized transportation, the player or caddie must not:

1. Permit anyone else to drive the cart (other than moving it a very short distance to facilitate play)

2. Permit anyone else to ride in the cart

3. Are not permitted to travel with their motorized cart beyond the point on the course where their ball lies to gauge yardage or to seek the position of the hole.

Use of Motorized Transportation

1. Golf Manitoba has the right to limit motorized carts to 2 carts per pairing if they deem necessary

2. If a cart is shared by two players, the cart and everything in it are deemed to be the equipment of the player whose ball is involved except that, when the cart is being moved by one of the players sharing it, the cart and everything in it are deemed to be that player’s equipment.

A player in breach of any of the above conditions is subject to penalty as follows:

Match play – At the conclusion of the hole at which the breach is discovered, the state of the match is adjusted by deducting one hole for each hole at which a breach occurred; maximum deduction per round – two holes.

Stroke play – Two strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred; maximum penalty per round – Four strokes.

Match or stroke play – In the event of a breach between the play of two holes, the penalty applies to the next hole.

To increase the chance of availability, competitors are encouraged to make their own arrangements with the Host Club for pull carts or automotive carts PRIOR to the start of the event.



Penalty for breach of this rule may be DISQUALIFICATION.

Men’s Dress Code: Golf shirts with collars or golf shirts from a line of golf wear and tailored golf pants or shorts are acceptable.

Women’s Dress Code: Golf shirts with either a collar or sleeves and tailored golf shorts and skirts no shorter than approximately six inches above the knee are acceptable.

Golf Manitoba does not accept jeans, t – shirts, football or hockey jerseys, muscle shirts, tank tops, sweat pants (jogging suits) or warm – up suits as suitable attire.

Footwear: It is a condition of Golf Manitoba competitions that shoes with metal or traditionally designed spikes are prohibited.

The dress code will also apply to caddies where caddies are permitted.


In order for Golf Manitoba to organize and conduct quality events that are enjoyed by participants, spectators and volunteers, the Association asks that all competitors in our events comply with our Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct outlines expectations of both the competitor and caddies. They are, as follows:

Competitors will . . .

  • adhere to the Rules of Golf
  • complete all tournament rounds of golf unless proper procedure for withdrawing from the event is followed
  • respect all Golf Manitoba volunteers and staff, host club personnel and volunteers, spectators and Golf Manitoba, host club or personal property
  • abide by the Golf Manitoba dress code or Club dress code if more restrictive
  • refrain from displays of temper
  • refrain from abusive or profane language
  • refrain from consuming illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages
  • be prohibited from using cell phoes, smart phones or audible pagers during any Golf Manitoba Championship play
  • not engage in any behavior unbecoming of a Golf Manitoba competitor.

In addition, junior competitors will . . .

  • refrain from using illegal drugs, tobacco or alcoholic products and refrain from gambling while on the golf course property the entire day(s) of a junior event.

In the event a competitor or caddie displays behavior unbecoming of a Golf Manitoba member, they are in violation of the Code of Conduct and subject to any of the following disciplinary actions:

  • warnings
  • disqualification
  • exclusion from team play
  • suspension from future tournaments
  • suspension of Golf Manitoba membership.

PLEASE NOTE: That a player will be suspended from any Golf Manitoba activities for a calendar year from the date of the infraction if they have been disqualified for a serious breach of etiquette.

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to call our Director of Competitions at 291-8030.


In order for Golf Manitoba competitors to enjoy their Championship experience, the Association asks that all spectators assist us with the following:

  • help your junior learn the Rules of Golf including golf etiquette and respect for fellow competitors
  • respect all Golf Manitoba volunteers, staff, spectators and Golf Manitoba property
  • please remain a reasonable distance from all competitors during the course of play. Spectators will not be allowed on the fairways, tee boxes, greens and starting and scoring areas.
  • please refrain from giving advice, conversing or signaling in any way to a competitor
  • please respect the host club, their personnel and volunteers. As well, each club has their own dress code and cell phone policy, please familiarize yourself with it.


Golf Manitoba will take the following steps as recommended by Environment Canada when weather is a factor during a competitive event.

  • when inclement weather is potentially an issue at a Golf Manitoba event, all competitors will be provided with an information sheet outlining guidelines to be followed.
  • potential weather situations which may arise during golf play include:
    – lightning
    – heavy rain
    – extreme heat and humidity
  • the decision to blow the horn to postpone play will be made by the Committee which includes the Director of Competitions or staff member on site, the lead official and all other officials that are available. All officials are requested to communicate with Golf Manitoba staff on what they observe on the course
  • upon postponement of play, weather updates will be provided to all competitors on a regular basis based on the condition of the golf course as well as satellite images and weather forecasts
  • play may resume that day, the next day or the round may be cancelled. This decision will be made by the Committee.


  • when lightning becomes a factor in any Golf Manitoba Championship, play will be suspended. Suspension of play will be determined based on the following:
    – visible lightning in the area
    – 30/30 rule – if an official can count less than 30 seconds between the lightning and the thunder, the strike of lightning was less than 10 km away and there is a good chance the next strike will be closer.
  • lightning can strike ahead of the parent cloud and Golf Manitoba may need to take action even if a thunderstorm is not overhead
  • once 30 minutes or more have passed since the last sound of thunder it is safe to go outside. Resumption of play will be signaled by two short air horn notes.


  • play will be postponed when the golf course becomes unplayable. This decision will be made by the Committee and should include the head professional and golf course superintendent.


  • Golf Manitoba will advise players at the first tee when a high humidex rating is evident as well as provide recommended safety precautions
  • when possible, Golf Manitoba will also try to ensure that the host club has a beverage cart on the golf course and advise players of where water fountains are located

background information: – humidex is an index which combines effects of temperature and humidity on the human body – maximum in Winnipeg was 47 on July 25, 2007 (our mid – amateur and rural junior was being played) – a humidex advisory is issued when it reaches 40.


Golf Manitoba permits caddies in all championships except the Junior Bantam, Junior Provincial and Junior Interclub.

Below are the expectations of all caddies and are not inclusive.

Definition of a caddie: A ‘caddie’ is one who assists the player in accordance with the Rules, which may include carrying or handling the player’s clubs during play.

When one caddie is employed by more than one player, he is always deemed to be the caddie of the player sharing the caddie whose ball (or whose partner’s ball) is involved, and equipment carried by him is deemed to be that player’s equipment, except when the caddie acts upon specific directions of another player (or the partner of another player) sharing the caddie, in which case he is considered to be that other player’s ‘caddie’.

If someone carries or transports a player’s clubs whether on a pull cart or motorized cart he is by definition the player’s caddie.

• The caddie is responsible for knowing the Rules of Golf. During the stipulated round, for any breach of a rules by his caddie, the player incurs the applicable penalty (Rule 6 – 1).

• Caddies must be familiar with Golf Manitoba’s standard policies as they also apply.

• Caddies must adhere to the Golf Manitoba dress code, or if more restrictive the host club dress code will apply.

• A player may have different caddies during the round, but only one caddie at a time (Rule 6 – 4).

• In stroke play competition where a caddie is permitted, a player is prohibited from having another competitor serve as his caddie during the stipulated round.

• The Committee may, in the conditions of a competition prohibit the use of caddies or restrict a player in their choice of caddie (Rule 6 – 4).

• Caddies may give their player advice on anything at any time, this includes yardages, club selection, how to play a shot and Rules.

• The conduct of a caddie is the responsibility of the player.

The caddie may, without the player’s authority:

• Search for a player’s ball (the caddie should ask the player prior to the search).

• Place the player’s clubs in a hazard.

• Remove loose impediments.

• Mark the position of a ball, without lifting it.

• Clean the player’s ball when allowed under the rules of golf.

• Remove movable obstructions.

• Attend the flagstick. The caddie should hold the flagstick off to one side, not standing on the line of putt. Pull it out partway from the bottom of the hole so that when the putt is struck the flagstick may be easily removed. Always remove the flagstick when the putt is struck. A caddie should be familiar with Rule 17.

The caddie must not:

• Declare a player’s ball unplayable.

• Position themselves behind a player or position themselves on the line of play or putt or an extension of that line beyond the hole while the player is making a stroke (Rule 14 – 2b).

• Stand close to any player to shade the player or their ball from the sun, or protect the player from wind or other elements while the player is making a stroke.

• A caddie must not use a club to remove the ball from the hole.

Tips for Caddies

• Take care when carrying clubs to prevent them from rattling when near any golfer.

• Keep up your walking pace, do not lag behind.

• Clubs should be placed well away from any possible line of play and never be placed on the putting green or near the fringe.

• When your player is on the green determine the direction to the next tee and place the clubs close to that exit point.

• Always replace the player’s fairway divot.

• Keep sight of your player’s ball and spot where it lands.

• Observe your etiquette on the greens. Only repair old hole plugs and ball marks when directed by your player, do not walk on any player’s line of putt and make sure your shoes will not mark the green.

• Always be ready with the rake when your player is in a bunker. Always rake after the shot and never before.

• Do not substitute the player’s ball with another without the player’s consent.

• Do not touch or lift a player’s ball in play.

In order for Golf Manitoba competitors to enjoy their championship experience, we ask all caddies be respectful. Any caddie behaviour that is a distraction or a disturbance to any player or official will result in the caddie being asked to leave the course by Golf Manitoba staff.