League Rules

The International league 2024

Rules and conditions

Federated Valencian players only. Players who are pending registration or change from another region to Valencia federation are eligible to play when their Valencian federation membership is verified.

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There is no limit to the number of players you can use. We would like you to register 16 on a panel, but a panel of at least 8 players must be submitted when registering for the tournament 2024. Later you may replace some team members provided your team consists of 16 players maximum.


We would like players’ handicaps to be declared at the beginning of the league and these are the handicaps that will endure for the tournament. If you add a player later in the year, will you please use their lowest handicap. It is most important that the captain declares the LOWEST handicap of the player. That is either a society or federation handicap. Golf after all is a game of honour and each captain is responsible for declaring the correct handicap.

Breach of rule: loss of match and points.

As most society golfers cannot avail of the opportunity of having their handicap adjusted, we will accept their society handicap without applying the adjustment formula, if this is a true reflection of their playing ability. (The formula requires that the handicap is multiplied by approximately .85 or .88 to create a Spanish handicap

Consequently, we will not apply the slope on any course to federated handicaps, as federated players normally have their handicaps adjusted according to the difficulty of the course. Therefore, handicaps will be the lowest declared handicap, no slope applied and 75% of the difference. The lowest handicapped player plays off scratch and the other players receive 75% of the difference with a maximum of one shot per hole.

Division 1 Maximum combined handicap 24.

Division 2  No handicap limit.

Reductions to reach 24 in Division 1. The highest handicap has 60% reduction and the lower a 40% reduction.

For Div 1 and 2 there is a maximum of 1 shot per hole that a player can receive. It really is in the best interest of each team to make sure pairs are within the limit.

Match Day

On Match Day, you nominate 4 pairs, plus two substitutes. You may substitute a player up to 24 hours beforehand or on match day for extraordinary conditions, by notifying the tournament director. A straight swap player for player with no changing of pairs or order. The captain selects the team order, not the lowest handicap.

Registration and payment of entry fee on or before lunchtime Friday of the week preceding the game.


The fee is now €300 per team. As it can take up to 5 working days for a payment to reach an account, can you please make sure your payment is made in good time. A team or player whose fees including federation fees are not paid up to date in advance may not compete in the league.

The initial €100 booking deposit is refundable provided all fixtures are fulfilled. If not, the deposit is lost.


On all team sheets you need to clearly identify your team name, pairs, and rounded up or down. Handicaps must be taken from the initial sheet you used to register your players for the tournament. Valencian Licence numbers will also be needed.

From January 2024 each team may add any number of players to their panel to a maximum of 16 before the second last game.

It has come to light that some players have transferred their licence to the federation without handicap. There are two licence types, one with handicap and one without. Please make sure you have a federated Valencia handicap. We can usually resolve problems within 24 hours with the correct form completed.

Please use the correct team sheet, already sent to each captain. When submitting your team sheet, please send in a Separate email each time. DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR TEAM BY REPLYING TO AN EMAIL I have sent to you.

Clearly indicate the team name and venue. Send only ONE team sheet. If in the event you must substitute a player, send an email with your team sheet and the adjustment: replacement player name, federation number and the name of the player being replaced. Once a team is submitted the order cannot be changed.

Scoring System

Points awarded: 2 for a win and 1 for a draw.

Tee times will be a morning and afternoon two tees start from 08.00. Or shotgun starts depending on daylight. If you have any special requirements, such as early or late start, please notify the organiser when registering your team for that event and we will try to meet your needs. Please be aware that it can also depend on your opponent’s requirements.

The sooner we get the teams registered the sooner we can formulate the divisions. The two divisions will be based on the 8 names submitted for each team with their handicap total being used to order most of the division. Current Division 1 teams will be joined by a number of teams from Division 2, to formulate the new first division of 10 teams. The second division will comprise of the remaining teams.

We will utilise a promotion and relegation system.

Speed of Play

Slow play 4 hours and 50 minutes maximum. At the start of play each match puts the start time on their card. Approximately, 1.35 for 6 holes, 2.25 for 9, 3.10 for 12 failure to complete your round in 4.50 both teams lose this game.  Players should monitor the speed of play themselves, that is if it is obvious that a player or match are particularly slow then it is up to the opponents or the match behind to request a speeding up of play or report the slow play to the referee.

If you have finished your match and as a courtesy to those playing behind or the need to re-hire the buggy could you please leave the course and return your card to the referee.

Championship or prize ties.

In the event of a tie for any prize, the tie will be decided on the combined handicap of the 8 players playing the final match. If the handicaps total is still the same, we will look at the lowest 10 players on your panel and award the title to the lowest combined 10 handicaps. If it is still a tie, the toss of a coin will decide the outcome.


Contact details

Can you send an email that identifies who you are clearly, and please confirm your team and name in all correspondence. Email submitting your team should be sent to  theinternationalleaguelv@gmail.com only.

Bank Details

Bank Details for €100 refundable deposit (refundable if all fixtures are fulfilled ), and all event green fees of €300, are available by emailing Denis at celtsden@gmail.com.

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Return them to theinternationalleaguelv@gmail.com