2018/2019 Tour Policy
The Gecko Tour Policy 2018/19
The Gecko Tour events are open to all declared Professional Golfers and Elite Amateurs, both Ladies and Men.
Entry to each event will be on a first come, first paid, first served basis.
Late entries to contact Tour Office to enquire about availability (+34) 622 282 102
36/54 holes Stroke play over 2 or 3 days played in 2 or 3 balls.
Rules governing Tournament play are the current R&A Rules of Golf in addition to the Local Rules of the host venue as approved by the Tournament Director.
Your personal “Hard Copy” of the local rules is provided in the registration office. Please ask if you would like to see a copy of this.
The Field size is limited to 84-90 players dependent on the time of year and daylight hours. Based on first come, first served basis. Further details can be given on request. In certain circumstances, we may increase the field sizes IF daylight hours and time allow it.
Every effort is undertaken by The Gecko Tour to negotiate discounted rates for each Tournament practice round. Frequently restrictions will apply. Players should consult the schedule page on the website for information and prices on the practice per event. You MUST book the practice round directly with the club. The booking of practice rounds is the sole responsibility of each player.
Clubs will operate on a first-come/first-served basis and players are therefore encouraged to book their practice round as early as possible. The Gecko Tour will not be held responsible should a tournament venue confirm they are no longer able to allocate a practice round tee-time.
If Gecko tee markers (or painted white dots) have been set during the practice day, players must play within a metre/yard of the Gecko Tee Markers (or painted white dots). Players who intentionally tee off on the line of the Gecko Tee Markers (or painted white dots) during practice days will be fined 50€.
Tee Time preference for the first round, for those travelling together will be given whenever possible, requests must be made 48 hours in advance of the event.
Tee times for the final day will be based on the leaderboard with the leading players going out last. Tee Times will be communicated by email to the players by 4pm the day before the start of the tournament. Tee Times are also published on the website.
Players MUST report to the registration desk on the first day, then report to the tournament starter at least 10 minutes before their confirmed tee times.
Tour Schedule. Outstanding payments for entries MUST be paid prior to the players first Tee time on the first day. Failure to pay the entry fee, will result in an automatic player withdrawal from the competition.
As per the “Tour Schedule” on the website.
The Order of Merit will be determined by points from each event from the player’s position from the season.
For the tour Final the top 40 professionals in the OOM, will be eligible to enter and the top 40 amateurs will be eligible to enter. The price will be announced prior to the event.
Players must register on-line before the Tournament or they will lose their priority, if you wish to pay cash on the day, this must be done with prior arrangement with the tournament office and ordered online. To register please go to “Buy Events“and add the event(s) to “your shopping cart” then proceed to checkout selecting payment of either Cash or Credit Card. Card payment made in the tournament office will be charged and extra 5€ on top for commission.
If you wish to withdraw or cancel from an event, you must do so within at least 48 hour’s notice. No refunds will be given. IF you can provide a Dr´s note of the medical condition of which you cannot play, it is under the managements discretion to transfer the original entry payment to an alternative event in same season. In some cases, this can be done, but only once in the season.
Refunds will only be given if The Gecko Tour cannot fulfill an event due to poor weather and where the Club will not allow play. OR at The Gecko Tour´s discretion that they cannot proceed with the tournament for any reason, therefore meaning the event being cancelled. Your entry refund will be made directly in the method of which you paid within 7 days.
All players are required to strictly abide by the current R&A Rules of Golf
All players are expected to respect the etiquette demanded of the sport. Bad behavior and poor sportsmanship including disrespect towards fellow players will not be tolerated and may lead to disqualification from the Tournament. Such decisions will be taken at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director.
Playing on the line of the Gecko Tee Markers (or painted white dots) during practice rounds will carry a fine of 50€.
Players who are caught throwing their clubs or causing willful damage to any part of the course or to their own equipment will be fined €100.
Players who fail to rake the bunker after their shot will be fined €100.
Players who are disrespectful towards any staff member, other tournament official or fellow player or behave in an aggressive and/or abusive manner will be fined €100.
Any player who walks off the course during Tournament play without completing his round – for any reason other than for a personal injury – will be fined €200 and will be refused entry to the following Tournament. Repetition of such behaviour may lead to expulsion from The Gecko Tour for the remainder of the current season.
Any player requiring to leave the course due to illness or injury must inform the Tournament Director immediately.
Any player who does not turn up for their allotted tee time on any day – for any reason other than for a personal injury which must be communicated as early as possible – will be fined €200 and will be refused entry to the following Tournament.
Repetition of such behaviour may lead to expulsion from The Gecko Tour for the remainder of the current season
Players must submit their own signed and checked scorecard to the Tour Office immediately upon completion of their round each day. Failure to do so will lead to disqualification from the Tournament.
Players and Caddies Attire
Correct attire on the course is mandatory at all times
The wearing of jeans and collarless shirts is not permitted
Players are not permitted to wear shorts
Caddies may wear tailored shorts and should only wear trainer-styled footwear. Spikes are not permitted
Players are responsible for ensuring their caddy adheres to correct on-course attire
Buggies are not allowed, however, players may use powered or pull trolleys.
Use of a mobile phone is strictly forbidden during Tournament play with the exception of emergency use or calling the office for a referee ruling.
Use of a mobile phone is strongly discouraged during practice rounds, on the driving range and on or close to the short-game areas.
Players who are found to be using a mobile phone for private reasons outside tournament conditions, will be fined €100
How to Improve the Pace of Play
Be aware of your position with regard to the group in front of you
If you feel your group is falling behind, advise your fellow players and catch up as soon as possible If informed that the group ahead is on the clock, increase your pace of play immediately
Do not concern yourself with the group behind as this is the responsibility of the officials
Always play a provisional ball if there is any doubt about where your ball has landed
Check your routines and prepare yourself before it is your turn to play
When calculating your yardage, count yardage spots on the way to your ball instead of firstly approaching your ball and then counting steps towards the yardage spots in front of the ball
Do not wait until it is your turn to play before putting on your glove, counting yardage, etc..
Look at your own line of putt while your fellow players look at theirs
Do not help another fellow player to search for their lost ball if it is your turn to play. Hit your shot and then help
Do not wait to search for your ball until you can get help for your fellow players. Appeals Procedures
Any appeal regarding penalties must be referred to the Tournament Director immediately after the round is completed and before the card is signed.
Tournament closure. The tournament is deemed to have closed 30 minutes after the last group have left the registration area.
In all cases the Tournament Directors decision is final.
If you have any grievance with The Gecko Tour please discuss it with the Managing Directors, Ken Lingwood or Katherine Wells.
Suspension of Play
In the event of play being suspended due to thunderstorm / electrical activity, signalled by 1 long blast on the klaxon, immediately mark your ball and seek the nearest area of shelter. Resumption of play will be signalled by 2 long blasts on the klaxon.
If play has to be suspended for any other reason, signalled by 2 short blasts on the klaxon then players may choose either:
To mark the ball, or finish the hole currently in play.
All players must then report directly to the Tournament Registration Office. Not until the players have been given permission, may play resume.
Course Unfit for Play
If only one day’s play is possible, on account of the adverse weather conditions or state of the course, then the scores from that one day’s play will be final.
All players must have completed 18 holes for a Tournament to be considered staged.
In the event that the entire field has not completed 18 holes then a full refund will be made. Note:
The Tour Referee has the final say in any decision made on the course during tournament play and any such decision is final;
The Tournament Director is responsible for matters that arise off the course during the tournament. Any decision taken by the Tournament Director will be considered final.
Please respect the Tour and Sponsors when dealing with the media.
It is a Tournament entry requirement that all players will be available for any media duties, including interviews, sponsorship presentations, press photographs and all television requirements. Please note:
By registering to compete in a tournament on The Gecko Tour, each player gives The Gecko Tour the absolute right and permission to use their name, image, interview performance and other auditory or visual image as a player on The Gecko Tour and copyright and/or publish, or use pictures or videotapes of the player of which the inclusion is in whole or in part, made through any media or internet website at its tournament venues or elsewhere, for advertising, trade or any lawful purpose whatsoever whether taken at a tournament venue, prior to, or after a tournament event. The player hereby waives any right that they may have to inspect and/approve the finished product that may be used in connection therewith, or the use to which it may be applied. Having registered for a tournament, each player is deemed to have read this policy statement and understands the above Waiver.
All fines MUST BE PAID before a player can enter a future Tournament.