The Cairns Cup is played over 3 days with 6 Fourball, 6 Foursome and 12 single matches, the winning side will require 13 points for victory however, if the result is a tie the holders will retain the trophy.


6 Matches 
50% Combined Course Handicap – Full Difference. 
Any combination of players and course handicaps.


6 Matches
Low handicap gives strokes to the other players – 90% difference 

Any combination of players and course handicaps.


12 Matches
Played off Scratch in 6 Groups

Group 1 – 3 players between Handicap Index 0 – 5.4
Group 2 – 2 players between Handicap Index 4.5 – 10.4.
Group 3 – 3 players between Handicap Index 8.5– 14.4
Group 4 – 2 players between Handicap Index 12.5– 18.4
Group 5 – 1 player between Handicap Index 18.5 – 24.4.
Group 6 – 1 player between Handicap Index 24.5 – 36.4

Singles Selection

In each group the players will be numbered by the captains either 1,2 or 3 then corresponding numbers will play each other off SCRATCH.  In Group 6 if the difference between players course handicaps is 8 or more then the Highest handicap player will receive 50% of the difference 
If it is an odd number then we will round up the number not down.



There will be local rules that will apply to individual events that will be agreed between the Captains, however the rules below will always apply to the event.

A Player may play in a Lower Handicap Group but NOT Higher, however they will play off the Highest Handicap of that Group not their own. i.e., A player off 8 having to play in Group 1 will playoff 5.

Should a team because of injury fail to meet the above rules for a Group in singles the opposing Captain will nominate a replacement from another Handicap Group…

Both teams will use the WHS Index or alternative systems however the last 20 rounds must be verified by the Executive team before selection can be approved.

Handicaps will be verified 1 month before the event and frozen for the competition. Any changes in players handicap after they have been declared will not be accepted.

ONLY Ladies, Seated Players & Sight impaired golfers can play off Forward tees in all Formats.

From the Furthest tee the yardage should not be greater than 6300 yards, the stroke index of the back tee will be used in all matches.