Ultimate Pairs Competition 2021

by Steve | Last Updated: 11 September 2021

Welcome To The Ultimate Pairs Competition

The Ultimate Pairs is a true test, for Amateur Golfers, of both golfing ability and patience with your playing partner, as both will get tested throughout a tough 36 hole challenge. So choose your partner carefully.

The competition is played in mixed formats

Played over 36 holes, each Team will battle through 9 holes of Betterball, 9 holes of Greensomes, 9 holes of Foursomes and 9 holes of Texas Scramble.

At the end of the 36 Holes, we will have our Ultimate Pairs Champions and the Winners will qualify for the end of season Fore King Golf Pairs Final.

We have run this competition before and players have told us how much they looked forward to playing the challenging format, so we are delighted to be able to return it to the schedule in 2021.

Date: Thursday 7 October 2021

Fore King Golf Tour at Cumberwell Park

This years Ultimate Pairs Competition will take place at Cumberwell Park on Thursday 7th October 2021

Cumberwell Park Golf Club
Cumberwell Park, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 2PQ
Tel: 01225 863322   Club Website

Order Of Play

  • 07:30 – Coffee and Bacon Roll
  • 08:04 – 18 Holes Golf (Red/Yellow – 2 tee start)
  • 12:00 – Lunch (Sandwiches and Chips) – Rolling Basis
  • 13:00 – 18 Holes Golf (Blue/Orange – 2 tee start)
  • 18:30 – 1 Course meal – Roast Loin of Pork served with Seasonal Veg, Stuffing and Roast Potatoes
  • 19:00 – Prize Presentation

Competition Format

Played over 36 holes, each Team will battle through 9 holes of Betterball, 9 holes of Greensomes, 9 holes of Foursomes and 9 holes of Texas Scramble.

We will be playing on all four of the 9 hole courses during the 36 hole competition and there will be a two-tee start.

betterball (Red Course)

Handicap Allowances: 85% of individual handicaps
Handicaps are then divided by 2 as we adjust for 9 holes

Playing as a pair, both players will play normal golf on each hole, using their own ball

They will choose the lowest NET score as their Team score.

Foursomes (Blue COURSE)

Handicap Allowances: 50% of the combined handicap
Handicaps are then divided by 2 as we adjust for 9 holes

Players take alternate shots using the same golf ball

Foursomes really is no more complicated than that.

Each player in each pair hits every other shot, so if one hits the tee shot, the other plays the second shot and they then alternate on every shot until their ball is holed out.

One player tees off on the even numbered holes and the other tees off on the odd numbered holes.

Should the pair have to play a provisional ball or another ball at any point, again it is whoever didn’t hit the original shot who will play again from the tee or wherever it was played from.

Foursomes is the most difficult of the formats played by pairs.

It requires a bit more use of your brain as you also have to think about how to help your partner play well, on top of playing well yourself.

GREENSOMES (YELLOW COURSe)

Handicap Allowances: 60% of lowest handicap & 40% of highest
Handicaps are then divided by 2 as we adjust for 9 holes

Playing as a pair, both players will tee off using a ball each.

They will then choose the ball that is lying in the best position for the next shot.

Once selected this ball is then played until the hole is completed with players, again as in foursomes, taking alternate shots using the same golf ball.

*Hint: This is not always a case of just choosing the longest drive

tEXAS sCRAMBLE (Orange COURSE)

Handicap Allowances: 35% lowest player & 15% highest player
Handicaps are then divided by 2 as we adjust for 9 holes

In Texas Scramble both players tee off, then one of these drives is chosen to be used for the next shot and both players play a shot from where the chosen drive ended up.

From these second shots, one is chosen and both players play a third shot from there, and so on until the ball is holed.

Each Pair returns one score for each hole

How to place a ball in Texas Scramble

After choosing the more suitable tee-shot, both players play again, firstly the one whose ball was chosen and from the spot where the ball came to rest, then the other plays by placing their ball within one card length from that spot, but no closer to the green.

Exception: When the chosen ball was played from a bunker.

In this case the lie can be reconstructed after the first player hits it so that the other team member may fairly play their next shot.

Handicap Allowances

  • Betterball: 85% of individual handicap
  • Foursomes: 50% of the combined handicap
  • Greensomes: 60% of lowest handicap & 40% of highest
  • Texas Scramble: 35% lowest player & 15% highest player

All handicaps are then divided by 2 as we adjust for 9 holes for each format

If both players have the same handicap, then it will be 50% of the combined handicaps for Greensomes, again divided by 2 as we adjust for 9 holes.

Prizes

This is a winner takes all competition

The Winners of the Ultimate Pairs will qualify for the end of season Fore King Golf Pairs Final, which is an overnight stay, with half board accommodation and 2 rounds of competition golf

Runners-up – not this time, there’s no points for second place.

I’ve never liked count-back on the card so we won’t be doing that

In the event of a tie, there will be a sudden death play off, in front of everyone so a little bit of pressure could be thrown in to the mix.

It’s happened at most of my events so I always hope for a play off

Nearest The Pin Competitions

There will be OPTIONAL nearest the pin competitions throughout the day, at £10 per player

Prizes

  • Signed Golf Shirt from European Tour Player David Howell (This is a shirt David played in on Tour)
  • Signed Framed Picture of PGA Tour Legend John Daly – signed by John
  • Signed Framed Picture of the Team Europe Solheim Cup Team that played at Crooked Stick 2005 – signed by whole team

Competition Entry

The competition is limited to 20 Teams (40 Players)

There is currently space for ONE team – please contact Steve if you would like to play

The entry fee is £99 per player

Availability is subject to change.

This was last updated 11 September 2021

Teams

  1. Charlie Holdsworth & Mark Adams
  2. Dave Jenkins & Ian Jenkins
  3. Susan Maslen & John Charles
  4. Candy Garrett Denis Garrett
  5. Graeme Gault & Simon Paterson
  6. Steve Smedley & David Elliott
  7. Conrad Bourne & Conrad Guest
  8. Chris Hart & Matt Thomas
  9. Simon Arnold & Simon’s Guest
  10. Ged Doherty & Ged Guest 1
  11. Ged Doherty Guest 2 & Ged Guest 3
  12. Adam Weaver & Sam Russell
  13. Jack Fuller & Robert Hooper
  14. Chris Owen & Nigel Bolt
  15. Phil Hubball & Matt Dale
  16. HGS Pairs Winners
  17. HGS Plate Winners
  18. HGS Pairs Runners-Up
  19. Steve King & Joe Bains

About Cumberwell Park

Fore King Golf Tour at Cumberwell Park

Cumberwell Park is a family run golf, wedding, corporate and dining venue set in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside just outside Bath.

Wiltshire’s only 45 hole golf course, Cumberwell Park were Awarded four stars in Golf World’s Top Courses in Britain. The Club is also an accredited Golf Mark and Club Mark facility.

Within this elegant, tranquil setting you will find a venue that provides the ideal location for an enjoyable golfing experience.

Since opening in 1994 Cumberwell Park is now established as one of the best courses in the South West and has been awarded four stars in Golf World’s Top Courses in Britain. The Club is also an accredited Golf Mark and Club Mark facility.

The original 18 holes the Red and Yellow opened in 1994. The 3rd 9 holes, the Blue course, opened in 1999 and the 4th 9 holes, the Orange course in 2007.

All the courses, designed by Adrian Stiff, provide different challenges for golfers of every ability. The course encompasses a wonderful blend of rolling countryside, lakes, streams, natural copse and woodland.

The most recent addition is the superb 9 hole Par 3 Course designed by James Edwards, with another 9 hole Par 3 already in the pipeline.

The natural contours of the landscape have shaped the design of the course, which covers 400 acres. The beauty and interest of the course is further enhanced by nine lakes, thirty-four acres of woodland and free flowing streams.

All greens have been constructed and maintained to the highest specification, and the tees are built with a sandbased root zone mix.

The Course has been sown using the highest-rated cultivators available and maintained using state of the art greenkeeping techniques and machinery. The team of dedicated green staff take tremendous pride in their work and this is reflected in the course presentation.

Practice Facilities include 10 covered bays, 10 outside teeing mats, spacious grass and superb short game area.

Steve King, the founder of Fore King Golf, started playing golf at the tender age of 29, after years spent playing many other sports and getting dodgy knees. Although late to the game, Steve soon fell in love with the sport and found himself, like many others, addicted to the pursuit of improvement and playing better. He is currently a member of The Kendleshire Golf Club & Hercules Golf Society, as well as running several competitions for Fore King Golf