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Last updated 02/12/19

Who can play in the British Amateur Open?
What are the Venues and Dates for the 2020 BritAm?
What is the BritAm Twos?
How much does it cost to enter?
Is there an age limit to enter?
Is the British Amateur Open gender-specific?
I am based outside the UK can I enter?
The BritAm or BritAm Twos is showing as FULL can I still enter?
How does the waiting list work?
How do I book a practice round?
What is the Regional Championship format?
Where and what date will the final be played?
What is included in my entry fee?
What happens if the dates or the venues are not convenient for me?
What happens if I change my mind?
What happens if I book on a course and then cannot make it?
What is the playing format and handicap allowance?
Do you monitor handicaps?
I do not hold a CONGU handicap can I still enter?
I do not live in the UK and do not have a CONGU handicap what can I do?
What would happen if I do not have a handicap or a valid handicap at registration?
How are tee times chosen?
How do I qualify for the British Amateur Open International Grand Final?
Can I play with a friend?
Do I need a caddy?
Can I bring friends and family along?
Can I use a GPS measuring device?
What happens if my contact details change?

 

What is the British Amateur Open?

The British Amateur Open (previously known as the Trilby Tour) came about in 2007 after golf aficionado and Savile Row designer William Hunt's own love of the sport saw him come up with a unique competition whereby golfers could compete nationally in an extraordinary 'Winner-Takes-All' format.

 

The then Trilby Tour was created to give players from all walks of life the chance of hitting the big time, played out in a televised national tournament. Amateurs from all over the world come together to compete in Pro conditions, under the pressures of an international televised event.

Where else would you get the chance to play in front of our TV cameras and be seen by millions of people on television?

 

Who can play in the British Amateur Open?
The tournament is open to any amateur golfer who holds a current handicap issued by a CONGU affiliated golf club. You must hold a handicap of 18 or better and must provide proof (handicap certificate that is no more than 14 days old) of your handicap on the day of your chosen tournament.

 

What are the venues and dates for the British Amateur Open?
The venues and dates will be announced in the first few months of each year. Please make sure you are subscribed to our emails to receive all news and updates.

 

What is the BritAm Twos?
This is a unique better ball pair's event that takes place once a year in front of our TV cameras.

 

How much does it cost to enter?
Entry into the 2020 British Amateur Open is £250 (£295 for Premium Entry) and £500 for the Britam Twos Championship (£590 for Premium Entry). You will be required to purchase a £50 (BritAm Twos £100) deposit to book your place on the Tour. When the venues are announced early in 2020 you must then select a venue and pay off the remainder balance of £200 (£245 for Premium Entry) and £400 for the BritAm Twos Championship (£490 for Premium Entry) within 14 days to guarantee your entry. Failure to do so may lead to you forfeiting your deposit.

 

Is there an age limit to enter?
The only rule we have is that players are over 18 on the day of their chosen tournament (proof of age may be required). In last year's Tour we welcomed players from 18 to 84!

 

Is the Trilby Tour gender-specific?
At this moment in time the Trilby Tour is a male-only event but if there is enough demand in the future then we may reconsider.

 

I am based outside the UK can I enter?
We welcome anyone from around the world in the past we have had entrants from Dubai, South Africa, France, Spain, Portugal and the USA.

 

The BritAm or BritAm Twos is showing as FULL can I still enter?
You are still able to enter the BritAm waiting list or the BritAm Twos waiting list.

 

How does the waiting list work?
For those who joined either waiting list - The deposit for the 2020 BritAm or BritAm Twos waiting list is non-refundable, however, if we are unable to offer you a place in 2020 your deposit will automatically be rolled over to a confirmed deposit for 2021. The waiting list is strictly on a first come first served basis.

 

How do I book a practice round?
Please see details on your chosen events page for further information.

 

How do I book accommodation for my chosen event?
Please see details on your chosen venues event page for further information. Some venues have arranged special rates for BritAm members when staying over as part of the British Amateur Open. Why not make a break of it and bring the missus or the family. We want to make sure your British Amateur Open experience will be a day to remember! Please see details on your chosen events page for further information.

 

What is the Regional Championship format?
At the end of 18 holes the best 4 scores will play a 3 hole playoff (winner takes all). Should there be a tie for the 4th qualifying place there will be a 1 shot nearest the pin shoot-out. There will also be a shoot-out for 10th qualifying place should there be a tie.

It is your responsibility to make sure you are present and available to participate in any - play off (if required), failure to do so will lead to you forfeiting your place in the play off.

The winner and 9 runners up will be invited to compete in the British Amateur Open International Grand Final.

 

Where and what date will the final be played?
The 2020 International Grand Final venue and date will be released along with the Regional Championship dates in early 2020.

 

What is included in my entry fee?
Standard Entry Includes;
1 x Regional Championship Entry
1 x Trilby Tour Caddy Outfit
1 x Trilby Tour Caddy Hat
1 x Golf Bag

Premium Entry Includes;
1 x Regional Championship Entry
1 x William Hunt Polo Top
1 x William Hunt Trouser
1 x Trilby Tour Caddy Outfit

1 x Trilby Tour Caddy Hat
1 x Golf Bag

On the day breakfast will also be provided for both player and caddy.

 

What happens if the dates or the venues are not convenient for me?
If you have paid a £50 confirmed deposit and do not complete your entry by selecting a venue (when they are made available) you will forfeit your deposit. If you have paid a deposit for the waiting list your deposit will automatically be transferred to become a confirmed deposit for the next year.

 

What happens if I change my mind?
Once you have chosen your course you will not be able to change your venue or receive a refund for your entry.
Confirmed deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 

What happens if I book on a course and then cannot make it?
If you cannot make your chosen venue for whatever reason you will not be entitled to a refund and will forfeit your entry fee.

 

What is the playing format and handicap allowance?
The BritAm and BritAm Twos are played with Stableford format with a ¾ handicap allowance. The maximum handicap is 18 and your handicap will be taken as it is shown on the day of the tournament.

 

Do you monitor handicaps?
We monitor handicaps very carefully. At each event we ask to see proof of handicap in the form of a valid Official BritAm Handicap Certificate (no older than 14 days old on the date of the tournament) for every player at tournament registration. We will also keep a copy of the handicap in case of any dispute.

We accept the following types of handicap: a CONGU affiliated golf club handicap. However this information must be presented on our Official BritAm Handicap Certificate.

Make sure you bring an up-to-date Official BritAm Handicap Certificate with you on the day of the event. Certificates should be signed and dated no longer than 14 days before your event by your CONGU affiliated golf club. Our certificated handicap should be printed on club headed paper (club stamp is also acceptable). A template which includes all of the required information will be emailed to you and is available for download HERE.

 

I do not hold a CONGU handicap can I still enter?
Only CONGU affiliated club handicaps are accepted but there are numerous clubs around the UK that offer very flexible and cheap memberships which would allow you to obtain a CONGU handicap. They charge an admin fee for membership and then charge green fees each time you play.

 

I do not live in the UK and do not have a CONGU handicap what can I do?
Please contact us directly at info@trilbytour.com

 

What would happen if I do not have a handicap or a valid handicap at registration?
You will not be able to play on the day and will be refused entry and forfeit your entry.

 

How are tee times chosen?
Tee times are drawn at random and groups are made up of 3-balls (4-balls in the BritAm Twos event). The first tee time generally is at 7am but can change depending on the size of the field. Tee times and groups will be posted on the front page of the BritAm website 10 to 14 days before an event. Tee times will not be able to be changed once they have been set.

 

How do I qualify for the British Amateur Open International Grand Final?
The winner and 9 runners up will be invited to compete in the British Amateur Open International Grand Final. There will be a shoot-out for 10th qualifying place should there be a tie.
It is your responsibility to make sure you are present and available to participate in any - play off (if required), failure to do so will lead to you forfeiting your place in the play off. Entrants who have made it through to the final will be confirmed by email.

 

Can I play with a friend?
You may both enter the same region but in the interests of fair play we will not be able to place you in the same game as all tee times are drawn at random.

 

Do I need a caddy?
It is your responsibility to bring a caddie with you on the day of the event, your caddie can be anyone of your choice the only requirements are they must be able to carry your golf bag and clubs unassisted for the entire length of the course. No trolleys or buggies may be used and must be a minimum age of 16 years of age on the day of the tournament entered. ID may be required. If you are seen carrying your golf bag for your caddie at any time on the golf course you may be disqualified.

f you progress to the final you will need to keep all of your caddie gear with you, if you lose your caddie outfit or change your caddie and require a different outfit there will be a replacement cost.

 

Can I bring friends and family along?
Of course! We like to think of the BritAm as not just an event but an experience to be shared with those closest to you. There is no spectator charge - you are welcome to invite family and friends down to support you on the day and witness your finest moments. Spectators are asked to respect the course and all of the other players competing.

 

Can I use a GPS measuring device?
No - GPS measuring devices of any kind are not permitted on the day of the competition this also includes any Laser Range Finders.

  

*RESTRICTIONS
All players and caddies must be able to walk the course unaided. No trollies, buggies or other motorised/mechanical transport are permitted.

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