DWGC participates in several competitions with other clubs in Devon. They vary in terms of prestige & 'seriousness', but the main two are The Palairet Memorial Trophy (TPMT) & South Devon League (SDL).
TPMT is a foursomes matchplay knockout event, played on neutral courses. SDL is a fourball better-ball matchplay league played both home & away, against each participating club.
The maximum handicap limits for these competitions are: SDL 14, TPMT 18. Your handicap doesn't have to be held at your participating club, but you can only play for one team in any season.
If your handicap meets the criteria, you have the right to put your name & telephone number on the team sheet in the clubhouse. This enables the Team Captain to choose players for the upcoming competition/s.
You may not get in the team at your first attempt, or you may be reserved, but one thing is certain: If you don't put your name down, you won't get asked.
Just because you have never played in the team, or don't know other team players is no reason not to put your name down. Quite the opposite!
There is a common misconception that 'A' team comps are deadly serious & no fun. This is simply not true. Having said that, you may find that some opponents take things more seriously than others. Surely, the game is only as serious as you want it to be?
Players are expected to arrive in plenty of time for their tee slot. All players will be given plenty of notice of their intended tee time.
Car sharing is very common & encouraged. If you can share your car this time, someone will be willing to share theirs next time.
Team shirts are preferred, but not mandatory. (They're on sale in our Pro Shop, at reasonable rates, when available.)
The two Captains will agree their teams' order of play & you'll be expected to find your playing partner and opponents & introduce each other.
The away side will get the honour on the 1st tee.
Once your game is finished, you choose whether to play in or watch/cheer your team.
SDL players pay a mandatory £6.00, whether home or away, which covers food but not drinks. Shower/change is optional. Players can leave before the meal, but must pay £6.00.
TPMT players pay £10 - £12 for food, depending on venue. Players must wear jacket & tie for the meal.
Speeches may or may not be made by Captains.