All clinker handicaps will be carried over from the previous season, or, from when the Clinker member last played with the Clinker Cup.
Where a Clinker has missed at least one full season, or more, their last handicap with the Clinker shall be adjusted as per the average movement across all Clinkers for that missed season(s).
In the case of new Clinkers, the individual will be asked to provide an accurate starting handicap, i.e. not to submit a handicap which renders them a burglar. Where possible, a member of the Clinker Board will have vetted the handicap prior to tee off in Round 1. Where this is not possible, the individual's assessment, or, combination of that assessment via confirmation with an existing Clinker's viewpoint, will be used to derive a starting handicap.
The Board reserves the discretion to apply "The Greg Bews Rule." - Where the Board feels a new Clinker has sought to obtain advantage from providing a starting handicap that is unrealistic, the Board reserves the right to retrospectively re-handicap and score that player at the half-way point of the competition. Where this is the case, no correspondence will be entered into.
All new Clinkers should understand that deliberate burgling is akin to cheating and will not only raise the ire of fellow Clinkers, but, like Bews, lead to a middle-eastern exile.
Catch up round starting handicaps: The starting handicap of a Clinker for a catch up round will be assessed in line with the difference in ACR between the scheduled course and that of the catch up. The President will advise starting handicaps prior to catch up rounds commencing.
There will be no correspondence entered into in regards to handicapping other than to reiterate that the correspondent is a Homma (refer section 6.ii. of The Royal & Ancient Rules of Homma).
Play it as it lies (the D King rule) - The ball shall be played as it lies unless a local rule applies. The President shall inform all players if preferred lies apply (unlikely) prior to tee off. Where casual water exists, standard golf rules will apply. Cleaning of the ball will not be permitted until the ball is on the green.
Irish Drop - In the event of a lost ball, instead of the usual "stroke and distance" penalty where the ball would be played from the position of the last stroke, players should drop at the nearest point of entry to where the ball was lost, where the player has a clear shot, no closer the green; i.e. one which is not impeded by trees, exceptional long grass, sand, fences, uneven ground or other. A one stroke penalty applies.
Conditions of play - All players must play under the same conditions, including, but not limited to, playing from the same tees, walking when other players are walking etc. The Committee will determine if any player is in breach of these rules and apply penalties befitting the infraction. Any such decision is final. Please refer to item ii. of the Homma Correspondence section within the Royal and Ancient Rules of Homma for the Clinker Cup's correspondence policy.
Countback rule: In the event of a tie, the round will be decided on the following basis: best back 9 (holes 10-18), best back 6 (holes 13-18), best back 3 (holes 16-18), best 18th hole, then individual hole countback from 18.
The President will send a reminder email to all Clinkers on the Tuesday prior to each round requesting they review the website in regards to the schedule, groupings, leaderboards, handicaps, directions, and the Royal and Ancient Rules of Homma