GENERAL – The 31st Durian Tee Invitational (“The Tournament”) is a Member-Guest competition hosted by the members of the Apo Golf & Country Club, Inc. It will be played from August 10 to August 13, 2023.


GOVERNING RULES – The 2023 Rules of Golf as laid down by the R&A and the USGA. The Local Rules of the Apo Golf and Country Club as printed on the scorecards, the Tournament rules as specified in this COC and any official announcement/s made prior to the start of the tournament and either posted in the bulletin board or broadcast thru SMS.


ELIGIBILITY – The Tournament is limited to amateur golfers in good standing, at least 18 years of age and with a UNHS or Club Certified Handicap.  Members of the National Team & the National Training Pool are not eligible to join.


FORMAT – The Tournament is a 36-hole Stroke Play, MOLAVE Gross & Net Scoring System, Team and Individual Competition played over four (4) consecutive days.


STIPULATED ROUNDS – Each competitor shall play 36 holes for the tournament, 18 holes per playing day.


HANDICAPS – The Handicap Index Reference will be for the month of August 1, 2023:

  1. For Members & Guests with WHS (formerly UNHS) Handicaps the lowest handicap will prevail if he/she has multiple memberships.
  2. For Guests without WHS Handicaps, a Club Certified Handicap must be submitted to the Tournament Committee.  Deadline for submission of Club Certified Handicaps will be on August 1, 2023. 

  3. Guests with NO handicaps or those that fail to submit Club Certified Handicaps shall be given a ZERO (0) handicap.

  4. A player who declares a wrong handicap shall be disqualified from the tournament.

  5. Maximum handicap for Gentlemen will be 27 and 32 for the Ladies.

The Committee reserves the right to adjust or alter any Club Certified Handicap of a player before, during or after the competition for the better interest of the tournament.


SCORING – MOLAVE Gross & Net Scoring System shall be used in the Tournament where:

Fixed Score Points
3 over fixed score 0 points
2 over fixed score 1 points
1 over fixed score 2 point
Fixed Score 3 points
1 under fixed score 4 points
2 under fixed score 5 points
3 under fixed score 6 points
  1. Marker - Each player shall be assigned as a MARKER to record the scores of another player in the same flight. The marker MUST score him/herself and NOT THE CADDIE.
  2. Scoring - The marker shall record the gross scores only of the player & shall mark pick-ups with an X.
  3. Marker’s Responsibility – The Committee may disqualify the marker if it is shown that he/she has deliberately violated the above rule on Scoring and/or deliberately performed actions so another player may be disqualified.
  4. Submission – The scorecard is deemed to have been submitted when it is dropped into the drop box provided for.  A scorecard must be submitted before any member of the succeeding flight has submitted their scorecards or within 15 minutes after holing out if they are the last flight of the morning or afternoon.
  5. Handicap Holes – The corresponding holes where your handicap is to be applied shall be marked for your convenience and guidance.
  6. 5.6 Avoid Penalties by observing and doing the following:

    1. Retrieve your scorecard from your maker immediately holing out.
    2. Check your scorecard & ensure that only gross scores are legibly recorded.
    3. Settle any doubtful points with the marker or committee before signing.
    4. Clarify with the Scoring Committee any illegible scores before submitting it. Scores not legibly written shall be interpreted & recorded by the committee at its own discretion.


MANDATORY PICK-UP – to promote a faster pace of play, any player who no longer has a chance to score a point (gross or net) on a hole MUST pick-up his/her ball and discontinue play of the hole. A player that continues to play the hole shall be penalized with a TWO (2) point deduction on his/her score for each stroke taken after the Mandatory Pick-up.


TEAM & INDIVIDUAL DIVISION & AWARDS – All teams and players shall compete for team & individual awards.

  1. Team Competition – a team shall be composed of two (2) players; a member of AGCC and his/her invited guest.  The 36-hole aggregate scores of the member and his/her guest shall be used to determine the winners of the tournament.
    1. Awards
      1. Net Champion
      2. Gross Champion
      3. Gross & Net 1st Runner-up
      4. Gross & Net 2nd Runner-up

  2. Individual Competition – Players shall be classified according to their handicaps.  The 36-hole aggregate score of the competitor shall be used to determine the winners of the tournament.

    1. Divisions of Play  (Course Handicap, not index)
      1. Division A             9 and Below
      2. Division B             10 - 18
      3. Division C             19 - 27
      4. Senior’s Div.         60 years old & above
      5. Ladies Division      Open

    2. Awards
      1. Over-all Gross Champion
      2. Over-all Net Champion
      3. Division Gross & Net Champion – (Class A, B & C)
      4. Division Gross & Net Runner-up – (Class A, B & C)
      5. Division Gross & Net 2nd Runner-up – (Class A, B & C)

  3. Winners in the Team Competition will be determined first before the winners in the Individual Competition.  However, all players are qualified to win the Over-All Gross and Net titles.


SCHEDULES, PAIRINGS & TEE TIMES – There shall be FOUR (4) sets of schedules that the players can choose from on a first come, first served basis.  Requests for schedules can be made only until August 1, 2023 and after the team has paid in full its entry fee.  After August 1, the Tournament Committee shall assign at its own discretion schedules for registered players.

  1. You may select from the following provided Schedule:
    31st DT Schedule A: Thursday 06:00AM  &  Saturday 11:00AM
    31st DT Schedule B: Thursday 11:00AM  &  Saturday 06:00AM
    31st DT Schedule C: Friday      06:00AM  &  Sunday   11:00AM
    31st DT Schedule D: Friday     11:00AM   &  Sunday   06:00AM
  2. Shotgun Tee Off at 06:00AM  and  11:00AM.
  3. Members & their Guests are encouraged to play together in the same flight.
  4. A player who is LATE TO TEE is not disqualified.   He will score ZERO Points on all holes that he/she failed to play and will be allowed to join his/her assigned group on the tee of the next hole to be played.
  5. The TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE RESERVES the right to alter, change or adjust the tee times of teams or individuals for the better interest of the tournament.


HOLE-IN-ONE – All tournament participants shall tee-off from the same tee-mound on all Par 3’s.  Any participant who makes a natural ace on any Par 3 shall be entitled to the prize designated for that hole.  In the event of multiple natural aces on the same hole, the prize shall be divided equally amongst the winners.  An ace that is scored using a mulligan does not entitle the player to the special prize.


DOUBT AS TO PROCEDURE – In case of doubt as to procedure, play a second ball:

  1. If during play, a player is doubtful of his/her procedure, he/she may - without penalty - play a second ball.   After the doubtful situation has risen and before taking further action, the player must announce to his/her marker or fellow competitor that he/she intends to play two balls and declare which ball he/she wishes to count if the rules permit.
  2. The competitor shall report the facts to the Committee before returning his/her scorecard.



  1. PhP 14,000.00 per team inclusive of Tournament Giveaways, an invitation to the Awarding Ceremonies, a Complimentary Practice Round for tournament guests and a chance to win Hole-in-One and Raffle Prizes!

    1. The tournament is limited to 500 players only on a first come, first served basis.  Deadline for payment will be on August 7, 2023. Only paid entries will be included in the tournament pairings.


TIE BREAKS – Ties will be broken using the following process:

  1. For the Team & Individual Competition, the 36 Holes aggregate score will be used:

    1. Total score for DAY 2, if still tied;
    2. Total score for Holes 10-18 of DAY 2, if still tied;
    3. Total score for Holes 1-9 of DAY 2, if still tied;
    4. Hole by Hole score for DAY 2 starting from Hole 18, 17, 16… & so on, if still tied;
    5. Total score for DAY 1, if still tied;
    6. Total score for Holes 10-18 of DAY 1, if still tied;
    7. Total score for Holes 1-9 of DAY 1, if still tied;
    8. Hole by Hole score for DAY 2 starting from Hole 18, 17, 16… & so on, if still tied;
    9. Team or Player with the LOWER HANDICAP, if still tied, TOSS COIN.



  1. Out of Bounds
    1. Out of Bounds is defined by the line between the course-side points at ground level of white stakes and fence posts.
    2. The course side edge of any wall defines the boundary of the course.  A ball is out of bounds when it is beyond any wall defining the boundary of the course.

  2. Penalty Areas
    1. Penalty Areas are marked with Yellow and Red Painted Lines and/or Stakes. When marked with a painted line, the painted line shall be the basis for the boundaries of the penalty areas.

  3. Drop Zone
    1. Hole 10:  If a player’s ball comes to rest on or near the cart path behind hole number 10 or interferes with the player’s intended line of play or swing, the player is entitled to FREE RELIEF from the obstruction and shall be allowed to drop in the provided Drop Zone.
    2. Hole 11:  If a ball is in the Penalty Area behind the green of hole number 11, including when it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found came to rest in the penalty area, the player has the following relief options:
      1. Take relief under Rule 17.1, or
      2. As an extra option, drop the original ball or another ball in the Drop Zone provided for which is defined by a white line and the letters D.Z. indicated inside the Drop Zone.

  4. Ground Under Repair
    1. Take Relief under Rule 16.1, or
    2. As an extra option, drop the original ball or another ball in the Dropping Zone provided for which is defined by a white line and the letters D.Z. indicated inside the Dropping Zone.

      Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local rule:  2 points deduction.

  5. Use of Distance Measuring Devices
    1. The use of Distance Measuring Devices shall be permitted as provided for in Rule 4.3

  6. Slow Play
    1. Players must keep up with the pace of play at all times.
    2. A flight that is behind the pace of play will be given a verbal warning and asked to speed up play.
    3. If the flight is in breach of the rule for the second time, they will be put on the clock (maximum of 15 minutes to finish a hole) and each player in the flight will be penalized with a 1-point deduction.
    4. if the group still falls behind the pace of play, EACH PLAYER will be penalized with a 2-point penalty deduction.
    5. A fourth offense will result to a penalty of Disqualification for the entire flight.

  7. Green Edging Free Drop, nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole.


  1. Unlike many sports, golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the INTEGRITY of the individual to show consideration for other players and to ABIDE by the Rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be.
  2. This is the spirit of the game of golf.
  3. Players should always show consideration for other players on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking or making any unnecessary noise.
  4. Players should ensure that any electronic device and mobile phones taken onto the course does not distract other players.
  5. Play at a Good Pace and Keep UpIt is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front.
  6. Players should be ready to play as soon as it is their turn to play. When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green.
  7. On PAR 3’s – As a matter of courtesy, allow the flight behind you to hit into the green once everyone has made it to the putting surface.
  8. A missed putt or a fantastic birdie may be reason to rant or celebrate, but please keep your voice down… other players around the course may be teeing off, taking their next shot or putting too!
  10. We hope you enjoy this year’s edition of the Durian Tee Invitational and we look forward to seeing you in the next staging of this event!