An amateur playing in a scratch competition is allowed to accept any prize, including prize money, up to a limit of £700 or US$1000 in value, per competition, unless the national governing body has set a lower limit.For the purposes of these Rules, a scratch competition is a competition that does not have a net score element in any part of the competition and handicaps must not be used to separate players into different scratch categories. Any competition that is not a scratch competition is a handicap competition.
An amateur playing in a handicap competition is not allowed to accept prize money, but may accept any other prize up to a limit of £700 or US$1000 in value, per competition, unless the national governing body has set a lower limit.
For a non-monetary prize, the value of that prize is the price at which the item is generally available to purchase from a retail source at the time the prize is accepted.The prize limit applies to the following:
Any tee-to-hole golf competition involving a score for a hole, regardless of where that competition is played (for example, on a golf course or a golf simulator).
Any skills competition where the shot is played during a tee-to-hole golf competition
The total prizes accepted in a single competition or multiple competitions being conducted at the same time (for example, individual and team competitions).
The prize limit does not apply to the following:
The value of trophies and other similar prizes.
Long drive competitions, target competitions, competitions involving specific skills, trick shots and competitions that solely involve putting (unless the competition or shot is played during a tee-to-hole golf competition).
A prize for a hole-in-one made:
Outside a tee-to-hole golf competition or
During a tee-to-hole golf competition, provided the length of the shot is at least 50 yards.
Gambling or wagering among individual golfers or teams of golfers.
Expenses to compete in a subsequent stage of the same competition.