MercedesTrophy - Tournament Rules


All decisions on any aspect of the competition including the rules will be settled by the Mercedes‑Benz Events team and their decision is final. By entering the competition each competitor automatically agrees to abide by all of these rules and accepts the authority of the Mercedes‑Benz Events team over all aspects of the competition.


Each competitor taking part in the MercedesTrophy is required to register. Details will be provided by your local Retailer.


The competition will be run under the Rules of Golf as laid down by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. The competition is for amateur golfers who are invited to play by Mercedes‑Benz Cars UK or an official Mercedes‑Benz Retailer participating in the competition. The minimum age requirement for entry into the MercedesTrophy is 18 years of age.

Please note, it is not possible for a competitor to take a guest or partner to the National Final Qualifier or to the National Final. We kindly request that you do not put the organisers in the difficult position of having to refuse access to a particular function for a guest or partner.


The maximum handicap for entry to the MercedesTrophy is 28 for men and 36 for ladies (written proof of a recognised golf club/association is necessary). Players must bring proof of their handicap to each stage of the competition, and it must show their lowest current handicap and have been validated by their club secretary or other relevant authority within one month prior to the relevant competition date. Failure to do so may result in the player’s score not counting. Golf Society handicaps or inactive ‘non competition’ handicaps will not be admissible.


A MercedesTrophy team must consist of three (3) NET winners (1st Net A + 1st Net

B + 1st Net C). It is recommended to define the handicap classes dynamically, e.g. if 90 players participate in your MercedesTrophy tournament, the 30 players with the lowest handicaps are allocated to Net class A, the next 30 players are allocated to Net class B and the 30 players with the highest handicaps are allocated to Net class C. This means there are no pre-defined handicap classes. Should a team member be unable to attend the National Final Qualifier or the National Final, then the replacement must fit within the vacant handicap category. At the National Final Qualifier and the National Final, the competition format will be Stableford and all golfers will receive their full handicap allowance. Strokes will be taken according to the card of the course. At all stages of the competition, ladies will play from the ladies’ tees but take their shots and calculate points according to the men’s card. Additional ladies’ courtesy shots will be given according to the difference in the men’s and ladies’ SSS.


A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is also designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect their play (e.g. gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty for the first breach is two strokes and for subsequent offence is disqualification.


Existing and prospective customers are allowed to participate in the MercedesTrophy local and National Final Qualifier tournaments. Only current Mercedes‑Benz customers are allowed to qualify for the MercedesTrophy National Final and World Final.


There can be no substitution of any team members without the permission of the organisers at any stage of the competition. No player may represent more than one Market Area at the National Final Qualifier or the National Final. Should a Market Area team lose a player on the day of a competition, the organisers may allow the team to play as a two ball; alternatively a suitable replacement acceptable to the organisers may be permitted.

In the event of a tie for any position throughout the competition, the result will be decided upon a countback of the last 18, 9, 6, 3, 1 holes of the card.


In 2022 the National Final Qualifier will be held on Wednesday 27 July at The Belfry. Each team will be accompanied by a representative from the Market Area. The competitions will take place over 18 holes and will be followed by dinner, prize giving and accommodation with the compliments of Mercedes‑Benz Cars UK. The format for the competition will be Team Stableford with the best two scores of the three team members counting at each hole; however, members of the same Market Area team will not play together. The leading Market Area teams will qualify to the MercedesTrophy National Final in St Andrews.


The MercedesTrophy National Final will be held in St Andrews from Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 October 2022. Each team, accompanied by a representative from the Market Area, will stay at the five-star Old Course Hotel for three nights. Guests will play the main team and individual competitions over two consecutive days at the Kingsbarns Golf Links, one of the greatest links courses in the world. In the 36-hole Team Stableford Competition, the best two scores of the three team members will count at each hole. In the 36-hole Individual Stableford Competition, the leading individual from each of the three handicap categories will qualify to represent the United Kingdom at the MercedesTrophy World Final in 2023. Please note that Mercedes-Benz AG states that the MercedesTrophy World Final is a once in a lifetime experience, and players cannot qualify for a second time. Players who have attended the MercedesTrophy World Final in any of the previous three years are not eligible to attend the current season’s MercedesTrophy National Final Qualifiers or National Final. Individuals who have qualified to the current year’s World Final (via the previous year’s National Final) will not be eligible to qualify for a place at the National Final Qualifier or the National Final in the same calendar year.


The World Final will take place in October 2023. The winning individuals from the National Final will form a team to represent the United Kingdom, travelling with their partners to Germany, to play for the Nations Cup. The competition takes place over 54 holes on two different courses and the programme of hospitality is of first class quality with a specific schedule of events available to the golfers’ partners.