EXCLUDING THE FLIGHT RULES, THESE FAQS RELATE TO S13 AND WILL BE UPDATED AT THE START OF S14
Can anyone become a Flying Club Swinger?
To register as a Flying Club Swinger, you must first become a Flying Club member. Click here for more information on How to Join. Please note the minimum age requirement for Flying Club is 12.
What do I need to do to be eligible for prizes?
Any Flying Club member can register for, and take part in Swingers and enjoy the thrill of entering scores, meeting and playing other Swingers and climbing the leaderboard. However, please be aware that in order to qualify for the Season 14 Final, each individual Flying Club Swinger must have completed a minimum amount of flight activity between the dates of Tuesday 23 August 2016 and Monday 25 September 2017.
This flight activity can include Virgin Atlantic Reward flights and Miles Plus Money flights, together with Codeshare flights (marketed by Virgin Atlantic, but operated by Delta Air Lines - using a VS flight prefix) between 23 August 2016 and 25 September 2017 (Where Flying Club miles are the elected FFP earning currency).
The minimum amount of flight activity required depends on the number of consecutive final events you will have attended (including the S14 Final). Please note one sector is classed as one long haul outward/outbound or inward/inbound flight as described above, or in simple terms a one way flight, whilst a return flight is classed as two sectors.
The requirements are as follows:
No consecutive finals (just S14) - 2 sectors
Two consecutive finals (S13 and S14) - 3 sectors
Three consecutive finals (S12, S13 and S14) - 4 sectors
Four consecutive finals (S11, S12, S13 and S14) - 5 sectors
Five consecutive finals or more (S10, S11, S12, S13, and S14) - 6 sectors
This flight earning/spending activity must be credited to the individual Flying Club Swinger's account by the close of the season at 0900 BST on Monday 25 September 2017. Only Flying Club miles earned by that individual member (by flying, using partners or purchasing miles for themselves), may qualify as a legitimate 'earning' or 'spending' transaction. Members travelling on a Reward flight or Miles Plus Money flight must have spent their own miles, and not be travelling on a flight paid for with another person's miles. Please note that competition prize flights awarded for travel to/from a previous Swingers final do not qualify.
Unless otherwise stated, in order to be eligible for any other competitions or prizes within Flying Club Swingers, Swingers must have taken a Virgin Atlantic Flying Club or Partner earning or spending activity during a rolling 12 month period working back from the date that the prize is awarded. In other words, Flying Club miles must be credited to their account at the time the prize is awarded.
What are the dates of Flying Club Swingers Season 13?
We will accept scores from rounds played on Saturday 5 December 2015 through to Sunday 21 August 2016. Swingers will have until 0900 on Monday 22 August 2016 to submit any outstanding scores. All scores must be submitted with verification within 28 days of the round unless otherwise stated.
You say scores have to be submitted within 28 days of the round, so why are you allowing scores from 5 December 2015 to be submitted?
In recognition of the amount of golf played in the southern hemisphere during December and January, we are allowing all Swingers to enter scores complete with verification from 5 December 2015 onwards for a limited period only once Season 13 launches.
In other words you have up to 0900 on Monday 4 April to submit any scores from 5 December 2015 onwards at which point all scores must again be submitted complete with verification within 28 days of the round taking place.
How do I earn golf league points and how do my scores get converted into points?
You earn golf league points by submitting rounds of golf played.
European Club Swingers can enter official qualifying individual club medals and Stableford scores.
European Fun Swingers can enter fun rounds with friends and non-official club competition scores verified by signed scorecards and green fee receipts.
US and ROW Club Swingers can enter strokeplay rounds but they must be able to be verified via GHIN, HNA or any other scoring website licensed by their National Golf Association.
Rest of the World Fun Swingers can enter stroke play rounds verified by signed scorecards and green fee receipts.
All Swingers can enter match play scores against other Swingers. Match play wins earn 2 points, whilst Match Play draws earn 1 point.
For all types of rounds listed above, if you score under par net in any round that earns you points. For instance, 4 under par net is 4 points, 2 under par net is 2 points and so on. Level par net is 0 points, whilst over par net rounds earn negative points. 3 over par net is -3 points, and 1 over par net is -1 points.
The leaderboard is based on your 6 best scores only although only 3 of those 6 scores can be Match Play scores.
For a full breakdown of the scoring process please see terms & conditions.
REGISTERING FOR SWINGERS
Shouldn’t my choice of region (Europe or Rest of the World) depend on my nationality?
No. If you were born outside of Europe but your Flying Club account is registered in Europe, you will need to register for Europe. Likewise, if you are European but your Flying Club account is registered elsewhere, you will need to register for the Rest of the World.
I’ve selected the Rest of the World as my chosen Swingers league and my Flying Club account is registered in the US; should I become a Club or a Fun Swinger?
Which section you register for depends on how you would like to verify your scores.
If you can verify all your scores through GHIN or any other scoring website licensed by the USGA you should register as a US Club Swinger.
If you prefer to verify your scores by sending in signed scorecards or via non official websites such as society websites, you should register as a ROW Fun Swinger. Please note there is no specific US Fun Swingers section.
Note all handicaps for ROW Fun Swingers are controlled by the organisers of Flying Club Swingers. If we feel the handicap you have selected does not reflect the scores you have submitted, you will be allocated a ‘Swingers’ handicap. This ‘Swingers’ handicap is based on the scores you submit to Flying Club Swingers and is continually updated throughout the Season.
I’ve selected the Rest of the World as my chosen Swingers league and my Flying Club account is registered outside the US, should I become a Club or a Fun Swinger?
Which section you register for depends partly on where you live and on how you would like to verify your scores.
If you can verify all your scores through a national golf association or club website licensed by the national golf association, you should register as a ROW Club Swinger. However if you live in the Caribbean and the verification site used is GHIN, you should register as a US Club Swinger.
If you prefer to verify your scores by sending in signed scorecards or via non official websites such as society websites, you should register as a ROW Fun Swinger.
Note all handicaps for ROW Fun Swingers are controlled by the organisers of Flying Club Swingers. If we feel the handicap you have selected does not reflect the scores you have submitted, you will be allocated a ‘Swingers’ handicap. This ‘Swingers’ handicap is based on the scores you submit to Flying Club Swingers and is continually updated throughout the Season.
Why do US Swingers have their own Club section, but other countries don’t?
The US Club Swingers leaderboards run according to the US handicapping system, and US Club Swingers will utilise their own handicap index and the relevant course handicaps. Although there is no all-encompassing handicap system for the other countries, for the first time this season, ROW Club Swingers will also use their own handicaps and daily handicaps where appropriate within their own leaderboards.
Are Australians, or South Africans at a disadvantage competing against each other in the same leaderboards this season?
For the first time, ROW Club Swingers will utilise their own handicaps and where appropriate daily handicaps when competing on the ROW Club leaderboards. 99% of our competing ROW Club Swingers are currently from South Africa and Australia. Arguably the two handicap systems these countries use are different, however after consultation with our current Swingers database, it was felt the benefits of being able to use their own official handicaps rather than Swingers handicaps outweighed the disadvantages caused by any differences in the handicap systems between the two countries.
I'm a Rest of the World Club Swinger, why can I no longer enter Stableford scores?
It was felt that as all National Association websites display gross scores or adjusted gross for every round, whether Stableford or not, there was no need to have a separate Stableford score submission form anymore.
I’ve selected Europe as my continent, should I become a Club Swinger or a Fun Swinger?
If you play in individual club competitions and therefore have an official handicap, it is advisable you register as a European Club Swinger. That way you can enter individual club competition scores – both Medal and Stableford as well as Match Play scores against other Swingers. All individual club competitions must be qualifying for handicapping purposes and therefore have a Competition Scratch Score (CSS). If in doubt check with your club.
If you only play for fun and don’t have an official handicap, you should register as a European Fun Swinger. That way you can enter Fun Rounds with mates and non-official club competition scores but also Match Play scores against other Swingers.
Can I register as a European Fun Swinger if I have an official handicap?
If you do not want to enter any official qualifying individual Club Competition scores but do want to enter Fun Scores, then it may be advisable to register as a European Fun Swinger even with an official handicap.
Please note however that as a European Fun Swinger, we may well provide you with a Swingers handicap based on the scores you enter, which will be updated throughout the Season using United Kingdom CONGU Unified Handicapping System. Therefore, it is possible that your European Fun Swingers handicap is different to your Official Handicap.
For further information on CONGU handicap rules please visit www.congu.com
Can I register as a European Club Swinger if I don’t have an official handicap?
Unfortunately not. European Club Swingers will be for players with official handicaps only.
If I register as a European Club Swinger, can I enter competition scores from a club outside of the UK?
As a European Club Swinger, you enter individual club competition scores from clubs in the UK and Eire affiliated to England Golf. You can only enter club competition scores from clubs outside of the UK which are affiliated to England Golf. We will require proof of any such affiliation. You can of course enter match play scores from outside of the UK.
I live in mainland Europe, should I register as a European Club Swinger or European Fun Swinger?
If you live in mainland Europe and your club is not affiliated to England Golf, we recommend that you register as a Fun Swinger. That way, you can still enter your scores from club competitions as long as you enter the gross strokes score. If the round was a Stableford, you will need to work out the gross strokes for each hole. Where you had a ‘No Score’ on any particular hole, this should be recorded as a 9. Please note that as a European Fun Swinger, your handicap will be controlled by the organisers of Flying Club Swingers.
Can I change which League I enter – US Club Swingers, Rest of the World Club Swingers, Rest of the World Fun Swingers, European Club Swingers or European Fun Swingers during the course of the Season?
Although you have to confirm whether you are a European or ROW Swinger on registration, you do not have to decide whether you are Club or Fun Swinger until you submit your first score of the season.
Note if you have registered as a ROW Swinger, and have a registered Flying Club account in the US (or live in the Caribbean and use the GHIN score verification system), should you choose to be a Club Swinger, you will need to choose the US Club Swingers section on entering your first score. If you choose to be a Fun Swinger you will be placed in the ROW Fun Swingers section.
Once you have submitted your first score, you cannot then change the league you have chosen. If you are an existing Swinger from Season 12 and need to change from Europe to ROW or vise versa due to a relocation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before submitting any scores.
Why do I have to complete a registration form and what is the information I provide used for?
Although you are already registered as a Flying Club member, we need you to provide us with information which is essential to the successful running of Flying Club Swingers. Your contact telephone number is only used should we need to get hold of you with any important queries. Your email address is used for sending out our monthly Flying Club Swingers newsletter and any other Flying Club Swingers news or communication.
We do not pass on any of your details on to third parties.
Why have I not been allocated a Swingers handicap?
If you are a European or ROW Fun Swinger, you will be allocated a Swingers handicap once you have submitted a score or several scores which justify a reduction from the handicap you have originally used in your score submission(s). Until such time you should continue to use the handicap you have been submitting scores with.
With Europe, the US and the ROW all using different handicap rules, how can Swingers be a fair competition?
During the league season, with the exception of the ROW, Swingers are only competing against other Swingers in their own leaderboard and everyone in that leaderboard is competing using the same handicap rules. It is only at the final where Swingers from all the different leaderboards compete together at which point they will compete using either their own official handicap or Swingers handicap if they do not have an official handicap.
The rules of the final will be published in advance for all Swingers lucky enough to have quallfied. These rules take into account the finalists who have qualified to ensure a fair and competitive contest between Swingers from all over the world.
Obviously, this season we have made some changes to the ROW Club leaderboards and now allow our ROW Club Swingers to use their handicaps and daily handicaps where applicable. 99% of our competing ROW Club Swingers are currently from South Africa and Australia. Arguably the two handicap systems these countries use are different, however after consultation with our current Swingers database, it was felt the benefits of being able to use their own official handicaps rather than Swingers handicaps outweighed the disadvantages caused by any differences in the handicap systems between the two countries.
I’m a Europe or ROW Fun Swinger, how does the UK Handicapping System work?
For each score you enter you will be asked to submit the gross score (number of total strokes taken), the par of the course and your handicap. The following calculation is then made to work out your golf league points. Gross strokes minus handicap = net score. Par minus net score = golf league points.
Positive Golf League Point Scores
For instance, if I score a 76 gross and my handicap is 8, my net score is 68. If the par of the course is 72, I have scored 4 golf league points (4 under par).
Given this, the following table will determine how your Swingers handicap will be amended based on this score of 4 golf league points.
The maximum handicap we allow for the Flying Club Swingers Golf League for men is 28 and the maximum handicap for ladies is 36.
The table below shows the handicap ranges in each category and the deduction in handicap for each golf league point scored.
Category 1 Handicap range 0.1 – 5.4 Deduction for each point scored 0.1
Category 2 Handicap range 5.5 – 12.4 Deduction for each point scored 0.2
Category 3 Handicap range 12.5 – 20.4 Deduction for each point scored 0.3
Category 4 Handicap range 20.5 – 28.4 Deduction for each point scored 0.4
Category 5 Handicap range over 28.5 Deduction for each point scored 0.5
Therefore if my handicap is currently 8, and I score 4 league points, my new handicap will be 8 minus 4 x 0.2 equals 7.2. Please note for rounds played all handicaps are rounded up or down where appropriate. Therefore my new playing handicap is 7.
This season, we are also introducing the Exceptional Score Rule which is also a key element of the UK handicapping system.
In other words, where a Fun Swinger submits two scores of 4 points or more, their handicap will be adjusted in addition to the normal handicap adjustment depending on the total number of points scored, and the number of other scores submitted in between those two ‘exceptional’ rounds.
Every time a Fun Swinger then achieves another two of those scores (4 points or more) another additional reduction will be made.
The reductions are based on the following table:
Average of the 2 scores Number of scores submitted betwee the 2 'exceptional' scores
4 or fewer 5 to 9 10 or more
4 to 5pts 1 shot reduction 0.5 shot reduction No change
5.5 tp 9.5pts 2 shot reduction 1 shot reduction 0.5 shot reduction
10 or more pts 3 shot reduction 2 shot reduction 2 shot reduction
Negative Point Scores
If I score negative points, a net score above par, my handicap is only increased by point 0.1 per round if my score is outside of the buffer zone stipulated for that handicap to be increased.
The buffer zones for each category are as follows:
Category 1 Handicap range 0.1 – 5.4 Increase handicap by 0.1 for all scores 2 over net par and above
Category 2 Handicap range 5.5 – 12.4 Increase handicap by 0.1 for all scores 3 over net par and above
Category 3 Handicap range 12.5 – 20.4 Increase handicap by 0.1 for all scores 4 over net par and above
Category 4 Handicap range 20.5 – 28.4 Increase handicap by 0.1 for all scores 5 over net par and above
Category 5 Handicap range over 28.5 Increase handicap by 0.1 for all scores 6 over net par and above
For instance, if with my new handicap of 7.2, I then score a gross 83 my net score is 76. If the par of the course is still 72, I have scored – 4 golf league points, four over par. Given this is outside by buffer zone, my new handicap would be 7.3 an increase of just 0.1.
However if with my new handicap of 7.2, I score a gross 81, my net score is 74. If the par of the course is still 72, I have scored -2 golf league points, two over par. Given this is still within my buffer zone, my handicap does not increase at all.
Isn’t the Exceptional Score Rule a bit unfair on Fun Swingers who have a great round?
Rather than seeing the Exceptional Score Rule (ESR) as an extra penalty for a good round, we see it as the final part of full compliance of our Swingers handicap system with the CONGU handicapping system.
It enables us to provide much fairer leaderboards where great scores are still rewarded but not to the extent that they can give a Swinger an unassailable lead on the leaderboards within 3 or 4 rounds.This is particularly crucial in Fun Swingers, where rounds tend not to be played under competition conditions and arguably we see a greater number of big points in one or more rounds.
I notice all Club sections are split according to handicap but not Fun sections, why is this?
All European Club Swingers are split into one of 3 divisions depending on your handicap at the time of your first score. The 3 divisions are 0-9, 10-19 and 20+. This is to ensure that golfers of a similar standard get to compete fairly against each other during the course of the season.
Due to smaller numbers, both ROW Club and ROW US Club Swingers are each split into one of 2 divisions depending on your handicap at the time of your first score. The 2 divisions are 0-12, 13+.
Due to the smaller number of Fun Swingers competing, all European Fun Swingers will compete together in one leaderboard and all ROW Fun Swingers will compete together in one leaderboard.
I am a Club Swinger, how will I know which handicap division I will be in?
Whatever your official club handicap or handicap index is at the time of your first score will determine which division you compete in. For instance if you are a Europe Club Swinger and your handicap is 8, you will compete in the 0-9 division; if your handicap is 25 you will compete in the 20+ division.
To ensure consistency amongst the leagues and their divisions across the season, Swingers will not change divisions even if they handicap drops to a lower handicap. Therefore if you are a US Club Swinger and your handicap starts at 15, but drops to 9, you will still compete in the 13+ division throughout the season.
I have entered some scores and you have told me my handicap has been cut. How can that be possible?
As a European Club Swinger, handicapping is controlled by your Club as all competition scores are verified by them. As a ROW or US Club Swinger, handicapping is controlled by your national golf association through their licensed score administrator (e.g. GHIN in the US).
To ensure that Europe and ROW Fun Swingers are also credible competitions and to ensure that it is fair for all players, we verify scores and in turn we control handicaps.
Therefore if you enter a score which we deem is better than your current handicap suggests, we will adjust your handicap using the same CONGU rules used by UK clubs. However once your handicap has been adjusted by us, we will then constantly monitor every score you enter to ensure your handicap remains fair (in other words it may go down further or it may go up again).
If I make the final, will I have to use the Swingers handicap allocated to me?
If you qualify for the final as a Europe or ROW Fun Swinger you will use your Swingers handicap for the final.
What is the maximum Swingers handicap I can play off?
For men, the maximum Swingers handicap is 28, for ladies it is 36.
If I played as a Europe or ROW Fun Swinger in Season 12, can I choose my starting handicap for this season?
If you were a Season 12 Europe or ROW Fun Swinger, your starting Swingers handicap for Season 13 will be the exact Swingers handicap following your last score submitted in Season 12. In other words if your finishing Swingers handicap was 12.6 (13) last season, the starting handicap for the first score you submit this season will be 12.6 (13).
RECOMMEND A FRIEND AND MINI LEAGUES
My friends would like to become Flying Club Swingers, what should I tell them?
Simply go to Recommend a Friend, submit their email address and we will send them details of Flying Club Swingers. What's more, if they decide to join and enter a valid score, you will receive 3 bonus points assuming you have also entered a valid score.
I recommended a friend to Flying Club Swingers, they have joined and submitted a valid score, but I have not received any bonus points?
When you recommend a friend to Swingers through the ‘Recommend a Friend’ form, it is essential that that friend registers to Swingers using exactly the same email address as the email address you submitted on the form. If the email address differs at all, then the system will not recognise it and will not award you bonus points. In these circumstances, we are unable to manually provide bonus points.
Also, if you recommend a friend who was previously a registered Swinger in Season 12, you will not be awarded bonus points.
I would like to set up a mini-league, who will be able to see it?
The mini league is private to you and the Swingers you invite to join it. It will only be viewable by a member of your mini-league when they log into Flying Club Swingers.
Can I invite friends who are not Swingers to join my mini-league?
Yes you can, but they will be asked to join Virgin Atlantic Flying Club and Swingers before being able to join your mini-league.
Any request to a non-Swinger will generate a Recommend a Friend email, and once they register for Flying Club and Swingers they will then be prompted to join your league if they wish.
Why am I limited to sending out 100 email invites to my mini-league?
This is to avoid the mini-league process being used by SPAM engines.
Can my mini-league include Swingers from all leaderboards?
Absolutely, your mini league is based on the points awarded in each participant’s main Swingers league (e.g. US Club, ROW Club, ROW Fun, European Club and European Fun leagues). Therefore if you have Player A with 6 golf league points on the European Club leaderboard and Player B with 7 golf league points on the ROW Club leaderboard, your mini-league will show Player B above Player A.
Do I receive any prizes for the winner of my mini-league?
Unfortunately not. The mini league is private to you and your fellow mini-league members but you are welcome to organise your own prizes if you wish!
You will also receive 1 bonus point if your league contains 4 or more fellow Swingers.
I’m a European Club Swinger, why are you asking me to provide verification for my club scores?
To speed up the verification process, we are giving European Club Swingers the opportunity when entering a score to submit a URL listing the official competition results (e.g. on the club website) or provide email contact details for their handicap secretary. Alternatively the European Club Swinger can send a screen grab of the official results sheet to us. Importantly the player’s handicap, gross score and the CSS must be clearly shown.
We will continue to verify directly with the clubs and through other score listing sites where necessary, but the final responsibility for verification within 28 days of the round will lie with the European Club Swinger.
I’m a ROW Club or US Club Swinger, why do you need me to provide you with details of an official golf association or club website listing my scores?
To differentiate between those ROW and US Swingers who like to verify scores through sites such as Handiaps Network Africa in South Africa, and those who prefer to send in their own scorecard, we split ROW Swingers between Club and Fun Swingers. To be a member of ROW or US Club Swingers, you must verify your scores by sending us your GHIN number (US Club Swingers only) or a URL which lists your score detail, together with any ID number so we can verify your score officially.
I’m a Fun Swinger (Europe or ROW), why do I need to submit a copy of my scorecard together with a copy of my green fee ticket or membership ID number?
To maintain the credibility of the competition, we have to ensure that all scores can be verified, even for casual golfers.
For fun rounds, the only way we can verify the score is by checking your scorecard and importantly the signature of your playing partner who has confirmed your score is indeed correct.
In addition, as a safeguard to anyone just filling out a blank scorecard, we also ask that all Fun Swingers send through proof of their round – i.e. a dated green fee ticket/receipt or if they are a member at the club played, details of their membership number.
It is your responsibility to remember to send the card and green fee ticket/receipt or membership ID number to us within 28 days of the round. This can be emailed or posted using the contact details on the Contact Us page.
I’ve entered a Match Play score, what do I need to send through to get the score verified?
If you have submitted a Match Play score, you will need to send through a copy of your scorecard with the match score clearly marked together with the signature of your opponent confirming that the score marked is indeed correct.
Why does my score have to be entered and verified within 28 days of my round?
By setting the submission date at 28 days max, it allows us to keep the leaderboards as up to date and as accurate as possible, and avoids Swingers stockpiling scores until the end of the Season.
Why does my score have an asterix marked next to it on the screen?
If you are a European Club Swinger and your score is worth 1 or more points, we need to verify it.
Likewise all other scores whether you are a European Fun Swinger or a ROW or US Club Swinger, or just entering a Match Play require verification.
Until we receive verification from either the club or yourself, the score will be marked with an asterix. It is your responsibility to remember to send that verification to us within 28 days of the round.
My score was marked with an asterix but now it has disappeared?
If we find out that a score requiring verification is incorrect, or if you have failed to send in verification within 28 days of the score having taking place, your score will be deleted.
I have entered a score but it is not showing on the Leaderboard or in my golf league points total. Why?
If any score is worth 7 golf league points or more, it will not be shown until we have checked it is valid.
If you enter a score worth less than 7 golf league points and it is not showing, make sure you have entered all the mandatory fields correctly.
I have entered a new score, but my points total has not changed. Why?
If the score you have entered is not one of your top six best scores, it will not count towards your points total. Likewise, if your score is your fourth or more match play submitted and not better than your best 3 match play scores, it will not count. Your top six best scores can only include a maximum 3 match play scores.
I have entered four scores but have been told I do not qualify for the final?
All Swingers must enter a minimum six valid scores to be eligible for final qualification.
If I enter 6 match plays can I qualify for the final?
Unfortunately not. Only a maximum 3 match play scores can count to your overall Golf League Points total. Therefore if you’ve entered 6 match plays and no other types of round, your Golf League Points total will only consist of your 3 best match play rounds, and you will have been deemed not to have entered the necessary 6 qualifying scores required for Final qualification.
I'm a European Club Swinger and have entered a club competition score but I have been told it is not valid, why is this?
If you enter a club competition score which is not from an official individual club competition - i.e. it doesn't qualify for handicapping purposes and does not have a confirmed CSS, it will not be accepted. Club competitions such as 'roll-ups', friendlies and pro-ams will fall into this category. All club competitions must be individual competitions. If you are in doubt as to whether your competition is an official individual competition, please check with your club. An individual qualifying competition score will always have a Competition Scratch Score (CSS).
I’m a European Club Swinger, can I enter Open competition scores?
Yes. CONGU registered Open events which are individual competitions and qualifying for handicap purposes can be accepted. It is the responsibility of the Player to provide all the necessary verification details required including confirmation of CSS.
Why can I not enter Club Match Play competition scores?
Unfortunately we only allow Match Play scores against other Swingers to be entered into our League. This is to encourage Swingers to meet and play golf together therefore making Flying Club Swingers a true golfing community.
Can I enter Match Plays against multiple opponents in my fourball?
No, you are not able to enter multiple match plays from the same round. In other words, you can only submit one match play score per round played, although that one match play can be played within a fourball.
Can I enter a Match Play and then also enter a Stroke play or Fun score from the same round?
No only 1 score submission can be made per round. Therefore you cannot submit a score as a Match Play and then also submit it in another submission category. You will need to choose what category to submit that round in.
CORPORATE/SOCIETY SCORES, 9 HOLE ROUNDS AND MINIMUM COURSE PARS
Can I enter a Corporate/Society Score?
You cannot enter Corporate/Society Scores to count towards your total golf league points. You can however submit your Corporate/Society scorecards in the Bonus Points Category and each scorecard received will earn you 1 bonus point.
Please note for a Society Day score to be deemed acceptable for Bonus Points, the Society Day should consist of 12 or more participants. We must also receive the card within 28 days of the round being played.
You will be allowed to enter a maximum 10 corporate/society scores across the season.
If Corporate/Society Scores cannot count towards your Golf League points, why do I see Virgin Society day scores and Flying Club Gold member days scores on Swingers profiles?
Although we do not accept Corporate/Society day scores in general, any Swinger who plays in a Swingers Society day or a Flying Club Gold Members day will have their scores automatically added to their Golf League profile.
As we are running these events ourselves and calculating a CSS, and also as we are checking all handicap certificates ourselves or determining the handicap that Fun Swingers play off, we believe these rounds should be accepted.
Can I enter a score from a 9 hole round?
Unfortunately 9 hole rounds are not acceptable unless submitted as a Match Play score. All Swingers can enter 9 hole Match Play scores. You can however submit 9 hole rounds in the Bonus Point Category and each scorecard will earn you 1 bonus point.
Please note for a 9 hole round to be deemed acceptable for Bonus Points, we must receive the card within 28 days of the round being played.
You will be allowed to enter a maximum 10 nine hole rounds across the season.
Can I enter a score from an 18 hole par 3 course or any other course with a low par?
Rounds played on Par 3 courses whether 9 or 18 holes are not accepted, although again they can be submitted as a Match Play score.
Indeed, the minimum par allowed for score submission purposes is 65. Therefore any round played on a course with a par of 64 or less will not be accepted.
Again, you can submit rounds from courses with low pars in the Bonus Points Category and each scorecard will earn you 1 bonus point.
Please note for a round from a course with a low par to be deemed acceptable for Bonus Points, we must receive the card within 28 days of the round being played.
You will be allowed to enter a maximum 10 rounds from course with low pars across the season
Is it worth me collecting bonus points?
Absolutely! If you are level on golf league points at the end of the season, your league position will be based on the number of bonus points obtained.
Is it true there are lots of different ways to earn bonus points?
Absolutely! You can earn bonus points for everything from submitting a photo on your profile to playing an overseas Swinger on a Virgin Atlantic trip.
For a full list of how to earn bonus points click here
Why are some of the bonus points available limited?
Although you can earn bonus points for corporate/society scores, 9 hole rounds, scores from courses with low pars, discussion comments/threads, course reviews, photo competition entries, golfing achievements and ‘Good for Golf’ nominations we limit the maximum number of bonus points earnt for each of these categories to 10. Bonus points for top 5s are limited to a maximum 15. This is because we feel playing on a Virgin Atlantic trip or playing against an overseas Swinger on a Virgin Atlantic trip should always be rewarded more, given the additional efforts made to earn those bonus points.
Why should I keep entering scores even if I can't better my best six scores?
If scores and bonus points are tied at the end of the Season, your league position will be based on the number of valid scores you have entered.
What happens if I am tied with another Swinger at the end of the Season on both points scored, bonus points and number of valid scored entered?
If you are tied at the end of the Season on points scored, bonus points and number of valid scores entered, your league position will be determined by the first valid score submitted. For example if Player A scored a 6 point round and Player B scored a 4 point round, Player A would be placed above Player B in the league table.
SWINGERS AROUND THE WORLD
How can I find other Swingers to play against?
Simply go to Swingers around the World, choose the area you want to search under and submit. You will be presented with a map of that area which will highlight players in that area. By zooming in and clicking on their markers you can view their player profiles and assuming that they have selected to be contactable for Match Play, you can submit them a message. Messages appear in the top right hand corner when logged in, and you are also sent an email notification.
If you are still struggling to find other Swingers to play against, try adding a request on the discussion board.
Please note, Match Play wins will be awarded two points and drawn/halved matches will result in each Swinger being awarded 1 point each. Your six best scores can include a maximum 3 match play results.
Can I play Swingers from other leagues and will my score count?
Absolutely! You can play Swingers from any league and any part of the world and your match score will count towards your leaderboard position (if one of your three best match play scores). You can only play the same Swinger twice however.
How is the Bi-monthly Best Player Award chosen?
Every two months of the season the organisers will select the Swinger who we think has either improved most over that period or who have entered the best score or the best selection of scores.
Can anyone win the Player of the Season Award?
The Player of the Season award will be open to all Swingers, both in Europe, the US and the Rest of the World. One winner will be chosen by the organisers for their performance and loyalty during Season 13. The winner will have been expected to have taken the necessary qualifying flights required to be eligible for the Final.
How is the Roll of Honour prize awarded?
Each month the organisers will select one player who has uploaded to their profile what the organisers believe is a worthy golf achievement (outside of Swingers) from the current season’s timeframe.
Why has my entry in the Shot in a Million competition been rejected?
We have to be able to verify that your hole-in-one is correct. We can only do this if the golf club at which the hole-in-one takes place sends confirmation on club headed paper and we also receive a copy of the signed card.
How can I enter the golf photography competition?
Please enter the photo through the Photo Competition page. You will receive confirmation of whether you have been successful or not.
How can I enter the Swingers Predictions competition?
On the Swingers Predictions page, you will be able to select one player for each of the 15 tournaments within the competition. This should be the player that you think will win each tournament.
If your player wins the tournament, you will be entered into a draw along with the other Swingers who chose that player, to win a Virgin Atlantic Cleveland Golf wedge. Of course, if you choose a popular player like Rory, it’s likely that if he wins, there will be quite a few Swingers in the draw. If you take a chance and go for an outsider, there will be less Swingers in the draw or potentially you might be the only one thus guaranteeing you a prize!
I’ve selected my 15 choices for the Swingers Prediction competition, but can I change them?
Yes, you can change your choices right up to when we close the competition which will be the day before each tournament starts. Therefore if your original choice gets injured, or loses form, you can select another!
I’ve submitted a question for the ‘Ask the Pro’ feature, why has my question not featured?
Unfortunately only one question per month can be answered by our pros. They will answer the question which they feel will provide the most benefit and interest for Swingers, and that questioner chosen by the Pro will receive a gift.
If your questions wasn’t selected one month, it may well be selected for another month.
How does the Top 5’s Competition work?
Each month we will choose one Swinger who’s Top 5 courses, golfing destinations or golfers has caught our eye and award them a Cleveland wedge. You can submit your Top 5's through your profile page.
If I nominate someone for the Swingers ‘Good for Golf’ award, does that person have to be a Flying Club member in order to qualify for the prize?
No, you can nominate any one for the Swingers ‘Good for Golf’ award, as long as they have done something good for the game of golf or provided exceptional service within golf. There is no obligation for them to become a Flying Club Swinger or even a Flying Club member.
However, if that person wins the ‘Good for Golf’ award, you will only receive the nominator award (£100 of Stewart Golf vouchers) should you have taken a Virgin Atlantic Flying Club or Partner earning or spending activity during a rolling 12 month period working back from the date that the prize is awarded.
Please note each nomination will earn you 2 bonus points (subject to a maximum of 10 bonus points during the season) although you have to submit an image of the person nominated. See Earn Bonus Points for details.
How can I maximise my chances of being made a Cleveland Golf and Srixon Swingers Ambassador?
Any Swinger can apply to be an Ambassador by emailing us the reasons why we should pick them. To maximise your chances, you need to be both a regular Swinger and ideally active on twitter as the key to being an Ambassador is the ability to promote the brands across all areas.
I’m a previous Ambassador, but this year’s prize is so good, I want to enter again! Is that possible?
You are very welcome to enter again, however priority will be given to Swingers who have not yet had the opportunity to take on the Ambassador’s role.
I have entered numerous photos, Swingers Predictions, and other competitions and feel I should be selected for a prize but I never win anything!?
Unless otherwise stated, in order to be eligible for any competitions or prizes within Flying Club Swingers (excluding the final and leaderboard prizes) Swingers must have taken a Virgin Atlantic Flying Club or Partner earning or spending activity during a rolling 12 month period working back from the date that the prize is awarded.
In other words, Flying Club miles must be credited to their account at the time the prize is awarded. Prize flights awarded to Team Europe finalists to South Carolina in November 2015 do not qualify as an earning activity.
See terms & conditions for more details.
I would like to book a space on one of the Swingers Society days. Why is there a fee for this?
Many Swingers have indicated that they would like to have the opportunity to get together and play some competitive golf.
These are non-profit events subsidised by Virgin Atlantic and the fee is designed to cover all costs associated with each day including but not limited to green fees, catering and management.
QUALIFICATION FOR THE FINAL
Why are there only 11 Europe Swingers and 11 ROW Swingers qualifying for the Final ?
This summer, the Swinger with the best aggregate score from any two UK Society days will qualify directly for the S13 Final and become the first confirmed member of Team Europe. Likewise the US Swinger with the best score from the US day will qualify directly for the S13 Final as well and become the first confirmed member of Team ROW. The remaining 11 spaces in each team will be distributed amongst the top placed Swingers across the leaderboards.
Qualification direct from any society or US day is subject to terms and conditions.
How can I qualify directly from the UK Society days when the last Society day is just 6 days prior to the Final?
This year’s final is taking place from Monday 19 to Friday 23 September 2016. If you qualify from the UK society days, following the last day on Tuesday 13 September, you will be given until 09:00 on Wednesday 14 September to confirm your space and full passport details.
If you are in with a realistic chance of qualifying following the second society day in May, you should plan ahead and consider the possibility that you might win a spot to the final, and therefore prepare for the eventuality that you might be away the whole of the following week. Unfortunately, due to the very tight timelines this season, we cannot delay the decision beyond 0900 on Wednesday 14 September.
When will I know how many Club Swingers and Fun Swingers will make up both the European and ROW team at the final?
The 12 European Team Final places will be made up of 1 Flying Club Swinger qualifying direct from our UK Society days, a minimum 3 Swingers from Europe Club Division 1 and 8 Swingers from a combination of the other European leaderboards – the split between divisions is based on the number of active members in each league/division on Friday 29 July 2016. You can view the final split here
The 12 ROW Team Final places will be made up of 1 Flying Club Swinger qualifying direct from the US day, a minimum 3 Swingers from US Club Division 1, a minimum 3 Swingers from ROW Club Division 1, and 5 Swingers from a combination of the other ROW/US leaderboards – the split between divisions is based on the number of active members in each league/division on Friday 29 July 2016. You can view the final split here
If I am in a qualifying position on the leaderboard at the end of the Season, do I automatically win a place in the final?
Any Flying Club member can register for, and take part in Swingers and enjoy the thrill of entering scores, meeting and playing other Swingers and climbing the leaderboard. However, please be aware that in order to qualify for the Season 13 Final, each individual Flying Club Swinger must have completed a minimum amount of flight activity between the dates of 29 September 2015 and Monday 22 August 2016.
This flight activity can include Virgin Atlantic Reward Flights and Miles Plus Money flights, together with Codeshare flights (marketed by Virgin Atlantic, but operated by Delta Air Lines - using a VS flight prefix) between 29 September 2015 and Monday 22 August 2016 (Where Flying Club miles are the elected FFP earning currency).
The minimum amount of flight activity required depends on the number of consecutive final events you have attended. Please note one sector is classed as one long haul outward/outbound or inward/inbound flight as described above, or in simple terms a one way flight, whilst a return flight is classed as two sectors.
The requirements are as follows:
No consecutive finals (just S13) - 2 sectors
Two consecutive finals (S12 and S13) - 3 sectors
Three consecutive finals (S11, S12 and S13) - 4 sectors
Four consecutive finals or more (S10, S11, S12 and S13) - 5 sectors
This flight earning/spending activity must be credited to the individual Flying Club Swinger's account by the close of the season at 0900 BST on Monday 22 August 2016. Only Flying Club miles earned by that individual member (by flying, using partners or purchasing miles for themselves), may qualify as a legitimate 'earning' or 'spending' transaction. Members travelling on a Reward flight or Miles Plus Money flight must have spent their own miles, and not be travelling on a flight paid for with another person's miles. Please note that competition prize flights awarded for travel to/from a previous Swingers final do not qualify.
Please refer to the full terms and conditions here
If I am in a qualifying position on the leaderboard at the end of the Season, but have not taken a flight do I get the opportunity to purchase a flight then?
Unfortunately not, in order to qualify for the Final, all Swingers must have completed all their qualifying flights between 29th September 2015 and 22nd August 2016.
If I am lucky enough to qualify to represent Europe or the Rest of the World will there be any costs involved?
As a European qualifier, you will receive return economy flights from London Heathrow to Johannesburg, transfers to the venue, 4 nights accommodation, excursions, breakfast, lunch and dinner, beverages during functions and four rounds of golf.
As a Rest of the World qualifier, you will be provided with return economy flights to Johannesburg from your nearest Virgin Atlantic serviced airport, transfers to the venue, 4 nights accommodation, excursions, breakfast, lunch and dinner, beverages during functions and four rounds of golf.
Please note all Swingers living in a country/area not serviced by Virgin Atlantic will be expected to fund their own travel to their nearest Virgin Atlantic serviced airport.
Travel to and from your departure airport is also at the qualifier’s expense.
Any purchases from the golf club or hotel’s shops, additional food or drink or any room incidentals (to include but not limited to mini bar, telephone calls, room service, pay per view movies) will be payable by the qualifier.
If I just miss out on qualification for the final, are there other prizes on offer?
Prizes will be awarded to a number of Swingers on each leaderboard who have just missed out on a place in the final, assuming they have Virgin Atlantic Flying Club or Partner earning or spending activity on their Flying Club accounts during a rolling 12 month period working back from the date the prize was awarded. All prize winners must have entered the minimum 6 scores required.
What prizes are on offer in each leaderboard?
Details of what prizes are on offer will be announced at the end of the season.
DISCUSSION BOARD & COURSE REVIEWS
I have submitted a discussion board thread/comment, and it has been removed?
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Please note each comment or thread will earn you 1 bonus point (subject to a maximum of 10 bonus points for comments and 10 bonus points for threads during the season) See Earn Bonus Points for details.
I want to submit a course review from a venue not in a Virgin Atlantic destination?
This is fine; we accept reviews from anywhere in the world. Just follow the instructions on Course Reviews.
Please note each review will earn you 1 bonus point (subject to a maximum of 10 bonus points). See Earn Bonus Points for details.
I’m one of the first 150 European/Rest of the World Swingers to enter six valid scores. Do I have to have taken a Virgin Atlanitc activity or partner activity within the last 12 months to earn a goody bag?
No, all Flying Club Swingers are eligible for goody bags if they get their first six scores submitted and verified in time. We hope this will then encourage you to fly with Virgin Atlantic and thus qualify for the final at the end of the season!
How can I take my 'Golf Clubs for free' on Virgin Atlantic flights?
Virgin Atlantic have announced changes to their 'Golf Clubs travel free' policy.
For travel after 31 August 2016, only registered Flying Club Swingers will be able to take their golf bags without charge on Virgin Atlantic flights. In order to prove you are a Flying Club Swinger, you will need to take a print out of your Swingers profile page, 'to the airport check in or show your profile via your mobile device at check in. We therefore highly recommend that if you haven't already done so you add a profile picture to your profile page before travel.
What does ‘Approved by the R&A for the payment of expenses’ mean?
This year’s event has R&A approval for the payment of expenses. This means that any club player can feel confident knowing that even if they win a place in the final and all prizes on offer, their amateur status is not at risk.
What sponsorship opportunities are there for next Season?
To enquire about sponsorship for Season 14, please contact email@example.com or call 0044 1489 583322.
Can I make a suggestion for Season 14?
Absolutely, we welcome all suggestions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
None of these FAQs have answered my query?
Please feel free to drop us a line at email@example.com or call 0044 1489 583322.