Rules & Regulations

For the Japan Hickory Open Golf Championship

Based on the WHO World Hickory Open Golf Championship

Permitted Clubs

• ORIGINAL HICKORY GOLF CLUBS:
Original golf club heads which were made prior to 1935

• REISSUE HICKORY GOLF CLUBS:
Reissues of golf club heads which were made prior to 1935
Currently approved club makers are; St Andrews Golf Co and Tad Moore Hickory Classics. If you are a maker and you wish to be added to this list of approved makers please contact us at 0267-42-4413.

• 1935 CLUBS:
Golf club heads that were made in 1935 and, at the time of product release, were fitted with both hickory and steel shafts. We allow these 1935 clubs if they are fitted with hickory shafts.

Permitted Golf Balls

• ORIGINAL HICKORY GOLF BALLS:
Original golf club balls which were made prior to 1935

• REISSUE HICKORY GOLF BALLS:
Reissues of golf club balls which were made prior to 1935
Currently approved ball makers are; McIntyre Golf Company. If you are a maker and you wish to be added to this list of approved makers please contact us at 0267-42-4413.

The World Hickory Open Championship Committee representatives in Japan, Cuthbert & Co, will be the sole judge as to which clubs and balls are permitted at the Japan Hickory Open Championship events and their decision will be final.

Handicaps

Many of the players will not have played hickory golf before and therefore, do not have hickory handicaps. We will follow the British Golf Collectors Society handicap conversion rules. Japan Handicaps will be adjusted as follows.

1: Professionals- no shots added, play of scratch

2: Add 3 shots for scratch to 3 handicap

3: Add 4 shots for 4-8 handicap

4: Add 5 shots for 9-14 handicap

5: Add 6 shots for 15-20 handicap

The maximum Japan Handicap is 18 for men. Therefore, the maximum adjustment is + 6 for a Hickory Handicap of 24.

6: Add 7 shots for 21 handicap upwards.

The maximum Japan Handicap is 24 for ladies. Therefore, the maximum adjustment is + 7 for a Hickory Handicap of 31.

This is designed for all new and experienced hickory golfers to enjoy playing hickory golf.

If you have any questions please call Cuthbert & Co at 0267-42-4413.

Cuthbert & Co is the Japan representative for the World Hickory Open Championship.