2024 Couples Fall Golf Tournament Package

The Pompano Beach Club will be hosting its 19th Annual Couples Fall Golf Classic from Sunday October 1st – Saturday October 7th, 2023 and it will once again be sponsored by Gosling's Rum.   The event has proven to be very popular, with recent fall season couples tournaments having attracted the following number of participants:

  • 2011: 48 couples
  • 2012: 42 couples
  • 2013: 58 couples
  • 2014: 44 couples
  • 2015: 39 couples
  • 2016: 43 couples
  • 2017: 38 couples
  • 2018: 54 couples
  • 2019: 49 couples
  • 2020: cancelled due to the pandemic
  • 2021: 19 couples (low participation due to the pandemic!)
  • 2022: 66 couples
  • 2023: 68 couples

TOURNAMENT UPDATE: As of February 23rd, 69 couples have signed up to play in this fall's event. Please call the resort's room reservations manager, Stacy Haller, at 1-800-343-4155 (toll-free from the U.S. and Canada) if you'd like to participate in the October 2024 couples tournament.


TOURNAMENT FORMAT :

The Pompano Beach Club will be hosting its 20th Annual Couples Fall Golf Classic from October 13th - 19th, 2024.  Tournament slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Participants maximum handicap: ladies 36, gentlemen 24 (team handicap will be half of the two combined handicaps).  Proof of handicap index is required upon registration.  Handicaps will be used in all four tournament rounds.
  • Rules of the Royal and Ancient Club of St. Andrews and the United States Golf Association will apply.
  • The event consists of four individual tournament rounds, with golf to take place at three of Bermuda’s top courses – Port Royal, Tucker's Point and Belmont Hills.
  • All participants will be split into four different flights (the couples with the lowest combined net handicaps will be matched up against each other in the “Dark n’ Stormy flight”, the couples with the next lowest combined net handicaps will be matched up against each other in the "Rum Swizzle" flight, the couples with the next lowest combined net handicaps will be in the "Yellowbird" flight and all remaining couples will be in the "Pina Colada" flight.  The flights are named after four of Bermuda’s most popular 19th hole cocktails!
  • Golf course line-up:  rounds one and two will take place at Tucker's Point and Port Royal golf courses.   Rounds three and four will be played at Belmont Hills and Port Royal golf courses.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the overall low gross tournament winners (one couple from each flight) and to the low net tournament winners (one couple from each flight), as well as to the low net winners of each tournament round (one couple from each flight).
  • Longest drive and closest to the pin contests for the ladies and men in each flight will be held on each of the tournament days.
  • The golf tournament will be run by Port Royal's Assistant Golf Pro, Andrew Trott-Francis.
  • In the event of a tie for first place overall, USGA tie-breaker rules will determine the winner.

INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT ROUNDS

  1. The tournament’s first round will have the Dark n' Stormy and Rum Swizzle flights playing a modified best ball format at Tucker's Point Golf Course, while the Yellowbird and Pina Colada flights play a two-person scramble format at Port Royal Golf Course.  
  2. The tournament's second round will have the Yellowbird and Pina Colada flights playing a modified best ball format at Tucker's Point Golf Course, while the Dark n' Stormy and Rum Swizzle flights play a two-person scramble format at Port Royal Golf Course.
  3. The tournament's third round will have the Dark n' Stormy and Rum Swizzle flights playing a best ball format at Belmont Hills Golf Course, while the Yellowbird and Pina Colada flights play a modified best ball format at Port Royal Golf Course.
  4. The tournament's final round will have the Yellowbird and Pina Colada flights playing a best ball format at Belmont Hills Golf Course, while the Dark n' Stormy and Rum Swizzle flight play a modified best ball format at Port Royal Golf Course.


DESCRIPTION OF THE DIFFERENT FORMATS:

Two Person Scramble format: Both players will hit drives from their respective tees.  They will choose the better of their two drives and hit their next shots from that particular lie (continuing the same procedure until their balls are holed).  Only one score per hole is recorded.  The team with the lowest net total score after eighteen holes will be declared the winner of this particular tournament round.  Low handicap: 35% and high handicap: 15% - each team will receive 50% of their combined handicap.

Modified Best Ball format: Both players will hit drives from their respective tees and will choose the better of their two drives to hit their next shots from.  They will then play their own shots all the way through.  Each couple must use each other’s drive on at least two holes on each nine.  Also, each player will play their own ball from drive to finish on each of the par threes.  Their team score for each hole will be the lower of their two scores on that particular hole.  The team with the lowest net total score after eighteen holes will be declared the winner of this particular round.  The higher handicap golfer of the two receives 90% and the lower handicap golfer receives 95% of their adjusted handicaps.  If a difference of more than eight shots occurs between the two players after the adjustment, an additional 10% will be deducted.

Best Ball format: Players will each play their own shots for eighteen holes.  Their team score for each hole will be the lower of their two scores on that particular hole.  The team with the lowest net total score after eighteen holes will be declared the winner of this particular round.  Men receive 90% and women receive 95% of their adjusted handicaps.  If a difference of more than eight shots occurs between the two players after the adjustment, an additional 10% will be deducted.


TOURNAMENT ITINERARY:

Sunday October 13th

  • Opening night Cocktail Party (with hot & cold hors d'oeuvres) at the Pompano Beach Club (6:00 – 7:00pm) on the resort's pool deck

Monday October 14th

  • Tournament first round play 
  • Dark n’ Stormy and Rum Swizzle flights at Tucker's Point Golf Course
  • Yellowbird and Pina Colada flights at Port Royal Golf Course
  • Morning tee times at both courses

Tuesday October 15th

  • Tournament second round play 
  • Dark n’ Stormy and Rum Swizzle flights at Port Royal Golf Course
  • Yellowbird and Pina Colada flights at Tucker's Point Golf Course
  • Morning tee times at both courses

Wednesday October 16th

  • "Free Day
  • 6:00 - 7:00pm evening Cocktail Tasting Party (with hot & cold hors d'oeuvres) hosted by Gosling's Rum

Thursday October 17th

  • Tournament third round play
  • Dark n' Stormy and Rum Swizzle flights at Belmont Hills Golf Course
  • Yellowbird and Pina Colada flights at Port Royal Golf Course
  • Morning tee times at both courses

Friday October 18th

  • ​Tournament final round play 
  • Dark n’ Stormy and Rum Swizzle flights at Port Royal Golf Course
  • Yellowbird and Pina Colada flights at Belmont Hills Golf Course
  • 8:30am shotgun start at both courses
  • Buffet lunch for both flights upon return from Port Royal and Belmont Hills golf courses
  • Final night Cocktail Party and Prize Ceremony (6:00 - 7:30pm) on the resort's pool deck


TOURNAMENT PACKAGES:

Choice of accommodations (based upon space availability):

  • $2,120 for a partial oceanview king suite
  • $2,182 for an oceanview superior king
  • $2,213 for an oceanview king suite
  • $2,337 for an oceanfront deluxe king
  • NOTE: the above rates are per person, based upon two people per room.

Extra night rates (which are available both before and after the tournament dates), inclusive of breakfast & dinner daily, the resort’s nightly service charge and the Bermuda government’s daily occupancy tax, are as follows:

  • Partial oceanview king suite: $479/night/couple
  • Oceanview superior king: $498/night/couple
  • Oceanview king suite: $510/night/couple
  • Oceanfront deluxe king: $547/night/couple

Tournament Packages Include:

  • Six night stay at the Pompano Beach Club in an ocean view room
  • Full breakfast & five-course dinner daily at the Pompano Beach Club
  • 11 ¾% Bermuda government occupancy tax
  • 10% nightly resort service charge
  • One round of golf (green fee & golf cart included) at Tucker's Point Golf Course
  • One round of golf (green fee & golf cart included) at Belmont Hills Golf Course
  • Two rounds of golf (green fee & golf cart included) at Port Royal Golf Course
  • One hour opening night Cocktail Party (with complimentary drinks & hors d’oeuvres) on the resort's pool deck
  • One hour Wednesday night Cocktail Tasting Party sponsored by Gosling's Rum (with complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres) on the resort's pool deck
  • One hour final night Cocktail Party (with complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres) and Prize Ceremony on the resort's pool deck
  • One buffet lunch at the Pompano Beach Club (following the final golf round)
  • Transfers to/from all golf courses for all tournament rounds


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Participants must stay at the Pompano Beach Club in order to play in the tournament.  Accommodations are subject to space availability.  Call the resort’s reservation office at 1-800-343-4155 (toll-free from the U.S. and Canada) to reserve accommodations.  A $1,040 advance deposit will be required to reserve accommodations and a place in the tournament.  Deposits are payable by credit card.  The resort accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards.  Advance deposits are non-refundable if a cancellation is received within fourteen days of the scheduled arrival date.