IG Junior Championship


Age Divisions and Course Length


The International Golf Junior Championship is an annual golf event staged at The Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai, UAE held in November. The event is the leading event in the UAE for children under the age of 19. The event is a three round stroke play event, with four age categories open to boys and girls from both inside and outside the UAE.

Players based in the UAE can qualify for the event through a one round stroke play-qualifying round in September. Players from, outside of the UAE can qualify for the event via a handicap ballot. Special invites will also be given to children excelling in golf in the Middle East region and also the winners of the UK based Wee Wonders Junior Championship.

Through the International Golf Junior Championship and our partnership with Lifestyle Events International Golf aims to help Dubai top become the hub of elite junior golf for MENA and Asia.

Division Handicap Status Age Course Yardage Holes Par
1 Handicap Holder 16-19 6500 18 72
3 12-15 5513 18 72
3 9-11 4500 18 72
4 Non Handicap Holder 9-15 767 9 27
5 6-8 767 9 27

Arabian Ranches Golf Club

Arabian Ranches Golf Club, situated in the heart of the Arabian Ranches Community opened its doors in February, 2004. The links is an 18 hole, par 72 signature course designed by Ian Baker-Finch in association with Nicklaus Design. Built as a true desert-style grass course, players love the natural flow of the holes through the sand dunes and wonderful desert landscape, many of which incorporate some truly great design concepts. The International Golf Junior Championships played over the following courses at the Arabian Ranches Golf Course.

  • Division 1- Full Course Ladies Tees (5513, par 72, 18 holes)
  • Division 2- Modified Junior Tees (4500, par 72, 18 holes)
  • Division 3- Par 3 Course (767 yards, par 27)

Qualifying, Invites and Entry Fees

UAE Qualification

International Qualification



A qualifying event will be held at Arabian Ranches Golf Club with players from across the UAE invited to the event. This event will be held on Saturday 24th of September. Entry Fees for UAE participants will be as follows for the three divisions:

  • Division 1 – AED495
  • Division 2 – AED450
  • Division 3 – AED395
  • Division 4 – AED150

Players from outside the UAE are welcome to attend the qualifier outlined above to try to qualify. If this is not practical entries are open to young golfers from across the globe based on the following handicap ballot for respective divisions.

Division Age Handicap Ballot
1 12-15 Hold an official golf handicap of 9.4 or below
2 9-11 Hold an official golf handicap of 18.4 or less.
3 6-8 Hold an official golf handicap or show capability of scoring within 5 of par on a par 3 course with hole lengths of at least 70 yards


International Golf also requests that you submit a playing record of significant golfing achievements.

Players entering via International Qualification will pay the following entry fees for the 3 rounds of golf that make up the finals:

  • Division 1- AED900
  • Division 2- AED900
  • Division 3-  AED400

These players will also need to make their own arrangements for hotel and travel.

Wee Wonders Championship – The winners of The Wee Wonders Championship in the following age categories (7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 years) will receive free entry to the event. And the following will be covered:

  • 1 return flight for the participant
  • Accommodation for the participant and one adult

The top 5 Qatar, Bahrain and Oman base junior golfers will be invited to play in the tournament. For these players there will be no entry fee and the following will be covered:

  • 1 return flight for the participant
  • Accommodation for the participant and one adult

UAE Nationals 6 members of the Emirates Golf Federation UAE National players will be invited to play the event across the divisions.

Payments should be made via online bank transfer to International Golf. This amount is non refundable.

Format and Rules

Format Of Play


Score Limits and Disqualification

Playoff Policy

Pace of Play

Pre and Post Round Procedure

First Tee Procedure

Golf Carts

On Course Supervisors

Code of Conduct

Dress Code

3 Rounds Of Individual Stroke Play.

On completing each hole, please agree the score with each of the other Supervisors and players, and record it on the scorecard.

The International Golf Junior Championship will be played under the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews Rules of Golf except in the instances detailed in the remainder of the tabs below.

  • 10 Stroke Rule:

    A player shall take no more than 10 strokes on a hole. Once 10 is reached, the player must pick up his ball and wait for his fellow-competitors to complete the hole.

  • Disqualification Policy:

    No player will be disqualified for any violations of the Rules of Golf.  Instead, a maximum score of 10 will be applied to any hole where the infraction would normally lead to disqualification. In situations where the round or hole has been completed, the score of 10 will apply to the last hole played or to the hole where the infraction occurred.

  • Exceptions:

    A player or caddie may be disqualified for code of conduct violations, unauthorized use of electronic devices or tobacco/alcohol. Read below for specific explanations of these policies.

All ties for 18-hole players will be determined on the basis of the best score on the last nine holes. If the tying players have the same score for the last nine, determine the winner on the basis of the last six holes, last three holes and finally the 18th hole.

All ties for 9-hole players will be determined on the basis of the best score on the last six holes, last three holes and finally the 9th hole.

If the players are still tied using the above method, continue backwards from the last hole until a winner is determined

If the competition has a multiple tee start for 18-hole players, it is recommended that the “last nine holes, last six holes, etc.” is considered to be holes 10-18, 13-18, etc.

Per Shot: Each player must play without undue delay, which is defined as taking no more than 45 seconds to play a shot. Players who are first to play from a given area (tee, fairway, green, etc.) will have 10 extra seconds to play their shot. Caddies are asked to please refrain from over-coaching the player. It is the caddie’s duty to help the player hit each shot without undue delay.

Time Par: The committee calculates the time a group is expected to finish each hole, and the time par is noted on the bottom of the official scorecard. A hole is complete when the flagstick is replaced in the hole after all players in the group have holed out. Each hole is assigned a predetermined amount of time, based on the hole’s par (Par 3s – 14 minutes; Par 4s – 15; Par 5s – 16). All 9-hole players are given one minute more per hole. Additional time may be added to make the turn and for certain holes or courses, at the committee’s discretion.


  • Play “ready golf” throughout your round
  • Be ready to play when it is your turn.
  • Play a provisional ball if you believe your ball may be out of bounds or lost through the green (outside of a hazard). Be sure to announce your intention to play a provisional.
  • Play a second ball under Rule 3-3. If a player has doubt as to procedure, he/she may complete the hole with two balls and a ruling may be made at the end of the round. The player must announce which ball he/she would like to score with, if the Rules permit, and the facts of the situation must be reported to the Committee before the player returns his/her scorecard. This is an alternative to waiting for a Rules Official to make a ruling and can allow a group to continue playing without delay.
  • Thirty minutes before the match: please check in with the Event Organiser, where you will receive your official scorecard.
  • Ten minutes before your match: please make your way to the first tee and introduce yourself to the other Supervisors and players in your group.
  • When all players in your match have finished, please go to the Registration Desk with all your players, where the scorecard, together with any necessary additional information, will be checked and agreed with you.

If a player arrives late to his tee, but ready to play within five minutes after his starting time, the penalty for failure to start on time is two strokes at the first hole. If a player arrives at the tee more than five minutes after his starting time he will receive a 10 on that hole and any future holes missed. Players may not join a group during play of a hole; they must join the group on the next tee.

3 golf carts will be assigned to each group. Each cart will have one supervisor and 2 children. The third cart will be for the remaining two supervisors.

To ensure the smooth running of our events, we require a parent or another adult (over 18) nominated by the parent, to act as a Supervisor for each child on the course. A Supervisor does not require a full knowledge of the Rules of Golf, but some knowledge would be helpful. The role is chiefly to keep the player’s score and to supervise their behavior on the course. The parent or nominated adult is permitted to carry a bag for 5 and 6 year old competitors only. Information communicated to competitors must only be on rules and procedural issues.

Competitors must make their own decisions on issues that affect the way in which the shot is played i.e. club selection or shot selection. If a parent or supervisor feels that someone within their group is in breach of this rule, they must report it to an on-course marshal or the event organiser immediately. Breach of this rule, in the first instance will result in the competitor and parent/supervisor receiving a verbal warning. A subsequent breach will result in the competitor being given a 2-stroke penalty.

Violations include profanity, abusive language, club throwing, cheating, disrespect of volunteers or officials, abuse to the golf course or the facilities, littering, by a player or his caddie.

First and Subsequent offenses: One-stroke penalty for each code of conduct violation.

International Golf reserves the right to dismiss any player, caddie or spectator at any time for repeated or severe offences during the event.

Only acceptable golf attire is permitted. Players are prohibited from wearing shoes with metal spikes, short shorts, swimwear, denim of any kind, t-shirts, or tank tops. Shirts must be tucked in at all times. Those not appropriately attired will not be permitted to participate.


We are proud to be partnered with Acuma,IP Global and The UAE PGA who have funded the scholarship program as prizes for the International Golf Junior Championship.


IP Global


Founded in 1996, the UAE Professional Golfers’ Association is a recognised sports body representing over 120 fully qualified PGA golf professionals in both the UAE and GCC countries.

The association exists primarily for the benefit and development of its members, and also plays a significant role as the custodian of the professional game, developing the sport across cultural and religious boundaries with the support of Emirati and junior development programs throughout the UAE.

The UAE PGA is a recognised national PGA body and is affiliated to the PGA’s of Europe, a member of the new “Global Alliance of PGA’s”.

Established in 2005, IP Global is a full-service property investment company that helps high-net-worth investors add the strength of global real estate to their portfolio. Our unique end-to-end approach, delivered by an experienced team of international real estate and investment professionals, untangles the complexities and complications of property investment.

deVere Acuma, part of one of the world’s leading independent financial advisory organisations, provides trusted, independent financial advice to expatriates and international investors based in the Middle East.

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Division 1

1st, 2nd & 3rd Place will receive a 9 month Golf Scholarship worth AED20,000 including:
36 weekly 1 hour group golf lessons 
36 weekly 90 minute private golf lessons

Division 2 and Division 3

1st & 2nd Place will receive a 3 Month Golf Scholarship worth AED4,800 including:
12 weekly 2 hour group golf lessons
12 weekly 1 hour minute individual golf lessons

Exemptions To Wee Wonders

Minimum Entries

Grand Finals

One player from the 6-8 and two players from the 9-11 divisions will recieve invites to the 2017 Wee Wonders Golf Championships, fitting into their respective age group category for the Wee Wonders events (5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 years old).

A minimum of 5 players per division must participate in the qualifying round in order for the event to go ahead. If this does not happen for a division entry fees will be refunded to applicants.

The Grand finals will be held on 14th, 15th and 16th of November with a maximum of 20 players competing in each division.

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