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The MGA Race to Arden 2021

Tri-Series tournament Manchester, London & Birmingham

Welcome to The MGA Race to Arden 2021

A unique Tri-Series order of merit tournament to take place over three iconic golf courses in the UK. The MGA are proud to be working in partnership with The Mariott & READ Foundation in creating the inaugural MGA Race to Arden event. The tournament will take place over three separate days, across three different courses. Each event will have its own respected stableford score and winners for the day. At each event, every golfer earns a certain number of Race to Arden points dependent on where they finish for the day. Play as many or as few events as you like. The overall MGA Race to Arden winner is the one who has the highest points over the three events.

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The Courses

Manchester. May 28th, Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club

The Worsley Park Golf Club features an 18-hole, PGA championship course on 6,611 yards. Designed by European Golf Design in association with Michael King, this Manchester golf course's picturesque grounds and a challenging par of 71 is a delight for guests.

London. July 30th, The Shire.

Rated London’s #1 golf experience, The Shire London is unique. Our main aim is to set your pulse racing with our spectacular Seve Ballesteros golf course – forever destined to be the iconic Spaniard’s one and only challenge to golfers in the UK.

Birmingham. Aug 12th, Forest of Arden, Marriott Hotel and Country Club

One of the UK's most impressive golf destinations, the Arden Course. The club is located on 10,000 acres in the heart of the Midlands, surrounded by ancient woodlands and natural lakes. Forest of Arden has played host to some of golf’s most prominent tournaments, including the British Masters and English Open. A fitting setting for the MGA Champtionship final.

“I look into their eyes, shake their hand, pat their back, and wish them luck, but I am thinking, ‘I am going to bury you.”

Seve Ballesteros

The Tournament

3x Exclusive Golf Days. Manchester. London. Birmingham. Each MGA event is split into 3 handicap divisions. The best player in each division on the day will receive 100 points, the second-best player 99 points, the third-best player 98 and so on. These points are accumulated over the course of the Race to Arden series and added together to give a points tally for the year. There is no limit to the number of times you play. In fact the more you play the better your chances are. There will also be prizes on offer for Winners of the Day, per event.

TRI SERIES tournament

A chance to play across the UK in Manchester, Birmingham & London.

STABLEFORD SCORING

Each event will be scored via Stableford and the league standings will be reflected according to your score.

216+ pLAYERS

Join a national field of 216+ players from across the UK who love the game as much as you do.

Handicap Divisions

The Race to arden will be broken down into three handicap divisions (TBC).
Div 1: 0-10
Div 2: 11 - 18
Div 3: 19+
Each division will have its own champion.

95% OF WHS HANDICAP

Players will be playing off 95% full competition handicap. You will need to provide your WHS number as proof.

FAQs

Absolutely not! All MGA events are open to players from all backgrounds regardless of religion, ethnicity or nationality. MGA events are held upon basic Islamic values hence there will be no alcohol or gambling involved, and prayer arrangements will be made.  We ask all our participants to respect these guidelines.

We welcome all participants with or without a handicap. To win the placed prizes, you must have an official competition CONGU handicap (this will be indicated by a small C after your handicap). If you don’t have an official competition handicap you can play your playing handicap or get a Golfshake handicap (https://www.golfshake.com/golfhandicap/ )for free and participate in the Golfshake competition. If you don’t want to do that, participate just for fun. We verify handicaps of prize winners through our access to central handicap databases for the respective unions, where all CONGU handicaps are logged.

No. Each day will have its own respected winners. However, to be crowned the Race to Arden champion, the more events you participate in, the higher the chance of you being the winner. We anticipate most players will plat at least two events.

Yes! You can join as a single golfer – just change the quantity to 1 when you book, we will then pair you up before we draw tee times. We anticipate many single golfers participation in this competition.

Each event will have its own individual winners & runners up of the day in their respected handicap division. 

There may also be a nearest to the Pin and Longest drive prize on each day.

However, to be crowned the MGA Champion for your division, you will need two scores from two different days to be added together. The player with the highest two stableford scores will be crowned MGA champion.

You will be drawn with players who have a similar handicap to yours. This is to create a competitive environment but also a great chance to meet & network with players of similar ability and test yourself against others. 

If the stableford scores are tied the winner will be the one who has the highest score at final round at The Forest of Arden. If the points are still the same we will do a countback from 18th hole of Forest of Arden. If the best score for the last nine holes does not separate out a winner, then the final six holes are used, and, if that still fails to provide a definitive outcome, the final three holes.

All events are taking place on a Friday. We aim to serve breakfast, hit the range and then tee off with a shotgun start. Once the round is finished we will prepare to pray Jummah and lunch will be served as well as prize giving ceremony. We can encourage you to take advantage of the exclusive MGA hotel discount so you can relax, network and unwind in your own time. A more detailed itinerary will be emailed once you have confirmed your booking.

There is no handicap limit in any of our competitions since we are inclusive of all golfing abilities and rely on the integrity of the handicap system to ensure a fair competition.  

No – all putts must be holed out.

All MGA events are run with Live scoring through your smart phone. You will have updated handicaps already created and scores will automatically be adjusted through our app. There will be a live leaderboard available throughout the event. No need fo you to work out the score on each hole. Just enjoy the game. It’s hard enough as it is!

MANCHESTER

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Worsley Park

Marriott Golf & Country Club

Manchester. May 28th 2021

18 Holes
Par 71 6,611 Yards Undulating Greens

One of the finest inland courses in the North West

Worsley's championship course is widely regarded as one of the finest inland courses in the North of England. It came in for particular praise from Golf World magazine, suggesting that the architects had excelled themselves by transforming a nondescript piece of farmland in to a thing of wonder. The Worsley Park course was opened in the summer of 1998. Since then the course has played host to a number of high profile tournaments such as the European Challenge Tour and the Manchester Open.

rick shiels

Greens and tees constructed to USGA standards. Expansive teeing area on each hole. Worsley Park is also home to Rick Shiels and is his home club where he films his on-course Vlogs.

practice makes perfect

Boasting a 275-yard driving range, a short game area, bunkers, and a practice putting green with 9 holes and varying undulations and distances, there is no better place topractice,

Premier pga course

The Worsley Park course was opened in the summer of 1998. Since then the course has played host to a number of high profile tournaments such as the European Challenge Tour and the Manchester Open.

World class hotel

Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club delivers the very best of both worlds - a tranquil escape amidst 200 acres of stunning scenery, as well as easy access to Manchester city centre, just a short drive away.

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Your day will include:

  • Breakfast roll with tea and coffee
  • Use of driving range (balls included), short game area and practice putting green
  • 18-hole green fee 
  • Shotgun start with MGA exclusive use
  • Nearest the pin and longest drive competitions
  • Live scoring
  • Two course halal dinner (BBQ weather permitting)
  • Trophies & Awards ceremony
  • Jummah Salah in congregation
  • £99pp
Why not stay over with an exclusive discount for MGA players with the Marriott?

LONDON

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The Shire, London

Rated London’s #1 golf experience, The Shire London is unique.

London. July 30th 2021

18 Holes
Par 72 7,028 Yards Parkland

The only golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros in the UK

Rated London’s #1 golf experience, The Shire London is unique. Six par threes, six par fours, six par fives. No two consecutive holes of the same par, on either nine. Links holes, stadium-style Tour golf holes, and traditional British parkland holes, all immaculately presented. The Ballesteros Masters Course has many unforgettable holes, often challenging you with a shot over water, and none more so than our 18th – where our course architect literally stamped his initial on our beautiful, serene part of England with an S-shaped lake, the ultimate challenge on one of the country’s most demanding closing holes.

6X PAR3, 6X PAR4, 6X PAR5

Immaculately conditioned. No two consecutive holes the same par. Six threes, six fours, six fives. Links holes, parkland holes, and dramatic water holes. Over 10,000 mature trees. Multiple tee positions, to suit all abilities.

SEVE'S ONLY DESIGN

The Ballesteros Masters Course is the sole example on these shores of how this charismatic sportsman could stamp his swashbuckling personality on a piece of land, turning it into a magical golfing challenge.

TODAYS GOLFER

"LAID OUT LIKE FEW OTHER GOLF COURSES IN THE WORLD AND IN SUPERB CONDITION."

World class GREENS

The new greenkeeping team has taken the conditioning to another level and seen it play host to a number of professional tournaments, including a recent The Rose Ladies Series event.

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Your day will include:

  • Breakfast roll with tea and coffee
  • Use of driving range (balls included), short game area and practice putting green
  • 18-hole green fee
  • Shotgun start with MGA exclusive use
  • Nearest the pin and longest drive competitions
  • Live scoring
  • Two course halal dinner
  • Trophies & Awards ceremony
  • Jummah Salah in congregation
  • £109pp

BIRMINGHAM

The Forest of Arden

The Marriotts flagship Championship course

Birmingham. Aug 12th 2021

18 Holes
Par 72 7,213 Yards Parkland

All roads lead to Arden

Designed by Donald Steel, the Arden is the flagship golf course for the hotel, having held the British Masters and the English Open, as well as other European Tour Events. Golfing greats including Colin Montgomerie and Ian Woosnam have laid claim to a tournament victory on this great course. In 2020, Sam Horsfield won the Hero Open here achieving an overall score of 18 under par. A befitting venue to bring our Race to a close.

majestic

The club is located on 10,000 acres in the heart of the Midlands, surrounded by ancient woodlands, natural lakes, and varieties of wildlife, including the famous deer that live in the majestic countryside setting.

challenging

A variety of different tee boxes, water hazards, trees, which neatly line the fairways, and thick rough make the Arden Golf Course long and challenging but still a very enjoyable test of golf for golfers of all abilities.

top 100

The Forest of Arden has once again been voted inside the Top 100 golf courses to play in the UK and Ireland, and also a must play venue for those interested in playing in the Midlands of England.

Championship

The Championship Arden Course has played host to a succession of European Tour Events, such as the British Masters, European Senior Masters and English Open, and has seen golfing greats, such as Colin Montgomerie and 2011 Open Champion Darren Clarke, crowned victorious.

Your day will include:

  • Complimentary Welcome gift pack
  • Breakfast roll with tea and coffee
  • Use of driving range (balls included), short game area and practice putting green
  • 18-hole green fee
  • Shotgun start with MGA exclusive use
  • Nearest the pin and longest drive competitions
  • Live scoring
  • Three-course halal dinner
  • Trophies & Awards ceremony + Final Race to Arden Trophy winner
  • Salah in congregation
  • £150pp
MAKE A WEEKEND OUT OF IT AND GET AN EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT AT THE MARRIOTT WITH THE MGA

Exclusive rates for MGA with The Marriott

The MGA has forged a great partnership with The Marriott and we are delighted to offer our guests exclusive Bed & Breakfast rates for Manchester and Birmingham. Why not bring your loved ones and make it a long weekend. A discount code will be emailed to all participants.

Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club

This is one of the more astute choices for a golf break, as Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club has not only superb facilities for golf, leisure and accommodation but also has superb access to both Manchester and the motorway network.

Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Despite being within a short distance of Birmingham, the hotel is set amidst no less than 10,000 acres of Warwickshire's finest countryside. The spacious guest rooms are luxurious, as is expected from a 4-star Marriott, and are furnished and decorated in a tasteful, contemporary style. The outstanding facilities make this a great choice for a leisure or spa break, while those who choose a golf break at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club will be rested and rejuvenated in the hotel, ready to tackle the superb courses once again.

Live Scoring

All rounds of the MGA Race to Arden will be managed with Live scoring provided exclusively to MGA. This will include Live Mobile Scoring, Live leader boards both during and after events. Each golfer will have their own dedicated profile that will offer detailed stats after each round. We aim to provide you with tour style data.

The Race to Arden Rankings

Jummah Prayers

Our first two events will inshAllah take place on a Friday. Jummah salah will be taken care of and facilities will be made available where we can all pray together in a safe and comfortable manner.

Everything You Need

All your golfing & Islamic needs will be catered for inshAllah. This is a unique opportunity to compete, socialise and make new friends in a completely halal environment. From first-class halal food through to prayer facilities, we hope to meet all the needs of the modern Muslim golfer.

Tournament Golf

Tour like experienced provided. An exciting format where everyone has a chance to win.

Holistic Expereince

A unique Islamic environment created with delicious halal food and dedicated prayer spaces.

200+ Players

A chance to network and make new friends both on and off the course. an experience like no other.

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