The RIBA Inter Regional Golf Tournament started in 1975 at Pannal Golf Club near Harrogate. It originally included only the five northern and midland regions. By 1980, the other regions joined to make it a permanent fixture on the architectural golfing calendar. In 1999, Eire (RIAI) joined, premiering at Prestwick Golf Club and winning the Netts Trophy at their first attempt.

The yearly golfing event is played in September and brings together 14 teams of architects from every RIBA Region, Scotland (RIAS) and Ireland (RIAI). Each region fields a 7-man team, playing for the coveted Netts Trophy.

The majority of the Regions have their own well established golfing societies, some dating back to the 1920’s and 30’s, and even earlier with famous members including E. A. Lutyens and Giles Gilbert Scott.

Who is eligible to play?
Players must have official handicaps and be fully qualified architects or be student members of RIBA, RIAS, RIAI, RSUA or RSAW.

Whilst it is a team tournament, we encourage any architect who wishes to play to apply and come along. There is an individual prize for the best score. If any architect cannot find a team within his/her local Region, we will create a one-off Barbarian Team for that event.

Joining a Regional Team
We would encourage any new participants wanting to play in the event to contact their local Region al office and get in touch with the appropriate golf societies, who have local events throughout the golfing season.

The Contact Details for each Region can be downloaded from The Regions page.

The event is now fully endorsed by the RIBA. Regular updates will be sent out to RIBA members in the national RIBA weekly updates or in the monthly updates from your local Region.

Format of Play + Playing Handicaps

  • Each Regional Team is allowed a maximum of 7 players.
  • Scores are calculated from the Best 4 Cards on the day.
  • Every player MUST submit their CDH No. and current WHS Index prior to the event to allow checking and calculation of valid handicaps. Any player who does not have a valid handicap will not count to their team's tournament total or may be allowed to play off a nominal playing handicap of 10.
  • Each participant's Playing Handicap will be calculated on the day using the slope rating of the allotted tees of the competition course.