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2010 Golf Digest Armchair Architect Competition: Complete Rules


The following are the official rules for Golf Digest Armchair Architect Competition (The Competition).

__Sponsor:__The Competition is sponsored by Golf Digest Publications, 20 Westport Rd., Wilton, CT 06897.

Binding Agreement: In order to enter the Competition, each entrant ("you") must agree to these Official Rules, which consist of these terms and conditions. You must have access to the Internet and a valid e-mail address in order to enter the Competition.

__Eligibility:__The Competition is open to amateur designers (individuals who have not sold a golf course design or been paid for designing golf holes or courses in the past) who are legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia or Canada (except the Canadian Province of Quebec) who are 13 years of age or older as of the date of entry. Anyone between the ages of 13 to 17 must obtain the permission of a parent or legal guardian prior to entering, and the parent or guardian must consent to be bound -- on their child's and their own behalf -- to these Official Rules. The Competition is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, and is void in the Canadian Province of Quebec, outside the 50 United States/DC and Canada, and where otherwise prohibited. Employees of Sponsor -- as well as their immediate families (spouse, parent, sibling, child, and spouse of any of the foregoing) and those living in their immediate households, whether or not related -- are not eligible to enter the Competition or to win a prize.

Entry Period: The Competition entry period begins June 5, 2010 at 9:00 am EDT and ends on August 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm EDT (the "Entry Period"). Competition Details: Competition is divided into two parts: 1) Using Google Earth to find the next great place to build a golf course; and 2) Using Google SketchUp or other methods to create a design for one hole on the site keeping in mind the geographic location of your new course. Create the hole using Google SketchUp or another 3D modeling program, and place the model on a specific location in Google Earth and in the Google 3D Warehouse. You may also use other media and formats. Designs created in other media should be sent to: Armchair Architect Competition, Golf Digest, 20 Westport Rd., Wilton, CT 06897.

__How to Enter:__Complete the entry form and enter all required information as indicated with an asterisk below (unmarked items are optional). Entries must be submitted on

or mailed to Golf Digest, 20 Westport Rd., Wilton, CT 06897. All images and text submitted become the property of Golf Digest and will not be acknowledged or returned. Entries must be submitted during the Entry Period to be considered.

• Complete entry form*

• Google 3D Warehouse Model URL (for SketchUp entries only)

• Course Name*

• Designer Name*

• Designer E-mail*

• City where you are located*

• Age* (Entrants must be 13 years or older as of the date of entry)

• Country where entrant is located (US OR CANADA, excluding Quebec)*

• Country where entrant's course is located*

• Image of entrant's hole*

• 2nd image entrant's hole

• YouTube Video URL

• One Still image

• A written description (no more than 150 words) of your site and hole is required and will help the jury (as well as visitors to the Competition website) understand your thought process and your design.*

All entries must be in English. Entries using Google SketchUp must be uploaded into the Google 3D Warehouse. To upload your model to the 3D Warehouse you must create a Google Account. There is no charge to create an account. To sign up for a Google Account, visit

Sponsor accepts no responsibility for lost or delayed submissions. The submission of an entry is your sole responsibility. Automated entries (including, but not limited to, entries submitted using any bot, script, macro or contest service), copies, third-party entries, facsimiles and/or mechanical reproductions are not permitted and will be disqualified. Each entrant may submit as many entries as they wish, one hole and location per entry.

The decisions of Organizer and the judges in selecting the winners and in all matters relating to the Competition are final and binding. The winning designs and identity of the winners may be announced in the December 2010 issue of Golf Digest.

Ownership Rights in Submissions; Originality; License Grant: By submitting a hole design in the Competition (the "Submission"), you represent and warrant that (1) the Submission (which includes the models, images, video, and/or text submitted with the design) is your original work and you are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the Submission; (2) you have not entered into or become subject to any contract, agreement or understanding that conflicts with your ability to enter into this legally binding agreement and convey the rights set forth herein; and (3) the Submission shall not infringe any third party proprietary, intellectual property or other rights, including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or confidentiality obligation. Your entry must not have won a prize in any other competition or have been previously published or sold. By submitting a Submission, you grant to Golf Digest, its affiliates, its respective successors and assigns, and others they may authorize, a non-exclusive, unlimited, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free license to publish, reproduce, display, transmit, distribute, adapt, make derivative works of, and otherwise use your Submission, in any media now known or not yet existing, including but not limited to the website and other Golf Digest-sponsored Web pages for any and all purposes, including for advertising and promotional purposes. You hereby acknowledge that you shall not be entitled to any compensation for any use of your Submission by Sponsor.

__Qualified entries will be judged on a variety of qualities, including:__All entries will be judged on or about September 1, 2010 (the "Judging Date") by a panel of judges comprising 4-6 architects and Golf Digest Architecture Editor Ron Whitten. The judges will score entries based on the following criteria: Innovative hole design: The creativity, memorability and shot values of the hole (40%); Hole aesthetics: uniqueness and beauty of the hole in the setting chosen (25%); Quality of the presentation, including a one-page written explanation of your site choice and your hole design (25%); Fitness and applicability of the hole to its setting (10%): the way the hole fits into the site chosen. The entry with the highest overall score will be declared the potential winner (in the event of a tie, the entry with the higher score in the Innovative hole design criteria will prevail). Any potential winner will be notified by mail, email and/or telephone. If a potential winner: (i) cannot be contacted; (ii) does not respond within five (5) days from the date the Sponsor first tries to notify him/her; (iii) fails to return the Affidavit and Release; (iv) refuses the prize; and/or (v) the prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, such potential winner forfeits all rights to win the Promotion or receive the prize, and an alternate potential winner may be selected. Upon contacting a potential winner and determining that he/she has met all eligibility requirements of the Promotion, including without limitation the execution of required waivers, publicity and liability releases and disclaimers, such individual will be declared the "winner" of the Promotion. Prizes: The prize is one (1) coach airfare ticket from the major commercial airport nearest winner's primary residence in the U.S. to a destination in the U.S. to be determined by Sponsor and/or Pete Dye, one (1) standard hotel room (single-occupancy) for two (2) nights at a hotel selected by Sponsor, up to five (5) meals, (not to exceed $50 per meal) and the opportunity to meet and, if possible, play golf with architect Pete Dye. Sponsor may, at its discretion, have the winning hole made into a virtual hole, playable on and may, at its discretion, publish a feature about the winning entry in the December issue of Golf Digest. The approximate retail value of the prize is $2,500, depending on exact itinerary. If a minor wins, airfare, lodging and meals for a guardian will be provided. In such a case, retail value would be approximately $5,000. Actual value may vary based on fluctuations in price for airfare and/or accommodations, and distance between departure and destination. Ground transportation, meals not listed above, in-room or other personal charges at lodging (e.g., mini-bar, movies), telephone calls, gratuities, incidentals, and all other expenses are not included. Winner must be available to coincide with Pete Dye's availability otherwise winner forfeits that portion of the prize. Sponsor will attempt to accommodate winner's preferred itinerary, but all specifics thereof will be at Sponsor's sole discretion. If, in the sole judgment of Sponsor, air travel is not required due to winner's proximity to prize location, ground transportation may be substituted for roundtrip air travel.

All federal, state and/or local income and other taxes, if any, are the winner's sole responsibility. No prize or any portion thereof is transferable or redeemable for cash. Any portion of the prize that is not used is forfeited. No substitutions for prize except by Sponsor, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be substituted.

__Right to Use Name, Likeness, and Other Identifying Information:__Except where prohibited: (i) acceptance of prize constitutes consent to use winner's name and likeness for editorial, advertising and publicity purposes, without further compensation; (ii) potential winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility (including social security number) and liability/publicity/copyright release which must be returned within ten (10) days of attempted notification or an alternate winner may be chosen. If a minor wins a prize, it will be awarded to his/her parent or legal guardian, who must execute the necessary affidavit and release and must accompany winner on the trip.

__Privacy:__By participating in this Competition, you agree that Sponsor can collect your personal information, and that if Sponsor cannot collect the required data, you may not be eligible to participate in the Competition. Any personal information collected during the course of the Competition by Sponsor will be subject to the Sponsor's and Google Inc.'s respective Privacy Policies located at

You will have the right to access, review, rectify or cancel any personal data held by Sponsor or Google Inc. by writing to Sponsor or Google Inc. at the addresses specified in the above-mentioned website address listed above. If you do not want your information used in this manner, do not enter this Competition.

__General Conditions:__This Competition is governed by the laws of the State of New York, United States. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. By participating in this Competition, you agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules, which will be posted on the throughout the Entry Period, and by the decisions of Sponsor and the judges, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Competition. By participating in this Competition, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of Golf Digest and Google (,

including any specific terms of use that govern Google SketchUp, Google 3D Warehouse and Google Earth, which are Google products. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant found to be (1) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Competition; (2) violating the Official Rules; (3) violating the terms of service, conditions of use or general rules or guidelines of any Sponsor or Google Inc. property or service; or (4) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. Any false information provided within the context of the Competition by any entrant concerning identity, postal address, or ownership of rights in the Submission, and/or other noncompliance with Official Rules may result in the immediate elimination of the entrant from the Competition. Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any entry that it believes, in its sole discretion, infringes or violates the rights of any third party or otherwise does not comply with the Official Rules. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE COMPETITION MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Sponsor, its affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, trustees, employees, agents, successors and assigns (collectively, the "Released Parties") are not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect or delay in operations or transmission. Released Parties are not responsible for theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of Competition materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind. Released Parties are not responsible for inaccurate transmissions of or failure to display Competition materials as a result of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof. If for any reason the Internet portion of the Competition is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Competition, Released Parties reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition. No Recourse to Judicial or Other Procedures: To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Competition are hereby excluded, and you expressly waive any and all such rights.


Severability: If any provision(s) of these Official Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect. Entire Agreement: This binding agreement is the entire understanding between you and Sponsor concerning the subject matter addressed herein and supersedes and replaces any previous understandings between the parties concerning the subject matter addressed in this binding agreement.

For the name of the winner, send a self-addressed stamped envelope, within six (6) months of the Judging Date, to: Winner List, "Golf Digest Armchair Architect Competition: The Next Great Course on Earth," Golf Digest Publications, 20 Westport Rd., Wilton, CT 06897.