The World Championship will be held at Cairnlea, Melbourne (and other venues) from Saturday, 25 February to Sunday, 5 March 2017 in accordance with version 4.8 of the Event Regulations and version 8.8 of the Sports Regulations.
The Event Capacity will be 80.
A Qualifying Tournament will be held at Cairnlea from Monday, 20 February to Wednesday, 22 February 2017 from which the two highest-placed finishers will gain Qualifying Places in the GCWC. If places are returned after the Cut-Off Date (see below), additional Qualifying Places will be created.
A play-off will be held for two more Qualifying Places on Thursday, 23 February 2017 between the two highest-placed finishers in the Qualifying Tournament who have not already gained Qualifying Places and the two highest-placed and available finishers in the Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship who have not already gained a place in the GCWC.
Details of how to enter the Qualifying Tournament will be made available in due course.
RESPONSE DATE: Sunday, 31 July 2016
This is the date by which all WCF Members are requested to inform the WCF Management Committee:
(a) if they want to take up their Membership Place or Places;
(b) the names of their eligible players who want a Ranking or Membership place in the Event; and
(c) the names of any of those players they wish to nominate for a Wild Card Place.
Individual players who are affiliated to a WCF Member and want to gain a place in the Event must announce their availability via their Member. However, if a player is not affiliated to a WCF Member and is not eligible to represent any WCF Member, they should contact the Secretary-General directly.
The other timetable dates set out in Appendix 2 paragraph 3 of the Sports Regulations, version 8.8 are:
ALLOCATION DATE: Sunday, 14 August 2016
The highest grades achieved by players in the year ending on this date will be used to determine the initial allocation of Ranking Places.
ANNOUNCEMENT DATE: Sunday, 28 August 2016
The players who have been awarded Ranking Places and Wild Card Places will be announced on this date.
CLOSING DATE: Sunday, 25 September 2016
This is the last date on which Members can nominate players for Membership Places.
QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT ALLOCATION DATE: Sunday, 25 December 2016
Entries for the Qualifying Tournament received by this date will be accepted in ranking position order as shown in the Qualifier Ranking List which is itself calculated as at the end of the QTAD. If the Qualifying Tournament is over-subscribed on this date, unsuccessful entrants will be placed on a Reserve List, also in ranking position order.
CUT-OFF DATE: Sunday, 8 January 2017
This is the date after which any returned Ranking Places or Wild Card Places are filled by creating extra Qualifying Places.
QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT CLOSING DATE: Sunday, 5 February 2017
This is the last date on which entries can be received to fill vacancies in the Qualifying Tournament. It is also the last date on which any returned Membership Place can be replaced by a player from the same country.