Golf Critique 25K Giveaway Sweepstakes Official Rules

 Golf Critique Giveaway Sweepstakes

Official Rules


  I. SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: The Golf Critique Giveaway Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) on June 15, 2020 (“Start Date”) and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on April 11, 2020 (the “Promotion Period”). The Sweepstakes is sponsored by The Golf Critique, Inc.

P.O. Box 4431 Pinehurst, NC  28374 (the “Sponsor” and “Prize Supplier”).  The official clock for purposes of the Sweepstakes is the computer of the Sponsor.

II.  ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, as well as residents of Canada (except Province of Quebec), who are eighteen (18) years of age or older (exceptions-must be 19 years of age or older for those that reside in provinces of British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia, and Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon, and states of Alabama, Nebraska, and 21 years of age or older in state of Mississippi) as of the date of entry. Officers, members, directors and employees of the Sponsor, and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, dealers, retailers, advertising/promotion agencies, persons engaged in the development, production or distribution of materials for this Sweepstakes, and Compliance Sweepstakes Services (collectively, the “Released Parties”) and the immediate family members (defined as spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, – whether biological, adopted, step or in-law) of such individuals, or persons living in the same household as such individuals (whether related or not), are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor and Administrator’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. Void in Province of Quebec, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, U.S. Military installations in foreign countries, and where prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law, regulation or ordinance.

III. HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: An individual will be deemed a participant (“Participant”) in the Sweepstakes if they are eligible and visit  (the “Web Site”) and follow the prompts to complete the registration process and short golf course review/survey. There will be four (4) methods of entry: 1) Purchase annual membership ($59.99/year), which provides various golf discounts and the ability to book/review golf courses, 2) Purchase monthly membership ($5.99/month), which provides various golf discounts and the ability to book/review golf courses, 3) Active members as of June 15, 2020 can enter by completing a golf course review/survey, or 4) Free method of entry – Select Free membership. Each participant will need to provide the following information to be entered into the Sweepstakes: first and last name, mailing address, date of birth, phone number, and email address. Entries must be received by April 11, 2021. By registering, and clicking on the check box, a Participant certifies they have read and agree with these Official Rules.  Each participant that fully completes the registration process via the Web Site will receive one (1) Sweepstakes entry.

Limit one (1) entry per person, regardless of method of entry during the Promotion Period.  All required information must be completed to enter and to be eligible to win. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to void any and all entries of a Participant that submits more than the stated maximum limit of entries by using multiple / different addresses, identities, or any other methods, or who Sponsor believes has attempted to tamper with, influence or impair the administration, security, fairness, or proper play of this Sweepstakes. Proof of entering information is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt by Sponsor of an entry. The use of automated entry devices is prohibited, and no mechanically reproduced entries are allowed; all such entries are void. Released Parties are not responsible for: lost, late, incomplete, illegible, incorrect, damaged, delayed, garbled, undelivered, or misdirected, entries, which will be disqualified. All entries become the exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

IV. PERSONAL INFORMATION / OPT-IN: By entering the Sweepstakes, Participant consents for the Sponsor to obtain, use, and transfer your name, address and other information for the purpose of administering this Sweepstakes and understands that the Sponsor may utilize and/or share Participant information with its sponsors, partners, vendors and agents. To update your individual privacy options, please visit The information that you provide in connection with the entry process will not be sold to another company. Participant authorizes the Sponsor to send emails to the address entered on registration form, regarding product offerings. Participant may opt out of receiving future membership e-mails from Sponsor by clicking on the link contained in any e-mail received. Participant will remain eligible for this Sweepstakes whether or not he/she opts out of receiving the e-mails.

V. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: If for any reason this Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned for any reason, including, without limitation, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, fire, flood, storm, or other natural cataclysm, riot, strike, civil commotion, government regulation, or any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes (or any part thereof), the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes, in whole or in part, at any time, without notice and award the prize(s) using all non-suspect eligible entries received as of or after (if applicable) this termination or suspension date. Released Parties assume no responsibility for any incomplete, incorrect, or inaccurate information, whether caused by tampering or by any technical or human error. Released Parties assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. Any person who supplies false information, obtains entries by fraudulent means or is otherwise determined to be in violation of these Official Rules in an attempt to obtain any prize will forfeit any prize won and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

VI. PRIZES: There will be one (1) Grand Prize and eight (8) First Prizes available to be awarded.  Each First Prize Winner (each a “Prize Winner”) will receive a Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club trip (“Trip”) package.  The Trip package is a 3 day/2 night trip for two (2) to Southern Pines, NC, from May 14, 2021 thru May  16, 2020, and includes: 1) round-trip coach airfare for two (2) from the major commercial airport nearest the winner’s home (unless winner resides within approximately 150 miles of Southern Pines, NC, as determined by applicable Sponsor in its sole discretion, in which case ground transportation will be provided instead of air travel and winner will not receive any compensation in conjunction with such substitution) to designated airport nearest Southern Pines, NC; 2) Hotel accommodations at Mid Pines Inn for 2 nights for two (2) people in a (double-occupancy) room; 3) two (2) rounds of golf (for each First Prize winner only); one (1) round at Mid Pines Golf course and one (1) round at Pine Needles Golf course, 4) Swag bag from Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club, 5) ground transportation to Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club from airport closest to Southern Pines, and 6) Meet, greet & play golf with Brand Ambassadors such as Holly Sonders, and others to be determined.  Travel details will be provided and determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, at the time of winner acceptance and verification. Travel and accommodations are subject to capacity controls, availability, limitations, and other restrictions, all of which are subject to change at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Trip package fulfillment for the Grand Prize winner will be coordinated and determined by Sponsor (or its designee); all accommodations and airfare are SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. Travel may not occur during resort or airline blackout periods. Once travel is booked, no change, extension or substitution of trip dates is permitted, except by Sponsor at its sole discretion. The Released Parties shall have no responsibility or liability for cancellations and/or delays or any change by the air carrier(s), lodging facilities, or other company or any other persons providing any of components of the prizes for the First Prize winner and his/her guest due to reasons beyond the Released Parties’ control. First Prize winner must provide own transportation for themselves and their travel companions to and from departure airport. It is the responsibility of the First Prize winner and his/her travel guest to arrive at the departure airport on time for their flights, with proper government-issued travel documentation and proper identification. Certain travel and security restrictions may apply and it is the responsibility of the First Prize winner and travel guest to comply with all travel, security and other laws, regulations, airline passenger and accommodation rules that apply to them. The First Prize Winner and his/her guest will be solely responsible for all other expenses while redeeming the First Prize Trip package not specifically set forth herein including but not limited to: airline charges, passport/visa, travel insurance, ground transportation in and around destination location, meals, beverages, taxes, gratuities, merchandise, souvenirs, hotel services, telephone charges, tips/gratuities, side trips and excursions, and any other incidentals. Winner and travel companion must execute liability/publicity releases prior to issuance of travel documents. The travel companion must be the age of majority in their applicable jurisdiction of residence.  In the event that any prize component of the Trip package is not available, cancelled or rescheduled for any reason, then the remaining elements of the prize shall constitute full satisfaction of Sponsor’s prize obligation to winner and no additional compensation will be awarded. The First Prize awarded consisting of products/services for two (2) people require that the First Prize winner and travel guest redeem the First Prize together.  If the First Prize winner chooses to take the Trip without a guest, then the remaining elements of the Prize shall constitute full satisfaction of Sponsor’s prize obligation to winner and no additional compensation will be awarded.  Sponsor will not replace any of the prize components that are lost, mutilated, or stolen. The Approximate Retail Value (“ARV) of each First Prize is $3,125. Any difference between stated ARV and actual value of First Prize will not be awarded. The First Prize Trip must be taken on May 14-16, 2021, or prize will be forfeited and no compensation will be awarded.

The Grand Prize will receive a $25,000 cash prize. The Grand Prize will be awarded as a check to the Grand Prize winner. The maximum Total Prize pool value is $50,000.

VII. PRIZE WINNER SELECTION:  The First Prize winners will be selected from among all eligible entries received, in a random drawing on or about April 13, 2020, by the Administrator, an independent judging organization, whose decisions are final and not subject to challenge and/or appeal in all matters relating to this Sweepstakes. Odds of winning a prize will depend on the total number of eligible entries received. Each First Prize Winner will be notified by telephone and/or e-mail.  The Grand Prize winner will be selected in a random drawing on or about April 13, 2021 from the up to eight (6) First Prize winners attending the Trip.  Upon initial notification and verification of the Prize Winner, confirmation will be sent to the prize winner via e-mail, or other home delivery service of Sponsor’s choice.

VIII. PRIZE TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Prize Winner is required to comply with any and all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations. If a Canadian citizen wins a prize they will be required to answer, unaided, a mathematical skill-testing question. Each First Prize Winner will be required to complete and sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity and IRS form (W9 form – if US resident; W-8BEN – if Canada resident) and provide proof of identity (collectively, the “Prize Acceptance Release”), and return it within three (3) days of written notification or the prize may be forfeited and an alternate potential winner selected, time-permitting.  If a prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to a potential winner, if potential winner cannot be reached within two (2) calendar days from the first notification attempt, if potential winner fails to return requisite document within the specified time period, or if the winner is from Canada and the skill question is not correctly answered, and/or if a potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, then such person shall be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected for the prize at issue. To claim a prize, you will be required to provide your correct full-name, mailing address, date of birth, telephone number and/or e-mail address. The Prize Acceptance Release is subject to verification by Sponsor and all potential winners are subject to verification before any prize will be awarded.

The Sponsor and Released Parties have not made any warranty, representation or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to any prize awarded and specifically disclaim all such warranties, including, without limitation, any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. The prize is awarded “AS IS” and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND either expressed or implied. A prize may not be sold, traded, or commissioned, and is not exchangeable, transferable, or redeemable for cash except in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Prize details and availability are subject to change. There are no substitutions unless specified by the Sponsor. The Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to substitute any prize (or prize component) with another prize (or prize component) of equal or greater value. Sweepstakes Administrator is not the supplier or guarantor of any prize. Prize may be fulfilled by a third party. The Sponsor and Released Parties are not in any way responsible or liable for damages resulting from shipping and handling, loss, use or misuse of any prize awarded in this Sweepstakes.

Prize Winner will be solely responsible for all federal, state and/or local taxes, and for any other fees or costs associated with the prize they receive. The stated “ARV” of the prizes is based on available information provided to Sponsor, and any difference in ARV at the time of awarding will not be awarded, and the value of any prize awarded to a winner will be reported for tax purposes as required by law. The Prize Winner will be required to provide Sponsor with a valid social security number (as the ARV of the prize is equal or greater than $600) before a prize will be awarded for tax reporting purposes.  An IRS Form 1099 will be issued in the name of the Grand Prize and First Prize winners for the total ARV of the respective Prize, as stated above, in the calendar year the prize was won. All properly claimed prizes will be awarded.

The Prize Winner’s acceptance of a prize constitutes permission (except where prohibited) for the Sponsor to use the winner’s name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, statements and address (city and state) for any and all editorial, public relations, advertising and/or promotional purposes regarding this Sweepstakes as determined by Sponsor, in all forms of media and by all manners (now and hereafter known),worldwide, including but not limited to the Internet, newspapers and other print media, radio and television, in perpetuity, without notice, consent, review or approval or further compensation.

IX. MODIFICATION: In no event will Sponsor be obligated to award more prizes than the number of prizes stated in these Official Rules. If for any reason Sponsor determines, in its sole discretion, that the Sweepstakes is no longer capable of running as intended by these Official Rules for any reason whatsoever, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate, suspend, postpone, delay or modify the Sweepstakes, in whole or in part, including, but not limited to, any occurrences described in Rule section V above, or any other causes which may corrupt or impair the integrity, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes.  If Sponsor determines that more prize claims are submitted or more prize notices are distributed than the number of prizes offered in these Official Rules, Sponsor shall immediately suspend all drawings and prize awards, and Sponsor reserves the right to award any remaining prizes (up to the total set forth in these Official Rules) in a manner deemed fair and equitable by Sponsor. For example, Sponsor may select a winner in a random drawing from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment or conducted a random drawing among all prize claimants, and neither Sponsor, the Administrator nor any of the Released Parties shall have any further liability to any entrant in connection with the Sweepstakes.

X. RELEASES: All Participants, as a condition of participation in this Sweepstakes, agree to indemnify, release and hold harmless the Sponsor, Released Parties, and their designees and assigns and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents, from and against any and all liability, claims, damages, injuries or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages, or losses to persons or property which may be sustained in connection with: (a)  participating in any aspect of the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, while preparing for, participating in and/or traveling to or from any prize or Sweepstakes-related activity, including, without limitation, any injury, damage, death, loss or accident to person or property; (b) the receipt, ownership, possession, use or misuse of any prize awarded or; (c) viruses or any downloading or other problems with the Sweepstakes Application, or (d) any typographical or other error in these Official Rules or the announcement of offering of any prize. Entrants further acknowledge that the Sponsor and Released Parties makes no representations or warranties of any kind concerning the appearance, safety or performance of any prize, except for any manufacturer’s warranty as may be included with the prize. In no event will Sponsor or Release Parties, its affiliates or their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, whether direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, punitive or other damages. The prize winner bears all risk of loss or damage to his/her respective prize immediately upon receipt.

XI. GOVERNING LAW/DISPUTES: By participating, Participants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and Administrator, which are final and binding in all respects. Except where prohibited by law, Participants agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or any Prize awarded, or the determination of the Winner, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and any judicial proceeding shall take place in a federal or state court in Charlotte, North Carolina; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Promotion, but in no event legal fees; and (3) under no circumstances may Participant obtain awards for, and Participant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Participants, Sponsor, or the Released Parties in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of North Carolina without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of North Carolina or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of North Carolina.

XII. OFFICIAL SWEEPSTAKES RULES REQUEST: For a copy of these Official Rules, send a request specifying Official Rules along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope postmarked by April 4, 2021 and received by April 9, 2021 and mail to: Compliance / “Golf Critique Giveaway” Sweepstakes Official Rules, Box 469, Stonington, CT 06378.

XIII. WINNER LIST REQUEST: To request confirmation of the name and city/state of residence for the winner, please send a self-addressed, stamped business size envelope, by April 30, 2021, to: Compliance / “Golf Critique Giveaway” Sweepstakes Winners List, Box 469, Stonington, CT 06378.  Requests that are incomplete or received after April 30, 2021 will not be acknowledged or returned.

XIV. SPONSOR: The Golf Critique, Inc. P.O. Box 4431 Pinehurst, NC  28374

XV. ADMINISTRATOR: Compliance Sweepstakes Services, Box 469, Stonington, CT 06378 (the “Administrator”).

XVI.  MISCELLANEOUS: The names of individuals, groups, companies, products and services mentioned herein, and any corresponding likenesses, logos and images thereof reproduced herein, have been used for identification purposes only and may be the copyrighted properties and trademarks of their respective owners. The mention of any individual, group or company, or the inclusion of a product or service as a prize, does not imply any association with or endorsement by such individual, group or company or the manufacturer or distributor of such product or service and, except as otherwise indicated, no association or endorsement is intended or should be inferred. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules or the Prize Acceptance Release will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any provision of the Official Rules or the Prize Acceptance Release is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions will remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules will not constitute a waiver of that provision. For Participant, to the extent there is a conflict between Official Rules appearing any other location and any terms of use or other agreements posted on the Sponsor’s Website, these are the Official Rules to be abided by.

Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club and Pine Needles Lodge & Golf course, and each of their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, shareholders, representatives, officers, directors, agents, and employees will have no liability or responsibility for any claim arising in connection with the participation in this sweepstakes or any prize awarded, and have not offered or sponsored this sweepstakes in any way.