“Golf Digest’s 2016 Armchair Architect” (the “Promotion”)



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By entering this Promotion, entrants accept and agree to be bound by these Official Rules.  Any violation of these rules may, at Sponsor’s discretion, result in disqualification.  All decisions of the judges regarding this Promotion are final and binding in all respects.


1. PROMOTION PERIOD.  Promotion begins 9:00 AM ET May 17, 2016 and ends 5:00 PM ET July 15, 2016, when all entries must be received (“Promotion Period”).

2. ELIGIBILITY.  This Promotion is only open to amateur designers who are legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are at least 13 years old as of the date of entry, except officers, directors, members, and employees of the Sponsor, the judging organization (if applicable), or any other party associated with the development or administration of this Promotion, and the immediate family (i.e., parents, children, siblings, spouse), and persons residing in the same household, as such individuals. For the purposes of this promotion “amateur” is defined as anyone who is not the architect of record of an existing golf course or one that is under construction.  This Promotion is void outside the 50 United States the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec), and where prohibited.

3.   HOW TO ENTER.  Visit www.golfdigest.com/go/2016armchairarchitect during the Promotion Period and follow the instructions to download the entry form and topographic scale map of the property on which the golf course is to be built. Using the map, create one (1) original design concept for the par-4 14th hole of the new Sand Valley Golf Resort in Wisconsin.  Mail your entry form and design concept to Golf Digest’s 2016 Armchair Architect Entry, P.O. Box 14310, Lenexa, Kansas 66285. You may also email your entry to  armchairarchitectcontest@gmail.com with Golf Digest’s 2016 Armchair Architect Entry in the subject line. Entrants may also submit scale models, paintings, computer generated images or use any other media to render their concept, however all entries must be mailed or emailed to the address above.  Entrant’s artistic skill will not be a factor in selecting the winning design. When designing your hole think natural, minimal, old school, bounce and contrary to modern convention.  The entry form and design concept, however it is rendered, will be considered the “Submission”. Entrants represent and warrant that their Submission is the original work of such entrant, it has not been copied from others, and it does not violate the rights of any other person or entity.  Entrant further represents and warrants that their Submission adheres to the fundamental spirit of the 2016 Armchair Architect Contest and does not contain any defamatory, obscene or otherwise unlawful matter or depict anyone engaged in any illegal, immoral or lewd act, any violent or pornographic material or contain any other inappropriate content  (as determined by Sponsor). NOTE: Sand Valley is an active golf course construction site and is off-limits to all but authorized personnel, for their own safety.  Anyone caught trespassing on the property in an attempt to see the actual piece of land on which the hole will be built will be disqualified from the contest and could be prosecuted for trespass.  Limit: One entry per person and one entry per e-mail address during the Promotion Period.  All entrant information, including e-mail addresses, is subject to the respective Privacy Policy of the applicable Sponsor.

4.  WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION.  All entries will be judged beginning on or about July 18, 2016 (the “Judging Period”) by a panel of judges comprised of golf architect David McLay Kidd, Golf Digest Architecture Editor Ron Whitten and course developer Michael Keiser. The judges will score entries based on the following criteria: originality of concept; feasibility of the proposed golf hole; and its potential for construction on the land provided . Any potential winner will be notified by mail, email and/or telephoneIf 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 as specified in Rule 9; (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, and, at Sponsor’s discretion, successful completion of a background check, such individual will be declared the “winner” of the Promotion.

5. PRIZE DESCRIPTION.  There will be one (1) winner.  The prize is a trip for the winner to the site of the Sand Valley Golf Resort in Nekoosa Wisconsin. NOTE:  This prize is NOT a golf vacation. At the time the winner redeems the prize, the Resort will still be under construction.  There are no hotels, restaurants, clubhouses or any amenities offered as part of this prize package.  Prize will include one (1) round-trip coach airfare ticket from the major commercial airport nearest winner's primary residence in the US to the airport closest to the site of the Sand Valley Golf Resort in Nekoosa Wisconsin as determined by Sponsor; accommodation for one (1) person for one (1) night at a location to be determined by Sponsor(most likely at a residence where the architect and crew are staying); the opportunity to meet with golf course designer David McLay Kidd (subject to availability). Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, use the winning entry as the design for the par-4 14th hole of the Sand Valley Golf Resort.  The total approximate retail value of the prize package is $2000, depending on exact itinerary.  Actual value may vary based on various factors, including fluctuations in price for airfare and/or accommodations, and distance between the point of departure and the destination. Ground transportation, meals, personal charges, telephone calls, gratuities, incidentals, and all other expenses are not included.  If Sponsor decides to use the winning design for the 14th hole, winner must be available to travel to coincide with the construction of the hole sometime in 2017.  If Sponsor is not using the winning design, the trip will be scheduled at a date and time determined by Sponsor in consultation with David McLay Kid and the winner sometime before the end of 2018. Both dates are subject to change based on unforeseen circumstances affecting Sponsor’s ability to fulfill 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.  If winner is a minor, winner’s parent or legal guardian must accompany winner on the trip and no additional travel expenses will be awarded should a parent or legal guardian be required to accompany the winner on the trip.

6. TAXES.  All federal, state and/or local income and other taxes, if any, are the winner’s sole responsibility.

7. OWNERSHIP AND LICENSE.  All entry materials become the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.  The copyright in any Submission shall remain the property of the entrant, but entry into this Promotion constitutes entrant’s irrevocable and perpetual permission and consent, without further compensation, with or without attribution, to use, reproduce, print, publish, transmit, distribute, sell, perform, adapt, enhance, or display such Submission, and the entrant’s name and/or likeness, for any purpose, including but not limited to editorial, advertising, trade, commercial, and publicity purposes by the Sponsor and/or others authorized by the Sponsor, in any and all media now in existence or hereinafter created, throughout the world, for the duration or the copyright in the Submission.  Sponsor and/or others authorized by the Sponsor shall have the right to edit, adapt, and modify the Submission.  In the event the winning Submission is used as the design for the 14th hole, winner will be required to assign all rights, including worldwide copyright rights,  in the winning Submission to Sand Valley Golf Resort.

 8. NO PRIZE TRANSFER OR SUBSTITUTION. No prize or any portion thereof is transferable or redeemable for cash.  No substitutions for prize except by Sponsor, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be substituted.

9. CONSENT AND RELEASE.  By entering the Promotion, each entrant releases and discharges the Sponsor, judging organization (if applicable), and any other party associated with the development or administration of this Promotion, their parent, subsidiary, and affiliated entities, and each of their respective officers, directors, members, shareholders, employees, independent contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively, “Sponsor Entities”), from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with this Promotion, including without limitation legal claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages, demands or actions of any kind (including without limitation personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction or property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light) (collectively, “Claims”).  Except where prohibited: (i) entry into the Promotion constitutes the consent of each entrant, without further compensation, to use his/her name, likeness, biographical data, contact information and his/her submitted design for editorial, advertising, marketing, publicity, and administrative purposes by the Sponsor and/or others authorized by the Sponsor; (ii) acceptance of a prize constitutes a release by any winner of the Sponsor Entities of any and all Claims in connection with the administration of this Promotion and the use, misuse, or possession of his/her Submission or any prize; (iii) any potential winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility (including social security number) and a liability/publicity/copyright release; and (iv) if prize involves travel or activities, any potential winner and travel companion (if applicable) may be required to execute releases of the Sponsor from any and all liability with respect to participation in such travel/activities and/or use of the prize.  Fully-executed affidavits and releases must be received by Sponsor within five (5) days from the date that Sponsor first tries to notify the potential winner. Sponsor may conduct a background check to confirm any potential winner’s eligibility and compliance with these rules.  By entering, you agree to cooperate reasonably with any such background check. If the prize includes participation in any public event(s) or publicity, or if Sponsor Entities intend to publicize the winner in any way, and if a background check reveals that a potential winner has engaged in conduct that could damage the reputation or business of any Sponsor Entity, as determined by Sponsor in its discretion, the potential winner may be disqualified and the prize may be awarded to an alternate winner.    If winner is deemed to be a minor under the jurisdiction of his/her residence, the prize will be awarded in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian who must execute the necessary affidavit and release.

 10. DISCLAIMERS.  (i) Sponsor not responsible for entries that are lost, late, misdirected, incorrect, garbled, postage-due or incompletely received, for any reason, including by reason of hardware, software, browser, or network failure, malfunction, congestion, or incompatibility at Sponsor’s servers or elsewhere.  In the event of a dispute, entries will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry.  “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet Access Provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institute) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.  (ii) Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or the operation of the web site or otherwise attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion.  Use of bots or other automated process to enter is prohibited and may result in disqualification at the sole discretion of Sponsor.  (iii) Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the Promotion if it is not capable of completion as planned, including by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure or technical failures of any sort.  (iv) Sponsor Entities are not responsible for errors in the administration or fulfillment of this Promotion, including without limitation mechanical, human, printing, distribution or production errors, and may cancel, terminate or modify this Promotion based upon such error at its sole discretion without liability.  In no event will Sponsor be responsible for awarding more than the number of prizes specified in these rules.  (v) In the event this Promotion is cancelled or terminated, pursuant to subparagraph (iii) or (iv), Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may elect to select a winner from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for any or all of the prizes offered herein.  (vi) SPONSOR ENTITIES MAKE NO WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS OR GUARANTEES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, AS REGARDS THIS PROMOTION OR THE MERCHANTABILITY, QUALITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE REGARDING ANY PRIZE OR ANY COMPONENT OF ANY PRIZE.  (vii) CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS PROMOTION MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND/OR CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. (viii) The value(s) of the prize(s) set forth above represent Sponsor’s good faith determination of the approximate retail value(s) thereof; the actual fair market value(s) as ultimately determined by Sponsor are final and binding and cannot be challenged or appealed.  In the event the stated approximate retail value(s) of a prize is more than the actual fair market value of that prize, the difference will not be awarded in cash or otherwise.  No substitution or compensation will be given for any portion of the prize that is not used.

11. APPLICABLE LAWS AND JURISDICTION.  This Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.  Issues concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York, without regard to any principles of conflict of laws.  All disputes arising out of or connected with this Promotion will be resolved individually, and without resort to class action, exclusively by a state or federal court located in New York, New York.  Should there be a conflict between the laws of the State of New York and any other laws, the conflict will be resolved in favor of the laws of the State of New York.  To the extent permitted by applicable law, all judgments or awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket damages (excluding attorneys’ fees) associated with participation in this Promotion and shall not include any indirect, punitive, incidental and/or consequential damages.

12. WINNER LIST.  For the name of the winner, send a self-addressed stamped envelope, within six (6) months of the Judging Date, to:  Winner List, “2016 Armchair Architect Contest,” Ron Kaspriske, Senior Editor, Golf Digest Magazine, One World Trade Center, 32nd floor, New York, NY 10007.

13. SPONSORSHIP.  This Promotion is sponsored by Golf Digest Publications, One World Trade Center, New York, NY 10007 and Sand Valley Golf Resort, 1697 Leopold Way, Nekoosa, Wisconsin 54457  (individually and collectively, the “Sponsor”).