The BMW Golf Cup International is subject to the official rules of golf (including the rules of amateur status) of the German Golf Association (DGV) and the course rules of the respective golf club. The competition is held according to the DGV handicap system. Handicaps apply in the qualification tournaments and the regional finals.
There are four categories: Men’s A (up to handicap 12.4), Men’s B (handicap 12.5 to 28.4), Ladies (up to handicap 28.4) and the special class C (handicap 28.5 to 36.0), in which players with a higher handicap (up to 45.0) may also take part, but are assigned a handicap of 36.0.
Amateurs who are members of a club affiliated with the DGV or respective national association, and who are over the age of 21 on the day of their qualification match are also eligible to play. Employees of BMW AG and companies belonging to the BMW trade organisation, and their relatives, may play in the qualification tournaments, but are not classified.
Results of at least five handicap rounds from the current season must be available in order to qualify for the Germany final as a net winner. The rounds must be played before competing in the regional final. The handicap rounds played during the regional final do not count.
At each qualification tournament, the best-placed player in the net standings in the Men's A, Men's B, Ladies and special class C qualify for one of the two regional finals. Due to the large number of qualification events, two of these tournaments are held in Germany.
The net winners of the four handicap classes progress to the next round: the Germany final. The respective winners of the two regional finals go head to head in 18 holes of match play format. The winners of the Men's A, Men's B and Ladies classes form "Team Germany" at the World Final in the spring of 2018.
Due to the international regulations, the winners of special class C are unable to qualify for the World Final. However, they may travel as guests.
Players who have already played in a World Final may not qualify again for a regional final, the Germany final or the World Final.