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Aim of the Challenge
- Navigate the course attempting to get a (real) golf ball into a hole.
- Each robot will make three timed runs of the course.
- Robots are permitted to push or hit the ball, but not to pick it up.
- The ball should remain in contact with the ground at all times unless a ‘chip shot’ is being attempted.
- The ball must be able to ‘roll’ – i.e. no tight capture mechanisms will be permitted.
- There are several hazards on the course which must be avoided for a ‘clean’ round.
- Robots may not enter hazards to recover the ball.
- If the ball enters the hazard, it will be retrieved by the challenge judge, placed on a recovery spot and play will continue from that point.
- “Out of Bounds” (i.e. outside of the course) will be treated as a hazard and the ball replaced to the nearest recovery spot.
- The robot will be deemed to have entered the hole once the final hazard has been passed.
Ranking and Points
- Rankings will be based on the total time taken to play three holes, with penalties taken into account.
- Points will be awarded to the top finishers:
- 1st: 40 points
- 2nd: 32 points
- 3rd : 25 points
- 4th : 18 points
- 5th : 15 points
- 6th : 12 points
- 7th : 10 points
- 8th : 8 points
- 9th : 6 points
- 10th : 4 points
- 11th : 2 points
- 12th : 1 point
- 10 points will be awarded for getting the ball into the ‘cup’.
- 5 bonus points will be awarded for the avoidance of all hazards.
- 5 bonus points will be awarded for any ’round of golf’ completed in under 30 seconds.
- A 20-second penalty will be added to the run time for each hazard encountered by the ball.
- The robot itself is allowed to (accidentally) enter hazard areas without penalty.
- A penalty of 150 seconds will be used instead of the run time should the robot fail to get the ball into the hole or should time expire.
- The course will be altered from the 2017 version so that the slope at the start is significantly less severe!
- Successful robots last year ‘captured’ the ball with a loose pincer at the front. Remember: the ball must remain in contact with the ground and must be able to ‘roll’.