CLUB TOURNAMENT POLICIES
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CLUB HANDICAP POLICY
Too much for this page, but please read it - especially if you're a new player because you will play at a reduced handicap for your first tournament.
RELIEF FROM BUNKERS UNDER COVID 19 IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Players may take relief within one club-length by placing their ball and staying in the bunker.
LATE WD/NO SHOWS
Failure to withdraw within 10 days of the tournament will result in the forfeiture of your signup fee.
Withdrawals outside of ten days will be refunded. Withdrawals inside of ten days will not be refunded. That said, ALL refunds will be assessed a $10.00 processing fee that covers credit card processing fee and cost of all the headaches associated with having to rejuggle flights and tee times. Refunds will be issued the day after the tournament when we do our accounting.
Please note, whether you are on the confirmed roster or on the waitlist, it's your responsiblity to WD 10 days before the tournament in order to get a full refund. While you won't be charged anything if you are on the waitlist and don't get promoted, once you are promoted you are IN the tournament and cannot WD inside the window.
To widthdraw, click on the Tournament link in the navigation above. Find the tournament you're registered for and click on "Edit Registration" to request a refund. All tournament refunds will be in issued by way of your original form of payment.
Failure to show up for a tee time will result in a $20 penalty that must be paid prior to playing in a future tournament. Your entry fee will be lost and added into the prize pool.
PACE OF PLAY POLICY
RPGC has the following Pace of Play regulation in effect:
If your group is more than a hole behind for more than one hole, each member of the group will receive a 2-stroke penalty. Continued infractions will be dealt with as follows:
First offense: 2-stroke penalty.
Second offense: 2-stroke penalty and three tournament suspension.
Third offense: 2-stroke penalty and one year suspension.
All penalties are subject to full review by the Pace of Play Committee.
Remember the #1 rule in Pace of Play: Keep up with the group in front of you. No excuses. The group behind you is irrelevant, do not worry about them. Your group must keep the pace with the group in front of you. Period.
Follow these tips to increase the pace of play:
- Immediately play a provisional if your ball may be lost.
- Go directly to your ball after everyone tees off. Don't group together.
- Hit your ball if you're ready and it's safe, ignore honors in stroke play.
- Putt out, instead of marking, whenever you can.
- Go to the next tee when you're done putting, no need to wait for everyone to finish.
SCORE CARD SUBMITTAL & ELECTRONIC SCORING
Our tournaments feature live scoring, where hole-by-hole scores for each player are input into an app for the rest of the field to view. It is the responsibility of EVERY player, whether they are scoring or not, to make sure that his scores are posted electronically in a timely manner. You should never be more than two holes behind. If the scorer for your group cannot continue scoring for some reason (phone dies, he WDs, he's gone blind, etc...), just ask another member for the log-in and continue for your group.
- In every group, one person must enter scores electronically and one person must keep a paper card with all four player scores on it. List the players by last name only. Write the names and scores clearly. Don't put additional info on the card (like games or circles).
- After 9 and 18, make sure the scores on the paper card match the electronic scores. If they don't match, fix them. You have until 10 minutes after your round to make sure your paper card scores and electronic scores match.
- After your round, take a photo of your paper card (right side up and on one page) and email it to email@example.com.
- If your scores aren't posted electronically in a timely manner, your group will be DQ'd.
- If your electronic scores don't match your paper card scores, you will be DQ'd.
- If you don't turn in a paper card, you will be DQ'd.
POSTING OF SCORES
For rounds played outside of the club, players must post their own scores. Post your score IMMEDIATELY after your round. Failure to post your score immediately after your round will result in a penalty score being added on your SCGA scoring file. No exceptions.
If the club makes your tee time, the club will post your score. The only exception to this rule is for the 2nd and later rounds of the "Self Scheduled" tournaments (Match Play Championship & 4-Ball Championship). In these tournaments players are required to post their scores, as (T) Tournament rounds immediately after completing your round. No exceptions.
* New members without a GHIN index will play to a zero handicap their first tournament.
* New members with a GHIN index will play to 1/2 their handicap their first tournament.
* The Handicap Committee can adjust a player at any time for any tournament. A player can also be adjusted during Major Tournaments, regardless of the policy that states a player's Low Index will be frozen. "Frozen" means that a player's Low Index may not go up during the course of a Major Tournament, but it can be adjusted downward if the Handicap Committee deems it appropriate. When it comes to handicap issues, the Handicap Committee has the final authority to make an adjustment at any time.
* All members will play to their Club Index if it is lower than the Current Index or Low Index.
NO CHECK IN REQUIREMENT (NEW - 2020)
A player not on the tee box at their tee time will receive a 2-stroke penalty. If still not on the tee box five minutes after their tee time, they will be DQ. There will be no refund of green fees, prize pool, or skins money. No exceptions.
DISQUALIFICATIONS & WDs
For players that are DQ'd of WD, there will be no refund of greens fees, prize pool money, or skins entry.
CARTS WITHIN 30 YARDS OF GREENS
Cart paths only within 30 yards of all greens (or as where marked by the course superintendent by rope, tape or signs). Penalty: 2-strokes for every violation that applies to both golf cart drivers and riders. Disabled players are exempt from this policy.
PRACTICE BETWEEN HOLES
Members shall not play any practice stroke on or near the putting green of the hole last played in any RPGC stroke play event. If a practice stroke is played on or near the putting green of the hole last played, the player shall incur a penalty of 2-strokes at the next hole, except that in the case of the last hole of the round, he incurs the penalty at that hole.
RAKE PLACEMENT (UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, FREE RELIEF IN BUNKER WITHIN ONE CLUBLENGTH - PLACE BALL, NO DROP)
Rake the bunkers immediately and efficiently after your stroke out of the bunker without undue delay. The rake should be left outside the bunkers in areas where they are least likely (in most cases, behind the bunker) to affect the movement of any ball hit by the groups behind.
ELECTRONIC MEASURING DEVICES
USGA-approved measuring devices are approved for use at all events. The USGA decision permits the use of devices that measure distance only; devices that measure other conditions that might affect a player's play (such as wind and slope gradient) are not permitted.
Please adhere to Section I - Etiquette Behavior on the Course in the Rules of Golf handbook. If a member's device makes a sound on the golf course that is a detriment to a competitor, that competitor shall have authority to disqualify the member. Undue delay caused by cell phone usage can also result in disqualification.
The Tournament Chairman will divide the field into halves or thirds (depending on the number of players registered for the tournament) based on the Current, Low, or Club Index depending on the type of tournament.
Fees will vary depending on the event. Prices are set by the board and clearly stated, tournament by tournament, on the website. Included in the tournament fee is a prize pool fee, 100% of which goes back to the membership in the form of scrip prizes after each respective tournament. Fees ususally go up $10 if players sign up after the deadline, which is 10 days from the event, and that money goes directly into the prize fund.
The deadline to ensure entry for all tournaments is typically ten (10) calendar days prior to the event in order to meet the City of Los Angeles booking cut off.
City home & away tournaments start at either 7:04am or 8:00am. The official starting time for members will be posted on our website a few days before the tournament. Players are advised to check their tee times the night before the tournament - things change fast and often. Additionally, there are times when the city allows us to go out early, please be ready to do so if called upon.
All home tournaments provide a bonus per/flight for landing the closest to the pin on each of the par 3 holes (#3, #8, #12 and #16). The amount of the bonus depends on the amount of prize fund collected for that tournament.
Typically, scrip for home tournaments is awarded in the following manner:
$100 1st place gross
$80 2nd place gross
$100 1st place net
$80 2nd place net
$60 3rd place net
$50 4th place net
$40 5th place net
Scrip prizes are based upon the prize fund collected for that tournament, so the amounts will vary from tournament to tournament.
TIE BREAKING PROCEDURE
Ties will be broken by matching back nine scores. If the tied players have the same score for the last nine, the winner will be determined on the basis of the last six holes, last three holes, and finally going back hole by hole starting at 18 until the tie is broken. Net ties are determined the same way, but with hanidcap's applied.
GOLFER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Please visit our Golfer of the Year page for more details.
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS (TOC) QUALIFICATION
Please visit our Tournament of Champions page for more details.
MAJOR & SPECIAL TOURNAMENTS
The conditions of competition for both majors and special golf tournaments will supercede and contain exceptions to Club policy. Members should read the specific requirements for eligibility prior to registering to play. Some tournaments take place over a period of days or months and some restrict play to members over a certain age. Typically, the flights are determined by using the established low index rather than the established current index.
MAJOR TOURNAMENT ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for Major Tournaments, a member must have an established low index, must be a member in good standing of RPGC, and have competed in at least three (3) RPGC sanctioned tournaments within twelve (12) months of the Major Tournament. Participation in the same event the year prior does NOT count as an eligible round.
The Four-Ball and Club Champions will represent Rancho in the SCGA Four-Ball Net Championship and Tournament of Club Champions tournaments. The lowest gross score by a player over 55 years of age in the Championship flight or the Club Championship will be honored as the Senior Club Champion.
L. A. CITY TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
The low gross winner of the championship flight of the Club Championship and the low net winner (from any flight) of the Tournament of Champions will represent RPGC each year in the Los Angeles City Tournament of Club Champions.
INCLEMENT WEATHER AND COURSE CONDITIONS
If the city doesn't allow carts on the day of the tournament, the tournament will be cancelled (but players can still play on their own by paying at the starter). Refunds will be issued to all registered members if the city doesn't allow carts.
On rare occasions, play may be suspended due to unplayable conditions. The tournament directors will have the full authority to determine if play should be suspended. Every effort will be made to proceed with play if it is likely that all registered members will be able to complete the stipulated round of golf without jeopardizing their health and safety.
ETIQUETTE POLICY & SPORTSMANSHIP CODE
Members shall be required to know and practice USGA Rules on Etiquette. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. This is the spirit of the game of golf. Failure to demonstrate etiquette and decorum will be considered to be a serious breach of Club policy and may be reviewed by the Board of Directors to determine sanction or penalty. In addition to any disciplinary action recommended by the Grievance Committee, you may be restricted to enter in future tournaments and possibly expelled from the Club.
RULES OF GOLF
All play shall be in accordance with the USGA Rules of Golf and the course local rules. It is the responsibility of each member to know the rules of stroke play. If in doubt on the golf course with any rule, play a second ball for a later ruling by the Tournament Chairman and or the Rules Committee Chairman. The club also requires that our members have an understanding of the USGA Decisions On The Rules of Golf and the specific conditions under which the competition is to be played. (USGA Rule 33-1). Please adhere to Section I - Etiquette Behavior on the Course in the Rules of Golf handbook.
For Tournaments played at Rancho Park, the club Local Rules are in effect. These rules are spelled out on the tournament rules sheets and on the RPGC website, which is accessible 24/7/365. To read the Local Rules, click here.
DISPUTES & DECISIONS
For all RPGC tournaments, the Competition Committee shall be composed of the Tournament Director for that tournament and the Rules Committee. This committee need only be formed when there is a dispute or decision required. Any dispute or doubtful point on the USGA Rules or RPGC policy must be submitted verbally, in writing, or email to the Tournament Chairman within forty-eight (48) hours after the stipulated round of golf. If a dispute involves two parties, it will be the burden of the member making an allegation to provide a written or email copy of the pertinent USGA Rule or RPGC policy verbatim for reference to support the claim. Timely witness statements are welcomed to facilitate disposition of the claim. The Competition Committee shall review the dispute and/or doubtful point and provide the final decision and disposition.