CSGA Tournament Guidelines
The Tournament Committee has established minimum guidelines to enhance members’ enjoyment of the courses played and encourage good golf, fun, and friendship.
The guidelines include the following:
- Men’s and Women’s Tees. Based on their normal playing distances men may elect to play from the Regular Men’s tees or the Forward Men’s tees. The Tournament Committee will coordinate with host club personnel to achieve course lengths of approximately 6000-6100 yards from the Regular Men's tees and approximately 5600-5700 yards for the Forward Men's tees. At any event a member must play each day’s tournament from the same tees. The target for course length from the Women’s tees will be approximately 4600-4700 yards. When a tournament is conducted with players playing from different tee lengths handicaps will be adjusted to equalize the course rating in accordance with the USGA prescribed procedure.
- Tournament Formats. Normally, separate tournaments are played each day of an event but on occasion, a two day tournament may be held. A couples’ tournament will normally be played at each event. When a couples’ tournament is being played, those not playing in the couples’ tournament will have the option of participating in a stroke play event. The other day(s) will normally be separate men’s and women’s tournament events. The Tournament Committee will determine pairings and the formats to be played at each event.
- Handicaps. All players must submit their most current USGA home club handicap index at the time of registration for an event and their Golf Handicap Information Network (GHIN) identification number. If a player uses a handicap system other than GHIN, they must identify the system used in their registration. The Tournament Committee will verify players' indexes prior to establishing tournament pairings. Course handicaps for each event will be established by the servicing pro shop based on the tees being played, and course slope/rating from those tees. The maximum men’s handicap will not exceed 36 regardless of USGA index. The maximum women’s handicap will not exceed 40 regardless of USGA index. An index that produces a handicap above the maximum does not preclude a person from playing but the person’s handicap will be limited to the maximum. The Tournament Committee has the option of capping the women’s handicap at 36 for appropriate tournament formats.
TOURNAMENT RULES OF PLAY