New Member Information Page
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NEW MEMBER INFORMATION PAGE

Welcome to Rancho Park Golf Club! We're happy to have you as a member and we look forward to seeing you at our events.  This page was created in order to orient you with a few of the important club policies so that you hit the ground running.

EMAIL/PHONE

We strongly encourage that you include your email address and phone number on your profile page.  Club communications are strictly done via email.  If there's a change in tournament status, or your tee time, you will be emailed this information.  If we don't have your email address, you will be out of the loop.

TOURNAMENT POLICY

To sign up for a tournament, visit this page.  A complete list of our tournament policies can be found here, but in brief here's a few things you should know:

If you need to cancel, notify the Tournament Director via email 48 hours before the tournament for a full refund.  If you cancel after the deadline, you will not receive a refund unless we find a player to take your spot.  Remember, RPGC pays for tee times in advance, so we're on the hook for the fees.

Check in at the starters table 30 minutes before your tee time.  Failure to do so will result in a two-stroke penalty.  Further, if you are not ready to tee off when your group does, you will be disqualified from the tournament in accordance with USGA rule 6-3.

Failure to appear at a tournament without notification will result in the forfeiting of the player's fees and a $20 fine before you play in the next tournament.

There are no mulligans or gimmie putts in RPGC events.  Finish everything. 

The club will post your scores for any event that we organize.  You are only responsible for posting scores for rounds that you organize yourself.

Please familiarize yourself with Equitable Stroke Control (ESC), and the maximum score you can take on any given hole based upon your course handicap.

Finally, please write the numbers on your scorecards in a clear manner.  We know this sounds like a no brainer, but you would be amazed at how many scorecards we receive that are nearly undecipherable. 

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 lead to suspension from tournament play or, in extreme cases, expulsion from the club - which we have done in the past.


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.

HANDICAP POLICY

Unlike other clubs, RPGC takes handicapping very seriously.  As such, we have invented what has become known as the Club Index

The Club Index has been in force at RPGC since 2011.  Prior to using it, the same members would win tournament after tournament.  They would shoot 93, 94 and 97 in recreational, non-RPGC rounds, but then shoot 85, 85, 84 in RPGC tournament rounds.  The Club Index serves to mitigate handicap manipulation by only taking into consideration scores within our tournaments.

The Club Index is derived from taking your lowest three of last six differentials played within club events.  In the event that a player doesn't have six posted rounds of which to derive a Club Index, we use the following method:

  • 1, 2 or 3 RPGC rounds played:  Lowest single round will determine your Club Index
  • 4 or 5 RPGC rounds played:  Lowest two rounds will determine your Club Index
  • No record of any rounds played in SCGA file:  You will play as a zero.
  • Have a valid index but playing in your first RPGC event:  Play at 50% your handicap.
  • If you don't have any RPGC tournaments in the last year, you will play as a zero (or 1/2 of your index if you have one with the SCGA).

For regular tournaments, players play to their Current Index or Club Index (whichever is lower).  For Major Tournaments, players play to their Low Index or Club Index (whichever is lower). 

For more on RPGC's Handicap Policy, visit this page.

POSTING YOUR SCORE:

If you are playing in a club tournament, we will post your scores for you.  If you are playing outside of a club event, post your scores on this page.  There's also a GHIN app where you can post your scores using your phone.

SKINS vs SCRIP

Scrip prizes are awarded to players that finish within the top five gross or net in each flight, as well as to the players that earn a "Closest to the Pin" on each of the par threes.  Scrip is not cash, but gift certificates that can be redeemed at the list of vendors we've partnered with.  For more information, visit our scrip page.

Skins, on the other hand, are cash prizes awarded for having the best score on any given hole.  It's important to know that skins are run by a private member and have no affiliation with the club.  For more information, visit out skins page.

For more comprehensive information surrounding all the policies of RPGC, please take some time to navigate around the site.  Everything you need to know can be found on one of the pages.  If you have further questions, please direct them to the specific person in charge of that issue.  The Officers page of the website is a great starting location if you need more information.

Thank you and, again, welcome to Rancho Park Golf Club!

-Thor Tandberg, President






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