2021 Thursday Night League
THURSDAY NIGHT LEAGUE RULES AND REGULATIONS – 2021
League entry fee is $125 per player and will be paid directly to the course. All players must have a Frog Hollow Membership which will include their GHIN handicap index. Starting time is 5:00pm shotgun start. Playoffs will have an earlier start time. You must be in your cart ready to depart to your starting hole 10 minutes prior to shotgun start. Hole assignments will be on the schedule. Score cards for all matches will be turned into the pro shop immediately after the conclusion of your match for posting.
All Men will play will be from the white tee markers. Women will play from the gold tee markers.
All league players will use their GHIN handicap. New players will play the first match using their GHIN handicap. Any player without a league handicap or GHIN index will receive 80% of the difference between their score and par for their first match. This will also be the score posted for handicap purposes. New players will use their league handicap until a GHIN handicap has been established. Additional information in the Handicap section.
Each player is to play their own ball and record their actual score for that hole. An “X” may not be recorded as a score.
All white stakes will be played as “Out of Bounds” requiring a penalty of stroke and distance. Lost balls also require a penalty of stroke and distance or for two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in this relief area.
If a player is in doubt that his ball is out of bounds or lost, please hit a provisional ball to improve pace of play.
USGA Match Play rules apply.
Every week, the club will have a side game for closest to the pin. Each game will be an additional 5 dollars cash and is optional.
The team that wins the prior hole has honors on the next tee (4, net 3 beats a 4)
A team may only use 1 sub per match. A team may not consist of 2 subs. Team players must participate in at least 50% of their team’s matches to be eligible to participate in the playoffs.
Absent golfer is responsible to arrange for their sub. If this does not happen, a sub can be arranged by his partner. A sub must pay or be paid for by absent golfer.
A substitute list will be updated weekly and available on the league spreadsheet. Any player without a league or GHIN handicap will receive 80% of the difference between their score and par for their first match. Additional information in the Handicap section.
If a sub is not used, the opposing team will be awarded 1 point for the absent golfer. The remaining golfer will play for his individual and team’s remaining 2 points. Players will not shift positions. If the A player is absent, the B player will still play the B opponent. Quarter points can still be earned for additional holes won after the match has been decided. A single golfer may play against both opponents if all 3 golfers agree.
Substitutes may not be used in the playoffs.
Teams are set on 08/01/2021. To be eligible, a player must have completed 4 matches prior to the 1st week of the playoffs. If a golfer must drop late in the season, and the new golfer can’t complete 4 matches prior to the playoffs, a league vote will be held regarding the roster change. Majority vote will decide.
The low handicap golfer from each team will compete against each other (“A” Player). If both players have the same handicap, they must decide prior to the match which is the A Player, and which is the B Player.
Team Match: The low handicap golfer will play as a zero. The other golfers’ handicaps will be established off the low handicap golfer. The strokes will be applied to the most difficult holes. The maximum any player may receive is 1 stroke per hole.
Individual matches are worth 1 point, team match is worth 1 point, for a total of 3 points.
If the match is tied after nine holes, each team will receive ½ point.
Once a match has been won, individual or team, ¼ points will be awarded for each hole won.
There will be no quarter points in the playoffs.
To win a hole, a golfer must finish the hole and record the actual score. If a golfer determines he is out of the hole and picks up, he cannot win the hole and an ‘X’ is scored for that hole. Any recorded “X” will be scored using net double bogey as the maximum score for handicap purposes.
When a golfer wins against a no-show, 1 point will be awarded. No ¼ points are available for that match.
If a golfer from each team is a no-show, 0 points will be awarded to each team for the absent player.
If teams cannot play on the scheduled date, they will try to arrange a make-up date. Teams can agree to reschedule their match to be completed no later than 4:00PM of the following Thursday. Teams who may not be able to meet the makeup date will risk a forfeit. That will be declared in favor of the team most able to meet the requirement. The team which can make the date will be awarded 2 points.
All league players will use their GHIN handicap. New players will play the first match using their GHIN handicap. Any player without a league or GHIN handicap will receive 80% of the difference between their score and par for their first match, adjusting for net double bogey max if necessary. New players will use their league handicap until a GHIN handicap has been established.
Please note: no player will receive more than one stroke of handicap per hole regardless of the difference in players indexes.
Playoffs – to begin week of 08/23/2021
All teams will make the playoffs up to 32 teams.
As a team loses in the League Playoffs, they are still encouraged to play in the weekly side games (closest to the pin).
Playoff matches are to be played on the scheduled Thursday. Make-ups are permitted if both teams agree to a make-up date. The match must be completed no later than the date / time the next round is scheduled to begin. If both teams do not agree to a make-up date, the team that was unable to play on the scheduled date will forfeit the match. The 18-hole Championship Match and Consolation Match will be scheduled for a Sunday. The League Outing and Awards Banquet will be held the same day.
A match is official once 5 holes have been completed.
In the event of inclement weather, league play is at the sole discretion of the Frog Hollow Professional Staff. Communication of a cancellation will be made via email and text and will be as timely as possible. If no contact is made, it is each golfers responsibility to be prepared to play at the scheduled time.
Notable USGA Rules:
If there a question on a rule, a provisional ball is to be played, noting each score. A ruling will be made by the Rules Committee (Frog Hollow Golf Club Staff) at the end of the match.
If a golfer has made a rule infraction, it is the opposing team’s responsibility to address the infraction at that time. In match play format, any infraction results in loss of hole.
All golfers must mark their ball for identification and advise the other golfers of his mark.
All USGA rules apply during a match. Any local rules due to inclement weather/course conditions, will be made at the start of the match by Frog Hollow Professional Staff.
Hole 9 – sidewalk on left is out of bounds (OB).
Hole 18 – street on left is out of bounds (OB)
You may “rake” and place your ball in all bunkers, as close to the original spot as possible.
For ease of understanding and pace of play, for ALL HAZARDS including ponds and native grass, you may take a penalty drop within 2 club lengths, no closer to the hole for any ball that enters any hazard with a 1 stroke penalty with the exceptions listed below:
For example, if your ball carries the left pond by #17 green, then rolls back down into the pond you may drop near the edge of the pond, within 2 club lengths of your point of entry, no closer to the hole. The same would be true for a ball that carries the left pond by #17 green, then rolls back down into the pond.
Ponds in front of the tee on hole #6 and #14. Your options are to tee off again or proceed to the designated drop area. In each case, you are hitting your 3rd shot.