2018 Men's League Information

Monday Night - 3 Team Spots Available, Tuesday Night - Sold Out, Wednesday Night - Sold Out

We are now accepting teams for current league night openings.  Please read through the league format and information below, if you choose to register you and your team please email msummers@mountainbranch.com

Happy 2018! 

Please take the time to read through this email so that you are fully aware of how the season will be done this year.  There is a lot of information in this email and it’s because we truly care about the leagues and the processes that come with it.  We are trying to answer any potential questions on the front end so nobody is surprised when the season gets started. 

Those that participated in 2017 have first rights to the 24 team openings in their respective nights.  If teams wish to switch nights they will be put on a waiting list for that particular night but moved to the front of the list ahead of the “New” teams that are on the waiting list.  If a team is to split up and both players wish to play with different teammates both teams will be added to waiting list for that night.  If a teammate loses his partner from 2017 and has a new partner (the original partner is no longer playing in the league) then that team can retain is spot if paid in full by 1/31/18.  Teams must be paid in full by January 31, 2018 in order to keep their current spot.  If those teams remain unpaid in full on February 1st we will refund the monies paid and let teams in from the waiting list that pay in full (2/1/17 is based on position on the waiting list and paid first).  All league registrations can be paid by Cash, Check, Credit Card, Member Charge (Unlimited, Weekday & Twilight Members ONLY) or Gift Card (Merchandise Only Gift Cards are Not Allowed).   

**Unlimited, Weekday and Twilight Members who join the league but their membership ends during the league season and do not renew their membership must pay the difference between the two memberships in order to continue to play in the league.  Those that do not retain their membership through the entirety of the league will not be allowed to play for their team until the difference is paid.**

The rate for this season will be $555.00 for the League Associate Membership and $230.00 for current Weekday, Twilight and Unlimited Members.   I know this seems like and increase but it’s NOT, we have built the weekly $5 fee into the entry so that we can streamline the start to each league night and ensure that everyone who participates is in the game.  This will eliminate teams not participating as well as league members having to have cash on them each week.  The Associate Membership along with the Associate Member benefits are included (with the exception of a free round).  You will still have access to all Member events with the exception of the Stroke Play Championship and Club Championship.  

In keeping with our efforts to constantly evolve and create the most fun, most competitive and most fair league around we have made some changes for the upcoming season.  Please keep in mind that there are 144 players between the 3 leagues and as much as we want to please every single person, we all know that will not be possible.  Everyone’s BEST interest is always at the forefront when making changes to the leagues and until we are fully satisfied with the previous season we will continue to “tweak” until that goal is met.  Once again we will evaluate the season next fall to see what changes should or could be made. 

This season’s league will be different from what we have done in the past.  We have worked countless hours on this format with the intentions of making each night a little bit more competitive, fun and more fair and potentially a new way to do the league.  This format, we hope, also will help hold everyone more accountable to the Rules of Golf and protecting the field.  The format for this coming season will be Better Ball of Partners Match Play, matches will be played off of the Low Ball in the group with still the max of 9 strokes the max being given.  Each league will be broken down into 2 divisions with the 12 lowest combined team handicaps being placed in the Mountain Division and the 12 highest combined team handicaps being placed in the Branch Division.  Teams within each division will play each other one time over an 11 week regular season with the exception of cancelations due to weather.  As always if the weather prohibits us from playing multiple nights we will make it up to you but the nights missed will not be made up in regards to the league standings.  We have always tried our very best based on technology and experience to make the correct call based on player safety and timing of travel.  This isn’t a perfect science as I have never heard of an actual Meteorologist having a perfect record.  The schedule will be set and kept for the season.

Example of Handicap for league night: Team 1 Player A is a 0 handicap and Player B is a 5.  Team 2 Player A is a 2 and Player B is a 12.  The match will be played off of Team 1’s Player A’s zero handicap , Player B on Team 1 will get his 5 strokes, Team 2 Player A will get his 2 strokes and Player B will get 9 strokes (the max).  Example 2; Team 1 Player A is a 3 Handicap, Player B is a 7 handicap.  Team 2 Player A is a 6, Player B is a 10.  The match will be played off Team 1’s Player A.  Player A on Team 1 will play the match at scratch, his partner will get 4 strokes, Team 2 Player A will get 3 strokes and Player B will get 7 strokes.  Player B on Team 2 does not lose 3 strokes off of his max of 9 strokes, he only loses them off of his handicap.  The reason for this is Player B is already losing strokes to start with because of a max of 9, we are not going to “Double” Penalize him for playing with strokes off of the max handicap allowed.  If you have questions or don’t understand the format please feel free to discuss with me individually via phone or in person to explain the process

The matches will be 9 hole matches with each hole having a point value.  Each hole is worth 1 point.  The team that wins that hole will receive a full point, if teams halve that hole they each receive a half a point and the team that loses the hole gets zero points.  The team that wins their match will also receive an extra point towards their 9 hole total.  If a match is halved after 9 holes neither team will receive a bonus point for the match.  Teams must win their match to get that extra point.  Players will be required to post a score for each hole based on each individuals Equitable Stroke Control Allowance.  Scores will be posted each week by the golf shop staff as we did in 2016.  An Equitable Stroke Control chart will be listed on the rules sheet for each night.  Players CANNOT take more than what their Equitable Stroke Allowance is in their matches. 

*There will ONLY be ONE official scorecard for each group/match – that card will require 2 signatures (one from each team) verifying the card after play.

Each night will consists of Longest Drive and Closest to the Hole winners from both the Black Tees and White Tees. 

Addressing the handicapping.  We will continue with the 100% handicap for players with a max of 9 strokes.  Gentlemen, we have worked very hard to try to audit, keep an eye on and flush out any “sandbaggers” that might be participating in the league.  Unfortunately without following each person in the league around every day of their lives and every round they play or don’t play, it is very hard to call someone a liar without proof.  What I can say is that this a game of Honor and if folks are going to find a way to cheat the system, they will do so and there really isn’t anything that we can do about it.  Based on this new format, teams are competing against each other instead of the entire field making teams more accountable to knowing the rules and not “letting” players get away with things that wouldn’t maybe affect them.  Our goal is to make it as fair as possible so that its enjoyable as possible for everyone.  If a team is to call a penalty on the team they are playing and the team disagrees, then knowledge of the rules or using the rule book will be a necessity.  Penalties are not called because opponents don’t like people, they are called because there are rules and if they are not being followed teams need to be penalized or even used to their advantage based on knowing the rules. 

Divisions for each league night will be made after the 5/1 revision date.  Teams that do not have both players with an established handicap after the 5/1 revision they will be placed in the higher handicap division of their league night and penalized 10 points off their total points for each week they play as such along with that those players with NH (No Handicap) will play at “scratch” with no exceptions until they have established an index here at the club.  5 18 Holes Scores posted after 3/15/17 will establish an index.  Teams will be assigned a team number within each division randomly after the 5/1 revision and the divisions are established.  Team numbers and the season schedule will all  be posted on the website. 

After the regular season ends the top 8 Teams in each division will qualify for a single elimination playoff tournament.  The top 8 teams in each division will be seeded 1-8 based on Win/Loss record.  Ties will be broken by Head to Head record, then by Total Season Points and if teams are still tied there will be a chip off on the putting green at 5:00PM on the first night of the playoffs of the team’s respective night.  The playoffs will be played over 4 weeks.  The winner of each division within their league night will play each other for that league nights championship.  The Playoffs will be played the same as the regular season format.  Teams that do not qualify are invited to come out and play 9 holes during the playoffs on their respective night.  Information regarding what time to tee off and how that will be established will be emailed to the league as we get closer to the end of the regular season. 

There will be NO SUBSTITUES allowed this season with this format.  This is an investment of your time and money and with the format being match play the final results can be altered based on who subs and who doesn’t.  For this reason and others we are doing away with subs.  Teams can still compete with one player from the team playing they will just be at a little bit of a disadvantage.  Matches that take place with missing participants will still play off of the Low Ball in the group that is actually playing.  If a team is complete “No Show” for a match that team will lose 1 point from their regular season Total Points as well as the match.  The team that does show up to play will play their 9 Hole Match against Par.  We will do our best to put a spotter within that group to witness the round.  Each hole will still be worth a point as in the regular matches and scored the same. 

We want to wish all of you a safe, healthy and great golfing 2018 and we are looking forward to seeing you soon!