Season Long Match Play Information & Rules


How does the “Season Long” match play work?

  • Match play is a scoring system for golf in which a player, or team, earns a point for each hole in which they have bested their opponents; as opposed to stroke play, in which the total number of strokes is counted over one or more rounds of 18 holes.

  • In a “Season Long” bracket, there are typically 2-3 weeks to schedule and complete matches

  • Once the brackets are set, you will receive the contact info for all opponents to schedule your matches

    • Each Player/Team are responsible for scheduling matches with their opponents

Before you register for any of the Match Play Brackets:

If you are restricted to the day and time you can play your matches, or are planning a prolonged vacation this summer, you are strongly urged NOT to sign up for match play.  There is normally a 2-3 week time allotment in which to play your match. By sometime in August, all Match Play brackets will be complete. You are responsible for arranging your matches. The Tournament Committee will monitor all matches. If both parties cannot agree to play the match in a reasonable amount of time, a coin flip will decide the winner of the match, regardless of which round it is. This is a fun competition that can be ruined by those that are habitually tardy matchmakers. If this describes you, save yourself the aggravation and do not sign-up.

Singles GROSS

  • Payouts: 1st Place 50%, 2nd Place 30%, 3rd Place 20% ***TBD based on number of entries***

  • Location: All matches will be played at The Ponds at Battle Creek

  • FORMAT - Singles GROSS match play

  • All matches are 18-hole matches

  • Ties:  All ties will be decided by sudden-death playoff holes. (Please check with the course before moving on. You may have to find empty hole besides hole 1 to complete the match...but please, check with the course first)

  • Blue tees will be used for all matches

  • As a general rule, opponents are allowed to agree to play any tee’s they prefer. With that said, if there is any disagreement, the standard is the blue tees

  • Rainouts/bad weather: A match will be considered official after 12 holes have been completed. If you are forced off of the course because of weather before your round is done, even if you've completed 12 or more holes, you must allow one hour for the weather to clear before calling the match for the day

  • Scheduling Matches: Matches must be completed by the scheduled deadline listed on bracket board. Both Members are responsible for contacting the opposing Member and scheduling the match.

***WE ARE USING ELECTRONIC SCORING. PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE “USGA TOURNAMENT MANAGER” APP TO MANAGE ALL SCORING***

Singles NET

  • Payouts: 1st Place 50%, 2nd Place 30%, 3rd Place 20% ***TBD based on number of entries***

  • Location: All matches will be played at The Ponds at Battle Creek

  • FORMAT - Singles NET match play

  • All matches are 18-hole matches

  • Ties:  All ties will be decided by sudden-death playoff holes. In the Net division, handicaps do apply in the sudden-death playoff. (Please check with the course before moving on. You may have to find empty hole besides hole 1 to complete the match...but please, check with the course first)

  • Blue tees will be used for all matches with the following exceptions:

    • Those that have a USGA handicap Index of 25.0 or greater (18 hole hcp) may choose to play from the white tees.

    • The player playing from the white tees handicap is calculated from white tees and they would lose two strokes in 18-hole match

      • EXAMPLE:

        • Player A (with index of 10.0) plays from blue tees

        • Player B (with index of 29.0) plays from the white

          • Player B has a handicap index of 29.0 and calculates to a 31 for 18-hole match from the white tees

          • Because Player B is playing from a different tee than his competitor, there is another adjustment based on course rating; blue 67.6 & white 65.8, a difference of 1.8 (rounded to 2), thus Player B's 18-hole handicap would be 31 - 2 = 29

    • SENIORS that are 55 years old or older and have a USGA handicap Index of 14.0 or greater, you may also play the white tees with the same adjustment as listed above

    • As a general rule, opponents are allowed to agree to play any tee’s they prefer. With that said, if there is any disagreement, the standard is the blue tees or variables based on above.

  • Handicapping:

    • In a 18-holes match using updated USGA handicaps, check the GHIN computer for each player’s course handicap.

    • Handicaps are applied as follows: Adam Scott has a 18-hole course handicap of 4 and Bubba Watson a CH of 5.  Adam will give Bubba 1 shot in the match.

    • Apply the strokes on the handicap holes on scorecard starting with the lowest (hole 9 is #1 - front 9 are odd and back 9 even)

***WE ARE USING ELECTRONIC SCORING. PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE “USGA TOURNAMENT MANAGER” APP TO MANAGE ALL SCORING***

  • Rainouts/bad weather: A match will be considered official after 12 holes have been completed. If you are forced off of the course because of weather before your round is done, even if you've completed 12 or more holes, you must allow one hour for the weather to clear before calling the match for the day

  • Scheduling Matches: Matches must be completed by the scheduled deadline listed on bracket board. Both Members are responsible for contacting the opposing Member and scheduling the match.

2-Man Team GROSS

  • This is a “FOURBALL” competition -- or "BETTER BALL" -- where two players from one team take on two players from another team, each playing their own ball. The lowest Gross score for each side will be used as the score for each hole.

  • To play better ball match play, two golfers - we'll call them A and B - partner against two others, C and D.

    • On the first hole A scores 4 and B 5. The A/B team's score is, therefore, 4.

    • C scores 6 and D scores 5. the C/D team's score is, therefore, 5.

    • So, A/B wins the first hole against C/D, 4 to 5, going 1-up.

    • Continue this on each hole until one side clinches victory in the match

  • Payouts: 1st Place 50%, 2nd Place 30%, 3rd Place 20% ***TBD based on number of entries***

  • Location: All matches will be played at The Ponds at Battle Creek

  • All matches are 18-hole matches

  • Ties:  All ties will be decided by sudden-death playoff holes. (Please check with the course before moving on. You may have to find empty hole besides hole 1 to complete the match...but please, check with the course first)

  • Blue tees will be used for all matches

  • As a general rule, opponents are allowed to agree to play any tee’s they prefer. With that said, if there is any disagreement, the standard is the blue tees

  • Rainouts/bad weather: A match will be considered official after 12 holes have been completed. If you are forced off of the course because of weather before your round is done, even if you've completed 12 or more holes, you must allow one hour for the weather to clear before calling the match for the day

  • Scheduling Matches: Matches must be completed by the scheduled deadline listed on bracket board. Both Members are responsible for contacting the opposing Member and scheduling the match.

***WE ARE USING ELECTRONIC SCORING. PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE “USGA TOURNAMENT MANAGER” APP TO MANAGE ALL SCORING***

2-Man Team NET

  • This is a “FOURBALL” competition -- or "BETTER BALL" -- where two players from one team take on two players from another team, each playing their own ball. The lowest NET score for each side will be used as the score for each hole.

  • To play better ball match play, two golfers - we'll call them A and B - partner against two others, C and D.

    • On the first hole A scores 4 and B 5. The A/B team's score is, therefore, 4.

    • C scores 6 and D scores 5. the C/D team's score is, therefore, 5.

    • So, A/B wins the first hole against C/D, 4 to 5, going 1-up.

    • Continue this on each hole until one side clinches victory in the match

  • Payouts: ***TBD based on number of entries***

  • Location: All matches will be played at The Ponds at Battle Creek

  • FORMAT - 4-Ball Team NET match play

  • ROUND ROBIN BRACKET

  • 18-Hole Matches

  • Blue tees will be used for all matches with the following exceptions:

    • Those that have a USGA handicap Index of 25.0 or greater (18 hole hcp) may choose to play from the white tees.

    • The player playing from the white tees handicap is calculated from white tees and they would lose two strokes in 18-hole match

      • EXAMPLE:

        • Player A (with index of 10.0) plays from blue tees

        • Player B (with index of 29.0) plays from the white and would calculate to a 33 from blue tees and 32 from white

        • Because Player B is playing from a different tee than his competitor, there is another adjustment based on course rating; blue 67.8 & white 66.0, a difference of 1.8 (rounded to 2) thus Player B's 18-hole handicap would be reduced by 2 and therefore would play to a 30 from white tees

    • SENIORS that are 55 years old or older and have a USGA handicap Index of 14.0 or greater, you may also play the white tees with the same adjustment as listed above

    • As a general rule, opponents are allowed to agree to play any tee’s they prefer. With that said, if there is any disagreement, the standard is the blue tees or variables based on above.

  • Handicapping:

    • In a 18-hole match using updated USGA handicaps, check the GHIN computer for each player’s course handicap.  MAKE SURE TO CHECK 18-HOLE HANDICAP

    • Handicaps are applied as follows: Adam Scott has an 18-hole course handicap of 4 and Bubba Watson a CH of 5.  In a 18-hole match, Adam will give Bubba 1 shot in a 9-hole match. Apply the strokes on the handicap holes on scorecard starting with the lowest (hole 9 is #1 & hole 18 is #2 - 1st nine is odd handicaps and 2nd nine is even handicapped holes)

***WE ARE USING ELECTRONIC SCORING. PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE “USGA TOURNAMENT MANAGER” APP TO MANAGE ALL SCORING***

  • Rainouts/bad weather: A match will be considered official after 12 holes have been completed. If you are forced off of the course because of weather before your round is done, even if you've completed the 12 or more holes, you must allow one hour for the weather to clear before calling the match for the day

  • Scheduling Matches: Matches must be completed by the scheduled deadline listed on bracket board. Both Members are responsible for contacting the opposing Member and scheduling the match.

2-Person Mixed Scramble (Men & Women using Gross Scores)

  • This is a 2-Person Scramble Match Play Event where two players from one team take on two players from another team, each playing scramble format. The team with the lowest gross score on a hole wins that hole.

  • To play 2-Person Scramble Match Play, team A will play against Team B

    • On the first hole, Team A has a score of 4 and Team B a 5

    • Team A wins the first hole against Team B 4 to 5, going 1-up

    • Continue this on each hole until one side clinches victory in the match.

  • Payouts:  ***TBD based on number of entries***

  • Location: All matches will be played at The Ponds at Battle Creek

  • All matches in this format are 9-hole matches

  • Ties:  All ties will be decided by sudden-death playoff holes. (Please check with the course before moving on. You may have to find empty hole besides hole 1 to complete the match...but please, check with the course first)

  • WHITE tees will be used for all Men and RED tees for all Women

  • SCRAMBLE RULES:  

    • A scramble means that all team members tee off on each hole and then decide which tee shot they like the best and mark the spot with a tee or ball marker

    • The partner would pick up their ball and place it within one club length (no closer to the hole) of the marked spot

    • Each team member hits their next shot from the chosen spot

    • This procedure is followed on every shot for the remainder of the hole, including putts.  The ball should be marked on the putting green.

    • Putts need to be placed within 12” or length of a score card of the marked spot (no closer to the hole)

    • The first ball to go in the hole is counted for the team score

    • You may lift, clean and place your ball within one club length on the selected shot; however, you may not move your ball out of a penalty area (including bunkers), out of the rough, from the fairway or rough to the apron or from the apron to the green.

  • Rainouts/bad weather: A match will be considered official after 6 holes have been completed. If you are forced off of the course because of weather before your round is done, even if you've completed 6 or more holes, you must allow one hour for the weather to clear before calling the match for the day

  • Scheduling Matches: Matches must be completed by the scheduled deadline listed on bracket board. Both Members are responsible for contacting the opposing Member and scheduling the matche opposing Member and scheduling the match

***WE ARE USING ELECTRONIC SCORING. PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE “USGA TOURNAMENT MANAGER” APP TO MANAGE ALL SCORING***