Match Play Rules

Singles GROSS

  • Payouts: 1st Place 50%, 2nd Place 30%, 3rd Place 20% (roughly)

  • 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. (opponents can agree to play other tee's)

  • 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.


Singles NET

  • Payouts: 1st Place 50%, 2nd Place 30%, 3rd Place 20%

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

  • FORMAT - Singles NET match play

  • 9-hole match play (18-holes can be played if both players agree)

    • SEMI-Finals and FINALS will be an 18-hole match

  • 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 one stroke in 9-hole match. (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

        • Because Player B is playing from a different tee than his competitor, there is another adjustment based on course rating; blue 33.8 & white 32.9, a difference of 0.9 or 1 stroke in a 9-hole match, thus Player B's 9-hole handicap would be 29/2=14.5(15) less 1 stroke adjustment for different tee = 15.)

    • 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

    • Opponents can agree to play other tee's

  • Handicapping:

    • In a 9-hole match (18-holes can be played if both players agree) using updated USGA handicaps, check the GHIN computer for each player’s course handicap.  MAKE SURE TO CHECK 9-HOLE HANDICAP

    • Handicaps are applied as follows: Adam Scott has an 9-hole course handicap of 4 and Bubba Watson a CH of 5.  In a 9-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)

***with advance notice, an electronic scorecard can be made and sent to you with exact handicap and dots on card to know exactly where strokes should be applied***

  • SEMI-Finals and FINALS will be an 18-hole match

  • Rainouts/bad weather: A match will be considered official after 6 holes (9-hole match) and 12 holes (18-hole match) 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 6 (12 in a 18-hole match) 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

  • Payouts: 1st Place 50%, 2nd Place 30%, 3rd Place 20% (roughly)

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

  • FORMAT:  4-Ball 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. (opponents can agree to play other tee's)

  • 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 NET

  • Payouts: 1st Place $120 ($60ea)

  • 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

    • Opponents can agree to play other tee's

  • 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)

***with advance notice, an electronic scorecard can be made and sent to you with exact handicap and dots on card to know exactly where strokes should be applied***

  • 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 (GROSS)

  • Payouts: 1st Place $100ea, 2nd Place $60ea

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

  • FORMAT:  2-Person Scramble match play GROSS score

  • All matches 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 Men and RED tees for 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 hazard (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 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