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League FAQs

What determines the number of flights for an event?

For most games, the number of entries determines the number of flights. We like to have around 8 teams per flight.

How many teams get prize money each event?

On average, we pay half the field. If there are 24 teams entered, the top 12 would get prize money.

What’s a “chit”?

It’s the local word for prize money. Every member has a “chit” account at the Oakwood golf shop. You spend your prize money there. You can spend the money any time during the calendar year; they don’t expire until January 31 of the following year.

Who gets the chit prize money?

If it’s a skill prize (like longest putt), the person making the shot gets the money. If it’s for placing up high enough in your flight, 50% of the award goes to the male golfer, and 50% to the female golfer.

How do you calculate the scramble team handicap?

We follow the USGA recommendations for team handicap in scrambles. For a 4-person scramble, they recommend a handicap of 20% of the A (lowest) player’s handicap plus 15% of B’s plus 10% of C’s plus 5% of D’s. For a 2-person scramble, the handicap is 35% of A’s plus 15% of B’s.

Do all putts have to go in the hole?

If your score is to be counted for the team, the ball must go in the hole (unless the rules provide for gimmies, which we do in scrambles). If your score does not count for the team, you may pick up and use your “most probable” score up to your ESC maximum.

What is “in the leather”?

“In the leather” is the distance between your putter head and the putter grip, which is around 24 inches. To determine if your ball is “in the leather” (and qualifies for a gimme), you put your putter head in the hole and the shaft over the ball. If any portion of the grip covers the ball, it is outside the leather and must be putted.

What determines the chit payouts each event?

The number of golfers entered. We average $4 per golfer in prize money, so if there are 100 entered, total chits paid would be around $400.

How do you determine the pairings for each event?

Rule number one is you play with someone you haven’t played with before, if at all possible. After that, the pairings are determined by the game being played. If it’s based purely on net score (like 2 best net or Cha-Cha-Cha), the pairings are random. If the game typically favors the lower handicapper (like a scramble), teams are flighted by the low handicapper, and paired such that the team handicaps are the same within in the flight (“ABCD” in pairing parlance).

Why is my handicap different from other leagues I play in?

Most likely because in our league, you’re competing with golfers playing from different tees. In this case, USGA regulations require we adjust your course handicap by the difference in rating between the tees you’re playing and our standard tees (white for men and yellow for women).

How do I change the tees I want to play from?

You send an e-mail to our webmaster at president@oakwoodcouplesgolf.com. You’re allowed to make this change once per season.

What happens if we can’t play in an event we’ve entered?

If you cancel before Monday noon, you get your money back. After that, you don’t (but you can certainly attend the meal). If you cancel after the draw is made (Wednesday evening), you’re making life difficult for the organizers because it’s not easy to find a suitable replacement. And if we can't find a replacement, someone has to drop out (typically one of the Board members). If the webmaster is in an owly mood when you get to the course, this is likely the cause. You should make every effort to play once the draw has been prepared.

Can we still play if we forgot to enter by the deadline?

There’s a good chance if you let us know early. Just call or e-mail the webmaster, and we’ll pair you up if we can. You can pay us when you get to the course on Friday.

Who posts the scores for the league games I play?

You do.

What is the checkin procedure?

When you arrive at the course, park your cart at your designated starting hole. Check in with our volunteer starters on the patio behind the golf shop. After getting your scorecard (and any other instructions), check in with the golf shop. Then warm up, greet your teammates, and enjoy your round of golf.

What do I do with the scorecard after the round?

Bring it to the restaurant as soon as you’re done. Certainly before you go home, if that’s your standard procedure. Getting all scorecards on time makes like a whole lot easier for everyone involved. And you’ll find out your winnings earlier too!

Who can be a member of Oakwood Couples?

Any male/female couple who both have active GHIN numbers. You’re not restricted to living in Sun Lakes.

What’s a GHIN number and how do I get one?

GHIN is the USGA’s system for keeping track of your handicap. You get one by joining a league which has GHIN posting privileges. In Sun Lakes, any of the men’s or women’s leagues will do (and you can join solely to get GHIN access).

When do I have to renew my league membership?

By December 15 each year.

Who gets the chit prize money awarded?

Prize money is paid in the form of chits redeemable at the Oakwood Golf Shop. Chits for skill prizes are awarded to the person who earned it -- that is made the KP, longest putt, eagle, etc. Team prize money is split evenly: 50% is paid to the male member, 50% to the female member.

How are the tables assigned in the restaurant?

The computer randomly assigns teams to tables. You have an equal chance of going last as going first to the buffet.

Why is closest to the pin called a "KP"?

It's a throwback to the days when you were expected to know it was purposely done grammatically incorrect. It's like "OK" which comes from the purposely misspelled "oll korrect". Unfortunately, these days, misspellings on purpose are hard to distinguish from just bad grammar.