FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is my handicap listed for the next tournament, lower than my current index?
GPGC keeps a "GPGC tournament handicap" in addition to your "SCGA current" and "SCGA year low indexes". When we play tournaments you recieve the lower of your GPGC tournament handicap or the handicap your current GHIN indexes would produce. Also, for some major tournaments we use the lower of your GPGC tournament handicap or the handicap your low year GHIN index would produce. The scores used for a Tournament Handicap are only used as a barometer. The Griffith Park Board and Handicap Committee have the final say on issuing a Tournament Handicap.
How do cardoff tiebreakers work?
Ties are broken using the same system the USGA uses. Back nine score being the number one tiebreaker. BUT handicaps are calculated differently for tie-breakers. For example say Player A had an 8 handicap and shot 40 on the back nine for a net 36. 8 handicap divided by 2 gives them a back 9 handicap of 4, so they do shoot net 36. BUT Player B is a 9 handicap, which is 4.5 after division, then round up so their back nine handicap is 5 not 4. So if they shoot a 41 on the back (for tie-breaking purposes only) their back nine net is also 36. The players are still tied, so then it goes to the last 6 holes, still tied, last three holes, etc.
Where and when are the tee times posted for tournaments?
The Tournament Director will send an email to all participants of the event with tournament information including tee times and other information. But the pairings and tee times can also be found on the "Tee Sheet" tab after nagivating to the specific event's portal. They can be posted anywhere from 1 week prior to the tournament to 1 day prior, depending on how the tournament is selling and how busy the tournament director may be.
Do I post my score after a tournament?
If it is a GPGC tournament, your score will be posted by the Handicap Commitee. Please refer to the policies and procedures page for more info on score posting and handcap policies.
I should have finished in the top 3 for both gross and net, why did I only place in one?
In order to keep things fun, fair and maximize the amount of winners, we only allow you to place in one of the two categories. The computer calculates which category you would have finished highest in and places you there. When a player finishes first in both categories, the default is to place that golfer as the winner of low gross.
Can I play with my friends?
Of course. When you sign up, just mention in the comments box who you would like to play with, however the GPGC Tournament Director ultimately holds the right to assemble all foursomes to protect the integrity of our tournaments. The Marty Tregnan Memorial Tournament and the Christmas Tournament are our only 2 regularly scheduled guest tournaments when you can have non-GPGC member friends sign up to play with you. From time to time we will open other tournaments up to non-members and our bylaws state non-members can play a maximum of 2 tournaments per year.
Can a player get multiple strokes in the net skins game?
No. The net skins game is capped at a maximum of 1 stroke per hole. For example a 19 handicap would not get 2 pops on the number 1 handicap hole when calculating the winners of net skins.
I see there is a "reserved time" on the posted tee times page, can I move to that time?
No. "Reserved times" are the way the city structures their tee times. Tee times are listed as being every 6 minutes, but the 2 "reserved" or dead times (every :24 and :54 of the hour) actually make them every 8 minutes. You can contact the city if you want to spend time on this mystery, but there are many more unsolved mysteries in the world to spend your time on.
What is your refund policy for events?
Please refer to this page for the current refund policy.
Who runs GPGC and is this their job?
GPGC is a non-profit organization that is run by an elected board of directors as provisioned in the GPGC Bylaws. The board of directors are unpaid, but do get a discount on tournament play in return for the time they put into the club. Board members serve 2 year terms and a nominating committee is formed during election years to collect nominations of members that may be elected to serve on the board.
Why do tournaments cost more than the normal green fees?
All the extra money collected goes towards the event prize payouts, special tournaments, SCGA team events, tee gifts for certain events, etc. We are a non-profit and any extra money we may have at the end of the year will be used in creative ways to the benefit of the Regular members of Griffith Park Golf Club.
I placed in long drive or finished in the top 3, how do I collect that prize listed?
Those categories are paid in tournament credit. You can find your account balance here. The usage of credit is explained on the tournament credit page.
How does Closest to the Pin work in GPGC tournaments?
All tournament players are automatically entered in the CTP (Closest to the Pin) awards on Par 3 holes, but not all tournaments have CTP contests. Payouts are the same as above for Long Drive and finishing in the top three.
Note: All CTP and Long Drive event are cancelled until the pandemic is over and it has been deemed safe to start touching things again.
What about skins? How do I collect?
Both Gross and Net skins are an optional side game in all our events other than any match play events. As of 2020, all skins entries and winnings are paid via Venmo and $10 for entry into either Gross or Net ($20 for both). If you do not have a venmo account please download the app, create an account, and add @Douglas-Busse to your friends. He will be the contact for all skins in every event other than the New Years Super Skins event (which is part of the entry fee).
Which tournaments does the club consider majors?
There are currently 2 Major Events (Fourball and the Club Champinonship) but we have 4 trophies on display in the club house in which you may get your name on by winning:
- The Marty Tregnan Memorial Trophy - Club Championship
- An unnamed Trophy - Fourball Championship.
- Jerry Barber Cup - President's Cup (Captain and team members will get their names engraved)
- Charlie Chaplin Cup - Player of the Year
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.