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The Ranch and River Courses at the Alisal

Monday – Tuesday, April 8 – 9, 2013


1.         REGISTRATION:

All participants must check in at the SCGA registration table upon arrival on Monday morning.  



Round one starting times and pairings will be e-mailed to players and posted online at www.scga.orgone week in advance of the championship.  Starting times will range from 8 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m. each day of the championship.  Starting times and pairings for round two will be based on round one scores and will be available approximately one hour after the conclusion of round one. 


All players should be at their assigned tee at least five to seven minutes in advance of their starting time.  The SCGA starters will have information to discuss and distribute to each player in the group.  


Please note that USGA Rule 6-3 is in effect. Decision 6-3/2.5 states:

Q. A player's starting time is listed on the official starting sheet as 9:00 a.m. He does not arrive at the 1st tee until 9:00:45 a.m. and claims that, as it is still 9:00 a.m., he is not late for his starting time. What is the ruling?

A. When a starting time is listed as 9:00 a.m., the starting time is deemed to be 9:00 a.m. and the player is subject to penalty under Rule 6-3a if he is not present and ready to play at 9:00:00 a.m. Therefore, the player incurred a penalty of two strokes in stroke play.


3.         FORMAT:

All participants will compete in a 36-hole, net stroke play championship (18 holes each day – different course each day).  The championship field will be divided into four flights based on your lowest Handicap Index from December 15 to the March 1 revision (the same flight in which you qualified).  During the championship, all players will play to their lowest Handicap Index from January 15 to April 1 and will receive 100% of their Course Handicap (unless otherwise noted by the SCGA).  


Flight Breakdown (Players are flighted by lowest Handicap Index from December 15 to March 1):

Bobby Jones Flight (6.5 and below)

Jack Nicklaus Flight (6.6 – 9.4)

Arnold Palmer Flight (9.5 – 13.0) 

Ben Hogan Flight (13.1 and above)


Jones and Nicklaus Flights will play the River Course at the Alisal on Monday and the Ranch Course at the Alisal on Tuesday.


Palmer and Hogan Flights will play the Ranch Course at the Alisal on Monday and the River Course at the Alisal on Tuesday.


4.         TEES: 

Jones & Nicklaus Flights (River Course – Monday):  Play will be from the blue yardage and tee markers.  Course Rating: 70.9 / Slope: 121 / 6,451 yards / Par 72.

Jones & Nicklaus Flights (Ranch Course – Tuesday):  Play will be from the blue yardage and tee markers.  Course Rating: 71.6 / Slope: 129 / 6,542 yards / Par 72.


Palmer Flight (Ranch Course – Monday):  Play will be from the blue yardage and tee markers.  Course Rating: 71.6 / Slope: 129 / 6,542 yards / Par 72.

Palmer Flight (River Course – Tuesday):  Play will be from the blue yardage and tee markers.  Course Rating: 70.9 / Slope: 121 / 6,451 yards / Par 72.


Hogan Flight (Ranch Course – Monday):  Play will be from the white yardage and tee markers.  Course Rating: 70.0 / Slope: 123 / 6,101 yards / Par 72.

Hogan Flight (River Course – Tuesday):  Play will be from the white yardage and tee markers.  Course Rating: 69.5 / Slope: 118 / 6,099 yards / Par 72.



Players may make arrangements for practice rounds at their own expense.  Call the Ranch Course (805-688-4215) or the River Course (805-688-6042) up to seven days in advance of the date you wish to play and make sure to identify yourself as a contestant in the SCGA Amateur Net Championship. 


Beginning on Monday, April 1, both courses will be offering a practice round rate of $75, which includes golf cart and range usage.  Regular rates apply before this time.  Both courses will be blocking times for practice rounds between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7.  Regardless, all players must make arrangements prior to showing up for a practice round.


6.         DRIVING RANGE:

The driving range at each course will be open by 6:30 a.m. on both days of the championship.  Range balls will be provided compliments of the Alisal and the SCGA.


7.         LOCKER ROOM:

There will be no locker room available.  Players are advised to arrive dressed and ready to play.

8.         FOOD SERVICE:

The restaurant at each course will be open by 6:30 a.m. on each day of the championship.  Players will be on their own for breakfast as well as any other miscellaneous food and beverage purchases. The SCGA will host a player’s lunch immediately following play on Monday. Caddies and spectators are on their own for all food and beverage purchases.  


9.         PURCHASES:

Cash and major credit cards will be accepted for all purchases.



*Santa Ynez Valley Marriott                                       

555 McMurray Road                                                      

Buellton, CA 93427                                                         



*A special tournament rate of $109 + tax has been secured for the nights of April 7 and 8 for all SCGA Amateur Net Championship participants.  This is a highly discounted rate for this hotel at this time of year.  To obtain this rate:


ü Click on the customized link below (in red) which has been specially prepared for the Amateur Net Championship

ü Select your desired travel dates and complete the reservation                  




Or, you may call the hotel directly by phone and mention that you are participating in the 2013 SCGA Amateur Net Championship at the Alisal.


Other Options:

Alisal Guest Ranch                                          Pea Soup Andersens Inn                     

1054 Alisal Road                                             51 East Highway 246

Solvang, CA 93463                                          Buellton, CA 93427

(805) 688-6411                                               (805) 688-3216

www.alisal.com                                             www.peasoupandersens.com



Ranch Course at the Alisal                              River Course at the Alisal

1054 Alisal Road                                             150 Alisal Road

Solvang, CA 93463                                          Solvang, CA 93463

(805) 688-4215                                               (805) 688-6042

www.alisal.com/golfranch.html                     www.alisal.com/golfriver.html  


Directions: From Highway 101 take Highway 246 east to Solvang; south on Alisal Road to courses.






1.         RULES OF PLAY:

Play is governed by the USGA Rules of Golf.  Local Rules in effect will be found on the enclosed SCGA Local Rules Hard Card and the Notice to Players addendum distributed at the site.  Disregard all other club posted Local Rules including those on the back of the club scorecard. 



Distance measuring devices (without the capability of measuring slope, wind, etc.) are permitted.  Players should be cautioned that most smart phones with a distance measuring application do not qualify for use due to other applications on the phone.  For example, a cell phone may not be used as a distance measuring device if the phone also has other non-conforming features under the Rules of Golf (such as a compass application on the phone).  The mere presence of a non-conforming feature disqualifies the device even if these other features are not being used.  Any questions about such devices should be resolved before the start of the stipulated round.  Otherwise cell phone use is not permitted during the stipulated round.


3.         AWARDS AND TIES:

Awards will be given to those who finish in 1stthrough 5th place in each flight. All ties in all flights will be broken using the USGA method of matching scorecards (Holes 10 – 18, etc., from the second round). 



Golf carts are included as part of the entry fee.  There will be a maximum of two carts per group and two bags per cart.  Drivers must be at least 16 years of age (or older if club policy dictates).  Each player is entitled to one seat in a cart.  If a player brings a caddie, the caddie may ride provided there is a vacant seat in one of the carts.  Otherwise, either the player or the caddie must walk.    


5.         PULL CARTS:

Players may bring a pull / push cart.  Each course also rents them for $5.


6.         CADDIES:

Players may provide their own caddie (See section 4 on Automotive Transportation).  Caddies must adhere to the dress code listed in section 8 below.


7.         SPECTATORS:

Spectators are permitted but are not allowed in carts.  Spectators must adhere to any and all policies set forth by the club.


8.         DRESS CODE:

Players and caddies must be properly attired in golf shirts, slacks, Bermuda-length dress or golf shorts and "soft spike" shoes.  Metal spikes are not permitted.  The penalty for wearing metal spiked shoes is disqualification.  Jeans (any color or any kind), denim, cut off shorts, sweatpants, T-shirts and tank tops will not be permitted during any phase of the competition.  Hats are to be worn forward at all times.  Shirts must be tucked in.  Under no circumstances will this attire prohibition be waived for players.  All clothing must be in good repair.


By submitting an entry for any SCGA-administered competition, the contestant understands that his/her participation is at the sole discretion of the SCGA.  A contestant may be removed from any competition at the discretion of the SCGA staff or Rules and Competitions Committee at any time before or during the competition.  Incidents of unbecoming conduct or actions deemed to be detrimental to the image of the SCGA or the “Spirit of the Game” are grounds for such removal and suspension from future SCGA-administered competitions.  These include, but are not limited to, the following:


·        Willful damage of the golf course or golf course property

·        Club throwing or unnecessary club tossing

·        Offensive or unbecoming language

·        Public criticism of golf course or verbal abuse of SCGA staff, officials, volunteers, host club staff or other contestants

·        Potential endangerment of others

·        Conduct deemed unbecoming



To withdraw for any reason prior to the start of an SCGA competition, a player must notify the SCGA Rules and Competitions Department.  During business hours (7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) you may call the Rules and Competitions Department at (818) 980-3630.  To withdraw on a weekend, or during non-business hours e-mail Jeff Ninnemann at jninnemann@scga.org.  If a player needs to withdraw on the morning of the event, notify the SCGA staff person through the golf shop staff at the host venue.  Failure to notify the SCGA will subject the player to suspension from future SCGA competitions.