Tournament & Club Policies
last updated:  01/12/20  |  Total Club Page Views:2,567,294

Rancho Park Golf Club (RPGC) members of all skill levels and in good standing with an established current index are eligible for competition in all non-major and non-special tournament play.

Failure to withdraw within 48 hours of the tournament will result in the forfeiture of your signup fee.

Withdrawals outside of 48 hours will be refunded. Withdrawals inside of 48 hours will not be. All refunds will be subject to a $5.00 processing fee that the club gets charged for from the transaction processor.

All tournament refunds will be in the form of a PayPal payment. Please send your account email address to the Tournament Chairman.

Failure to show up for a tee time will result in a $20 penalty that must be paid prior to playing in a future tournament. Your entry fee will be lost and added into the prize pool.


RPGC has the following Pace of Play regulation in effect: 

If your group is more than a hole behind for more than one hole, each member of the group will receive a 2-stroke penalty.  Continued infractions we be dealt with as follows:

First offense: 2-stroke penalty.

Second offense: 2-stroke penalty and three tournament suspension.

Third offense: 2-stroke penalty and one year suspension.

All penalties are subject to full review by the Pace of Play Committee.

Remember the #1 rule in Pace of Play:  Keep up with the group in front of you. No excuses.  The group behind you is irrelevant, do not worry about them. Your group must keep the pace with the group in front of you. Period.

Follow these tips to increase the pace of play:

  • Immediately play a provisional if your ball may be lost.
  • Go directly to your ball after everyone tees off. Don't group together.
  • Hit your ball if you're ready and it's safe, ignore honors in stroke play.
  • Putt out, instead of marking, whenever you can.
  • Go to the next tee when you're done putting, no need to wait for everyone to finish.
The city has appreciated our efforts and in return they have given us an opportunity to play earlier - on the basis that we get everyone out on time and finish on time. That privilege will be taken away from us the moment we lapse into our old way of doing things.

Here are some Ready Golf Guidelines to help you keep the pace of play so that everyone has a good time on the course.

The majority of our tournaments will feature live scoring (Scrolf), where hole-by-hole scores for each player will be input into a specific website. It is the responsibility of EVERY player, whether they are scoring or not, to make sure that his name and scores in Scrolf. If the scorer for your group cannot continue scoring for some reason (phone dies, he WDs, he's gone blind, etc...), just ask another member for the log-in and continue for your group.  

  • At check in, a scorer will be assigned for your group. 
  • In every group, one person must enter scores in Scrolf and one person must keep a paper card with all four player scores on it.  List the players by last name only. Write the names and scores clearly.  
  • After 9 and 18, make sure the scores on the paper card match the scores in Scrolf.  If they don't match, fix them. You have until 10 minutes after your round to make sure your paper card scores and Scrolf scores match.
  • Turn in the paper scorecard in the box in the restaurant after the round. All four players must sign the card.
  • If your scores aren't in Scrolf, you will be DQ'd. 
  • If your Scrolf scores don't match your paper card scores, you will be DQ'd. 
  • If you don't turn in a paper card, you will be DQ'd.  
For rounds played outside of the club, players must post their own scores.  Post your score IMMEDIATELY after your round. Failure to post your score immediately after your round will result in a penalty score being added on your SCGA scoring file. No exceptions. 

If the club makes your tee time, the club will post your score. The only exception to this rule is for the 2nd and later rounds of the "Self Scheduled" tournaments (Match Play Championship & 4-Ball Championship).  In these tournaments players are required to post their scores, as (T) Tournament rounds immediately after completing your round. No exceptions. 


Please review the Handicap Policy section for details as there have been changes to the policy, including the use of a Club Index.

Players are required to check in with the club official at the table 20 minutes prior to their scheduled tee time to guarantee play. If you miss the deadline, you will be assessed a 2-stroke penalty on your scorecard. Additionally, despite having paid to play, the Tournament Chairman reserves the right to replace you in the tournament should you not check in on time. If you experience an unforeseen delay on the way to the golf course, contact another member in your foursome or a tournament official about your delay.

Players must be at the first tee while the group in front of them is teeing off or they will incur a 2-stroke penalty. There should always be two groups on the first tee box: The group teeing off and the group on deck.  Players WILL be disqualified if they are late to the tee box. All DQ'd players will lose their green fees, their player pool money, and their skins entry.

Cart paths only within 30 yards of all greens (or as where marked by the course superintendent by rope, tape or signs). 

  • Penalty: 2-strokes for every violation.

The above applies to both golf cart drivers and riders. Handicapped carts are exempt from this policy.


Members shall not play any practice stroke on or near the putting green of the hole last played in any RPGC stroke play event. If a practice stroke is played on or near the putting green of the hole last played, the player shall incur a penalty of 2-strokes at the next hole, except that in the case of the last hole of the round, he incurs the penalty at that hole.


The Club recommends its members to make every effort to rake the bunkers immediately and efficiently after their stroke out of the bunker without undue delay. The rake should be left outside the bunkers in areas where they are least likely (in most cases, behind the bunker) to affect the movement of any ball hit by the groups behind.

USGA-approved measuring devices are approved for use at all events. The USGA decision permits the use of devices that measure distance only; devices that measure other conditions that might affect a player’s play (such as wind and slope gradient) are not permitted. 


Please adhere to Section I - Etiquette Behavior on the Course in the Rules of Golf handbook. If a member's device makes a sound on the golf course that is a detriment to a competitor, that competitor shall have authority to disqualify the member. Undue delay caused by abuse can also result in disqualification.


The Tournament Chairman will divide the field into halves or thirds (depending on the number of players registered for the tournament) based on the Current, Low, or Club Index depending on the type of tournament. 

Fees will vary depending on the event.  Prices are set by the board and clearly stated, tournament by tournament, on the website.  Included in the tournament fee is a prize pool fee, 100% of which goes back to the membership in the form of scrip prizes after each respective tournament. Fees go up $10 if players sign up after the deadline, and that $10 goes directly into the prize fund.


The deadline to ensure entry for all tournaments is typically ten (10) calendar days prior to the event in order to meet the City of Los Angeles booking cut off. 


City home & away tournaments start at either 7:04am or 8:00am. The official starting time for members will be posted on our website a few days before the tournament. Players are advised to check their tee times the night before the tournament - things change fast and often. Additional, there are times when the city allows us to go out early, please be ready to do so if called upon. 

All home tournaments provide a bonus per/flight for landing the closest to the pin on each of the par 3 holes (#3, #8, #12 and #16). The amount of the bonus depends on the amount of prize fund collected for that tournament.

Typically, scrip for home tournaments is awarded in the following manner:

$100 1st place gross
$80 2nd place gross
$100 1st place net
$80 2nd place net
$60 3rd place net
$50 4th place net
$40 5th place net

Scrip prizes are based upon the prize fund collected for that tournament, so the amounts will vary from tournament to tournament.


Ties will be broken by matching cards in accordance with the USGA Rule 33-6 of matching back nine scores. If the tied players have the same score for the last nine, the winner will be determined on the basis of the last six holes, last three holes, and finally going back hole by hole starting at 18 until the tie is broken.

Net ties will use the same
procedure but will include handicaps. For example, let's say that Player 1 and Player 2 are tied for 18 holes. We would then go the cards and apply .50 of the handicaps for 9 holes, .33 of the handicaps for six holes, .16 of the handicaps for three holes, and .055 for one hole.

In this case, if players had the same net score on the back, but one player had an odd number handicap, he would win by rounding up his extra 1/2 stroke.

PLAYER 1 37 0 0.0 0 37
PLAYER 2  37 1 0.5 1 36


Please visit our Golfer of the Year page for more details.


Please visit our Tournament of Champions page for more details.

The conditions of competition for both majors and special golf tournaments will supercede and contain exceptions to Club policy. Members should read the specific requirements for eligibility prior to registering to play. Some tournaments take place over a period of days or months and some restrict play to members over a certain age. Typically, the flights are determined by using the established low index rather than the established current index.


To be eligible for Major Tournaments, a member must
·         have an established low index,
·         must be a member in good standing of RPGC,
·         have competed in at least three (3) RPGC sanctioned tournaments within twelve (12) months of the Major Tournament. Participlation in the same event the year prior does NOT count as an eligible round.

The Four-Ball and Club Champions will represent Rancho in the SCGA Four-Ball Net Championship and Tournament of Club Champions tournaments. The lowest gross score by a player over 60 years of age in the Championship flight or the Club Championship will be honored as the Senior Club Champion.


The low gross winner of the championship flight of the Club Championship and the low net winner (from any flight) of the Tournament of Champions will represent RPGC each year in the Los Angeles City Tournament of Club Champions.


Play may be suspended due to unplayable conditions including the prohibition of golf carts on the golf course. The tournament directors will have the full authority to determine if play should be suspended.

Every effort will be made to proceed with play if it is likely that all registered members will be able to complete the stipulated round of golf without jeopardizing their health and safety. Because Rancho Park Golf Club does not own the golf course, we are subject to the City of Los Angeles' non-refundable policy once payment is made 15 minutes prior to the first tee time. We are not entitled to stop mid-tournament and resume later or reschedule for another day.

Please be courteous -- every time we have a rainout some people approve and some people disapprove. Although you are entitled to your opinion, please do not rudely complain to our volunteers who are only trying to do what's best for the club. 


Members shall be required to know and practice USGA Rules on Etiquette. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. This is the spirit of the game of golf. Failure to demonstrate etiquette and decorum will be considered to be a serious breach of Club policy and may be reviewed by the Board of Directors to determine sanction or penalty. In addition to any disciplinary action recommended by the Grievance Committee, you may be restricted to enter in future tournaments and possibly expelled from the Club.


All play shall be in accordance with the USGA Rules of Golf and the course local rules.  It is the responsibility of each member to know the rules of stroke play.  If in doubt on the golf course with any rule, play a second ball for a later ruling by the Tournament Director and or the Rules Committee Chairman. The club also requires that our members have an understanding of the USGA Decisions On The Rules of Golf and the specific conditions under which the competition is to be played. (USGA Rule 33-1). Please adhere to Section I - Etiquette Behavior on the Course in the Rules of Golf handbook. 


For Tournaments played at Rancho Park, the club Local Rules are in effect. These rules are spelled out on the tournament rules sheets and on the RPGC website, which is accessible 24/7/365. To read the Local Rules, click HERE.


For all RPGC tournaments, the Competition Committee shall be composed of the Tournament Director for that tournament and the Rules Committee. This committee need only be formed when there is a dispute or decision required. Anydispute or doubtful point on the USGA Rules or RPGC policy must be submitted verbally, in writing, or email to the Tournament Chairman within forty-eight (48) hours after the stipulated round of golf. If a dispute involves two parties, it will be the burden of the member making an allegation to provide a written or email copy of the pertinent USGA Rule or RPGC policy verbatim for reference to support the claim. Timely witness statements are welcomed to facilitate disposition of the claim. The Competition Committee shall review the dispute and/or doubtful point and provide the final decision and disposition.

Thor Tandberg

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