Northern California Golf Association

 Senior Four-Ball Net Qualifying

Metropolitan Golf Links

Thursday August 27, 2020


Player Information Sheet


Club Information:                                      

Metropolitan Golf Links

10051 Doolittle Drive

Oakland, CA 94603

Phone: 916-482-3813




Note: Masks are required by Metropolitan GL around the clubhouse area.  Metropolitan Golf Links COVID-19 Policies.



18 holes Four-Ball Net Stroke Play (Two–Person Better Ball).  Men will play from the WHITE tees; Women will play from the RED tees.  Play will be 85% of the course handicap using a maximum current index of 18.4. All players with indexes of 18.5 and higher are eligible but must play a maximum current index of 18.4. The low team scores will advance to the Championship Proper at Poppy Ridge GC on September 14-15, 2020.


Scoring Unfinished Holes:

If a player starts but does not complete a hole, their marker shall record an “X” followed by the score he most likely would have made. This score is for handicap purposes only and shall not exceed net double bogey.


          Net Double Bogey = Double Bogey + any handicap strokes you receive


Competition Schedule:

The first tee time is at 8:00 AM off Tee 1. Players should be at the first tee immediately following the group in front of them.  Please do not congregate near the first tee.  Pairings will be posted Thursday, August 20th.



Caddies are not permitted at any NCGA event until further notice.


Practice Round Information:

Practice rounds are subject to availability and must be booked through the pro shop in advance. Please contact the course for the most up to date rate information.


Local Rules / Scorecards:

All paperwork will be available for players on or before Wednesday, August 26th via the links below:

  • Notice to Players (Local Rules)
  • Scorecards (scorecards are available to print as a convenience for players, but have no Rules status)


No paper materials will be provided or available on site.


Food and Beverage Availability:

To-go packaged food (sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs) and drinks will be available for purchase from the Sweet Spot Café (credit card and cash payment only).  Drinking water will not be available on the course, please be prepared to provide for your own water and food needs by supplying your own or purchasing from the Sweet Spot Cafe.  There will not be a beverage cart on the course.  The Sweet Spot Café will open at 7:30 a.m.


Practice Facilities:

The driving range opens at dawn.  There are only 21 stalls on the range, so please limit your warm-up to 15 minutes.  Range balls (a small bucket - 35 balls) are included for tournament participants.  We ask players to limit their warm-up and arrival time.  The practice putting is available only for the 2nd and 3rd up groups, meaning within 20 minutes of your starting time.  Please do not use the practice greens prior to 20 minutes before your starting time.


Player Cart Information:

Golf carts are optional at the player’s expense. Golf carts are limited, players from the same household can ride together in one cart. Additional carts are based on availability. Spectator carts are prohibited.


Additional Information: Prior to the first day of the event, you must make yourself familiar with the Player Handbook, Hard Card and Pace of Play Policy.  You, the player, are responsible for knowing this information.


Maximum Score: The maximum allowable score for a side on any hole is 9 (Rule 21.2 applies).


Alternative to Stroke and Distance: Model Local Rule E-5 is in effect. 


Scoring: Players are expected to download the USGA TM app (or GolfGenius). If you have previously downloaded the app please make sure you have the most up to date version. The player GGID is available on the scorecard PDF available above and will be given to you on the first tee by the starter.

  •  DURING THE ROUND - Within the group, players will be marking for one other player (just as you would with a paper scorecard). The electronic scorecard has a section for "Marker's Notes". This is the equivalent to the tear strip at the top of a scorecard where the marker may keep his or her own scores. 
  • WHEN IS ROUND IS COMPLETED - At the end of the round, all players in the group must report any rules issues to the committee and confirm hole-by-hole scores are correct.  If there are any discrepancies between your "Marker's Notes" and the scores your marker entered for you, they will be highlighted in yellow.
  • CERTIFYING SCORES - Once all scores are correct you will be prompted to "Certify as Marker" and then you will move to "My Scores", located at the top of your screen, and then be prompted to "Certify as Player".  This is the equivalent of signing a paper scorecard and satisfies the requirements of Rule 3.3b. Scores will be considered to be official and returned once the player has left the defined scoring area, the scoring area will be defined within The Notice to Players. 
  • Staff contact information is available in the Notice to Players linked above if you have any questions after your round. 


Code of Conduct – Flagstick: The flagstick must not be moved or deliberately touched by hand during the round, including with a gloved hand or a towel wrapped around the flagstick.  Any player who deliberately ignores this code of conduct policy will be considered guilty of Serious Misconduct (see Rule 1.2b), the penalty for which is Disqualification.


Holing Out: Metropolitan GL has installed a foam insert that allows the ball to fall into the hole part way, while making the ball easily retrievable to minimize shared contact points.  The foam is treated as part of the flagstick, and if any part of the ball is below the surface of the putting green and is resting on that device or leaning against the flagstick, the ball is treated as holed.  However, a ball that hits the foam and does not come to rest with any part of the ball within the hole below the surface of the putting green is not holed.


Preferred Lies in Bunker:  When a player’s ball lies in a bunker, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:

  • Reference Point:  Spot of the original ball
  • Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference PointSIX INCHES from the reference point, but with these limits:
  • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
    • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
    • Must be in the same bunker.

In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rule 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.

Deciding Ties: Ties for the final qualifying spot will be broken by the USGA recommended method of matching scorecards (Committee Procedures, Section 5A(6)).



Any questions concerning this event should be directed to the NCGA Rules and Competitions Office at 831-625-4653.