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Hello! and WELCOME to the Sandtrappers Golf League website! 

Sandtrappers is the fastest growing League in the Peoria Metropolitan area

To learn more about our Thursday Morning Men's League

contact  Jerry Morey, Treasurer/Membership Secretary    309-369-4488 for more information.

Everyone is welcome - from 18 to ???.

You do not have to be retired or live in Peoria to join.

General League Information

Peoria Sandtrappers Golf League is a group of mostly retired golfers who get together to play the game they love.  We do not discriminate on the basis of age, playing ability, race, nationality, or gender.  Emphasis is on fun, fellowship, variety, and friendly competition.  We schedule 25 golf outings on Thursday mornings and 4 on Monday mornings. We play a shotgun start on a variety of local and area courses with different foursome pairings each week, Each week players are flighted: A, B, C, or D and each foursome has one player from each flight.  We play what we call "Sandtrapper Golf" which is essentially a shamble with some relaxed rules to reduce stress and speed play. We also provide an optional fellowship luncheon after most events, and a "Grab and Go" alternative optional opportunity for those courses that do have adequate facility to meet covid standards.

Members are encouraged to use the website ( for weekly information and sign-up.  Sign-up should be made no later than 4pm on Monday of each week.  Foursomes are set and published on Tuesday.  (If you have an emergency and need to cancel after foursomes are set, please contact Roger Nelson at (309) 424-6606). We encourage members to play as much or a little as they desire or their schedule accomdates. Dues for the full season are $20, ($10 if  a player joins after July 1st.). Each week, players kick-in $5.00 to a prize pool which is awarded according to how well each foursome does, (considering handicaps), and players' total winnings are distributed at the end of the season.


This season's schedule is posted here. Following the schedule, you will find the basic rules of play.

2021 SANDTRAPPER SCHEDULE  As of 3/3/2021
2021 Date Day Start Price 2021 Even/Course
22-Apr Thur. Noon   Luncheon
29-Apr Thur. 8:30 $29 Newman
6-May Thur. 8:30 $45 Mt. Hawley CC
13-May Thur. 9:00 $36 ISU/Weibring
17-May Mon 9:00 $35 El Paso GC
20-May Thur. 9:00 $27 Kewanee Dunes
27-May Thur. 8:30 $36 Pine Lakes
3-Jun Thur. 8:00 $47 Metamora Fields
10-Jun Thur. 9:00 $40 The Rail
17-Jun Thur. 8:00 $33 Kellogg
21-Jun Mon. 8:30 $35 Lake Bracken CC
24-Jun Thur. 8:30 $37 Prairie Vista
1-Jul Thur. 8:00 $38 Lick Creek
8-Jul Thur. 8:30 $30 Spring Creek
15-Jul Thur. 8:30 $32 Wolf Creek
19-Jul Mon. 8:00 $42 Arrowhead CC
22-Jul Thur. 8:00 $36 Pine Lakes
29-Jul Thur. 8:30 $32 Ironwood
5-Aug Thur. 8:00 $39 The Den at Fox Creek
12-Aug Thur. 8:30 $29 Newman
16-Aug Mon. 8:30 $40 Soangetaha CC
19-Aug Thur. 8:00 $34 Parkview
26-Aug Thur. 8:30 $27 Bunker Links
2-Sep Thur. 8:00 $35 Oak Run
9-Sep Thur. 8:30 $36 ISU/Weibring
16-Sep Thur. 9:00 $36 Lincoln Elks
23-Sep Thur. 9:00 $40 Deer Park
30-Sep Thur. 9:00 $25 Baker Park
7-Oct Thur. 8:30 $45 Pekin CC 
14-Oct Thur. 8:30 $33 Kellogg
21-Oct Thur.     Open
28-Oct Thur. 6:00pm   Banquet
Announcing:Sandtrappers 2021 Spring Luncheon 
Day and Time: Noon on Thursday, April 22, 2021
Place: Five Points Community Center, Washington, Il
          360 N. Wilmore Rd -- Turn north off Washington Rd. (Bus. 24) onto Wilmore Rd at the CVS and Walgreens corner.
Cost: $18 for the Luncheon -- Note our annual dues remain at $20. Pay just $35 for both your 2021 dues and the meal at the Luncheon and save $3.
Menu: BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich, Chips, Coleslaw, Cookie, Ice Tea, and Water.   The meal is served by Chef’s Catering (Monty Watson 2019 Sandtrapper).   Limited beer and soda will be available for purchase.
Sign-Up: Sign-Up on our website by April 15thIMPORTANT NOTE: 1) Click on RESPOND for the Luncheon, 2) Click on "1" to indicate you are attending, 3) Click on SAVE/SUBMIT to save your response. We won't know you are coming if you do not SAVE your response. (Note: Experience tells us that spouses are not very interested in our Luncheon talk of Rules, etc. So plan to invite them to our Fall Banquet instead.)
Added - First Time Special Swap Meet before and after lunch:Some have asked for it so here it is - our first ever Swap Meet. Bring those drivers, putters, wedges, etc. that you have replaced and replaced again to swap or sell. Bring other items that you no longer use, but might be useful to others: perhaps a rangefinder, a set of headcovers, or whatever. We will have a place in the opposite corner of our banquet room to display your items. Be sure they are marked with your name and your asking price. You will have time before lunch to check out the tables and after lunch and the short program to haggle and swap. 
State Guidelines for Social Distancing will be practiced: Five Points is providing us their largest banquet room so we will be at about 30% capacity. Ten person tables will be set for just six persons. We ask that you wear your masks when not eating to minimize the risk of spreading any virus. 
Program: There will be a short program after the meal.
Parking and Entry: TheBanquet room entry is on the south side of the building (to the far left as you enter the parking lot) with parking available close to that door. 
Hats off to Scott Jordan of your Sandtrapper Leadership Team for organizing all of this for us!!!

 The 2021 schedule is now complete and firm. You will notice some changes since last season.




Pace of Play—All players must use riding golf carts.  An individual’s score on any one hole is limited to eight (8), so if you are lying seven (7), and are not yet in the hole, pick up and take an eight (8).  Play “ready golf” and do your best to keep up with the group in front of you.

Prize Fund—A fee of $5 is collected each week when you check in to play.  TEAM PRIZES are announced after each event; prize money is awarded based on the amount of money collected at each event.  Individual winnings are recorded, accumulated and paid at the end of the season.

Handicaps—Handicaps are based on 90% of the difference between your average score and 70.  Handicaps do not include scores in the scramble events.

Modified Winter Rules – In all events we play modified winter rules where it is permissible to improve your lie by moving your ball with your club head a maximum of six inches, except when the ball lies in a sand trap or other hazard.  This does not allow “lift, clean, and place” nor does it allow moving the ball from rough to fairway (or vice-versa).

Sandtrapper Golf

Sandtrapper golf is a game where the standard rules of golf are modified in order to enhance enjoyment, reduce stress, and improve pace of play; yet retain the challenge of golf while maintaining fair and friendly competition.  Modifications are:

Sandtrapper’s Golf League usually plays a modified shamble format that we call “Sandtrapper Golf”. We occasionally play a best-ball scramble. The format to be played is listed on the schedule on this website.

USGA Rules apply unless specifically modified.

Sandtrapper Golf: Everyone hits a tee shot, then each player chooses one of those tee shots, drops his ball within one club length of that ball (same area i.e. fairway or rough) and plays his ball to the hole keeping his own score. Maximum number of strokes - 8.

Tee shots: All players in the group hit a tee shot. If the group is a threesome, the players alternate hitting a fourth tee shot on each hole. A tee shot hit out-of-bounds is out of play and one of the other tee shots must be used. Players do not all have to choose the same tee shot to use for their second shot.

Mulligans: Each player has two per round. They cannot be used for a tee shot or on the green. A change in 2021 - they may be used in a sand trap. Once hit, a mulligan must be played, even if worse than the original shot. They may be used back-to-back. Mulligans cannot be used in best-ball scrambles.

Provisional (mulligan) ball: New in 2021. If a player has one of his two mulligans still available and he thinks his shot may be unplayable, out-of-bounds, lost or in a penalty area, he may hit a “provisional” mulligan. If the original ball is found it must be played. If the original ball is found to be unplayable, out-of-bounds, lost or in a penalty area, the provisional becomes the ball in play as a mulligan. A player must make an earnest effort to find his first ball. A player cannot hit a provisional mulligan just to see which shot he likes best! This rule is an attempt to improve pace of play by not forcing the player to choose whether to hit a mulligan, which must then be played, or to go look for a ball only to have to return when the ball cannot be found. The rule will be tried in 2021. Cannot be used in best-ball scrambles.

Improvement of lie: A player may improve the lie of his ball by moving it with the club head a maximum of 6”, except when it is in a sand trap or other hazard. Ball cannot be moved from rough to fairway or vice versa. This does not allow “lift, clean and place”.

Gimmes: A player may pick up his own putt of 18” or less. Simple rule; simple purpose: speed up play. The temptation is to abuse the rule and that does speed up play, but at the expense of fairness to other players.

Lost Ball: If after a reasonable attempt (USGA says 3 minutes) a player cannot find his ball, he may drop a ball where he expected it to be. One stroke penalty.

Out-of-bounds: If a shot is hit out-of-bounds, a player may drop one club length from the point the ball crossed the OB line. One stroke penalty.

Ball hit into water: USGA rules apply. Options are to replay shot, drop on line from flag through point where shot crossed into hazard or drop in a Drop Zone, if such exists. If ball went into a lateral (red) hazard the player also has the option to drop a ball laterally two club lengths away. One stroke penalty. Change for 2021 - there is no longer a provision for a ball rolling back into the hazard.

Bunker (sand trap): A player may drop within one club length outside the trap, no closer to the hole. One stroke penalty. A change for 2021, player may use a mulligan in the sand trap.

Ball close to a tree, bush or evergreen: If a player’s swing is impeded by a tree, bush or evergreen, he may drop the ball up to one club length away without penalty. This is to gain a safe swing path, not to gain an open shot path to the green or fairway. This is a change for 2021.

Forward tees: Players age 80 and older may use the next tee box forward of the rest of the field, if such is available. This is a change for 2021, acknowledging that age may reduce distance but not the love of the game of golf.

Ball on cart path, in an area marked Ground Under Repair, or in standing water: Player may move ball, not closer to the hole, to a position that removes the ball from the situation - no penalty.

We have tried to make these modifications to the USGA rules as simple and straightforward as possible. After all, the objective is to increase the enjoyment and friendly competitiveness of Sandtrapper golf. Golf is a game of integrity. We trust that players will not violate that, but we sometimes observe abuses and urge players to be better and more fair. Examples include:

Picking up a putt that is clearly outside the gimme range.

Improving your lie by dropping outside the allowable drop zone.

Dropping in the fairway when it should be in the rough.

Dropping closer to the hole.

Using more than two mulligans.

Intentionally giving the wrong score.


Rules last updated: 3/5/2021


Sandtrapper League 2020 Leadership Team:

Ken Dawson, Co-Leader  focused on Administration    309-360-9006
Roger Nelson, Co-Leader focused on Events Management    309-424-6606
Jerry Morey, Treasurer/Membership Secretary    309-369-4488
Tom Custis,  Event Results Coordinator    309-213-5353
Dennis Forcum, Secretary/GCR Coordinator   309-696-7310
Al Kuhlmann, Web site Coordinator   309-657-1427
Scott Jordan, Special Events Coordinator   309-453-5478
Steve Bare, Yellow Vest Coordinator    309-453-2604