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Welcome, Sandtrappers! 

New & Returning Members & Guests!


Hello! and WELCOME to the Sandtrappers Golf League website! 

Sandtrappers is one of the fastest growing Leagues in the Peoria Metropolitan area

To learn more about our Thursday Morning League contact  

Jerry Morey, Treasurer and Membership Secretary    309-369-4488 

Everyone is welcome - from 18 to ???.

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



Results from Baker Park - September 21


Today was one of the very few Sandtrapper event dates that did not have ideal golfing weather.  Nonetheless, 71 members persevered through on and off light rain (more on than off) along with chilly, breezy conditions to tackle the fun Baker Park course in Kewanee.  Due to the conditions, scores in general were elevated, even higher than Monday at Lake Bracken.  Congratulations to our winning team of Dave Cochran, Dave Staab, Jim Blane, and Dave Spiller whose team total net 269 was the only one posted under par today.  Honor scores were harder to come by, but especially noteworthy for that very reason:

Low Gross:
66--Dave Cochran
74--Dan Mooney, Mark Chilton
77--Roger Nelson, Jim Snyder, Stan Ulrich, Randy Blum
78--Mike Hieber
Low Net:
63--Dave Cochran
67--Dave Spiller, Jim Snyder, Mike Hieber
68--Jim Phillips
69--Jim Blane, Scot Craig, Bill Hahn, Roy Saatkamp, Mark Chilton, Rocky Snell, Bob Nault
The long putt on #18 was sunk by Bill Eaton; the closest-to-the-pin on #6 was hit by John Butler.  At lunch, free rounds of golf were won via random drawing by Mike Rossiter and Dave Staab. Congratulations to all !!
A black with red trim rangefinder case (from The Golfing Store) was left in a cart.  Let me know if this was yours.  Check your sign ups for next week at Pine Lakes, and for all remaining events. 

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 haave scheduled 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 up play. A couple times a season, we play best-ball scrambles and also a few flighted events where we put A/B players in foursomes and the C/D players in other foursomes. We also provide an optional fellowship luncheon after some of the events.

Members are encouraged to use the website ( for weekly information and sign-up.  Sign-up should be made no later than 4:00 pm on Monday of each week.  Foursomes are set and published on Wednesday morning.  (If you have an emergency and need to cancel after foursomes are set, please contact Scott Jordan at 309-453-5478, Roy Saatkamp at 309-335-6862, or Roger Nelson at 309-424-6606

There are four Monday events this year. The deadline to sign-up for those is 4:00 pm on Thursday prior to the Monday event. Parings will be published by that Saturday.

We encourage members to play as much or as little as they desire or their schedule accomodates. Dues for the full season are $20. 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 and is being updated as more information is gathered from the courses. Following the schedule, you will find the basic rules of play.

2023 Sandtrappers Schedule
            Updated as of 3/1/23        
Date Day Start Event/Course Green Fee Lunch Game (if not S/Trp) L/A
20-Apr Thursday Noon Kick-off Luncheon, Countryside N/A $18.00 w/dues = $35.00 L
27-Apr Thursday 9:00am Pine Lakes, Washington $38.00 None Best-ball Scramble L
4-May Thursday 9:00am ISU/Weibring, Normal $39.00 None   A
11-May Thursday 8:30am Newman, Peoria $33.00 None   L
15-May Monday 9:00am El Paso Golf Club, El Paso $38.00 $14.00   A
18-May Thursday 8:30am Metamora Fields, Metamora $60.00 None   L
25-May Thursday 8:30am The Den at Fox Creek $44.00 None A/B/C/D Flighted A
1-Jun Thursday 8:00am Parkview, Pekin $38.00 $11.00   L
8-Jun Thursday 8:00am Kellogg $37.00 None   L
15-Jun Thursday 8:00am Weaver Ridge $60.00 $12.00 Best-ball Scramble L
19-Jun Monday   Open/Rain Date        
22-Jun Thursday 8:30am Midland GC, Kewanee $33.00 $12.00   A
29-Jun Thursday 8:00am Lick Creek, Pekin $41.00 $11.00   L
6-Jul Thursday 8:30am Ironwood, Normal $33.00 None   A
13-Jul Thursday 8:30am Bunker Links, Galesburg $29.00 $12.00   A
17-Jul Monday 8:30am Lincoln Elks $40.00 None   A
20-Jul Thursday 8:30am ISU/Weibring, Normal $39.00 None AB/CD Flighted A
27-Jul Thursday 8:30am Edgewood Park, McNabb $35.00 $8.00   A
3-Aug Thursday 8:30am The Rail, Springfield $42.00 $14.00   A
10-Aug Thursday 8:00am Newman, Peoria $33.00 None   L
14-Aug Monday 8:30am Soangetaha CC, Galesburg $40.00 $11.00   A
17-Aug Thursday 8:00am Lick Creek, Pekin $41.00 $11.00 Best-ball Scramble L
24-Aug Thursday 8:30am Canceled due to excessive heat       A
31-Aug Thursday 8:30am Spring Creek $32.00 $9.00   A
7-Sep Thursday 8:30am Oak Run, Dahinda $37.00 $14.00   A
14-Sep Thursday 8:30am Prairie Vista, Bloomington $43.00 None AB/CD Flighted A
18-Sep Monday 8:30am Lake Bracken CC, Galesburg $40.00 $13.00   A
21-Sep Thursday 8:30am Baker Park, Kewanee $30.00 $8.00   A
28-Sep Thursday 9:00am Pine Lakes, Washington $38.00 None   L
5-Oct Thursday 9:00am Quail Meadows, Washington $40.00 $7.00   L
12-Oct Thursday 9:00am The Den at Fox Creek $44.00 None   A
16-Oct Monday   Open/Rain Date        
19-Oct Thursday 9:00am Kellogg, Peoria $37.00 None Special Event L
26-Oct Thursday 6:00pm Fall Banquet, Barracks Cater Inn       L
Rain Dates             L=Local
19-Jun   Monday         A=Area
16-Oct   Monday          


Pace of Play— 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 and are based on Net scores; 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 but may be used in a sand trap. Mulligans cannot be used in best-ball scrambles. NEW in 2023 - a player may choose either to use the ball position of the original shot or the mulligan. A mulligan has been used regardless of choice of ball positions. Mulligans may be used back-to-back.

Provisional (mulligan) ball: This rule has been dropped. It was introduced in 2021, but it seemed to cause more confusion than benefit.

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: NEW in 2023 - A player may pick up his own putt that is "inside the leather" (defined as the distance from putter head to bottom of grip) on a standard putter. 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. 

Bunker (sand trap): A player may drop within one club length outside the trap, no closer to the hole. One stroke penalty. Or a 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

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 acknowledges that age may reduce the distance on drives but not the love of the game of golf.

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

Rules last updated: 3/21/2023

Sandtrapper League 2023 Leadership Team:

Roger Nelson, Co-Leader and Weekly Event Coordinator    309-424-6606
Tom Custis,  Co-Leader and Event Results Coordinator    309-213-5353
Jerry Morey, Treasurer and Membership Coordinator    309-369-4488
Al Kuhlmann, Website Coordinator, Membership Asst.    309-657-1427 &
Scott Jordan, Pairings Coordinator   309-453-5478
Steve Bare, Yellow Vest Coordinator    309-453-2604  
Roy Saatkamp, Special Events Coordinator   309-335-6862  
Terry Tate, Secretary and Registration Desk Coordinator   309-657-1840
Mike Allison, Administrative Support  309-222-7628