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SANDTRAPPERS GOLF LEAGUE 

General League Information

Peoria Sandtrappers Golf League is a group of 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 27 events, most played on Thursday mornings (exceptions for holiday conflicts, or weather make-ups).  We play on a variety of local and area courses, with different foursome pairings each week.  For variety, a few times a year we play some form of a scramble format.  Most weeks we play “Sandtrapper Golf”, which is described below.  When we play a different format or the course we are playing has specific instructions, information will be communicated the week prior to the event.  We encourage our members to participate in as many events as possible, regardless of location or format.

Members are encouraged to use the website (www.peoriasandtrappers.net) 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 Ken Dawson at (309) 360-9006.)

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.

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:

Drives—All players drive.  Each player chooses one of the four drives, and drops his ball within a club length (no closer to the hole).  Each player then plays his own ball from that point in to the hole. (If a group is playing as a threesome, the players may alternate hitting a fourth drive on each hole.)

Mulligans—A player is allowed two mulligans per round.  These may be taken at any time during the eighteen holes except NOT on a drive, NOT on the green, and NOT in a green side bunker. A player must announce that a mulligan is being hit.  Once a mulligan is hit it must be played even if it is worse that the original shot.

Gimmees—A player, at his own discretion, may pick up a putt that is less than 18 inches.  Such a pick-up will count as one stroke.

Lost Ball—If after a reasonable attempt, a player cannot find his ball, he may drop a ball in the vicinity where he expected it to be and take a one-stroke penalty.

Out-of-Bounds—If a shot, other than a drive, is hit out-of-bounds a player may drop a ball within a club length of where he estimates it crossed the out-of-bounds line and take a one-stroke penalty.  A drive hit out-of-bounds is out-of play, and one of the other drives must be chosen for the next shot.

Ball hit into water—Move ball to Ball-drop area; if no ball drop area, anywhere behind water in a straight line back from the pin; in either case a one-stroke penalty applies.  If the ball has cleared the water hazard and rolled back in, the next shot may be taken from the far side of the water within two club lengths of where the ball entered the water, but NOT closer to the hole.  A one-stroke penalty applies.

Greenside Sand Trap—A player whose ball is in a greenside sand trap may, at his own discretion, pick up his ball and drop it no more than one club length outside the trap and NO CLOSER TO THE HOLE; a one-stroke penalty applies.

Note: In any of these cases involving a penalty, a player may attempt to avoid the penalty by using one of his mulligans (if one is still available).

Ball behind a tree—player may move ball up to two club lengths from the trunk of the tree, not closer to the hole—No penalty.

Ball in a bush or pine tree—player may move ball up to one club length outside the edge of the bush or pine tree, not closer to the hole—No penalty.

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 ball from the situation—No penalty.

Application of all Sandtrapper Golf Modifications

Actual on-course application of the modifications that have been adopted is up to the individual player.  A player may always choose to follow the regular rules of golf.  We trust in the individual’s honesty, integrity, and sense of fair play, to avoid abuse of these modifications that are intended to make the game more enjoyable for all. Abuses that have been observed, and are discouraged include: (1) picking up a putt that is clearly outside the guidelines for a “gimmee” (e.g., more than a full stride from the cup); (2) clearly improving your lie by dropping a ball well outside the one or two club length guidelines, or by dropping it in the fairway when the shot is in the rough; (3) making any drop closer to the hole; (4) using more than two mulligans; and (5) intentionally giving the score keeper an incorrect tally of your strokes.