World Handicap System
On 1/1/20, new rules of golf handicapping will be introduced in the United States. An upcoming newsletter will provide you with the details. This summary will explain what you, the golfer, has to do differently starting on January 1. - Pre-2020, the maximum score you could post on a hole varied based on your course handicap. Starting in 2020, the maximum score you can post on any hole is a NET DOUBLE BOGEY. In other words, the maximum postable score for each hole is Double Bogey + Handicap Strokes Per Hole Based on Your Course Handicap. In order to post properly, you need to be aware of each hole’s handicap. - Your index will update each day you golf rather than twice each month. You should post your scores immediately after the completion of each round. - The GHIN app and website are expected to be down from 1/1 thru 1/5 while they are updated. If you golf during that time, keep your scorecard and post when GHIN reactivates.
Posted by rburchill::12/26/2019

2019 Rules of Golf
Everyone is probably used to the 2019 Rules of Golf. As a reminder, the local rule formerly used by the club when the rough is high is no longer used. Use the Lost Ball rule described below throughout the year. • Lost ball: This is a local rule which the club has elected to adopt for all tournament play. To summarize, (1) estimate where the ball was lost; (2) estimate a straight line running from the hole to the point your ball was lost; (3) estimate the nearest edge of the fairway, no closer to the hole; (4) take two club lengths from that point, no nearer the hole; (5) your drop area is now between the edge of the two club lengths in the fairway to the point where your ball was estimated to have been lost. Note that you may still opt to hit a provisional shot and if you do, you must play that ball and this local rule will not come into play.Search time for a lost ball is now 3 minutes, not 5 minutes. Other 2019 rules changes included: • When dropping a ball, drop it from knee height. • If you accidentally double hit the golf ball, it is no longer a penalty stroke. • You cannot ground your golf club in a bunker, but incidental touching is permitted. • Loose impediments in hazards, including bunkers, can be removed without penalty. However, the golf ball still cannot be moved. • You may ground your club in a penalty area. • If you mark your ball on the putting green and then put it back and the ball then either moves by itself or by the wind, you are to replace the ball, no penalty. • You are allowed to leave the flagstick in the hole.
Posted by rburchill::11/20/2019

$500 Visa Gift Card Option for Prize Fund Winnings
One option for using winnings in your prize fund is to purchase a $500 Visa Gift Card. This gift card can be used to purchase any merchandise. The total cost to obtain the card is $516.41. It typically takes 7-10 business days for the card to arrive at your home. If you are considering using a gift card for holiday shopping submit your request soon.
Posted by rburchill::11/18/2019

$50 is Minimum Prize Fund Certificate
When requesting winnings from your prize fund, remember the minimum amount for a prize certificate is $50 (or your balance if it is less). Stores will normally give you a credit or gift card if you don’t spend your entire certificate, so request a certificate for a little more than what you plan to spend.
Posted by rburchill::11/18/2019

New Authorized Store For Using Prize Fund Winnings
The Carlsbad Golf Mart has been added to the list of Authorized Stores for members to redeem their winnings. This was formerly the Carlsbad Golf Center.
Posted by rburchill::11/18/2019

Local Rules at Torrey Pines
Play the ball as it lies in native areas on both courses. This includes the native area right of #4 and #5 on Torrey North. If your ball lands in the gravel to the left of #9 on Torrey South, play it as ground under repair and drop without penalty in the rough no closer to the hole. You may continue to drop without penalty from: staked trees, unpaved roads/paths and flowerbeds. If you hit your ball in the penalty area short of the green on #12 at Torrey North, the drop area for the next shot is between the gold tee markers.
Posted by rburchill::07/25/2019

Accurate Scorekeeping and Protecting the Field
Golf is a gentleman’s game, a game of integrity. It is each member’s responsibility to ensure scores are recorded accurately. Remember – by signing the scorecard it is a confirmation that scores are recorded properly. >Our Club has zero tolerance for members who intentionally record their scores inaccurately, nor for members who observe this and do nothing about it. If you observe an irregularity and do not want to confront the member, you should notify a Board Member of what you observed. >After each hole, each member of the foursome should state his/her score. If you disagree with one of the scores, tell the member what the score should be. Resolve it there. It is very often a simple unintentional mistake. If you don’t question it, you are not protecting the field. >We recently had a situation where scores were intentionally recorded incorrectly. All members of this group have been disciplined. >So, remember this. If you intentionally record inaccurate scores, there will be consequences ranging from a long suspension to expulsion from the club and possibly forfeiture of some winnings. If you observe another member doing this and you do nothing about it, you are not respecting the game and are also subjecting yourself to disciplinary action.
Posted by rburchill::02/20/2019

The most common reason members are DQ'd from a tournament is they either did not turn in their scorecard or they didn't sign it. Most members are using Golf Genius for real time scoring and that really improves your golf experience especially if you use the leaderboard. But remember, the Golf Genius scorecard is not your official scorecard. If there is a difference between your scorecard and the score recorded on Golf Genius, your scorecard is your official score.
Posted by rburchill::11/25/2018

Pace of Play
Q: Why does the club emphasize Pace of Play so much? A: 1. To preserve our ability to have morning tournaments at Torrey Pines GC. 2. Golf is a lot more fun when pace of play is good! The club has a Special Use Permit with the City. This Permit includes a clause which says the City can move our tournaments to later in the day if we don’t maintain an acceptable pace of play. You can’t always control how long it takes to play your round if the course is slow ahead of you, but you can control the gap between your finishing time and the group ahead of you. If you have a gap of greater than 15 minutes, you are playing too slow! You will be subject to consequences outlined in the Pace of Play Policy which is on the website. Golf is just a game. Its more fun when the pace is good. Don’t be responsible for jeopardizing the club’s ability to play morning golf at Torrey Pines.
Posted by rburchill::08/06/2018

Prize Fund - How To Access
The only thing better than playing at Torrey Pines is to play well and collect some winnings. This explains how to use your prize winnings. To check the balance of your prize fund account or to request a certificate, go to the Prize Fund tab on this site, click on Prize Fund Balance and enter your GHIN and last name. There are instructions at the bottom of that page that explain how to request some or all of your prize fund. Prize Fund Certificates are only issued to the Authorized Stores indicated on the website or for $500 VISA Gift Cards. The certificate to a store must be for a minimum of $50 or the balance of your account if less than $50. When your request is completed the certificate will be emailed directly to the store for you to redeem. You will receive a confirming email indicating that the certificate has been issued. Certificates must be redeemed within 90 days or they will expire. Replacement certificates will not be issued. There are additional processing fees charged by VISA (currently $15.90) that are taken from your account for a $500 VISA Gift Card. You should receive your VISA Gift Card about 7-10 days after it is ordered.
Posted by rburchill::05/29/2018