Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I join the Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Club?
  2. How do I enter an event?
  3. Do I need a handicap to play?
  4. How do I establish a handicap?
  5. Is there a schedule of future events?
  6. How do I find out if I am in the event I entered?
  7. When are tee times posted?
  8. What if I need to cancel my request to play?
  9. What if I need to cancel a tee time?
  10. I played an event and I think I may have won something, how do I find out?
  11. When are results final?
  12. How do I collect any prize money awarded to me?
  13. Are all events open to all members?
  14. How are the formats for each event determined?
  15. How is prize money determined?
  16. Can I play both Thursday and Weekend events?
  17. Are there General meetings for the Membership?
  18. How Do I establish a Temporary Handicap?
  19. What is the maximum number of strokes I can take on a hole?
  20. Does the Handicap Committee have the Authority to Adjust a Player's Index?
  21. What if I Fail to Post a Score?
  22. When do I Post a Tournament Score?
  23. What if I suspect a Player is Manipulating his Score?
  24. I have an "R" Next to My Handicap. What Does This Mean?
  25. I Accidentally Posted an Erroneous Score. Can Anything Be Done About This?
  26. I was just added to eClubhouse and posted 3 scores to GHIN - where is my H.I. ?
  27. I made a mistake using "Post to GHIN" through the eClubhouse site. How do I fix it?
  28. I just entered a score using "myStats Scores", but I made a mistake. How do I fix it?
  29. What do the Search Zip Code and Radius features do on the myGame page?
  30. When are tournament winnings added to members Prize Fund accounts?
  31. How long do Prize Fund accounts remain active after leaving the TPMGC?



  1. How do I join the Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Club?
    Instructions for joining TPMGC can be found on the Membership Page
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  2. How do I enter an event?
    TPMGC has events on Thursday and Weekends. Simply check under the appropriate section for the link "Tournament Sign Up" and enter your name and SCGA#.
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  3. Do I need a handicap to play?
    Some events require a handicap but in the event you do not have one the tournament chairman may allow you to play at scratch.
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  4. How do I establish a handicap?
    Contact the Handicap Chairman, Michael Berg at (619) 239-2186, or by e-mail at: michael@tpmgc.org.
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  5. Is there a schedule of future events?
    Under both the Thursday and Weekend sections there is a schedule and results link. All schedules are subject to change due to course conditions and City requirements.
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  6. How do I find out if I am in the event I entered?
    First, there is no guarantee by simply entering that you are in any event. Each event has only a certain of tee times available so a member may be placed on the wait list if an event is oversubscribed. Click on the link "tee times" to see your status for an event.
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  7. When are tee times posted?
    Typically tee times are to be posted a week before an event is to take place.
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  8. What if I need to cancel my request to play?
    There is a link "Tee Time Cancellation" which a member is suggested to use. Contacting the Tournament Chairman is also an option.
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  9. What if I need to cancel a tee time?
    The "tee time cancellation" link may be used for this purpose. Please be mindful of any cancellation deadline to avoid a penalty fee.
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  10. I played an event and I think I may have won something, how do I find out?
    Click on "Schedules and Results" link under the appropriate section. Usually results are posted within 2 days of the finish of an event, many times sooner.
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  11. When are results final?
    When the results are posted on the web. However, corrections may be made if an error is discovered.
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  12. How do I collect any prize money awarded to me?
    You can check your balance by going to the Prize Account Page and entering your GHIN number. To request a certificate, send an email to prizefund@tpmgc.org and make sure to include your name, GHIN number, certificate amount, and selected vendor. Note that all Prize Certificates expire 90 days after they are issued. If your certificate expires before it is redeemed, the funds will not be credited back to your account, they will be forfeited instead
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  13. Are all events open to all members?
    Generally yes. The SCGA Better Ball qualifier has handicap limitations between partners, and the Senior Championships- both Thursday and Weekend- have age 55 requirements. With the Better Ball, Senior and Club Championship a member must have been on the roster as of January 1 to be eligible.
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  14. How are the formats for each event determined?
    The Tournament Chairman is responsible for designating the format and flighting for each event. The specifications for each event will be found on the tournament sign up page.
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  15. How is prize money determined?
    First, all entry fees go into the prize fund plus each event is subsidized with money from the general fund. The subsidy varies for each event.
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  16. Can I play both Thursday and Weekend events?
    Yes, a member may play in both. However, it should be noted that the Thursday section has an event designated MT each month as that has more subsidy. If either the Weekend event or the Thursday MT event is oversubscribed a member may not play in both at the exclusion of a member not playing in either event. Commonly referred to as "double dipping"
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  17. Are there General meetings for the Membership?
    Yes, presently we have 2 meetings one in the Spring and one in the later months which also serves as our election to the Board of Directors. Announcements of the meetings will be posted on the web at least a month prior to their occurrence.
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  18. How Do I establish a Temporary Handicap?
    With five scorecards, you can either mail them in to Michael Berg, the Handicap Chairman at: 5874 Aster Meadows Place, San Diego, CA, 92130 or once you have received your new GHIN number you can go to www.scga.org, establish a password and immediately input the scores and receive a temporary handicap index.
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  19. What is the maximum number of strokes I can take on a hole?
    Depending on what your handicap is, the following chart describes the maximum strokes a player can take:

    Current HandicapMaximum Hole Score Allowed
    00-09Double Bogey
    10-197
    20-298
    30-399
    40 or more10

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  20. Does the Handicap Committee have the Authority to Adjust a Player's Index?
    The Handicap Committee has the responsibility of making certain that a player's Handicap Index reflects his potential scoring ability. Under certain circumstances, it may become necessary for the Handicap Committee to make adjustments to the player's Handicap Index. The Handicap Committee has complete discretion to determine the amount of the adjustment. A penalty score is a score posted by the Handicap Committee for a player who does not return a score or otherwise does not observe the spirit of the USGA Handicap System. A penalty round amounts to a score equal to the lowest round of the last 20 scores posted.
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  21. What if I Fail to Post a Score?
    It is the player's responsibility to post an acceptable score within 48 hours after completion of the round. Failure to post can lead to a penalty round being assessed by the Handicap Chairman. Repeated violations can lead to additional penalty rounds, handicap adjustment, tournament ineligibility or dismissal from TPMGC.
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  22. When do I Post a Tournament Score?
    All Sunday tournaments are to be posted as a "tournament" (T) scores. Be sure to check with the Tournament Chairman before posting your round to see if the score should be posted as a Tournament score. Major tournaments requiring a tournament posting are: Club Championship, President's Cup, SCGA Better Ball Partners, Club Senior Championship, and SCGA Team Matches. Most outside tournaments such as the City Amateur Championship and SCGA events must also be posted as Tournament rounds.
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  23. What if I suspect a Player is Manipulating his Score?
    If a player manipulates his score to influence his Handicap Index, the Handicap Committee shall adjust or withdraw his Handicap Index, depending on the severity of the offense. Examples of manipulating scores include, but are not limited to:
    • Posting erroneous scores
    • Stopping play before completion of the round to avoid posting score
    • Not adjusting hole scores under Section 11.1
    • Deliberately reporting more or fewer strokes than actually scored
    • Deliberately taking extra strokes to inflate a score

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  24. I have an "R" Next to My Handicap. What Does This Mean?
    When a member notices an "R" after his/her index, this is for a "Reduced Handicap." It is done automatically by the SCGA, not by TPMGC Handicap Committee. This automatic adjustment of a Handicap Index is for players with two or more exceptional tournament scores in their scoring history. Everyone with a USGA/SCGA Handicap Index is looked at through this process to determine if a reduction is warranted. The player must have a minimum of two eligible tournament score differentials that are at least 3.0 better than their monthly calculated Handicap Index before a reduction may be imposed. If the tournament differentials are accurate, the reduction should not be removed. The duration and variation of the reduction depends on: additional tournament scores; expiration of eligible tournament scores (they are kept for 12 months from the "T" date); total number of tournament games.
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  25. I Accidentally Posted an Erroneous Score. Can Anything Be Done About This?
    Contact the Handicap Chairman, Michael Berg at (619) 239-2186, or by e-mail at: michael@tpmgc.org. He has the authority to change, delete or modify any posted scores.
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  26. I was just added to eClubhouse and posted 3 scores to GHIN - where is my H.I. ?
    Your Handicap Index is updated according to a revision schedule set by the regional golf association in your area. The Handicap Index display in the Members section is a snapshot of scores that were in your scoring record prior to that effective revision date. So, if you were added on June 10, but the last revision in your area was June 5, then no Handicap Index will appear on eClubhouse until after the next revision.

    In addition, your club can only issue you a Handicap Index after at least five scores have been posted, in accordance with the USGA Handicap System.
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  27. I just entered a score using "Post to GHIN" through my club's eClubhouse site, but I made a mistake. How do I fix it?
    Your golf club oversees your scoring record and Handicap Index If you make a mistake, you need to contact a representative from your club to correct the error.
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  28. I just entered a score using "myStats Scores", but I made a mistake. How do I fix it?
    Any score posted using the eClubhouse feature "myStats Scores" can be edited on eClubhouse. However, if "Post Scores to GHIN" was chosen when the score was posted, the score will have to be changed in your record on the GHIN Server as well by contacting your Golf Club. To modify a score in eClubhouse, use the "Display/Update Rounds" option in "myStats Reports". Locate the score to be modified and chose "edit".
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  29. What do the Search Zip Code and Radius features do on the myGame page?
    The "Search Zip Code" will populate the "Find Other Players", "Club News", "Upcoming Events", "My Events" and "Weather" modules with applicable public content from eClubhouse sites within a "Radius" of X mile from the center point of the Zip Code you provide. The radius default is 1.0. Great to use when planning a golfing vacation! Find out news and events from the area you are visiting! Connect with a golfer from the area and meet up for a round of golf! To change the Search Zip Code and populate your dashboard with content from another area, simply click the numerical Zip Code (located above the USGA Handicap Index module). Enter the new Zip Code and press "Submit". When you return from your trip - just change it back to your local Zip Code! You can change the radius (i.e. reduce or increase the range of news/events) by using the radius drop-down box and modifying the setting.
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  30. When are tournament winnings added to members Prize Fund accounts?
    Approximately 7-10 days after the event, as tournament results are first posted on our website for member verification and to report any errors or omissions to the tournament chairman.
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  31. How long do Prize Fund accounts remain active after leaving the TPMGC?
    Members have 90 days to request a certificate and close their account after becoming inactive with the TPMGC. After 90 days inactive accounts are automatically closed and any balances left are forfeited.