SUNRISE & SUNSET
Start of Season Tournament
End of Season Tournament
Please LOG IN to the website, to see a personal information box at the top.
which shows your league and/or tournament sign-up status, upcoming league tee-times and current handicap information.
You will also need to login to see the Weekly Scores link, above left.
Once you are logged-in, you can also sign-up for the League and/or Tournments with one click.
If you choose NOT to login, then your access to League Information will be restricted.
Don't think you CAN login?
You should try! There are links to assist in finding your userid and/or password; all you need is the email address at which you get League emails.
If you've been a member or played in a tournament during the last few years, you almost certainly do have a userid and password!
On the other hand, if you have never played with us before, please contact the League Secretary, for registration instructions.
The Golf League is primarily a social League.
Despite that primary purpose, there will also be weekly competitions, season–long competitions and week–end tournaments.
The League plays 9 holes per week, in the late afternoon, one day of the week; this is currently Thursday.
Although, weather permitting, we play every week, on average our memebers play about half the time.
There is no requirement to be there in any particular week.
However, since our season-long Stableford competition uses a player's best 14 weeks,
playing more often will generally improve your ranking.
This Golf League started well over 30 years ago.
It was originally formed in 1979 to enable employees of Siemens, in Boca Raton, to get together to play golf.
Since those times, Siemens no longer operates in Boca Raton; however, employees and former employees
of the descendent companies still make up a significant proportion of the membership.
Recent membership still retains strong links to Siemens.
However, along with those who worked for Siemens, friends and friends of friends are also involved.
Expansion is generally by word of mouth, but we encourage others in the area to consider playing with us.
Most who do stay with us; we are, after all, first and foremost a social League.
Anyone interested in joining, who has no other contacts in the League, should contact the League Secretary.
League Dues - What They're Used For
This season's league dues are primarily used to subsidise our End-of-Season Tournament.
That usually takes place one Saturday or Sunday in October.
A small proportion of the money is used to provide in-season raffle prizes and for
the cost of maintaining this website.
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What is a League Handicap?
The first thing to understand about a Golf Handicap, whether it be your league handicap or a USGA handicap, is that
it indicates your potential.
It does not show that you should expect to shoot that many over (or under) par each week, but that you are able to do so.
Your Playing Handicap each week is calculated from your Handicap Index and is dependent on the course and slope ratings of the tees on the course.
The Handicap System
The League currently uses a slightly modified 9-hole version of the USGA handicap system, limited to scores made in League Play.
The USGA has their Handicap Manual online here.
The handicap system uses what it calls differentials, rather than raw scores.
These are scores which are modified in a couple of ways from the originals.
Firstly, any unusually high hole scores are reduced to what is considered a reasonable maximum for a player of the current handicap level.
This is known as Equitable Stroke Control, or ESC.
Next, the scores are adjusted for the tees used, by taking the slope and course ratings into consideration.
Firstly the initially reduced (after ESC) score is reduced by the course rating.
The remaining number is then multipled by 113 (the standard slope) and divided by the slope rating.
The resulting number is rounded to one decimal place and is the Differential.
The Handicap Index can first be calculated when a player has played 5 rounds and uses only the best of the 5 Differentials at that time.
As more scores become available, more are used, until there are 20 scores available, at which time the best 10 Differentials are used.
After this point, each time a new score is added, the oldest of the 20 is dropped and the new one added, the best 10 Differentials continue to be used.
The Handicap Index is 96% of the average of the best n scores, rounded down to one decimal place.
Your Playing Handicap in any week depends on your Handicap Index, the nine played and the tees used.
First the Handicap Index is multipled by the slope rating and divided by 113 (the standard slope).
The course rating is added to the result, then par for the nine is subtracted from it.
The resulting value is rounded to the nearest whole number, giving your Playing Handicap.
Course and Slope Ratings
The Course Rating indicates the length of the course from a set of tees; so the back tees should always have a higher value than the forward tees.
The Slope Rating indicates the difficulty of the course from a set of tees; typically, the back tees are more difficult as well as longer than the forward ones.
There are separate Course and Slope Ratings for man and ladies, which is why only certain tees are available to each.
In the Spreadsheet
I include, each week, the Handicap Index and Playing Handicap of all those who play.
I also include all players' New Handicap Index, i.e. your base for the following week.
Additionally, there is Next Week's Handicap, which is a bit misleading...
It is ONLY the correct value if the rotation is maintained AND the player uses the same tees next week.
On the Website
If you login to this League website, on the main page, below the News box, there should be a box with your name on it.
This box will show you your current Handicap Index and how many strokes you get on each allowed set of tees on each nine.
Tournament handicaps are generally calculated using twice your League Handicap Index, but using the tournament course's course and slope ratings.
For the first few weeks of the season, until at least mid-April, we will need to book tee-times for our League Golf.
Tee-time reservations will be made by emailing the League Secretary, who will accommodate them as best can be done.
Requests are dealt with in the order received. If a request is unclear or invalid, it will be returned for clarification,
which means it goes to the back of the queue!
The cost for one League Round, which is 9 holes, with play of extra holes allowed if you have time, is $18.
While we have tee-times, that price is for the block of consecutive tee-times ending around 5:30pm.
A valid tee-time request contains the names of up to 4 paid-up League Members.
It can be seen which players fall into that category and which don't, in the Sign-Up List.
League Members who have not completed their forms can get a tee-time, but must complete the forms and hand them in before they play.
Any player not in that category, who is part of a tee-time request, must have special dispensation, likely due to having promised
to buy the League Secretary large quantities of beer!
Guest play, as always, must be pre-approved by one or other League Officer; since the League Secretary is giving out the tee-times,
I would suggest getting approval from said League Secretary!
Further, a valid tee-time request will ask for either a specific 9-hole tee-time from the list of those available
or a specific 18-hole tee-time, after 2:30pm.
I can add later tee-times to the initial block, should anyone so desire.
I can only add earlier tee-times, once the initial block is taken.
If you would like to have an earlier time than the earliest shown, please book an available time and indicate that you would really prefer to play earlier,
It will be assumed that you are requesting a tee-time for the week for tee-time booking is open,
which will be between 13 and 7 days ahead.
It must also specify your preference, in the case that the requested tee-time is not available, earlier or later.
If there are any hard and fast conditions, such as "cannot play before such and such a time", that should be included as well.
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