WGC play takes place on Thursdays from the beginning of April through the middle of October. Over the course of the year, play is rotated through the Village's different courses. Various games are played - promoting camaraderie and the enjoyment of golf. Game descriptions are listed in the Handbook (see link below).
In April and October, shotguns start at 9 am. From May through September, shotguns start at 8 am.
Members are asked to sign up online on our Golf Genius portal. Sign Up for three weeks in advance of play will be available. Online sign ups must be submitted by 11am on the Sunday preceding the date you wish to play. Instructions can be found on the Weekly Golf page under Sign Up Support.
Pairings for play days are done the Monday afternoon previous to the play day. They will be available on the Golf Genius portal.
The Scoring Committee tabulates results and prize monies after golf on Thursdays. Results will be available on the Golf Genius portal no later than Friday.
Need to Know
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Birdies and Eagles (link to historical list)
Pins will be awarded to members upon scoring their FIRST birdie and/or eagle during regular Thursday play days. They must be identified on the scorecard. Notify the scoring committee on play day. These awards may be won only once during membership years.
All BVWGC members MUST ride in a cart. If a player does not own a private cart registered in the village or have a yearly seat lease in the village, she must either pay the POA for half a cart if it is a lease cart or pay for her half seat to the owner of the private cart. Member should pay the captain for cart seat and green fee.
Cart Partners - How do you know with whom you are riding on a play day?
The pairings in the paper or on the internet tell you that. Generally, the 1st person listed in the pairings is responsible for providing the cart for the 2nd person, her cart partner; the 3rd person provides the cart for the 4th, her cart partner. The captain may change this order if circumstances so dictate.
Each Thursday a player may pay a dollar to try for closest to the flagstick on designated par threes. Prizes are given only to those players paying their dollar. A player must be on the green with her first stroke to be eligible. When monies for Closest-to-the-Pin are NOT distributed, due to play being cancelled for any reason, the monies will go to the designated charities.
To be eligible for the Hole-in-One prize monies, you must have paid your "hole-in-one" money to the membership chair AND you must have completed the 18 holes of golf on one of the 18 hole Bella Vista golf courses where you shot your hole-in-one. The scorecard must be attested by at least one of your playing partners. The scorecard or a copy of the card must be given to the membership chair. Eligibility is from fall meeting to fall meeting.
Pairings for a play day are usually done Monday afternoon preceding the play day. Pairings will be available on our Golf Genius site and will be emailed to those players playing that Thursday.
Cancellations called into the Pairings Committee Contact after pairings are completed will incur NO PENALTY. No Shows on play days will be removed from the sign-up sheet for the *next regular play day. (*Regular play day does not include Special Tournaments.) No Shows are defined as "members who do not notify the Pairings Committee Contact or the clubhouse prior to start of play". This penalty applies whether or not the play day is cancelled or not completed for any reason. Members are encouraged to contact the pairings committee contact as soon as possible if a cancellation is necessary. A member is responsible for letting the team captain and the Pairings Committee Contact know if you are unable to play after pairings are published.
Prize money certificates are for the entire month's winnings and are placed in the Prize Box only once a month (around the 10th). Money WILL be combined so you do not get a certificate for each win. No member may receive more than one prize on a play day excluding special events, such as closest to the pin, longest drive, etc.
In league play on Thursdays, please read and follow the scoring instructions found at the bottom of the official scorecards. These instructions change each week according to the game being played. After play is complete, please make certain that players' scores on the 2 scorecards are identical hole by hole. Additionally, it will always be necessary to total each player's gross score. Scorecards not signed by two people subject the player(s) to disqualification and the possible loss of prize monies.
Website Sign Up Information
To sign up online, click on the "Sign Up" link in the horizontal navigation bar on the Weekly Golf page and it will take you to our Golf Genius site. The website lists the next three Thursday play dates. Online sign ups must be submitted by 7 pm on the Saturday evening prior to the play date. (Example: If you want to play on April 14th, you must sign up online by 7 pm on Saturday, April 9th. You will not be able to sign up online AFTER 7 pm on Saturdays for the next week's play.)
Instructions for how to Sign In to Genius are on the Weekly Golf page, under Sign Up Support
1. Membership Dues
BVWGC membership season begins with the Spring meeting and ends at the Fall meeting. Dues are currently $40. Persons joining AFTER July 1st will be assessed a prorated membership fee of $25.00.
2. Awards/Weekly Prizes
a. Birdies/Eagles: Pins will be awarded to members upon scoring their FIRST birdie and/or eagle during regular Thursday play days. They must be identified on the scorecard. Notify the Scoring Chair on the play day. This award may be won only once during membership years.
b. No member may receive more than one prize on a play day excluding special events such as closest to the pin, longest putt, etc. Prize money certificates are for the entire month’s winnings and are placed in the Prize Box only once a month (around the 10th). Money will be combined so you do not get a certificate for each win.
c. Player/team is disqualified for weekly prizes if two players do not sign the scorecard or scorecards do not match Hole by Hole.
d. IN MIXED FLIGHT GAMES: Players compete in their team flight letter (A, B, C, D) written on scorecard for closest to the pin and longest putt.
e. Results will be posted on the BVWGC website.
f. All Ties will be paid.
On Low Gross/Low Net play days, Low Gross will take precedence over Low Net. All ties will be paid. Minimum prize money is $2.00.
4. Closest to the Pin (CTP)
Each Thursday a player may pay a dollar to her Captain to try for the closest to the flagstick on designated par threes. Prizes are only given to those players paying the dollar. A player must be on the green with her FIRST shot to be eligible.
One half of the collected funds will be distributed in prize money and one half will be given to charity. The charity funds will be split equally between charities determined by the members. When monies for closest to the pin are NOT distributed due to play being cancelled for any reason, the monies will go to charity.
Closest to the pin (CTP) holes for all flights will be:
Country Club - #2, Dogwood Hills - #2; Highlands - #9; Kingswood - #7; Scotsdale - #4.
When scrambles are played, there will not be a longest putt hole.
All BVWGC members MUST ride in a cart. If a player has not paid for an annual primary or secondary private seat registration or an annual seat lease, she must pay the Pro Shop for half a cart if riding in either a lease cart or in a private cart. Member should pay Captain for cart and green fee.
The pairings list on the website will determine cart partners. Generally, the 1st person listed in the pairings is responsible for providing the cart for the 2nd person, her cart partner; the 3rd person provides the cart for the 4th person, her cart partner. The Captain may change this order if circumstances so dictate.
6. Rain Policy
If there is lightning in the area on BVWGC play days, mark your ball and seek shelter (not under a tree). Return to the clubhouse when safe. After a 30 minute delay, the *Committee will make a decision to resume play or cancel the round. See inside back cover of the Rules of Golf & USGA Rules 6-8 and 33-2D. *The committee will consist of the Golf Pro, current Rules Chair, Vice President and President, or the Play Manager.
7. Past BVWGC Champions’ Club Championship Eligibility
All past BVWGC Champions (gross, net and senior) who are current members in good standing are allowed permanent eligibility in the BVWG Club Championship.
8. Club Championship
Only one prize will be awarded to an individual player. In case of a tie for “Low Gross” and flight awards during the Club Championship, first use second round total gross score to break the tie. If the players are still tied, use the USGA tiebreaker on the second round gross score. In case of a tie for a “Low Net” overall or flight awards, first use the second round total net score to break the tie. If players are still tied, use the USGA tiebreaker on the second round net score.
Winners are determined in the following order:
First and second are the Club Champion Gross players from the red tees and the gold tees which equal the lowest two day gross.
Third and Fourth are the Club Champion Net players from the red tees and the gold tees which equal the lowest two day net.
10. Active Season Club: Home and Away Scores
BVWGC is an “active season” club. All members must post all home and away scores year round. The handicap committee will contact members not in compliance.
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10 Habits to Eliminate Slow Play
posted Jul 29, 2018, 7:38 PM by Susan Nuttall
Phillip Wright, PGA, Former Director of Golf Operations
You don’t need to play hurry golf to have a good pace of play. Slow place is a result of failure to be ready to play. A few seconds here and there add up in a hurry. Here are some good habits to help you learn to keep a good pace of play from tee to green! Good habits should not make you feel rushed; they should only make you feel prepared!
TAKE A CLUB TO THE TEEBOX even when you need to check the distance. Distances devices should increase your pace, not slow you down.
NO HONORS! Get ready and tee off!
KEEP UP WITH THE GROUP IN FRONT OF YOU. Focus on keeping pace with the group in front of you. Do not be concerned with the group behind you. We will worry about the group behind you!
PLAY READY GOLF. There is no penalty for playing out of turn in stroke play. If you are approximately 100 yards from the green on the left side of the fairway and a fellow player is the same distance on the other side of the fairway, make eye contact and determine which one is going to play next.
KEEP AN EYE ON EACH OTHER’S SHOTS. Help look for lost balls AFTER you have hit your shot. If all four members are looking for the ball at the same time, the group has come to a dead, screeching halt.
THE CART DRIVER should drop off the passenger at her ball and then drive immediately to her ball. Do not wait for her to hit UNLESS you would be in her line of flight or some other danger.
THE PASSENGER should take 3 clubs (the one you think, one more and one less) and let the driver go.
TAKE YOUR PUTTER with you if your next shot is a wedge or short iron to the green, and tell the driver to go without you.
KNOW WHEN IT’S YOUR TURN TO PUTT. This is what kills tournament golf. Somebody call out the order: “Ray, you're away, Jack you're next, then Gene ...” If you want to check your putt out from both sides, get a look from one side BEFORE it becomes your turn. PUTT CONTINUOUSLY when possible! Don’t mark a 2-footer.
NEVER RECORD SCORES AT THE GREEN. Drive to the next tee box to record your score.
What YOU Need to Know Before Play Day
Updated: March 30, 2019
All play will be conducted under the current USGA Revised Rules of Golf except for the following rules, definitions and clarifications. Please refer any disputes to the Rules Committee or the host Professional.
See also Special Course Conditions (page 17 in your handbook) in Rules section, especially regarding drop zones.
1. Membership Play Day Procedures
a. Captain is designated on the pairings list and is responsible for checking in her group at the Pro Shop, paying green and cart fees and picking up the cart tags. Captain will pay closest to the pin (CTP) fees and pick up official scorecards at the CTP table. Fees should be collected from the group before play begins. Captains are also responsible for “Ready Golf” for the day. Keep moving. Captain see Captain’s Duties in Weekly Golf or refer to the Handbook.
b. Participants must arrive at the Pro Shop at least 30 minutes prior to tee time.
c. If a play day is cancelled for any reason, an email will be sent to those members with email. A notification will also be prominently posted on the website. Those without email will be called by the Communications Committee.
2. Sign Up and Pairings
a. Declare Tee Box: All BVWGC members will be asked to declare play from either the Red or Gold Tee Boxes. You will be able to make one change during the year which needs to be submitted in writing to the President or Vice President. If a second change needs to occur, it will have to be approved by President and Vice President.
b. Online Sign Up: Members sign up online at the club’s website or by using the Golf Genius App loaded on a smart device. Contact Pairings Chair, Vice President or President for assistance with any issues.
c. Online Sign Up Deadline: Online sign ups must be submitted by 7pm on the Saturday evening prior to the play date. (Example: If you want to play on Thursday, April 14th, you need to sign up online by 7pm on Saturday, April 9th.) See Pairings Timetable below for information regarding sign up after Saturday evenings. Sign ups for weekly play dates three weeks in advance will be available online.
d. Sign In To Sign Up: To sign up, click on the Golf Genius logo on the home page of the WGC website or open the Golf Genius app on a smart device. Once on the Golf Genius site on a computer, click on the green Sign in box. On a smart device, click on the 3 black horizontal lines at the top right hand side of your screen to see the green Sign in box. Click Sign in.
In the “Email or GSID” box, enter your EMAIL ADDRESS. This should be the email you submitted on your WGC membership application. If you need help with this information, contact the Pairings chair.
In the “Password” box, enter “signupnow” unless you have changed your password.
Click the green Sign in bar.
Scroll down the list of play days to find the date and, when necessary, tee box color for the tournament you want to sign up for. (When gold and red tee players play together, there will only be one tournament. Individual games will be noted in separate Red and Gold Tournaments.)
Click on the Details box to the right of the tournament you wish to enter.
Click on Sign up followed by Sign up for tournament.
You will be asked to verify sign up with YES, sign up.
The Details box color will turn to gold when you have signed up to play.
To CANCEL before 7pm Saturday, go to the Details box and follow prompts for REMOVAL.
e. Pairings Timeline: Online sign up is available until 7pm Saturday evening. Additions to tournament play are possible on Sundays and Mondays before Pairings by contacting the Pairings Chair directly via phone call, text or email. Pairings will be available Monday evenings on our Golf Genius portal.
f. Cancellations: After Pairings are posted, members are responsible for letting the Weekly Pairings Committee Contact and her Team Captain know she is unable to play. Please contact Pairings Committee as soon as possible if cancellation is necessary. If there is a need to cancel Thursday morning, call the course directly.
No Shows on play days will be removed from the sign up information for the next regular play day. (Note: Regular play days do not include Special Tournaments.) No Shows are defined as “members who do not notify the Pairings Committee Weekly Contact or the course of play for that week prior to start of play.” The penalty applies whether or not the play day is cancelled or not completed for any reason.
g. Additions: If you are able to play after pairings are posted to the website, notify the Weekly Pairings Committee Contact. She will make every effort to schedule you into play but cannot guarantee a spot as openings are limited.
h. Walk Up to Play on Thursday: If you are able to play on Thursday morning, go to the course 30 minutes prior to play and check with the Scoring Chair. If there is any space available, you will be allowed to play. However, you will not be eligible for CTP or prize monies and you may not be placed in your regular flight. In addition, the Handicap committee will NOT enter your score. It is your responsibility to record your score for the day.
Please see pages 15-17 for BVWGC Play Day Rules and information for BVWGC play in the Handbook.