Membership & Play Day Information

Membership and Play-day Information

Membership in the WGA 9-Hole League requires:  

That you are a Hot Springs Village property owner or non-property owner who has purchased a recreational privilege. That you have an established ASGA GHIN number. All members are required to have an established handicap in accordance with the USGA and the World Handicapping System. A minimum of 54 holes must be played (Six/ Nine holes or three/Eighteen-holes) from any regulation golf course. On play days, the maximum handicap index is 20 for nine holes.

1. Dues: Dues may vary from year to year. No refunds will be issued after league play has started. GHIN (Golf Handicap & Information Network) will be the handicapping system. This cost will be paid annually by the individual member.

2. Play Days: League play days are Friday. Green fees must be paid by each member at the pro shop on the play day, prior to golfing.

3. Sign Up:  Sign up for play-days may be made three weeks in advance, but not later than 10:00 p.m. the Friday prior to the play-day. Your tee time and grouping will be available on the Wednesday prior to the play-day via an email, and/or the league web site.

4. Handicap:   Members must establish and maintain a GHIN score history.  Your handicap will be based on your current index.  Handicaps will vary from course to course.  Members will post scores for all 9-Hole and/or 18-Hole rounds played outside of league play-days. League play scores are posted by the League’s Play Day Results Chair.

5. No Show:  When a member does not show up at the prescheduled tee time or call to cancel, it is a no show. To cancel an assigned tee time, contact the Pairings Chair BY PHONE no later than Thursday noon.  DO NOT EMAIL to cancel. Call the pro shop to cancel ONLY ON THE DAY OF PLAY.

6. Prizes:  Prizes for participation and for play will be awarded at the Fall Awards luncheon. If on any play-day the course closes (generally for inclement weather) before all players finish the round, the prize money for that play-day’s event will be returned to the prize fund.

7. Rules Chair: The Rules Chair will make a decision on days when course conditions are wet, and notify Starters Thursday evening or Friday morning before the first tee time, regarding lift/clean/place; bunker rules (rake and place or play out of bunker, no closer to hole).

8. Rain Days: Rain day decisions will be made by five members appointed by the President. Members will be notified of any rain day cancellations by an E-Blast from the league as well as an email cancellation notice from the POA.

9. Captain: The Starter will explain the game rules, and if you don't understand, ask for clarification.  A Captain will be designated for each team, and will keep score.  A separate "audit card" must be kept by another team member to assist in attesting the score.  

Captain's additional responsibilities are as follows: 

• Provide/share the special instructions governing the play-day’s event with her assigned team.

• Guard against slow play. The captain has the authority and responsibility to keep her group moving at an acceptable pace. Please refer to the “Six Rules of Ready Golf” and the explanation of slow play.

• Circle birdies and chip-ins on the scorecard in red. The scoring committee will be able to note birdies/chip-ins by this marking. A red pen will be provided in the envelope on the check-in table.

• Contact the rules chairman at the end of play if there is a question concerning a rule during play. The actual strokes will be recorded, but must be circled on the score card to identify the hole in question. A ruling must be made before the card is attested, signed, and submitted.

• Review and total the scorecard after play is completed, have a member of the team attest and sign the card, then place into the envelope on the check-in table.

• Note: The scorecard will be disqualified if it is submitted without attesting and/or signature of a team member.

• Remind new members not to post their play-day scores.