PGA Team Golf Rules & Eligibilty

  • Each tournament has two different formats (2-person Best Ball or 2-person Scramble) - prizes will be awarded to the winners of each format and both formats are eligible to qualify for the PGA Team Golf National Championship.  Teams can select their preferred format before each tournament but are not guaranteed to play that format on the day of the competition.
  • Teams are composed of 4 to 6 players (2 or 3 pairs playing the same 2-person Best Ball or 2-person Scramble format).  The top two pair scores are combined for the team total.  E.g. if a team of 6 players has pair scores of 70, 75, and 80 their team score is 70 +75 = 145 (the 80 is not counted).  If a team only has 4 players their two pair scores together will generate the team total
  • Free agents will be assigned in an attempt to form 4-player teams. If no teams have an open spot, free agents, will play as singles.
    • If no free agents are available, teams that sign up with two individuals will not be paired with other teams and will only be eligible for medalist honors.
  • Approximate yardages:
    • Every effort will be made to conduct events using the yardage guidelines below. Please keep in mind that every golf course has a different offering of tee boxes and yardages. Some will not align with our desired setup.
      • Men 59 and younger: ~6300 - 6500 yards
      • Men 60+: ~5700 - 5900 yards
      • Women 49 and younger: ~5,100 - 5300 yards
      • Women 50+: ~4600 - 4800
  • All competitions will be governed by the most current USGA Rules of Golf. However, as scramble play is not recognized in the USGA Rules of Golf, the PGA of America feels it is important to establish guidelines by which this format can be reasonably governed. Therefore, the following adaptations will be made:
    • Scramble format allows players to move the ball 1 clublength no closer to the hole but must remain in the same area of the golf course
      • Example: you may move the ball from rough to fairway but cannot move the ball from a penalty area or bunker to another part of the golf course
    • Pairs should exchange scorecards at the first tee so players are keeping the other pair’s score. At the end of the round, hole-by-hole scores should be confirmed with your markers and signed by at least one member of each team in the group.
    • Triple bogey is the maximum any team can take on a hole. If the ball is not holed for a double bogey, you are required to pick up.
      • If players do not complete the hole by putting out and tee off on the next hole, they get triple regardless of how many strokes were taken on the previous hole
    • Teammates can provide advice to other teammates at any point during the round
    • All players that are late for their tournament tee time will be assessed a score of triple bogey for each hole that they miss but will still be allowed to complete play
    • In the event all competitors are not able to finish the competition, the PGA Team Golf lead has the authority to award Par for any remaining holes
  • No caddies are permitted during tournaments
  • Range finders and electronic measuring devices are allowed as long as slope and wind measurement capabilities are disabled
  • If a pair is unable to complete the round for any reason, partial scores will be taken and all final holes will receive an automatic Triple Bogey.
  • Players must return their scorecards to the on-site leader or email a screenshot to Pairs that do not return scorecards by 12:00 PM (Central) on the day following the event will be listed as a WD.

Teams can qualify for the PGA Team Golf Championship by:
○ Playing in a minimum of two local tournaments and recording two wins
○ Teams that do not win two local events may complete the At-Large Championship Application

The application review schedule is as follows:
○ First review - June 1
○ Subsequent reviews on the first of each following month

Additional things to note:
○ Teams must register for the PGA Team Golf Championship in the same format in which they qualified. Requests to change divisions will be handled on a case-by-case basis if space is permitted.
○ All invitations are good for 1 month (space permitting)
○ At large invitations are awarded by the Championship Committee based on current season performance
○ Pairs will be given at-large invitations based on availability

In the event any tiebreaker cannot be settled with the following procedures, the PGA of America will be consulted

Team Tiebreaker Policy for PGA Team Golf Tournaments

  • The combined team score of both counting pairs from each team will be used on the following holes:
    • Holes 10-18; if still tied,
    • Holes 13-18; if still tied,
    • Holes 16-18.; if still tied,
    • The score for the 18th hole only will be used, and then continued backwards by comparing the 17th hole only, 16th hole only, etc. until a winner has been determined.

Scorecard Playoff to Break Pair Ties

  • The scores from each pair will be used on the following holes:
    • Holes 10-18; if still tied,
    • Holes 13-18; if still tied,
    • Holes 16-18.; if still tied,
    • The score for the 18th hole only will be used, and then continued backwards by comparing the 17th hole only, 16th hole only, etc. until a winner has been determined.
  • PGA Team Golf tournaments do not require conforming grooves and do not ban anchored putters
  • Alcohol is permitted during play for players over 21.  Players drink at their own risk and must act responsibly
  • Proper dress is required: no tank tops, t-shirts, denim shorts, short shorts, cut-offs, gym shorts or jeans are allowed. If dressed inappropriately, the course can refuse the right to let you play
  • Prize Policy - Prizes will be awarded to Best Ball and Scramble teams and pairs
  • PGA Team Golf Inclement Weather Policy
    • PGA Team Golf tournaments will go on rain or shine. Every effort will be made to complete all 18 holes of the competition. Play will only be suspended, rescheduled or canceled if the course staff deems the golf course unplayable or there is a dangerous situation. The event may be delayed to wait out any passing conditions. Participants that choose not to play will not be eligible for a refund.
    • Inclement weather will be monitored by the City Leader and the course professional staff
    • If everyone in the field finishes 9 holes, no refunds will be issued. If the field does not finish 9 holes, the PGA of America will work with the course to determine the facility's normal refund/rain check policy
  • PGA Team Golf Refund Policy
    • Any cancellations 7 or more days before the tournament date will be refunded less a $10 cancellation fee
    • Promotional codes cannot be retroactively used for prior purchases
    • Refunds will be issued to Championship participants only if another team/individual can fill in and compete
    • No refunds or credits will be issued for no-shows or cancellations less than a week prior to the event.
  • PGA Team Golf charges a non-refundable convenience fee of 2.9% and 30 cents for each transaction processed. Please note, convenience fees will not be refunded.
  • Liability Release and Tournament Participation Terms information

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), (including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, effective January 1, 2009), TITLE 42 – THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE, CHAPTER 126 – EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.

  • Most tournaments will include a cart as part of the tournament fee. Walking is permitted if you choose to walk but the cart fee is non-refundable.