ALDERBROOK LADIES CLUB WELCOMES YOU
The Alderbrook Ladies Club is happy to welcome golfers of all levels into our community and we encourage you to join us. We hope the following information will help you become an active part of our club and community. The Ladies Club is open to Alderbrook women members in good standing.
LADIES CLUB DUES
For golfers, annual dues are $65.00: your dues include Ladies Club dues, Washington State Golf Association (GHIN) handicap – required for all Ladies Club golf tournaments, and ECCIE (described below). [If you carry a GHIN handicap in another state, the annual dues are $29.00.]
Dues may be submitted in 2 ways:
(1) Mail your check to Alderbrook Ladies Club, 330 Country Club Drive East, Union, WA 98592.
(2) Drop your check off at the Clubhouse Golf Shop, in an envelope marked “Ladies Club”.
Dues should have been submitted by December 15, 2018, in accordance with the new WSGA GHIN requirements. If you are joining after that date, please follow the same procedure for submitting dues. For questions, please contact Ladies Club Secretary or any other Ladies Club Officer (see last page); or send an email to AlderbrookLadiesClub@gmail.com.
LADIES CLUB MEETINGS
Ladies Club monthly meetings are generally held the first Tuesday of the month, with golf to follow. The Ladies Club schedule and updates are posted online and on the Ladies Club Bulletin Board in the Clubhouse ladies lounge. (There may be an exception to the first Tuesday scheduling, so please check the calendar or call the Golf Shop.) The Ladies Club encourages all members to attend the meetings regularly. This is YOUR club, we want to get to know you, and we need YOUR ideas and opinions to make this a great Ladies Club! Opening Day in 2019 is Tuesday April 9, 2019 (a week later than usual due to course maintenance). Check the Bulletin Board for information or contact a Ladies Club Officer for more information.
GOLF PLAY SCHEDULE
TUESDAY: Each Tuesday, golf is a Shotgun start, and groups are drawn by the Head Pro.
April and October, golf play begins at 10:00 a.m.
May through September, golf starts at 9:00 a.m.
Golfers need to sign-in a minimum of 30 minutes before shotgun start time. Sign is done in by drawing your “chit” (with your name) from the display board and depositing it in the appropriate box (9 hole or 18 hole by handicap) below the board. The board will be in the meeting room on Ladies Club meeting days and in the Golf Shop on other Tuesdays. If you are running late, please call the Golf Shop (898-2560 ext. 1), so you are included on the draw for Tuesday play.
THURSDAY: Golf is scheduled by tee times. You must sign up in the Ladies Lounge.
April and October tee times begin at 9:15 a.m.
May through September tee times begin at 8:15 a.m.
You may put together your own 4-some (please use the next available time slot), or sign up in any empty space as a single. If you need to cancel or run late, please call the Golf Shop to be removed from the sign-up list or moved to a later tee time.
NOTE: Sometimes the regular schedule changes due to special events. For current information, please check the bulletin board and watch for email blasts.
SELECTING YOUR DIVISION OF PLAY
At the first Ladies Club meeting of the year she attends, each member will indicate the division in which she wishes to play during that season. The divisions are:
18-hole Green Tees Division
18-hole Gold Tees Division
9-hole Gold Tees Division
During regular Tuesday/Thursday play, members may choose to play in any division, even if it does not match their “chosen” seasonal division. However, if a member doesn’t play from their chosen tee/Division their score won’t count for ECCIE (see description below). During tournament play, members generally will compete in the division chosen at the beginning of the season.
ETIQUETTE AND GOLF RULES
Knowing and following the Rules of Golf is an important part of golfing, so please remember the following important information: “Ready Golf”! Be ready to play when it is your turn. Take the clubs you need and a sand bottle with you to the ball on “cart path only” days and holes (all par 3 holes and hole no. 8). Please keep the game moving. Replace your divots. Repair ball marks. Rake traps. Place the rake just inside the bunker.
If you have any additional questions about rules or etiquette, the staff in the Golf Shop will be glad to help you.
LADIES CLUB ATTIRE FOR GOLF
Clothing must be appropriate, clean and in good repair.
Blouses, shirts, knit tops (sleeveless tops must have collars), sweaters and sweatshirts. Tailored pants or slacks (denim ok in winter), and shorts, skorts & skirts at least mid-thigh or longer are approved.
Prohibited: Fleece or sweat pants, swimwear, tattered or ripped jeans, cut-offs, tennis shorts, tank tops, bare midriffs, sun tops, halter tops, and any clothing with vulgar, offensive or inappropriate words or pictures.
ESTABLISH A HANDICAP AND POSTING OF SCORES
Check the Ladies Club guidelines (online & posted on the Bulletin Board) or speak with the Handicap Chairperson or Head Pro for more information about establishing your handicap with the club. All Ladies golf scores are posted between March 1 and November 14. (Washington handicaps are frozen – no pun intended – during the winter months.)
For assistance with equitable stroke control, or incomplete rounds, please contact the Handicap Chairperson (see officers at the end of the document for phone number), or the Head Pro at 360-898-2560 ext. 1. (For example, if 13 holes are played, what score should be posted? Also questions about picking up balls or conceding holes). If you have an 18-hole handicap, use only one-half your handicap when playing in a 9-hole competition. The Golf Shop staff is available to assist you in learning how to post your scores on the computer.
In addition to annual dues, Ladies Club members may choose to “compete” during Ladies Club golf on Tuesdays & Thursdays. (Competition is optional – you do not have to compete to play golf; however, to be eligible for daily placing and winnings, you must join the competition and be Ladies Club member in good standing.) For golfers playing 18 holes (18-holers), the fee is $2.00 to compete, and for 9 holes (9-holers), the fee is $1.00 to compete. These competition fees are used to provide small awards for the day’s best 18 and 9-hole play, based on individual ladies’ handicaps. Please pay the competition fee in the Golf Shop when you arrive at the Clubhouse. PLEASE NOTE, the “competition” fee is not required to play with the Ladies Club.
There is also an optional “chip-in” and a ”KP” (closest to the pin) competition. To join the “chip-in” competition, before play begins for the day, go to the Golf Shop, put your name on the sign-up sheet, and put $.25 in the chip-in bucket on the counter. If you “chip-in” from off the green on any hole – except a temporary green, circle the hole on your scorecard, & circle your name on the sign-up sheet after your round is finished. To join the ”KP” competition, before play begins for the day, put $1 in the KP bucket on the counter. On Hole #16, there will be a KP marker for marking closest to the pin. Someone will win the pot for the day.
AFTER SIGNING IN AT THE GOLF SHOP (and paying any Competition and optional game fees), wait in the restaurant for further instructions and the pairing of players, handled by the Head Pro or Assistant Pro.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: GOLF SCORECARDS
Each Ladies Club golf group will select one individual to keep the score card & turn it in after the round. We strongly recommend a second score card be kept by another member of the group for double-checking. If you question the number of strokes you have taken, confer with a playing partner.
To ensure all scores are recorded, please be sure the card is legible and includes:
- Last names and first names;
- The tee box of the day is circled; and
- The card is signed, attested, and dated.
During the Ladies Club season for games played on Ladies Club days the Golf Shop will post the scores, as they will for tournament play. For questions, please contact the Head Pro.
Net score for a hole is the number of actual strokes minus the number of handicap strokes you are allowed. Ask the Head Pro, or an experienced player, how to figure the number of strokes you receive on each hole. For example, if you shoot 6 on a par 5, and your handicap allows 2 strokes, your net score is 4.
Your gross score is the total number of actual strokes for each hole or for a round of play.
You win, lose, or draw on each hole with your opponent. If handicaps are used, the difference between the two players’ handicaps is given to the higher handicap player. These strokes fall on the holes indicated on the scorecard. The match is over when one player is ahead by more holes than there are left to play.
“X”ING A HOLE
If you do not complete a hole, place an “X” over the appropriate place on the score card. This eliminates a player from competition in individual games, but does not eliminate a player in team competitions.
Eclectic, or “ECCIE”, is a unique manner of scoring for Alderbrook Ladies Club. Each year, a player tries to better her score on each hole. “Eccies” are kept electronically during the season. Your first 18 or 9 holes are recorded; then the eclectic chair checks all your Ladies Club golf event rounds and replaces scores hole by hole as you improve your game. Two dollars of your annual dues is divided among winners at the end of the season. For further information, or questions contact Karen Dobson at 360-898-2319.
Separate from your annual dues, there is a $5.00 fee to participate in the Ladies Club Hole-in-One competition. PLEASE NOTE, the fee must be paid to the Ladies Club Treasurer prior to making a hole in one. To be eligible to win $150, a Hole-in-One must occur during an Alderbrook Ladies Club Golf Event, 9 or 18 holes, and must be completed & attested by at least one adult witness. In addition, the hole-in-one must occur on a permanent (vs. temporary) green. In addition to winning the $150 “pot”, the lucky golfer will be recognized at Awards Day!
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND DETAIL, WATCH THE BULLETIN BOARD IN THE LADIES LOUNGE FOR CHANGES.
ENJOY THE CHALLENGE & BEAUTY OF YOUR ALDERBROOK GOLF COURSE!
Ladies Wine & NineJune 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pmAlderbrook Golf Club
Ladies Club Golf – Thursday – Sign up in advance – Flag DayJune 20 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 amAlderbrook Golf Club
Ladies Club Golf ClinicJune 25 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 amAlderbrook Golf Club
Ladies Club – Tuesday Golf – Shotgun Start 9am – Match Vs ParJune 25 @ 8:30 am - 9:00 amAlderbrook Golf Club
Ladies Club Golf – Thursday – Sign up for Tee Times – Least PuttsJune 27 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 amAlderbrook Golf Club
Course Closed for a private eventJune 28Alderbrook Golf Club
Ladies Club – Tuesday Golf – Shotgun Start 9am – Odd or EvenJuly 2 @ 8:30 am - 9:00 amAlderbrook Golf Club
Ladies Club Golf – Thursday – Sign up for Tee Times – PointsJuly 4 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 amAlderbrook Golf Club
Ladies Club – Tuesday Golf – Shotgun Start 9am – Monthly MedalistJuly 9 @ 8:30 am - 9:00 amAlderbrook Golf Club
Ladies Club Golf – Thursday – First mates tournamentJuly 11Alderbrook Golf Club
41st Annual First Mates Best Ball TournamentJuly 11 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pmClubhouse Restaurant at Alderbrook
Ladies Club – Tuesday Golf – Shotgun Start 9amJuly 16 @ 8:30 am - 9:00 amAlderbrook Golf Club
The Alderbrook Golf Ladies Club play many games throughout the golf season. Here are many of the games we play and a summery of each one. If you have questions on how to score, please ask the Pros at the Golf Shop.
1-2-3 Best Ball
Team of four scores one net ball on holes #1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16; two net best balls on holes #2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17; and three net best balls on holes #3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18.
3’s – 4’s – 5’s
When round is finished, choose your lowest score on three Par 3’s, four Par 4’s, and two Par 5’s. Subtract half of your handicap for net score.
3 Clubs & a Putter
Pick three clubs and play the entire round with these clubs and a putter.
After round is completed, choose front or back 9. Subtract half of your handicap for net score.
After all players have teed off, Pro Shop draws nine holes. Add your scores on the chosen holes; subtract half your handicap for net score.
Partners are drawn after the last group has teed off. Players will not intentionally be playing with their partner and will only discover who their partner is upon completion of the round. The team with the lowest better score is the winner.
Bridgeman Best Ball
Team of three or four counts one best ball on each of holes #1 thru 6), two best balls on #7 thru 12, and three best balls on holes #13 thru 18.
Chapman (2-person teams)
Each player tees off; each player hits his/her partner’s drive. At that point partners choose which ball they will play and alternate shots until holed out. Each hole is played this way. Penalty strokes do not affect the order of play. For net score, subtract the team handicap, which is computed by adding together 40% of the higher handicapper’s handi-cap and 60% of the lower handicapper’s handicap.
Combined Score of Partners
On each hole, add both partners’ scores & divide by two to obtain the team’s score for that hole. Add the total team scores. For a net score subtract the team handicap, which is computed by adding the two hand-icaps and dividing by two.
18 holes: select the better net score of hole #1 or 10, #2 or 11, #3 or 12, etc.
9-holers: Select the better score of Hole #10 or 15; #11 or 17; #12 or 16; #13 or 18; and add your net score on #14.
After all players have teed off, Pro Shop draws one hole from each nine. After round is completed, subtract your score on the hidden hole(s) for your gross score.
Leave your woods at home as you challenge yourself to play only with your irons and hybrids.
Count the number of your putts for the entire round. Only count strokes when you are on the green; do not count the times you use a putter off the greens.
Manning Low Ball
Team of four scores two net best balls on each hole. You must use each player’s score a minimum of eight times.
Match vs. Par (+ 0 -)
Player is competing against the course, matching your net score against par on each hole. If you shoot Par, score 0 (zero); better than Par, score + (plus sign), bogey or worse, score – (minus sign). Winners are determined by who is up the most at the completion of the round.
Team of four scores one best net ball on Par 5’s, two best balls on Par 4’s, and three best balls on Par 3’s.
Monthly Medalist: Monthly Medalists are the lowest net score of the players in each Division. traditionally, the pairings are done by Divisions with the Divisions taking turns starting on hole #1. At the end of the season, the Monthly Medalist winners play off for Medalist of the Year.
A player getting a net par or better earns a + (plus sign). Most pars or better wins.
Mutt & Jeff
Score only Par 3 and Par 5 holes.
No Alibi Tournament
Instead of deducting their handicaps at the end of the round, players may replay the number of shots equaling ¾ of their handicap. A re-played shot must be used even if it is worse than the original; it may not be replayed a second time. Scores may not be posted.
Odd or Even
After all players have teed off, the Pro Shop will flip a coin to decide whether the holes to be counted will be odd or even. Subtract half your handicap for net score.
Use only holes starting the letter “O” (#1), “N” (#9), “E” (#8, 11, 18), and “S” (#6, 7, 16, 17). Subtract half your handicap for net score. (The champion game is T’s & F’s)
Game is played in foursomes using three white balls and one orange ball. The score of two balls is used on each hole – the best of the white balls and always the orange ball. To determine who plays the orange ball, use any method (draw straws, flip a coin, etc.) that will prevent plan-ning on any one player getting it for a particular hole. Determine the orange ball user among the four on the 1st hole, remaining three on the next hole, and so on. On the 5th hole and every 4th hole after, start the process all over again with determining who plays the orange ball.
Competition is scored as follows:
– One Point for Net Bogey – Two Points for Net Par
– Three Points for Net Birdie – Four Points for Net Eagle (or better)
Winners are determined by the highest number of points for the round.
Scotch Doubles (2 person teams)
Each player tees off on the 1st hole. They choose the ball they want to play, then alternate on each shot. If player “A” putts out on a hole, play-er “B” tees off on the next hole.
Each team member tees off. Team chooses the ball at the location from which they want to play the next shot. All the team members then hit their own balls from that spot. This process is continued until a ball is holed out. Often there is a requirement that each player’s shot be used at least once.
Each player (or team) is given a length of string that has been measured out to allow one foot of string for each handicap stroke. The player (or team) may move her ball by hand to a more favorable spot at any time, at any place on the course by measuring with the string the distance the ball was moved, and cutting off the equivalent length of string. This includes on the putting green and into the hole. Once the string is used up, the player (or team) is on their own.
The person whose ball is at the selected location does not hit the next shot.
Players choose their lowest individual nine holes. Subtract half your handicap for net score.
Substitute Par for your worst hole on each nine holes that are played.
T’s & F’s
Use holes beginning with the letter T (#2, 3, 10, 12, 13) and F (#4, 5, 14, 15). Subtract half your handicap for net score. (the companion game is O.N.E.S.)
Tee to Green
Pick up your ball when you get on the green. No putts. Subtract half your handicap for net score. Scores may not be posted.
Three Clubs and a Putter
Pick three clubs and play the entire round with those clubs and a putter.
U.S. Open Day
The course is set up as difficult as possible. Medal play determines winners in each flight.
SPECIAL SEASON EVENTS AND GOLF TOURNAMENTS
Throughout the season, we hold a variety of tournaments. These are open for all members to play in. Most will require a sign up, so please keep an eye on the bulletin board for the sign up sheets.
Opening Day this year is April 9, 2019. New & returning Ladies Club members are invited to play a 9-hole scramble or cards, followed by lunch. The first official event of the season is an exciting beginning to the year & welcome to all.
The Rhododendron Tournament is a two day, 3-Lady Best Ball format, held at the end of May. There is lunch after golf, & winners in all flights receive rhododendrons.
CAPTAIN’S CUP TOURNAMENT
The Captain’s Cup tournament is match play format, starting in early June. All Ladies Club members are paired up to play in four 18-Hole divisions and one or more 9-Hole divisions, unless a member notifies the committee to withdraw. The on-going results are posted on the Bulletin Board, & the tournament ends with a lunch at the clubhouse. Trophies are handed out during the Awards Day in Oct.
Flag Day is held in June on the Thursday closest to Flag Day in June. Each player receives a flag with her name, handicap, and the total number of strokes allowed (handicap + par). When a player uses up her total number of strokes, she “plants her flag”. This is a very fun event and exciting golf day.
NINE HOLE TRI-MIXER INVITATIONAL
This is a special event for regular 9-holer Ladies, and has been a tradition for many years. The 9-hole Ladies Club Divisions at Alderbrook, Lake Cushman and Lake Limerick rotate a tournament each year between the three courses. For 2019, the tournament is scheduled to be at Lake Cushman, with the date TBD but usually in August and the entry fee is around $20; watch the tournament section of the bulletin board in the Ladies Lounge for more information. The event includes morning coffee, golf, lunch, prizes, and good hospitality. Space is limited, and the Ladies Club supports and assists with the success of this tournament.
FIRST MATES TOURNAMENT
The First Mates Tournament will be held this year on July 11, and is the biggest Ladies Club tournament of the year. The format is an 18-Hole, Two Lady Best Ball, open to outside players. The handicap spread between partners must be 10 points or less. This day always has a full field, so get your partner & entry in EARLY! Registration forms are available to AGYC players around May 1 and are sent to outside parties around May 15.
RODIA MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
The Rodia Memorial Tournament is named after Frank Rodia, a California Golf Pro who moved to Hood Canal. (The big tree on the left side of our 10th fairway is named after him.) Frank became involved with Alderbrook in 1976 and was a great supporter of Junior Golf and the Ladies’ Club. He encouraged women to keep trying, even when they had a high score, and he was known for saying, “The next day’s play will be much better”. Thus began the Frank Rodia Tournament, held in late July, with the two-day, eclectic score format. Frank funded the tournament until his death, & his wife continued to fund it for several years more. This is also the time we take to remember Ladies Club members who are no longer with us. There is a patio lunch on the last day of the event.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
The Ladies Club Championship Tournament is held in August. It is a two-day event for 18-hole and 9-hole players. The Club Champion is the Low Gross score of the field. In addition, there is also a Low Net score winner of the field. Awards go to the Low Gross and the Low Net players in each of the other flights as well. There is a luncheon on the last day of the event.
MEN v. LADIES PLAY DAY – “REACH TO GIVE”
(Fundraiser for benefit of Karen Hilburn Cancer Fund)
In September, the Men v. Ladies Play Day is hosted by the Ladies Club. The format is usually some type of best ball and match play. Anyone may play, and men and ladies are paired with spouses or non-spouses (your choice). Dinner for players & partners, plus non-golfing spouses, is served after golf. An auction of community made and donated desserts follows dinner, raising funds for the Karen Hilburn Cancer Fund (supporting uninsured and under-insured women in Mason County).
Awards Day is held in early October, with a nine-hole scramble and card playing event, followed by lunch and the award of trophies. Although golf play continues through October, this event marks the official end of the season.
The fine print is not always fun to read, but can be helpful. Here are our Ladies_Club_2018_GUIDELINES.
Please taka a look over the meeting minutes prior to the next meeting so you can vote to approve them!
2019 notes will be posted as soon as they are available.