(Mandatory for new members joining after May 18, 2014): Your experience: How long have you been golfing? How often do you golf? Do you usually play 9 or 18 holes? If new to golf, have you taken lessons? Do you have your own equipment?
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Have you read and do you understand the conditions in the "About Us" section? (Mandatory for members joining after June 17, 2013)
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(Mandatory for members joining after December 5, 2013) Are you familiar with the basic do's and don'ts of golf? If not, have you read this link on basic golf etiquette? http://www.usga.org/etiquette/tips/golf-etiquette-101/
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Our meetup group welcomes golfers of all skill levels who want to meet friends and participate in some fantastic events.
Everyone is expected to respect and adhere to our policies and to show up to events on time or earlier if requested.
New members must use their real name or initials and post a recent photo of themselves.
Our goal is to get new golfers out onto the course, as well as provide fun outings for the more Advanced beginners. We try to provide a relaxed environment for those new to the game to get out onto the course and discover the enjoyment that is golf.
For the more Advanced members, we schedule events at a wide array of 18-hole courses for you to enjoy with fellow members of similar skill levels.
There are times when some of our newer golfers are paired up with the more experienced golfers to balance out the foursomes and to control the pace of play.
Although we are serious about improving our game and having a great time, we don't take golf too seriously. We hack around, have fun, enjoy the weather when it's nice out, and have no qualms about golfing in the rain.
What we are not is a teaching organization. We leave formal instruction to the professionals.
If you have never played before and are looking to try golf for the first time, please look at taking a lesson or two before attempting to attend one of our events. There is information in our "Discussions" section regarding formal and low-cost lessons, and we sometimes schedule basic lesson events through our sponsor, Fremont Park Golf Club.
We also do not provide equipment. You are expected to bring your own clubs (or rent them from the course if you so choose), balls, and other items required.
Where We Play
We play various 9- and 18-hole courses around the Bay Area.
Sometimes we will plan on getting together after the round for a meal or a drink. This is optional, so don't feel obligated to stick around if your plans do not permit it.
We are also open to suggestions for playing various courses in the Bay Area. If there is a course you would like to play, let one of the event organizers know and we will look to getting it on the calendar.
Green fees and looking for cost savings
Not everyone has unlimited funds to spend on our golf passion. One way we look to save on costs is through the use of coupons. GroupGolfer.com, Groupon.com and dealcaddy.golfnow.com are some of our favorite spots to find deals. When deals become available, our event organizers will usually post a meetup and reference the coupon. The coupons are usually only available for a few days.
If you find other outlets for discounted green fees, or some other golf related items, let our organizers know.
Rules and Pace of Play
Wen you attend a golf event, you are expected to know the basic rules of golf, golf etiquette and pace of play. Information on these topics can be found through NCGA.org, USGA.org, as well as in our Discussion forum. We do not expect you to know them all, but you should have a basic understanding of these topics before you step out onto the course.
ATTENDANCE and RSVPs:
Know that our attendance policy is quite strict. This is a requirement as we reserve tee times up to two weeks in advance, and we are required to fill those tee times. Golf courses do not like last minute cancellations as they make their money by having full foursomes.
When you receive notifications of scheduled meetups, it is not necessary to reply "No" if you are not attending an event. You have the option to click on "Yes" or "No," but you don't have to; you can simply delete the email without replying. Of course, if you RSVP "yes" then your plans change, you must update your RSVP to "no."
Do not RSVP for a meetup if there's a chance that you might have to cancel at the last minute. It's better for you to RSVP at the last minute than to cancel at the last minute.
* The first no-show will be given a warning. A second no-show will result in the removal from our group.
* Last-minute cancellations are frowned upon. A last-minute cancel is if you cancel your RSVP after the RSVP deadline or after an Organizer/Event Host has posted the group assignments, which might be a day or two before the RSVP deadline.
* A combination of a no-show and last-minute cancellation will also result in the removal from our group.
* Last-minute cancellations will be accepted for our "regular" members who have a good attendance record--until it starts to become a habit. Regular members currently with spotty attendance records will be given a warning the next time they do a last-minute cancellation.
Thank you for observing and respecting the attendance policy.