We are a friendly, social, mostly serious, and self-competitive but non-group competitive coed group of avid golfers who regularly play 18-hole courses in the San Francisco Bay Area. We openly welcome intermediate and advanced players, not hackers, who exhibit good sportsmanship, demonstrate good etiquette, and maintain pace of play. There may be a rare few advanced-beginner members (on a select individual basis), but we are intensely focused on improving our golf skills. We play a variety of courses in the East Bay, Silicon Valley & South Bay, peninsula, and North Bay.
What We Play
We play intermediate level par 72 courses (typically 72+ rating and 120+ slope for women) and up through more challenging 18-hole courses (typically 71+ rating and 140+ slope for men). We have member tournaments a few times a year. On occasion, we may play 9-hole courses when we're short on time such as after work or to work on our short game.
Where We Play
We play a variety of courses in the East Bay, Silicon Valley & South Bay, peninsula, and North Bay. We may also occasionally venture out to golf courses in Sonoma, Napa, and Monterey counties as a day trip or weekend getaway. When possible, I look for golf deals since most of us don’t have unlimited budgets for golf and a link to the special limited-time offer will be mentioned in the event details. We also play some nicer courses.
When We Play
We mostly play weekends and on a few national holidays, except for occasional weekday after work events. We play year-round but maybe less frequently during winter and rainy season.
How We Play
We play ready golf and have an basic understanding of golf etiquette and rules. Many of us are more serious/self-competitive about our own game, but we are mostly not a group-competitive group. Please be respectful to your follow members by following good etiquette both on and off the course and exhibiting good sportsmanship. Pace of play is important to us. On occasion, we will group better golfers with those who are less experienced in order to balance out groups and maintain pace of play.
Why We Play
Because we LOVE golf and enjoy our friendships!
Optional Post-Round Activities
A lot of times we hang out after a round for drinks and food at the clubhouse or a local restaurant. This is optional, and we value our friendships as much as our love for the game.
Membership Application & Member Profiles
You must post a real, recent facial picture of yourself so that the host can recognize you when you join your first outing with us and you must use your real first name or initials. If you are uncomfortable about these requirements, this group is not for you. If I know already know you or have played with you at least several times, you may petition for a photo and/or member profile waiver which will be subject for approval. Inactive members (~6 months without attending an event) may be removed to keep only avid regular golfers/players in the group.
Basically, use common courtesy to make it easier for me and other event co-hosts to host numerous group outings.
RSVP: There are strict RSVP and cancellation rules as a final headcount needs to be provided in advance to the golf course. You do not need to initially RSVP no, unless you have initially RSVPed yes and are no longer able to attend. It is better to RSVP yes later, than to RSVP when you are uncertain if you're able to attend. If a golf deal is mentioned for an event, please purchase the discounted rate when you RSVP so you have one before they sell out. RSVP deadlines are event specific, so please see the event details, but they are typically 2-3 days in advance when pro shop need the final headcounts.
General Cancellations: Cancellations with as much advanced notice is appreciated. If you are sharing a voucher, please work with your voucher holding partner to work out a replacement or green fee or other arrangement. If you are in the situation where you need to cancel after RSVP is closed, please contact me ASAP with your cancellation request and reason.
Cancellations for Spots that I've Prepaid to the Course: If you need to cancel after RSVP is closed for a spot that I've already paid for, you will be responsible to paying me back within 48 hours after your cancellation or event day (whichever is sooner) unless you find someone to take your spot.
Last Minute Additions: Sometimes there are unfilled last minute spots within a foursome and if you want the spot after RSVP is closed, please message me, as on rare occasion, I may keep the spot open with the pro shop and also because pro shops prefer full foursomes.
Wait List For Full Events: If it's less than one week before RSVP is closed, please contact me if you need to give up your spot when there is a wait list and don't assume that next person on the wait list can fill your spot. If you're on the wait list, make sure you are signed up to receive email or app notifications and be ready to attend should anyone cancel.
Wait List for Prepaid Events/Tournaments: Unless specified otherwise on the event page, please send payment within one week of signing up to the wait list or if payment deadline is sooner. You'll be moved to the attending list within 48 hours after you have paid. Being moved to the attending list is confirmation that your payment has been received.
On-Course: Members are expected to check-in with the pro shop at least 30 minutes before the group's first tee time and to meet with the group at least 15 minutes prior to the first tee time for pairings. Members who are regularly late, last-minute cancel after RSVP is closed, or no-show are subject to removal from the group. Members in good standing will be given a warning unless it becomes a regular habit. If you’re an intermediate level or better golfer, you should already understand that many golf courses have policies on tee time cancellations.
Some of you may already know me from my previous hosting work in 2016 in various golf groups including East Bay Weekend Golf Group for Beginners and Bay Area Beginner Golf Meetup Group, my previous involvement in women’s golf groups and events including Women with Drive and Women’s Golf Day, or have met me while playing at various golf groups across the Bay Area. I host the Drive Fore Birdies group out of my own free time and funds. A $10 annual chip-in would be greatly appreciated to help offset the Meetup website hosting cost (currently $180/year). As of spring 2018, I am considering opening the group to sponsors who can contribute with tournament and tee prizes for Drive Fore Birdies group tournaments.
Hope to see you out on the golf course at our regular outings or special tournaments. Hit ‘em straight!