Topstone Men's Club Operation
This page describes Topstone Men's Club operation, including how to access the tournament schedule and sign up for tournaments, description of Men's Club tournament types, Pro Shop Tee games, Results, Payouts, etc. This page was originally conceived as an orientation for new members, but contains information that existing members may find valuable as well.
New for 2018, the Board of Directors has instituted the Ambassador program. If a new member would like to play a round with a member of the Board of Directors to have someone guide you through the process, or if you just want to chew on an ear to share ideas, please feel free to contact a member of the Board of Directors, and we would be happy to sign up with you and play a round. Just contact any board member at firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will reply promptly.
This page is a consolidation of the policies and by-laws stated in the Member Handbook. Refer to the Member Handbook for more detail about any of the content mentioned herein.
The Men's Club Season opens with our Spring Banquet, which takes place before the tournament schedule begins. Both Men's Club banquets serve as meetings of the General Membership, and all business matters requiring a vote of a quorum of the membership will take place at these times. The Spring Banquet also serves as an opportunity to share information from the Board of Directors and the Pro Shop. For the most part, the Spring Banquet is a social occasion that offers the opportunity for members to get reacquainted after the off-season.
At the Spring Banquet, members in attendance will receive their tournament punch-card and printed tournament schedule. The tournament punch-card is (10) prepaid Men's Club tournament entries, and is included with your membership. Sign this card as soon as you receive it, and hold onto it. This card has a $50 value, and will not be replaced if lost. More on tournament entries later.
The Tournament Schedule is posted on the Men's Club website, and is the page that you will visit to sign up for tournaments. Click this link to be routed to the 2018 Tournament Schedule. The Pro Shop uses the SignUpGenius event management service to manage tournament sign-ups. Tournament sign-ups open two weeks in advance of that tournament. To sign up for a tournament, click on the link for the day that you would like to play. The page features slots corresponding to tee times (1=early, 22=late). Click on the slot corresponding to the time that you would like to play, and click the "Submit and Sign-Up" button at the bottom of the screen. You can sign up yourself, or a group. If you sign up for a group, please make sure that you enter the number of players, and write the playing partners' names in the comments section. If you do not sign up in a foursome, you may be moved around to create foursomes (within close proximity to your selected tee slot).
Sign-ups are editable by logging in, and changing whatever ever you need to: number of players, playing partners, or cancelling if you have to do so. You are responsible for cancelling your tee time no later than the Wednesday evening prior to the weekend of your tee time. If you do not cancel ahead of time, or if you do not show for your tee time, you will be responsible for those greens fees (you will receive a credit to play during the week however). Please refer to the sign-up policy in the Member Handbook for more information on signing up for tournaments. To see an example of the sign-up process, click this link for a short video instruction.
After the sign-up period has closed, the Pro Shop creates the actual Tee Sheet. As mentioned above, if you do not sign up in a foursome, you may be moved plus or minus a few groups to create foursomes. The Tee Sheets will be published to the Men's Club website some time Thursday before the weekend tournament. Click here to be routed to the Tee Times page.
Men's Club Tournament entries – Pro Shop Tee Games
There are a variety of tournament entries and Pro Shop Tee Games managed by both the Men's Club and the Pro Shop. Refer to this sheet for descriptions of the various games/competitions, their entry fee and frequency, and their payout amounts.
Daily Tournament – The Men's Club will operate a daily gross/net tournament every weekend. This tournament entry will cost $5. Your tournament punch-card can be used to enter these events only. Once your punch-card is consumed, entry will be $5 cash.
Hole-In-One Pool – The Men's Club also operates a Hole-In-One Pool. Entry into the pool is $6, and only need be made once. One dollar of the $6 entry funds the Hole-In-One insurance, and covers the bar obligation should you make a Hole-In-One. Hole-In-Ones only apply during official Men's Club tournaments. If there are multiple Hole-In-Ones carded in the same day, the pool will be split between both competitors regardless of which one occurred first. Once the pool has been won, competitors need to re-enter to be eligible. It is strongly recommended that you enter this pool. Men's Club members have carded Hole-In-Ones, and not been in the pool, and lost out on a significant payday! Current Hole-In-One participants list can be found on the Hole-In-One page of the Tournaments menu.
Ringers – We strongly encourage you to enter the Ringers tournament. The Ringers is a season long tournament where your best gross and net scores are recorded. At the end of the season that competition pays out deep in both the gross and net category. Did you have a crappy round, but you birdied a hole that you needed for Ringers? That helps lessen the blow of an otherwise frustrating day. Ringers standings will be updated periodically throughout the season, and can be found on the Ringers Page of the Tournaments menu.
Match Play – We also strongly recommend that you throw your hat into the ring for the yearlong Match Play tournaments. Whether you enter the individual by yourself, or grab a buddy and enter the team tournament, there is nothing like match play to get the competitive juices flowing. Qualifications for these tournaments starts early in our schedule (the first three weekends in April), but you are not limited to one qualifying attempt. Enter a number of times to improve your qualification standing. Match Play standings will be updated with the conclusion of each playing period, and can be found on the Individual Match Play or Team Match Play pages
Pro Shop Tee Games – Not confident in your play and think that you won't win anything? Remember that play in this club is based on your handicap. You are competing against guys in your own flight for gross and net honors. You can also win a gross skin, and if you pay for the Double Down, your winnings are doubled.
The takeaway is to enter these tournaments and games early and often, and watch that Pro Shop credit build.
Pro Shop Credit – zero interest season long loan
As noted on the sheet, most payouts are in the form of Pro Shop credit with only a few exceptions. Pro Shop credit can be used to buy anything in the Pro Shop. The Pro Shop will even make special orders for you provided they can get what you want through their distribution channels. However, you do not have to accumulate winnings before you buy. The Topstone Pro Shop will offer you a zero interest credit line to purchase anything that you want. Balances are due by the end of the Men's Club season. This allows you to buy what you want, and accumulate winnings to pay down that balance.
Results and Payouts
Tournament results are posted weekly, and can be found on the Results menu of the Men's Club website. All payouts for the weekend Men's Club tournament, and the Pro Shop Tee games are shown on the results sheet. All payouts are based on the number of participants entered in that week's tournament. With five handicap flights, and gross and net payouts, Topstone Men's Club pays out deeper than most other clubs.
The Men's Club season includes a variety of Special Events. The Interclub Tournament is an individual and team match play tournament competing against another men's club. This is a two-day tournament; one day being played at each club. Details about this event are emailed to the membership well in advance. All members are welcome to participate, and participation is based on a first come first serve basis (based on order of online sign up). These events always fill up quickly, so if you are interested, set that alarm clock and enter as soon as the sign-up opens.
The IntraClub Tournament is also a two-day individual and team match play tournament, but this competition is open to only Topstone Men's Club members. The participants are divided into two teams, so you are competing for bragging rights against your buddies. We even have a pairings meeting mid-week of the tournament week to announce the teams over appetizers and cocktails. This too has been a very popular event, so if you are interested, do not wait to sign up!
The Men's Club season includes a number of "Majors" (trophy tournaments). Those tournaments are the 2 Man Best Ball Championship, the 4 Man Best Ball Championship, the Club Championship, and the Fall Classic. These are all multi-day events, and feature greater payouts than a typical daily tournament. As all but one of these events are team events, we will be promoting these events well in advance so that you can line-up your teams.
Tournament of Champions
Win gross or net in any Individual Gross/Net tournament throughout the year, and you will qualify for the Tournament of Champions. The Tournament of Champions is a one-day tournament, competed against the guys in your flight who have played the best throughout the year. This is also a trophy event, and features a greater payout than a standard Individual Gross/Net tournament. The Tournament of Champions standings is updated throughout the year, and can be found on the Tournament of Champions page on the Tournaments menu.
The Men's Club season closes with the Fall Banquet. As the banquet is a meeting of the general membership, any club business requiring a vote is conducted at this time. One major piece of club business requiring a vote of the membership is the next year's Board of Directors. If there will be any board vacancies for following year, an email soliciting nominations will be sent out to the membership not less than five weeks prior to the banquet. Any interested parties will be included on the ballot, and the vote will be conducting and tallied at the banquet.
In addition to club business, trophies and payouts for the Ringers Tournament are also distributed at this time. It is a great way to close out what has hopefully been a very enjoyable season.
The two primary communication tools used by the Men's Club are the website and our email service. We send out emails promoting clubs events on about a monthly basis, and sometimes on a greater frequency when promoting special events. For a variety of reasons, some of our emails are "bounced" from certain email services. If you find that you are not receiving emails, and would like to, send an email to email@example.com, and we will check your subscription status. We can easily debounce you, and help you to add our email address to your Safe Sender List.