* Your GHIN # must be active in order to register for any events.When your home club activates you, you will still remain INACTIVE in the GHIN system until the next handicap revision on the 1st or 15th of the month, whichever comes first.
If your GHIN # has been inactivated please contact your home club to have them reactivate you!
Premier Greens Fee Raffle
The VGA Scholarship Committee is once again promoting a Greens Fee Raffle to help support the VGA Scholarship Fund! Purchase a ticket for $220 - every ticket is a winner - each ticket will include golf and carts for a foursome at one of the courses listed below:
Vermont National CC ... Country Club of Vermont ... Stowe Country Club ... Burlington Country Club
Manchester Country Club ... Jay Peak Golf Club ... The Quechee Club ... Stowe Mountain Club
The Golf Club at Equinox ... Green Mountain National Golf Course ... Rutland Country Club
Proctor-Pittsford Country Club ... The Hermitage Club (also includes hotel)
Contact Pat Murray at 802-233-4066 for more information and to purchase a ticket!
Just a reminder to all VGA & VSWGA members who establish their handicap through the Lakeside Golf Club (internet): All handicaps are automatically inactivated at the end of the year! You will need to pay your 2017 handicap fee before you will be able to register for any online events!
Click here for more information on how to renew:
Rules Corner - Some fun facts about Hole-In-One's!
A player played his tee shot to the left of a par-3 into a thicket at the side of the putting green, so he played a provisional ball. After a fruitless search for his original ball, he continued play with the provisional ball and holed it out with two further strokes for an apparent score of 5.When the player bent down to pick up his provisional ball out of the hole he found his original ball in the hole. Did the player score a hole-in-one or 5?
Hole-in-one. The play of the hole was completed when the player holed the original ball. Decision 1-1/2.
It is impossible for a player to score a hole-in-one with his second ball played from the teeing ground. True or False?
False. For example, a player's stroke from the teeing ground is deflected by an overhead power line. A Local Rule requires that in these circumstances the player must play a ball from as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was played, as in Decision 33-8/13. A scores a hole-in-one with his next stroke. There are 7 other examples of how this unlikely situation is possible at this link.
What are the approximate odds for an average golfer scoring a hole-in-one, as calculated by actuaries at insurance companies that insure special prizes for the feat? a) 50,000 to 1. b) 25,000 to 1. c) 12,500 to 1. d) 6,250 to 1.
12,500 to 1. Reference Wikipedia. So, on average, a player who plays courses with four Par 3s, twice a week, should score a hole-in-one every 30 years!
On a par-3 a player hits his first ball into water, tees another ball and hits it straight into the hole. He can claim a prize for a hole-in-one. True or False?
False. He scored 3 on the hole.
A ball that comes to rest against the flag stick after a player's first stroke from the teeing ground is picked-up by a fellow competitor and thrown back to the player. This means that the player cannot score a hole-in-one on the hole. True or False?
False. The ball must be replaced where it was resting against the flag stick and the player may then move or remove the flag stick, and if the ball falls into the hole, the player is deemed to have holed out with their last stroke for a hole-in-one.
It is traditional for a player who has scored a hole-in-one to buy a round of drinks for everyone at the clubhouse bar. True or False?
True. Reference Wikipedia.
Remember, it pays to know the Rules. Knowing the Rules of Golf can help you save strokes and enjoy the game of golf.
In order to participate in VGA and VSWGA tournaments, players are required to have a valid, active GHIN handicap.
We understand that situations can change and some folks may make the decision to forgo a golf course membership for one reason or another. Should you find yourself in this situation, you can still keep your handicap active by becoming a member of the Lakeside Golf Club. Click here for more information. If you have any friends in this situation, please pass this information along to them as well.
Handicaps are updated twice a month - on the 1st and 15th.
Although your home course may activate you on a given day, your handicap won't become active in the GHIN system until the next revision period on the 1st or 15th - the next one immediately following the day you are activated at your club.
- Please be aware of this when planning your summer golf schedule.
Member Clubs Special Events
Throughout the summer our Vermont member clubs host various golf events that are open to the public, both men and women. For more information about these events, dates and entry forms, check them out at our Member Clubs Special Events page.
Member Clubs Special Golf Offers
Vermont Golfers have two great savings opportunities for golf in 2017:
For more information on either the VIP Card or the Punch Pass - click here!
- The 2017 Golf Value Book VIP Card for $27
Special Rates at 30 Courses
- The 2017 Golf Valuel Book Punch Pass for $197.00
24 free rounds of golf
GHIN Handicap Benefits
One of the benefits of having a GHIN handicap issued through a Vermont club is that you are entitled to receive two great e-Magazines at no charge. The GLOBAL GOLF POST is a weekly e-magazine published every Monday with all the results from the past week's golf tournaments, both Amateur and Professional, along with some great human interest golf stories. The GRAIN is dedicated to the Major Championships and is published 6 times throughout the summer. There is a early season kick-off issue, issues immediately preceding the Masters, US Open, British Open, PGA Championship and in the fall, the Annual Travel Issue is released.
If you are not receiving the Global Golf Post or The Grain, you can sign up by clicking here.
VGA On-line StoreLooking for some gifts for your favorite golfer, or even for yourself? We have tee shirts, headcovers, caps, towels and even some gag gifts - embroidered toilet paper!!
Click here to visit our VGA Online Store!