Carson Valley Women's Golf Club


Golf Related FAQs




Q: How do I join CVWGC?
A: Simple, return to the CVWGC Home page, in the left navigation pane, select the Members entry and then click the Membership Application link from the dropdown menu. Yow will be taken to the following information pages;

At the YYYY CVWGC Membership Application form, complete the application and click the Submit bottom.
At the Membership Application Received page, click the OJR for CVWGC link, in the middle of the page.
At the NNGA’s OJR for CVWGC website, follow their instructions to pay your GHIN fees and CVWGC dues.

Q: Do I need to have an established golf handicap to join CVWGC?
A: No, but you will need to establish one. A portion of your membership cost goes to the GHIN Handicapping Program. Once registered, a GHIN number will be issued and all future rounds of golf must be posted to establish and maintain your GHIN handicap. 

Q: As a member can I bring a guest to play in the weekly club tournaments?
A: Yes, but the guest cost will be the normal green fees and they will not participate in any contests (i.e. weekly prize money, closest to the pin, chip-ins, etc.).

Q: Do I have to commit to play every week?
A: Of course not, but we do want you to play as often as possible and enjoy the game of golf with new and/or existing friends.

Q: As a member how do I sign up for weekly tournaments?
A: Actually, there are two (2) ways to sign up for weekly tournaments:

  1. Respond to the Golf Genius email by noon Saturday for Tuesday play.
  2. Logon to Golf Genius and sign up for the particular play day tournament or multiple play days (see How to access Golf Geniusbelow)

Please note - If you have signed up but are unable to make a tournament please log back into Golf Genius to remove yourself from the play day tournament or call the golf course as soon as possible and inform them of the change.


GHIN Posting

Q: If I start a round, but do not finish, do I need to post my score?
A: If you are playing a 9 hole round and finish 7 holes you need to post the round. If you are playing 18 holes and complete 13 holes before termination, you must post your score.

Q: If I am playing only 9 holes do I still need to post my score?
A: Yes, provided the course has a nine-hole USGA course rating and slope and at least 7 holes have been completed.

Please note: If you have posted multiple 9 hole rounds from the same course they may be combined in groups of 2's as a single 18 hole round and will be designated with a score type of C (Combined Nines).

Q: What is an adjusted gross score (adjusted score)?
A: Gross score is, of course, every stroke a golfer has taken during a round, added up to a total score. An adjusted gross or adjusted score is a golfer's stroke total for a round after accounting for the maximum per-hole scores allowed by the USGA's Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) guidelines.

Q: What is ESC?
A: Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) is an adjustment of individual hole scores (for handicap purposes) in order to make handicaps more representative of a player's potential ability. ESC is applied after the round and is only used when the actual score or the most likely score exceeds a player’s maximum number. ESC sets a limit to the number of strokes a player can take on a hole depending on Course Handicap. Apply ESC to all scores, including tournament scores.

  Course Handicap Maximum Strokes  
  9 or less Double Bogey  
  10 - 19 7  
  20 - 29 8  
  30 - 39 9  
  40 and above 10  

Important Note :
Beginning on January 1, 2020, with the introduction of the World Handicap System (WHS), a maximum hole score of Net Double Bogey has replaced the Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) for handicapping purposes and applies to all golfers.

Q: What is "Net Double Bogey"?
A: With the establishment of the WHS, the maximum score for each hole played is limited to a net double bogey – which is equal to the hole's Par + 2 strokes (double bogey) + any handicap strokes the player is entitled to receive on that hole based on their Course Handicap.

Q: What is the "Course Handicap"?
A: All golf courses are not created equal - some are more difficult than others (rating and slope). Players who have established their handicap index on a less difficult course may be at a disadvantage when playing on a more difficult course. And vice versa. To adjust for course inequity each player should look up their adjusted handicap index applicable to the course and tees being played to determine their handicap strokes for the subject course being played. The course handicap listing can be found in the pro shop of the course and/or on the GHIN app for the subject course.

Q: What are “pops” on a score card?
A: “Pops” are a visual representation of your handicap strokes that you are given for a round of golf based on your GHIN Handicap Index as it relates to the specific course handicap and the tees you are playing. Each “pop”, shown as “dots” on your score card, represents a “handicap” stroke.

      Mock Carson Valley G.C. Poped Scorecard

Q: How do I know how many “pops” or handicap strokes I get?
A: First, you need to know your current GHIN Handicap Index. And remember, this index is now recalculated in real time every time you post a score. If you know your current GHIN index then do one of the following:

  1. Locate the Course Handicap Tables which are usually posted in the Pro Shop. Find the table for the tees you will be playing from. Under the GHIN Index column find your current index and read across to find your associated course handicap.
  2. Use the GHIN App on your phone to look-up the course you are playing and select the tees you will be playing from to get your course handicap.

Q: How do I "pop" a score card?
A: First, if you are playing in a tournament or any other round where scorecards are produced via the Golf Genius program your card will probably already be “popped” for you. However, if you need to pop your own card follow the steps below:

  1. Determine your course handicap as described above
  2. Place a single dot in the scorecard cell of the course's #1 handicap (hardest) hole
  3. Place a single dot in the scorecard cell of the course's next hardest hole
  4. Repeat the step 3 until all handicap stroke have been assigned
  5. If your course handicap is greater than 18 repeat steps 2 – 3 with a second (2nd) dot and if necessary a third (3rd) dot until all handicap strokes have been assigned
Q: Why can't I post during the winter months?
A: When winter arrives, golfers in much of the country go into hibernation. Others, commonly known as “snowbirds,” escape the cold climate to more appealing temperatures. These lucky “birds” not only enjoy the warmth, they continue to play golf. This situation creates a common question for handicap-posting purposes: “Do I still post my scores?”

The short answer is yes. Before we get to the longer explanation, it is important to note that the Rules of Handicapping allow for an inactive season which is set by the Allied Golf Association (AGA) in the area. So, what is an inactive season? It solves for the seasonal weather fluctuations and impact on course conditions by determining when scores can be posted. In other words, an inactive season means that scores made on any golf course during that designated period are not acceptable for handicap purposes. The duration of an inactive season varies around the country, with some areas not having one due to a favorable year-round climate. For Nevada the following AGAs have declared the following:
  1. Northern Nevada Golf Association     Seasonal         March 15 - November 30
  2. Southern Nevada Golf Association     Year-Round
Now, back to the explanation. When a golfer plays on a course in an area observing an active season, that score must be posted as long as the round meets the criteria for an acceptable score (see Rule 2.1 of the Rules of Handicapping). This is the case even if a player’s home club and course are observing an inactive season (e.g., a golfer from Northern Nevada plays golf in Las Vegas or Hawaii in January). Any rounds played on a course other than the home course should receive an Away or “A” score-type when posting the score.




Q: What is "High Sierra Team Play" or HSTP?
A: High Sierra Team Play is a team competition among 20 member women's clubs in Northern Nevada. There is a tournament (Match Play format) each month from May through October and each club sends a team of six to each event. Competition is open to all members, but players must qualify on the specified qualifying dates as set forth on the CVWGC Tournament Schedule which is available on the Calendar page.


Type of Games

Note: For a more complete listing of types of games, click here.

Q: What is "Stroke Play"?
A: Stroke play, also known as Medal play, is a scoring system in the sport of golf. It involves counting the total number of strokes taken on each hole during a given round, or series of rounds. The winner is the player who has taken the fewest number of strokes over the course of the round, or rounds.

Q: What is "Match Play"?
A: Unlike Stroke play, in which the unit of scoring is the total number of strokes taken over one or more rounds of golf, Match play scoring consists of individual holes won, halved or lost. On each hole, the most that can be gained is one point. Golfers play as normal, counting the strokes taken on a given hole.

Q: What is a "Skins" game?
A: In concept, Skins is very much a Match play format, but it is usually played between three or four players. Each hole is played separately, and is won by the player with the lowest score on the hole -- that golfer wins 'the skin'. The interesting part of the game happens when two or more players tie for the low score. In this case there is 'no blood,' and the skin 'carries over' to the next hole, doubling its worth. At the end of the game, each player settles up based on the number of skins they have.

Q: What is the difference between "Scramble" and "Best Ball" games?
A: The Scramble is probably the most-common format for team tournaments. It can be played by 2, 3 or 4 person teams, and involves choosing the one best shot following every stroke, with each team member then playing again from that one spot.

In a Best Ball tournament, all members of each team play their own balls on each hole. At the completion of the hole, the lowest score among all team members serves as the team score. If there are four members on a team, and on the first hole those four golfers score 4, 7, 6 and 5, the team score is 4, because that is best ball among the four players.

Q: What is "Stableford"?
A: Stableford scoring systems are stroke-play formats in which the high total wins, not the low. That's because in Stableford, your final score is not your stroke total, but rather the total points you have earned for your scores on each individual hole. For example, a par might be worth 1 point, a birdie 2. If you par the first hole and birdie the second, you've accrued 3 points.

Q: What is "Blind Nine"?
A: In blind nine, only nine of the eighteen holes in a round count with 1/2 handicap applied for net scores. The catch is that you don’t know which nine until the round is over.

This game can be played in virtually any stroke play format, including individual scores and scrambles. Players record their scores according to the rules of the play format throughout the eighteen. At the end of the round, nine random holes are selected to count.


Weekly Play Days

Q: Is there a weekly play day or tournament schedule?
A: Yes. It is posted under the Calendar section as Club Tournament Schedule.

Q: What are "Flights" and why are they used in our weekly play day tournaments?
A: A "flight" is a term for a division of golfers within a golf tournament. Each "flight," or division, consists of golfers of roughly similar skills (determined by handicaps). The flights are named to indicate that skill level; for example, the best golfers in the tournament are grouped in the Championship Flight or "A" Flight; the next-best, in the First Flight or "B" Flight, and so on.

Q: In the CVWGC tournaments what are the "Flight" divisions and what are the handicap ranges for each?
A: We use the following Flight designations and divisions;