City Tour Rules & Eligibilty

  • All golfers 21 and older are able to compete.  All college golfers and NCCGA club golfers are also eligible.  Players are typically paired up with players of a similar age
  • Players must have amateur status
  • Players may create a team, join a team, or join as a free agent so the Nextgengolf staff can help you get paired with a team
  • Men and women can compete on the same team or play on gender specific team (women play from shorter tees)
  • Tournaments are 1-day team tournaments held on Saturdays or Sundays
  • Each tournament has two different formats (2-person Best Ball or 2-person Scramble) – each format has its own prizing and qualification for the City Tour Championship.  Teams choose their preferred format before each tournament
  • Teams are composed of 4 to 6 players (2 or 3 pairs playing the same 2-person Best Ball or 2-person Scramble format).  The top two pair scores are combined for the team total.  E.g. if a team of 6 players has pair scores of 70, 75, and 80 their team score is 70 +75 = 145 (the 80 is not counted).  If a team only has 4 players their two pair scores together will generate the team total
  • Individuals or partial teams under 4 players will be combined with other teams in the city to make sure they have at least 4 players to generate a team score
  • City Ambassadors determine the playing distance based on weather and course difficulty
    • Men ~ 6,000-7,000 yards
    • Women ~ 5,200–6,200 yards
    • Players 60+ are permitted to play one tee box up from the assigned tees
  • The new 2019 USGA Rules of Golf apply for all play with the following exceptions
    • Scramble format allows for 1 scorecard movement no closer to the hole
    • Course local rules (the NCCGA does not adopt the 2019 Stroke and Distance optional local rule – players may not drop the ball in the fairway for a penalty of 2 strokes)
    • Triple bogey is the maximum any player can take on a hole. Once a player reaches triple, that player is required to pick up.  You are permitted to pick up your ball at any point of the hole.
    • Teammates can provide advice to other teammates at any point during the round
    • All players that are late for their tournament tee time will be assessed a score of triple bogey for each hole that they miss but will still be allowed to complete play
  • No caddies are permitted during tournaments
  • Range finders and electronic measuring devices are allowed as long as they don’t measure slope or wind
  • City Tour tournaments are riding tournaments (carts included in entry fee)
  • *If a team brings 4 people to a tournament but the player is unable to complete the round for any reason, partial scores will be taken and all final holes will receive an automatic Triple Bogey.  In the event a player does not show to a tournament, his or her partner’s score will still count as the pair total, and can contribute to the top two pairs.
  • Winning Best Ball and Scramble teams at each tournament are eligible for the City Tour Championship (while space remains)*
  • Teams are not required to play in all tournaments locally to be eligible for the City Tour Championship
  • Wild Card Selection Process
    • Number of wild card teams is limited to the number of spots available to fill the field
    • Teams will be ranked for both Scramble and Best Ball finishes based on handicap differentials by round using the USGA Handicap formula: (Gross Score by Day-(Rating*2))*113/(Slope*2)
    • ex. (140 – (72*2))*113/(130*2) = -1.73
  • Top Pair Qualifying Process
    • Stats will be kept on the top pairs throughout the country.  The top 2 pairs from Best Ball and Scramble non-qualifying teams will receive bids
  • The Best Ball and Scramble champions from the previous City Tour Championship receive an auto-bid for the next championship

*Once the field sells out, the bids will automatically be awarded for the following year’s City Tour Championship

The 2020 City Tour Championship will be held in Kiawah

In the event any tiebreaker cannot be settled with the following procedures, Nextgengolf staff will be consulted

Team Tiebreaker Policy for City Tour Tournaments

  1. Compare combined Best Ball or Scramble scores from both counting pairs for each team against other team(s) for the #1 handicap hole (proceed to next hardest hole until tie is broken).

Scorecard Playoff to Break Pair Ties

  1. Compare Best Ball or Scramble score to par from the #1 handicap hole (regardless of whether the players played the same course)
  2. Continue to compare the next hardest hole in a sudden death format until one 2-person pair remains

Team Tiebreaker for National Champions

  • To break team ties at the City Championship, the “Team Tiebreaker Policy for City Tour Events” will be utilized except as it relates to determine the National Champions (based on course availability)
  • To determine the City Champions for teams that are tied, the lowest Scramble or Best Ball pair from the weekend for each team(s) that are tied will compete in a sudden death playoff
  • The course pro and City Tour leadership will determine order of playoff holes (order of play will be determined by drawing from hat)
  • After each hole, the Best Ball or Scramble score from each team will be compared with the other team(s) that are tied. In the event these scores are the same, the playoff will continue until a single team remains. Each hole the order of play reverses
  • In the event daylight/course availability does not allow for a team playoff to be completed, the “Team Tiebreaker Policy for City Tour Events” will be utilized
  • Inclement weather will be monitored by the City Ambassador and the course pro
  • If an event is shortened due to inclement weather, Nextgengolf staff will work with the course to determine the course’s normal refund/rain check policy
  • City Tour tournaments do not require conforming grooves and do not ban anchored putters
  • Alcohol is permitted during play for players over 21.  Players drink at their own risk and must act responsibly
  • Proper dress is required: no tank tops, t-shirts, denim shorts, short shorts, cut-offs, gym shorts or jeans are allowed. If dressed inappropriately, the course can refuse the right to let you play
  • Nextgengolf Media staff and third parties are allowed access to grounds for team and individual video and pictures. All content is the ownership of Nextgengolf
  • Prize Policy – Prizes will be awarded to Best Ball and Scramble teams and pairs
  • City Tour Refund Policy – City Tour tournaments will go on rain or shine. Play will only be suspended or rescheduled/canceled if the course staff deem the golf course unplayable (lightning, standing water etc). The reason we do this is to ensure we can work in the players’ best interest to secure partial refunds or rain checks.  Each course is different in how they deal with weather so our staff works with the course early in the week after any weather-shortened events take place.  Please take note of our additional refund policy requirements:
    • No refunds will be issued once the payment deadline passes (within 6 days of tournament)
    • Any cancellations outside of 6 days but within 1 month of the tournament date will incur a $10 tournament service charge but the remainder of payment will be refunded.
    • Promotional codes cannot be retroactively used for prior purchases
    • Refunds will be issued to Nationals participants only if another team/individual can fill in and compete
    • No refunds will be issued for teams paying for players who do not come to a tournament
  • The City Tour charges a non-refundable convenience fee of 2.9% and 30 cents for each transaction processed on To avoid the non-refundable convenience fee, Nextgengolf accepts checks as a payment method. Checks can be made payable to Nextgengolf, Inc and mailed to 55 Court St, Suite 520, Boston, MA 02108. Please note, convenience fees will not be refunded even if the payment to which it relates is canceled, refunded, credited or charged back. Any questions, please contact
  • The City Tour Championship will have a reschedule date in the event weather forces the course to be deemed unplayable
  • Liability Release and Tournament Participation Terms information

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), (including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, effective January 1, 2009), TITLE 42 – THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE, CHAPTER 126 – EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.

  • Most tournaments will include a cart as part of the tournament fee. Walking is permitted if you choose to walk but the cart fee is non-refundable.
Matt Weinberger

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