Frequently Asked Questions for New and Prospective Members
What does the Rockledge Men’s Club provide and how do I join?
The RMC provides you with a USGA handicap, privileges to play in our tournaments, Tuesday/Friday Group and social gatherings. You can join any time prior to and during the Rockledge golf season by completing a membership application and submitting it with the appropriate dues payment. You purchase your own greens fees at the Golf Shop, either on a daily fee or prepaid partial/full season pass basis.
What is a handicap and how do I get one?
The handicap system established by the United States Golf Association (USGA) is intended to allow players of lesser skill the ability to play competitively on a net level with more highly skilled players. The lower a player’s handicap, the more skilled the player. A player’s handicap index is calculated from the best 10 of his last 20 scores, and it takes 5 scores to establish a handicap at first. The index is applied to a course slope rating to determine a player’s course handicap, which determines how many handicap strokes that player is entitled to receive on the course. The more difficult the slope rating, the higher the course handicap.
If you already have a USGA GHIN (Golf Handicap & Information Network) handicap or handicap ID from another club, we will transfer your handicap information to Rockledge after your application is processed. If you do not have a handicap, you must establish one by submitting your 5 most recent scores to the Golf Shop. The USGA GHIN system will then compute an index for you along with your course handicap at Rockledge computed for each set of tees. The index is also used to determine your handicap at other courses using a chart displayed at other courses.
You are responsible for keeping your handicap current by posting accurate scores each time you play. Scores can be posted at the computer in the Golf Shop or remotely via the GHIN app. Currently, your index is updated twice monthly in the computer or via app by the CSGA (Connecticut State Golf Association). See RMC News for handicap information.
How do I sign up for tournaments and is there an entry fee?
There are two ways for you to sign up. First, our Tournament Committee sends out e-mails to our membership on a regular basis to remind you of upcoming tournaments and offer you the opportunity to sign up by responding to the e-mail with your name and phone number. Alternatively, you can sign up in person on a tournament sheet posted on the men’s locker room bulletin board. You only need to sign up either way once. Within a few days of the event, a pairings sheet will be posted on our website with your starting time. You can also view the pairings sheet in person at the Golf Shop. There are nominal entry fees for every event, payable at the starter’s desk on the day of play. Tournaments that include restaurant meals, such as the Opener, Closer and Member-Guest, must be prepaid in advance at the Golf Shop. See Schedules for a list of our tournaments and descriptions.
What tees do we play from during tournaments?
Unless otherwise instructed for certain events such as our Club and Senior Championships, our tournaments are played from the Gold tees. However, a Member whose age plus handicap is 85 may play from the White tees and a Member whose age plus handicap is 100 may play from the Red tees. Course handicaps are adjusted according to the tees chosen.
What is the Tuesday/Friday Group?
Every Tuesday and Friday morning, from late April through the John Sivell Memorial in October, many Members meet at the Golf Shop at 7:30 a.m. The staff creates four-man teams and play a net two-ball shotgun event starting around 8:00 a.m. Many Members play Tuesday/Friday regularly, while others join in when they can on days off from work. The Group is extremely friendly and playing with them is a great way to get to know many Members quickly.
How do I get a starting time reservation at Rockledge?
If you are playing in a scheduled RMC tournament, with the exception of the three long holiday weekend 2 of 3 or 4-day events (Memorial, Sherman, Pro’s Trophy), your tee time will be prearranged and assigned by the Golf Shop. All you need to do is sign up to play. The pairings sheet with your assigned time will be published on our website and at the Golf Shop a few days before the event.
For weekend play when there is no scheduled RMC event, a tee time lottery is held outside the locker room near the Golf Shop at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday for the following Saturday and Wednesday for the following Sunday. One member of each group arrives in person before 7:00 a.m. to fill out a slip with the threesome or foursome names. If you can not attend the lottery, you can get a tee time by calling the Golf Shop at 7:15 a.m. or via online at 9:30 a.m. Weekday tee times are available one week in advance.
If you do not have a tee time, do not hesitate to come to the course to play, especially as a single. The Golf Shop staff are very accommodating and will find a spot for you using a partially filled group or a cancellation.
I don’t have a group, so how can I find golfers to play with?
The fastest way for a new Member to meet other Members is to participate in the 3 ABCD tournaments (Red Tee, Opener, Junior Golf Fundraiser) held at the beginning of the season. The four-man groups are drawn randomly by the Golf Shop, giving you the opportunity to meet many different Members quickly. Most of our Members are great people to play golf with and you will feel right at home quickly.
If you come to the course as a single, be sure to introduce yourself as a new RMC Member to the PGA Professional, Golf Shop staff and starter. They will make every effort to find you a spot with other Members. If you would like to play a Member-Member event such as the popular Ramble and don’t have a partner, please don’t hesitate to sign up alone and request a partner. The Golf Shop staff will pair you with another single for the event.
How do I know if I won anything in a tournament and what can I win?
A list of tournament winners and credit won is posted on the RMC website and on the board outside the Golf Shop entrance. All winners and runner-ups receive Golf Shop merchandise credit tracked by the staff.
Are there Men’s Club tournaments every weekend?
No, not every weekend. On weekends or days where there are no Men’s Club events, the Rockledge Golf Professional runs “Desk” events with a variety of individual and partner formats. You can enter these at the starter’s desk for a nominal fee. You can also enter a “kickers” drawing for Golf Shop credit which can pay handsomely!