Welcome

The Bluffside Duffers is made up of a group of men who have varying backgrounds, but all share one thing in common - the love of golf. The league is flexible in that all members are encouraged to play golf each week, but regular play is not required. The league name is derived from our sponsor The Bluffside Tavern. Bluffside has been a good sponsor for our league since 1992; please support this establishment with your patronage.

History
Background
League Dues
New Members
League Rules
Speed of Play
Forward (Gold) Tees
Annual Bus Trip
Year End Picnic
Prize Money
Handicaps

2017 League Meeting Notes
2016 League Meeting Notes
2015 League Meeting Notes
2014 League Meeting Notes
2013 League Meeting Notes
2012 League Meeting Notes

League Calendar

Apr 27 -  Start of League Play
Jul 23 -  Bus Trip
Aug 20 -  Steak Fry
Aug 31 -  Last day of League Play

League News

The deadline for paying your $65 League Dues is June 1st; dues are $75 if paid after June 1. Make checks payable to Tom Burgmaier.

Weekly Tee Times:
1:30 -  Robin Gibb
1:37 -  Paul Sherman
1:45 -  Dan Walters
1:52 -  Roger Young
2:00 -  Tom Burgmaier
2:07 -  Tim Jirsa
2:15 -  Jeff Pederson
2:22 -  Paul Heilman
3:07 -  Jim Webb
3:15 -  Scott Schnell
3:22 -  Mike Pretasky
3:30 -  Carl Barnes
???? -  Jason Tepp

Be at the golf course 15 minutes before your tee time. If you don't have a group to golf with, please call one of the groups to see if they have room or just show up early and we will fit you in a group or make additional tee times.

History

The league was formed in the early 70's and was originally sponsored by the Arterial Tavern. Play was limited to Sunday mornings at Pine Creek. The league later went to a format of playing two times per week (Thursdays and Sundays), then to once per week on Thursday afternoon. It has also changed courses, enjoying stays at Valley High and Maple Grove, before settling on Forest Hills in 1996, when the course was turned over to the city by the previous owners - The La Crosse Country Club. Go to Top

Background

The current limit on the number of league members is set at 65 players. Preference is given to those who belonged to the league the previous year, but no one is officially a member until their annual dues are paid in full. The cutoff date for paying league dues is generally mid-May, but the actual date is confirmed at the annual league meeting. All prize money is dropped off at the Bluffside Tavern by our league president - usually within a week of when it is won - but not until all league dues have been paid. When picking up your prize money, give the bartender your name and let him know you are from the golf league. Don't forget to have a glass or two of your favorite beverage while there. Regular league play is on Thursday afternoon at Forest Hills. Members have the option of playing either 9 or 18 holes. Several blocks of tee times are reserved for Thursday play: early afternoon for 18 holes and late afternoon for 9 hole players. Actual start times vary depending on the time of year and the composition of 9 versus 18 hole players. League play usually begins the last week in April (or early May) and runs through Labor Day. USGA rules are generally in effect for the league, but we have adopted some exceptions as defined in the Bluffside Duffers "Resort" Rules of Golf .

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League Dues

An annual fee (a.k.a. League Dues) will be assessed to each league member to pay for expenses. Refer to the Annual Meeting notes for the actual fee amount for the current season. The allocation of league dues is as follows:

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New Members

New members cannot participate in the weekly prize pool until they have played at least three 9-hole rounds and established a league handicap. If a new member is playing 18 holes and establishes a handicap after the front nine (i.e. 3rd round played), then he pays the $4 entry fee for the back nine and is immediately eligible for any prize money earned on that back nine. Go to Top

Speed of Play

Please be conscious of you speed of play and play - especially if you play games. Slow play affects everyone - even those in your same group. You should be able to complete 18 holes in 4½ hours. Go to Top

Forward (Gold) Tees

Members are allowed to play from the forward (gold) tees if they are age 70 (no handicap restriction), or age 65 with a 9-hole handicap index of 8.0 or higher. You must let the scorekeeper know that you are playing from the gold tees. Handicaps will be adjusted to reflect the course Slope/Rating for the forward tees. Go to Top

Annual Bus Trip

The league sponsors an annual bus trip to a premier course within a 2½ hour drive. The league selects the course at the annual spring meeting and appoints a committee to plan the trip. The fee for the bus trip will vary - depending on the course played, but always includes: green fees, ½ power cart, prize money entry fee, bus fare, beverages and sandwiches. The bus trip is limited to the first 40 paid members. Please be aware that the fee collected for the bus trip doesn't come close to covering the cost of the event. Other methods of raising revenue are required and you will have ample opportunity to contribute towards these expenses during the bus trip. Go to Top

Year End Picnic

This event is a four-man 18-hole scramble, with the location determined by the event committee. The date for the event is determined at the annual league meeting, but is normally held on a Sunday in mid to late August. The event committee is responsible for establishing teams of equal caliber and for setting tee times. The event is subsidized by the remaining balance in the league treasury, along with any surplus from the bus trip. The remaining cost is spread evenly among the participants and is usually around $25-$35. For this meager amount, participants can expect the following: green fees, ½ power cart, entry fee (towards prize money), 2 beverage tokens, a steak dinner, and a great time. Go to Top

Prize Money

Each golfer is required to pay a $4 entry fee for each 9 holes of golf played each week. If a golfer only plays 9 holes, he only contributes $4 for that week. However, if a golfer plays 18 holes, he must pay $4 for each round for a total of $8. A player cannot play 18 holes and decide to pay only $4 for the first 9 holes. If you play 18, then you pay for 18! The entry fee is paid out (in full) as prize money to only those golfers who participated in that round of golf. Half of the prize money is awarded to the best net scores (score after handicap is applied) and pays from 1 up to 8 places depending on the number of players. The remaining half of the entry fee is used to pay skins (one-fourth for Net Skins and one-fourth for Gross Skins). The entry fees are collected after each round by the league scorekeeper, along with the group's scorecard. The league scorekeeper will provide a statistics sheet each week that contains current handicap information, as well prize money distribution. Again, all prize money will be dropped off at the Bluffside Tavern. Go to Top

Handicaps

Handicaps are based on your twenty most recent 9 hole scores, using USGA handicap calculation rules. New members must first establish a handicap before they can participate in the weekly money game. The handicap is established after the three 9-hole rounds have been played. New golfers do not pay the $4 fee for the first three rounds, but will pay starting with their fourth 9-hole round. The maximum 9-hole handicap is capped at 16 stokes with only 1 stroke given on the par 3 holes. Go to Top