USGA rules & videos

Check out the new USGA 2019 Rule Changes.

  1. All VGA events will be governed by 2019 USGA Rules. 
  2. Unplayable ball rules from the USGA (2018 rule)
  3. The nearest point of relief rule via USGA (2018 rule)
  4. Play the course as you find it via USGA (2018 rule)
  5. The ball moves on the Green rule (2018 rule)

VGA Local Rules and policies:

  1. VGA Local Rules and Clarifications.
  2. Complete VGA event signup rules please review. 
  3. Valley Golfers Association, Inc. Constitution and Bylaws.
  4. Handicap Policy V7
  5. Etiquette and pace of play.
  6. AGA and VGA enrollment and renewal information. 

Golfer Ratings

Scratch Golfer: Are the one who can play to a Course Handicap TM of zero on any and all rated golf courses. He (she) can hit tee shots an average of 250 (210) yards and reach a 470 (400)-yard hole in two shots.

Bogey Golfer: Is one with a Course Handicap of 20 (24). He (she) can hit tee shots an average of 200 (150) yards and can reach a 370 (280)-yard hole in two shots.

USGA Course Rating TM: The USGA® mark that indicates the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for scratch golfers. It is based on yardage and other obstacles to the extent that they affect the scoring difficulty of the scratch golfer. Example: 68.5

Bogey Rating: The one number every golfer worse than a scratch should check before deciding which tees to play. This rating is the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for the bogey golfer. It is based on yardage, effective playing length and other obstacles to the extent that affect the scoring ability of the bogey golfer. To figure out this number, other than from looking at this database, the bogey golfer should take the Slope Rating®, divide it by the set factor (5.381 for men, and 4.24 for women) and add that to the Course Rating. The result is a target score for the bogey golfer and is a truer yardstick of the challenge that lies ahead for the particular set of tees. Example: 96.3- which predict the bogey golfer’s average of his ten best (out of twenty) scores would be approximately 96.3 from this particular set of tees.

Slope Rating®: The USGA mark that indicates the measurement of the relative difficulty for the bogey golfer compared to the Course Rating. Slope Rating is computed from the difference between the bogey rating and the Course Rating. The lowest Slope Rating is 55 and the highest is 155. Example: 125.

VGA offers prearranged golf events on Wednesdays and Saturdays at courses in the greater Phoenix area. Come out and play with VGA.