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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?
$60.00 league fee paid to City of Cambridge
$55.00 annual handicap fee paid to MA Golf: massgolf.org/join-mass-golf/
Green Fees when you play: $24 for Cambridge residents & $27 non-resident
$4.00 prize money when you play ($cash$)
$10.00 web site hosting and maintenance fee

Why am I asked to pay $10.00 to the league above the registration & handicap fee?
The Monday Night League maintains its own website and the fee is used to offset the annual maintenance and web hosting.

What do I need to know about signing up?
Thursday is the last day to sign up online to play the following Monday.
If the league is full, please email coordinators and ask to be put on the WAITLIST. We track requests as we receive them, so earlier is better. In 2022, every week, every player who wanted to play was able to, but at the beginning and the end of the year, it typically gets a little tight. Your flexibility is appreciated.
BEFORE THURSDAY – If you cannot play and the registration is still open – PLEASE UNREGISTER ONLINE.
BETWEEN THURSDAY AND SUNDAY – If you cannot play AND tee times have not been posted, please send the coordinators an email ASAP. info@fpmonday.com
ON MONDAY – If you cannot play call the pro shop on Monday.
We understand that weather and life sometimes get in the way, but if you are calling the pro shop and canceling more than once a season, we may have to assess an additional league fee.

Where do I park?
The course has a small parking lot. If the lot is full you can park along one side of the street.

Pace of Play
Speed is important, particularly for later teams at the beginning and end of the season when we lose light early.  Play must ready to golf and speed up if your team is falling behind.

What time should I arrive?
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your tee time in order to allow time for parking, check-in and payment.

How do I know if league is cancelled?
We do our best to blast out an email when league is cancelled but, if you have any questions, please call the pro shop.  The Pro Shop makes all final weather decisions.

Who posts the weekly scores?
You are responsible for posting your own score. There is a computer on the lower level of the clubhouse that is dedicated to this purpose. If you need help, ask one of the coordinators or a senior member of the league to walk you through it – it’s easy. You can also log into the system from your home computer, smart phone or tablet and there is an app that will streamline the process.

How is my handicap used?
The goal of a handicap system is to level the playing field so that each round of golf is competitive and fair for all players regardless of individual skill.

Can I pick up my ball during play?
If, for any reason, you choose to pick up your ball on a hole, you are automatically disqualified from the “individual” part of the game. Place an X on the scorecard. When you enter your score, use your maximum allowable score for that hole.

Prior to picking up your ball make sure it doesn’t affect your team score in any way.

Can I pick up my ball on the green if it’s very close to the hole?
In an effort to speed up play, a fellow player can and should tell you to “pick up” if the ball is within a grip’s length of the hole (approx. 12″). You may not pick up your ball without the OK from a fellow player.

Am I supposed to wave up players on the Par 3’s?
To keep up pace of play, we encourage teams to wave up others on Par 3’s when there is a backup.  However, do not wave up the team behind you if there is a gap ahead of you; instead, finish the hole as quickly as possible.

What if I lose my ball?
ALWAYS hit a provisional if you think there is ANY chance that you might not find your ball. You have 3 minutes to look for your original ball.  If you cannot find it and IF you did not hit a provisional, you may drop a ball in the playing area two club lengths from where you think your ball landed (no closer to the hole) with a TWO stroke penalty.  This new rule is designed to speed up play so you do not have to go back and hit another shot in the event your ball is lost.

How do I know if I win and how do I collect?
Weekly winners are posted on the website. Each week there is a team prize and an individual low net prize. Prize money is awarded as shop credit and can be redeemed through the pro shop. Check with anyone in the pro shop to find out what you currently have as credit.

How do Blind Draws work?
Weekly winners are posted on the website. Each week there is a team prize and an individual low net prize. Prize money is awarded as shop credit and can be redeemed through the pro shop. Check with anyone in the pro shop to find out what you currently have as credit.

How do Blind Draws work?
When players cannot be divided evenly into foursomes we create threesomes. Some formats give foursome a significant advantage so the pro shop will randomly select a player’s score to use to calculate a team’s score. If the team wins, prize money is allocated to only the players in the threesome; the player that was the blind draw does not share in the winnings.

What is the maximum score I can report on a hole?

You should always record your true score on your scorecard, but, when you go to input your score into the handicap system, YOU MUST CALCULATE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT YOU CAN ENTER BASED ON THAT HOLE. Unlike the Equitable Stroke Control system that gave a standard maximum on every hole, golfers must use the new Net Double Bogey Calculation to determine score. NET DOUBLE BOGEY = PAR FOR HOLE + 2 + YOUR HANDICAP ON THAT HOLE So, a golfer who gets 2 strokes on a par 5 can enter up to 9 strokes for that hole 9 = 5 (par) + 2 (double bogey score) + 2 (her handicap on that hole)

We strongly urge players to select the hole-by-hole system to enter scores into the handicap system.  Then, all this fancy math is done for you.