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The Father and Three Sons Golf Classic is held annually on
the last or second last Friday of August.
At the conclusion
of the event each year, the Host Family officially introduces the Host
Family for the following year, who announces what course will be
played. The Host Family (or co-host families) then work throughout
the year to plan and organize an event that will continue the tradition
and spirit of this storied tournament.
While the Host
Family has a significant amount of leeway on the specifics of the event,
allowing them to put their own "stamp" in the history books,
there are certain guidelines and traditions that are generally adhered to.
Shotgun has become the standard for the tournament and depending on the number of families (usually between
30 and 36), most holes have two groups teeing off in A and B
foursomes. Rounds are typically played in 5 to 5 1/2
hours, so a mid-morning start has become the norm. From time to
time a "backup" will occur at a given hole, which is usually
seen by all as a chance to get to know others in the tournament who share
a common bond.
Despite the strong family nature of the tournament,
families do not play together. Generally, fathers are paired with fathers; sons with
sons. Members of New Families are often paired with members
of Old Families with long-standing participation in the tournament.
The Host Family determines hole groupings, usually
based on matching similarly handicapped players. An official
handicap is not required - an estimated handicap for each family member
can be indicated on the Registration Form.
Though families do not play together as a foursome, their individual
scorecards are tallied together to determine eligibility for the various
awards and trophies presented at the Dinner & Awards Banquet.
The Host Family and host Club Professional work together to determine the
scoring system that will be used to determine each family's Net Score
(usually the Calloway, or a modified Calloway, system).
the "Low Gross" Family is considered the tournament
"winner", the emphasis of the event is on fun and
friendship. To that effect, there are also formal trophies for
"Low Net" as well as "Closest to the Lauers",
presented in fun to the family with the worst aggregate score. Quite
often there are random draw prizes as well.
discretion of the Host Family and host course, there have also
historically been competitions for Longest Drive (separate for fathers and
sons) and Closest to the Pin.
The Host Family and host Club Professional will determine specific local
rules. In the past, depending on conditions of the course and
expected pace of play, various discretionary rules have been
implemented. Past examples include "winter rules" in
effect, drop zones for lost balls on forced-carry holes, and playing all
hazards as "lateral".
While not mandated by the Constitution,
several formats have been widely adopted as the norm:
Maximum score of double par on any hole
Option to play front tees for players aged 65+ or
Ready golf among foursome