Joining the Alderbrook Ladies Club is a great way to enjoy our beautiful golf course, meet up with old friends and make new friends, and maybe even improve your golf game! The Club meets for regularly scheduled golf games on Tuesday and Thursday, mornings throughout the season, which runs from April through October. Additionally, special events and tournaments add to the fun.
The Club’s signature tournament, First Mates, is usually held in mid-July and is open to the public. It draws enthusiastic teams from throughout the region. Proceeds from the event help support local charities. The Ladies Club also supports Turning Point, which operates a domestic violence shelter in Shelton, through monetary contributions and donations of goods, as well as other local non-profits.
Other special events include member-only tournaments, which often include a Clubhouse luncheon or a potluck at a member’s home. It’s lots of fun and all the great ladies of Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club (AGYC) are invited to join.
For general information about Ladies Club click on the tabs below, or go to the Rules and Guidelines.
Alderbrook Men’s and Ladies Club Formats
Note: In all formats, strokes will fall on the holes according to each player’s handicap
- 1-2-3 Best Ball: Teams of four players, scores one net ball on holes 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16; two net balls on holes 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17; and three net balls on holes 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18.
- 3’s – 4’s – 5’s: After all groups have teed off, the golf shop will select two par-3’s, five par-4’s and 2 par-5’s to be used for scoring. 9-Holers will have one par-3, one par-5 and 3 par-4’s chosen.
- 3-Clubs and a Putter: Pick three clubs and play the entire round only using those clubs, and your putter.
- Front or Back Nine: After all groups have teed off, the golf shop will flip a coin to choose whether scoring will be used from the back-9 or the front-9. 9-holers will be playing medal play for the back-9.
- Blind Holes: After all players have teed off, the golf shop will draw 9-holes to be used for scoring. 9-Holers will have 5 holes chosen.
- Blind Partner: This is a 2-Person Best Ball format where teams are selected after all players have teed off. Players will not know their partner until they turn in their scorecards after the round.
- Bridgeman Best Ball: Teams of three or four will play a best ball format where one net ball is counted on holes #1-6, two best balls on holes #7-12 and three best balls on holes #13-18.
- Chapman: This is a 2-person format where each player tees off, then the players switch balls and hit their partner’s ball. After the 2nd shots are hit, teams will then select which ball they want to continue play with and will play the remainder of that hole alternating shots. The keep is that players will never hit the same ball twice in a row. Penalty strokes will not alter the order of play. Team handicaps will be computed using 40% of the higher handicapper’s course handicap and 60% of the lower handicapper’s course handicap.
- Combined Score of Partners: This is a 2-person format where both player’s net score will be added together to create a team score on each hole.
- Drop 3 (also Drop 4 or Drop 5): Each player plays the entire round and at the end of the round their worst 3 (or 4 or 5), in relation to par, will be reduced to net pars.
- Eclectic (ongoing): Over a pre-determined number of rounds, scores for each player will be created using their best scores on each hole. The best scores are then added together to create their final score.
Flag Day: Each player had a target score, which is created by adding the player’s course handicap to par (72 for 18-holers & 36 for 9-holers). After you hit your target score you will plant your flag at the spot where your ball comes to rest. If your final shot lands out of the fairway, you will plant your flag in the fairway equal distant to where that ball was. If your final score goes out of bounds you will place your flag at the point where you hit that shot. If you haven’t reached your target score by the time you hole out on #18, you will continue on to hole #1 and plant your flag once you’ve reached your target score.
- Hidden Holes: After all players have teed off, the golf shop will draw one hole from each nine and that score will be subtracted from your total score.
- Least Putts: Count only the number of putts during your round. Putts are considered strokes that are made from the putting green only. Strokes using your putter from off of the green do not count.
- Match vs Par: Players are competing against Old Man Par, matching their net score against par on each hole. Scoring is +1 for each hole you beat par, 0 for holes you tie par and -1 for holes you lose to par. Your combined total will be your final score.
- Modified Waltz: Teams of four players will use one best ball on the par-5’s, two best balls on the par-4’s and three best balls on the par-3’s.
- Monthly Medalist: Each month there will be one winner from each division (18-Gold, 18-Green & 9-Gold), with players playing medal play, will be eligible to compete in the end of the season Monthly Medalist Playoff.
- Most Pars: Each player plays their full round and scoring +1 for a net par or better and 0 points for any holes that are over a net par.
- Mutt & Jeff: Scores are only used on the Par-4’s and Par-5’s.
- No Alibi: Instead of deducting handicaps, players will receive a mulligan for ¾ of their course handicap. Any replayed shots MUST be used, even if it is worse than the original shot. Scores from this format cannot be posted for handicap purposes.
- Odd or Even: After players have teed off, the golf shop will flip a coin to choose whether odd or even holes will be scored.
- N.E.S.: Use only holes that begin with the letters O, N, E or S.
- POINTS: This is a Stableford Scored format. Points are earned on each hole with the following system: Double Bogey or worse is 0 points, Bogey is 1 point, Par is 2 points, Birdie is 3 points and Eagle or better is 4 points.
- Scotch Doubles: Two Person teams. Each player tees off on the 1st hole, the team then selects the ball they wish to continue with and play alternate shot for the rest of the round. If player A holes out, then player B will tee off on the next hole. Team handicaps will be 50% of each players course handicap.
- Scramble (No-Follow): All players tee off. The team then selects the drive and plays the second shot from that spot. If your drive was selected, you are not allowed to hit the second shot. The same ‘No Follow’ rule applies until the team is on the putting green. Once on the putting green all players are allowed to putt. Each player is required to use one drive per 9-holes.
- Best Nine: Players will drop their worst 9 holes in relation to par. 9-Holers will drop their worst 5 holes.
- String Tournament: Each player will receive a string that is measured out based on their course handicap. Each stroke of handicap will equal one foot of string. The player may move their ball, at any time, using whatever string they have left. This includes on the putting green and into the hole. When a player moves the ball, they must cut off that much of their string, and can do this until their string has been used up. Moving your ball with the string does not count as a stroke.
- T’s & F’s: Scores from only the holes that begin with the letter ‘T’ or ‘F’ will be counted.
- Tee to Green: Players will count only their shots that are used to get their ball onto the putting green. Strokes made from the putting green will not count toward their score. Handicaps will be adjusted to 75% of the player’s course handicap.
Ladies Club Tournaments
Captain’s Cup: Starting in early June, the Captain’s Cup Tournament gives participants the opportunity to test their golf skills as they play in a hole-by-hole, match play format, either 9-hole or 18-hole. The winner of each round advances, with the winner of the final round being awarded the Captain’s Cup title. Progress is posted on the Ladies Club bulletin board.
Club Championship Tournament: Held August 17th & 19th, the Ladies Club Championship Tournament is a stroke play event. Our 9-hole and 18-hole Club Champions are honored as the low gross of the field; we also honor our low net champions as well. Divisional gross and net scores are recognized too. A fun luncheon is held to celebrate on the final day of the event.
First Annual Member-Member Tournament: This 27 hole tournament will be played with a member partner June 23 and 24. Choose someone within 8 strokes of your handicap. Together you will play from the gold tees a 9 hole scramble, a 9 hole Chapman the first day and 9 hole Best Ball on the back side the second day. The winning team from the 4 flights will have a play off on the 18th hole while the others cheer them on. Food, drinks and prizes will fuel the fun!
First Mates Tournament: The biggest Ladies Club tournament of the year, The First Mates Tournament is July 8th. It is a fundraiser for a local organization selected by the Committee. The format is an 18-hole, two lady best ball, and is open to outside players. The handicap spread between partners must be 10 points or less. Sign up for the 4-Hole Horserace played the day before, and enjoy a no-host dinner at the Club House that evening. There is always great golf attire based on this year’s theme, Fairway Flappers. Get your partner and plan early as this tournament fills up quickly.
Flag Day: Flag Day is held on June 17th, the Thursday closest to Flag Day. Each Ladies Club golfer receives a flag with her name, handicap, and the total number of strokes she is allowed (handicap plus par). When a player uses up her total number of strokes, she “plants” her flag where the ball lands on that last stroke. It’s a fun game (not really a tournament) in good weather!
Men vs Ladies Play Day, “Reach to Give”: In mid-September, the Men vs Ladies Play Day is hosted by the Ladies and Men’s Club. It’s your choice whether to be paired with your significant other, or not! The format is usually some type of best ball and match play. Dinner for players (and non-golfing partners) is served after golf. Then an exciting auction of community made and donated desserts follows, raising funds for the Karen Hilburn Breast and Cervical Cancer Fund (supporting uninsured and under-insured women in Mason County). It is an amazing display of tempting culinary delights. Bring extra “dough” for the auction!
Nine Hole Tri-Mixer Invitational: This has been a special tradition for many years! The 9-hole Ladies Clubs at Alderbrook, Lake Cushman and Lake Limerick rotate a tournament each year between the three courses. This year Alderbrook hosts the tournament August 3rd. The event includes a morning beverage, golf, lunch, prizes, and good times golfing and meeting new people. Space is limited.
Rhododendron Tournament: The Rhododendron Tournament is a two day, 3-Lady, best ball format, held the end of May. Lunch is served after golf, and winners announced after lunch. Winners in all flights receive rhododendrons!
Rodia Memorial Tournament: The Rodia Memorial Tournament is named after Frank Rodia, a California Golf Pro who moved to Hood Canal. The big tree on the left side of the 10th fairway is named after him. Frank became involved with Alderbrook in 1976, and was a great supporter of Junior Golf and of the Ladies Club. He encouraged women to keep trying, even when they had a high score. He was known for saying “The next day’s play will be much better.” Thus began the Frank Rodia Tournament. Frank funded the tournament until his death, and his wife continued to fund it for several years more. It is at this time we also remember Ladies Club members who are no longer with us. Held in late July, it is a two day eclectic competition, using your best net and/or gross score (as specified) of the two rounds for each hole. A patio pot-luck luncheon is held on the last day of the event.
Turkey Shoot: Help support a turkey dinner for families in need at the Hood Canal School by entering the Turkey Shoot on October 12th. Your donations will purchase the food for the dinner prepared by the New Community Church of Union.
Snow Queen: Starting in November and running through February, the purpose of this tournament is to encourage play over the winter for those ladies who spend their winters at Alderbrook. The four best net scores are added together to determine the winner. Score cards are turned in to the Golf Shop for record keeping. It only costs $10 to enter. Learn how colder weather and temperature affects your game!
Ladies Club Opening Day 2021
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