Rules and RegulationsPro Tour Information
*All policies are subject to change and its the players responsibility to know and understand these policies
To participate in an APT event, players meeting the eligibility requirements must register for a Player ID and Password. This ID allows players access their player account which contains; player profile information including a picture and ‘whats in the bag’, tournament receipts and credit card transaction reports. This ID can be used year to year so please keep a good record of your ID and password. Should you lose this information, the Tour office can have it emailed to you.
2019 Player ID’s will be accepted starting Dec. 10, 2018. Registration is ONLY done online and memberships are non-refundable after February 28, each year.
Get a 2019 Player ID: Register HERE
Most tournaments will consist of 72-holes of stroke play (weather permitting). There are a few 54-hole tournaments. Fields will be cut after 36 holes to the top 35% of the starting field, including ties, with a maximum of 50 and ties for fields up to 156. For 2-course tournaments with field exceeding 168, we will cut to 35% and ties with a maximum of 60 and ties, Amateurs are included in the cut number.
Should there be a tie for 1st place, the tie will be broken by a sudden death playoff after all scores have been officially approved and posted. The designated starting hole for a playoff will be hole #18. All subsequent holes will be determined on site.
86 RULE: Any player shooting 86 or higher during the first round will be cut from the field.
Most events are walking, but there will be a few events where carts will be used due to the host course terrain. Pull/push carts are allowed during all tournament rounds, except the Riding Only events. Caddies may use pull/push carts, and all caddies must wear a caddy bib. During riding only events, the caddy OR the player may ride in the cart, but not both. The APT officials reserve the right to amend this policy during tournament play should golf course conditions be unfavorable (i.e. wet/saturated areas that may be affected by carts). All players will be notified of any change prior to the start of a tournament round.
Note: Each field includes two host course players – Head Pro and the Men’s Club Champion
All purse payments will be made by Direct Deposit to the player’s bank account as provided on the registration form. If a player does not fill out the direct deposit information on the registration form, he can provide the information by filling out a Direct Deposit Authorization form and returning it to email@example.com. Unfortunately, direct deposit is not available for our foreign players without US social security numbers.
No purse payments will be made unless the tour office has record of player’s Social Security Number or Tax ID. US Federal Law requires the APT to withhold 30% of all foreign players’ winnings, unless a US TIN is provided.
Note: A player must complete all rounds of the event, as played, to receive a purse payment. However, should a player need to withdraw after the cut due to family emergencies or medical reasons, he would receive the last place check.
Tournament Entry Procedures
- Open pro entry until the field reaches 132
- The last 24 spots before the early deadline are for APT Members
- After the Early Deadline, should spots remain available, entries are first come
- Amateurs (only after the Monday ‘Early Entry Deadline’ – 9 days before event)
See Wait List Procedure below.
Waiting List Procedure
Withdrawls and No Shows
Withdrawls for PGA/Web.com Qualifiers
On-Site Tournament Check-In
Check-in Days/Times: Normally Tuesday – Check tournament information page for times each week.
Tee Time Procedure
Late to the Tee
Official practice round days are 1-2 days before each tournament’s first round and are listed under the schedule of events for each tournament. Most practice rounds are FREE to all participants when walking. Players will have to pay for a cart, if used, during practice rounds.
- Players need to call the host course to arrange tee times.
- There will be NO practice rounds available during any pro-am tournament.
Rainouts or Extreme Weather Conditions
Preferred Lies Guidelines
Use of the Preferred Lies Local Rule
We will always put the notice that we are playing preferred lies in the starter box. We will have the starter (a volunteer) notify each group, but please be in the habit of checking the box just
Through the years, two principles have been entrenched in the game of golf;
- Play the course as you find it and,
- Play the ball as it lies
As a professional golf tour, the APT strives to honor these principles. However, adverse weather conditions can make a course nearly unplayable under the rules of golf due to temporary water on the greens, in bunkers and the general area (fairways).
Under Temporary Water, if a player takes relief in the general area, he must take full relief at the nearest point of complete relief, no nearer the hole. When a course is extremely wet, the nearest point of complete relief from temporary water may be in the rough or behind a tree, etc.
At that point we believe it is unfair to play in conditions where players may frequently be forced to drop their ball in the rough after having driven it in the fairway. In an effort to continue play in less than ideal conditions, the rules committee may utilize a Local Rule allowing Preferred Lies, which provides a player an additional option in dealing with temporary water.
This local rule is to be used One Round at a time and it will be discontinued for the next round if the course can be played under the rules.
It is Important To Note, the Rules Committee will not use this local Rule simply because the ball may have a tendency to pick up mud. But rather, this Local Rule will only be used in extreme situations when it would be impossible to play the course fairly under the Rules.
NOTE: Every APT member is required to help with two clinics a season. It is the responsibility of every player to attend the clinic for which they volunteer or find a replacement. Players failing to attend are subject to discipline by the Tour Director and will be chosen for future clinics. In addition to these participants, professionals playing in or near their hometown are expected to participate in the junior clinic. It is very important for local players to represent the APT and give back to the local community which supports them.
NOTE: Due to the restricted nature of some facilities, the length and width of the range may dictate the use of irons only or small number of hitting stations.
During the round, at specific scoring checkpoints, the player may be asked for his scorecard by a tour official or volunteer in order to update the on-course leader boards. These requests will be made as unobtrusively as possible, and the cooperation by the player is required and greatly appreciated.
Scoring checkpoints are generally as follows:
Round 1 & 2 – 1 & 10 Tees
Round 3 & 4 – 1, 7, 10, 13, & 15 Tees
Players are encouraged to employ caddies for all practice, pro-am, and tournament rounds. Golf carts may occasionally be authorized by the tour due to the host course terrain. Should carts be used, caddies may have to walk.
A player may bring his own caddie or hire a local caddie, if available. Local caddies shall be paid promptly. The fee is to be resolved early in the week between the player and caddie. A good rule of thumb is $40 per round. Players shall be responsible for the conduct and behavior of their caddies at tournaments. The following shall be adhered to in all tour tournaments:
- Players are responsible for calling host courses for the availability of local caddies.
- Caddies MUST wear a tour supplied caddie bib during each tournament round
- Caddies may use pull/push carts during tournament play
- Caddies may not wear jeans or cutoffs. Hemmed shorts, skirts, and capris are permitted.
- Caddies must wear a collared shirt at all times.
- Caddies shall wear smooth rubber-soled shoes preferably tennis or basketball shoes. Golf spikes and flip flops are prohibited.
- Caddies shall assist in maintaining the course by REPLACING DIVOTS AND RAKING BUNKERS as soon as possible after their players have played.
- Caddies shall not hit shots or putts anywhere on the practice areas or course except in specially approved competitions.
For any violation of these regulations which affect play, a fine will be levied against the player of the caddie.
Golf Carts - Disabled Family Members
- The request for the use of the cart must be made by the tour member and must indicate the name of the person, the nature of the disability, and if requested by the tour, provide medical reports or other data indicating the extent and nature of the disability.
- A request must be made for each individual tournament and must be made no later than the Tuesday of the tournament week.
- Carts will be made available only to family members who have a disability that prevents them from walking along with their players. The Tour Director’s decision shall be final.
If a cart is issued to the family member, the following rules relating to the use of the cart shall apply:
- Cart use shall remain on paths at all times.
- Carts will NOT be permitted in designated practice areas (e.g., range, putting green, etc.) at any time.
- If in the Tour Director’s opinion, use of the cart could potentially damage the playing surface of the golf course (e.g., due to wet course conditions), the Tour Director shall have the right to deny the use of the cart.