Rules and RegulationsPro Tour Information
*All policies are subject to change and its the players responsibility to know and understand these policies
The APT is open to any professional or amateur golfer who is 16 years of age or older. Amateurs must have a handicap of 2 or less. Foreign players are required to be internationally recognized in order to play on the APT. The APT reserves the right to refuse participation to anyone.
Pros, whether a Tour member or not, may register and play in APT events. Being a member of the Tour has its advantages including lower entry fees, participation in bonus programs and tournament entry priority. Amateurs are welcome but have the lowest priority and are only allowed should there be space available after tournament deadlines.
Registration is ONLY done online and memberships are non-refundable after February 28, each year.
Amateur players are welcome to participate in APT events. However, professionals have priority in tournament entry and amateurs will only be added to a tournament field after the “Early Entry Deadline”, fourteen (14) days before the first round. Additionally, amateurs are ineligible to win any prizes.
Most tournaments will consist of 72-holes of stroke play (weather permitting). 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.
Maximum fields for events are 132 before daylight saving time and 156, there after. Fields at some events may be limited due to format. Events with two courses are limited to 180 players.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Tournament registration is available through our website under the 2021 Schedule. Simply click on the registration button next to the tournament you wish to sign-up for. Entries will be taken on a first paid basis in the following order of priority:
- 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 ‘Early Entry Deadline’ – 14 days before event)
NEW for 2021 – Entry Fees will not be processed until 14 days before the first round. This procedure helps players register for multiple events without being charged a lump some.
See Wait List Procedure below.
Waiting List Procedure
After a tournament field has reached 132 players, non-members registering will be held on a wait-list with any amateurs. The last spots will be for members only until the ‘Early Entry Deadline’ (14 days before the event). After this deadline, if spots are available, players on the WL will fill the field; professionals first, then Amateurs until we reach the maximum field. WL entries are dated and placed on the waiting list in the order in which they are received. The only priority for players on the Wait List is pros over amateurs.
Withdrawls and No Shows
Withdraws will be accepted for any reason, when notice is given by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the tournament week. There will be a $50 administrative fee for all refunds. Players MUST call the tour office at 817-567-3654 to withdraw. For withdrawals after the Friday deadline, the player will waive his entry fee to the tournament. Medical and personal withdrawals after the Friday deadline will be evaluated case-by-case and, if accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee. No Shows will NOT receive a refund or credit for any reason. No refund or credit will be given for any reason once a player has teed off.
Withdrawals for PGA/Korn Ferry Qualifiers
Players who are scheduled to play in an APT event, but qualify to play in either a PGA or Korn Ferry Tour event that same week, will receive a refund or credit of their tournament entry fee. Players need to notify the tour office/staff of their desire to transfer their entry to another tournament by 12:00 PM on Tuesday. There will be a $50 administrative fee for all refunds.
On-Site Tournament Check-In
Players only need to stop by the APT trailer to check-in at their first tournament of the year. Tour members will pick up their membership packet at the first tournament they play. Player pictures will also be taken at their first event.
Check-in Days/Times: Normally Tuesday – Check tournament information page for times each week.
Tee Time Procedure
Official tee times will be posted by 5:00 PM, two days prior to the first round. Pairings will be posted at the tour trailer, the host golf shop, the tour website, and the tour app. Tee times are NOT available at the tour office.
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.
Slacks are preferred for pro-ams and tournament play, however, shorts are allowed at any time during play and at special events such as junior clinics, shoot-outs, etc. Shirts are to be tucked in and hats must be worn forward. Metal spikes are prohibited. Jeans and flip-flops will NOT be allowed at host facilities, unless otherwise posted. Party attire will be posted weekly based on the local tournament requests.
Rainouts or Extreme Weather Conditions
All decisions for tournaments affected by rain or extreme conditions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the tour officials, host professional and event sponsors. Any weather-shortened tournament is official only after 36 holes, with tour officials making every effort to complete as many rounds as possible. Play may be extended an extra day, but not beyond. No partial rounds will count. A tournament may be cancelled if 36-holes cannot be completed.
Preferred Lies Guidelines
Use of the Preferred Lies Local Rule
We will put a notice that we are playing preferred lies in the starter box. The starter (a volunteer) should notify each group, but it it the responsibility of each player to check the starters box for notices.
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.
APT pro-am pro participation is reserved for APT members based on the current money list and players requested by tournament sponsors and teams. The APT wants to showcase the top players and local tournament sponsors want to play with those players. The number of professionals needed varies per event. The Tour Director will post the pros assigned to the Pro-Am to the website on the Friday before the tournament week. A $1,000 skins game will be provided at each pro-am with 16 or more teams in the pro-am. The skins game is for Tour Members only. Should the pro-am have less than 16 teams, then each player will be paid $50 for participating in the pro-am and No skins game will take place. Players will be allowed to miss a maximum of two (2) pro-am tournaments over the course of the year. If a player needs to miss that week’s pro-am they need to notify the Tour Director by 5:00 PM on Friday before the tournament week.
Most Junior Clinics are held Monday or Tuesday afternoon. Each clinic will need 5-10 professionals to conduct. APT memebers are asked to volunteer for clinics each week. Clinic information will be posted on the trailer message board and the tournaments Schedule of Events.
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.
Range hours will vary at each site and will be posted on the trailer message board. The range may also be temporarily closed during the day for additional picking and special events. As daylight permits, the range may remain open later during some events. Players must cooperate with the closing hours of the range so that the balls may be picked, cleaned, and readied for the next day. A fine will be incurred if a player does not comply with the facility or tournament staff concerning the temporary closing of the range.
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.
The tournament course will be marked by the tour staff prior to the event. In addition to the normal course markings, the staff will place a small dot on the front and back of each green to define the green depth. On all par 3’s, the yardage will be marked on the back of any tee box that may be used during tournament play. This number represents the distance from the line on the back of the tee box to the dot on the front of the green.
Immediately after completion of a round, the players are to bring their scorecards to the scoring tent, check them, and return them to the scoring volunteers. Once the player has turned in his scorecard and left the boundary of the scoring area, the scorecard is considered returned.
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 & 10 Tees and live scoring for the final few groups
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
While we will make every effort to accommodate disabled family members who need golf carts, we remind the players that additional golf carts on site at tournaments create numerous logistical concerns. As such, we have worked closely with tournament organizations to reduce the overall number of carts used during each tournament week. The following policy shall be applicable for members seeking to obtain the use of a golf cart for a disabled family member:
- 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.
With the exception of caddies, all spectators need to stay out of the fairways and off of greens and tees during play. It is ok to gather near tee and greens to watch, but we ask that they stay on the cart paths or rough while walking the course.