Resources for Tournament Directors at Shelton Springs
Which Layout(s) Should I Use for Which Division?
Shelton Springs has three separate layouts that are designed to challenge golfers at appropriate levels across the rating system. To provide a competitive tournament, it is important to select the correct layout for each division. These are our recommendations:
Spring Board (PAR≈860) - MA/FA 2,3,4; Junior Divisions; Age-protected Divisions ≥40. This layout is not designed to challenge MPO/FPO/MP40 in a competitive tournament format.
Timber Claw (PAR≈930) - MA1, MA40, MP40; FPO, FA1; and a lighter/faster round for highly skilled players.
Misery Whip (PAR≈985) - MPO, MP40, MA1; FPO. This layout is not intended for less experienced players, or players without significant distance and control.
Water and Port-a-Potty Notes
There is no running water on site. Please bring water jugs or individual bottles for your tournaments. In addition to Tournament Central, the crossroads between holes 9, 10, 11, and 12 makes for a good place to set up a table to provide mid-round refreshment. There is a port-a-potty available at the practice basket and at these crossroads.
We have one permanently installed practice basket near Hole 1. For tournaments with tee times, we like to use this basket for the card on deck. There's a nice area across the street, to the right of the YMCA, to set up practice baskets (none provided) and for players to warm up with approach-type shots. There isn't enough room to rip drives in this area, but some tournament directors have set up nets to throw into that seem to get a lot of use.
PDGA Waivers for Non-Standard Rules
PDGA Rules require a waiver for several of the holes at Shelton Springs to play them according to the tee signs. The course rules aren't odd or unreasonable, but the PDGA does require the waiver process for sanctioned events.
Hole 11, The Island Hole, always requires a waiver because you're limiting the player's OB options when you require a player to throw from the Drop Zone if their drive does not land on the island.
Missed Mandos on Holes 2, 6, 10 use the red tee pad as a Drop Zone. They are all near each of the mando trees, but they do exceed the PDGA rule of drop zones having to be within 10 meters of the mandatory.
Hole 3 Timber Claw - missed Mando re-tees with a penalty stroke. This technically doesn't require a waiver (per our read of the rules), but since you're doing the waiver process for The Island and the other mando drop zones, you might as well submit this one too!
You may find this set of edits on the tee signs to be helpful along with your email request.