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Spark Golf League FAQs

What is Spark Golf?

Spark is a nationwide network of 9-hole, recreational golf leagues where people play fun golf, connect with others and experience friendly competition. Spark players use the Spark mobile app to register for league rounds, keep score on the course and view league standings and stats.

Where is it played?

Spark partners with public golf courses across the country in more than 30 cities to host Spark Golf. If you can’t find a Spark course near you, please email us - help@spark.golf.

When is it played?

League rounds are played weekly on specific weekday evenings starting after 5pm. Depending on your city’s sunset times, most Spark seasons start in April and end in September. Spark players are able to play in as many or as few league rounds as they like.

Who plays Spark Golf?

Everyone! Spark is open to anyone looking to have a great time on the golf course. We have good players, we have bad players. We have players looking to meet new friends, we have players looking to hang with old friends. Come out and enjoy a relaxed and fun atmosphere created for everyone.

What is the format?

Spark is a recreational golf league focused on having fun. Part of the fun is friendly competition. We aim to keep the competition fair and enjoyable for everyone, no matter their skill level.

2-Person teams play a net better-ball format. Each player plays their own ball into the hole. This is NOT a scramble. After each ball is holed, the team enters each player’s score into the Spark app which calculates the net score based on current handicaps. Points are awarded for the best of the two net scores based on this chart…

- Net double bogey - 0 points
- Net bogey - 1 point
- Net par - 2 points
- Net birdie - 3 points
- Net eagle - 5 points
- Net double eagle - 6 points

Net double bogey is the max score for each hole. If this is reached prior to the ball being holed, the player should pick up to increase pace of play.

The team with the most points each round will win the round. The team with the most cumulative points from their best 8 rounds will win the season. Teams that play 9 or more rounds will “drop” bad rounds to form their best 8.

Skins will also be available each round. A skin is awarded to an individual who has the lowest non-tied net score on a hole during a specific league round.

How do I join?

Joining the league is free! Find the league that works best for you and click "Join Now" to create a Spark account. League rounds are available for purchase each week or SAVE by grabbing a 9-round Spark Season Pass.

Do I need a partner to join?

No. We encourage you to join with a partner, but it's not necessary. If you join a league as a single, we’ll pair you up with another single.

Do I need a handicap?

No. When you join, we’ll provide you with your own Spark handicap.

How is the Spark handicap calculated?

Spark provides all players a handicap when joining the league by asking for their playing ability. Spark then assigns a specific number of Spark strokes (handicap) based on this chart.

- Shoots around 36 for 9 holes - 0 Spark strokes
- Shoots around 40 for 9 holes - 3 Spark strokes
- Shoots around 45 for 9 holes - 6 Spark strokes
- Shoots around 50 for 9 holes - 9 Spark strokes
- Shoots 55+ for 9-holes - 12 Spark strokes

A “stroke” provides a player an advantage on a specific hole by reducing their actual or “gross” score to calculate their “net” score on that hole.
- Example - If a player makes an actual (gross) 5 on a hole where they are receiving a stroke, their counted (net) score is 4.

Each player’s Spark strokes will be applied to their 9-hole round starting with the lowest handicap hole on the course’s scorecard.
- Example - If a player is receiving 3 Spark strokes, they will get a stroke on the 3 lowest handicap holes of the nine.

The max number of Spark strokes for a round is 12. A 12-stroke player receives 2 strokes on the 3 lowest handicap holes and 1 stroke on the remaining 6 holes.

Once a player plays Spark Golf, the number of strokes they receive fluctuates based on league scores. Spark calculates this by averaging a player’s score to par on holes across their last 10 rounds, disregarding the 2 highest scores to par each round.

How do I pay?

League rounds are available for purchase each week or SAVE by grabbing a 9-round Spark Season Pass. Round credits can be purchased in the Spark app or at on our website at spark.golf.

How do I register for a round?

Each round’s registration period starts 6 days prior to the scheduled round and ends the day before. During this time, any league player with a round credit can register. Players can also unregister without penalty during this period.

Season Passholders have the advantage of registering for any league round at anytime and avoid the risk of being waitlisted.

What happens if I can’t make a round that I’m registered for after the registration period has ended?

Once the round registration period has ended, 1 round credit is removed from all registered player’s accounts. If a registered player is unable to play, he/she is able to invite a sub to play for them. This can be done in the Spark app.

How do you keep score?

You must use the Spark app to keep score in Spark Golf. Each player plays their own ball into the hole. This is NOT a scramble. After each ball is holed, the team enters each player’s actual (gross) score into the Spark app which calculates the counted (net) score based on current handicaps. Points are awarded for the best of the two net scores based on this chart…

- Net double bogey - 0 points
- Net bogey - 1 point
- Net par - 2 points
- Net birdie - 3 points
- Net eagle - 5 points
- Net double eagle - 6 points

Net double bogey is the max score for each hole. If this is reached prior to the ball being holed, the player should pick up to increase pace of play.

What happens when weather is threatening?

The course staff makes the decision regarding any weather delays or round cancellations. If weather is threatening, and you have not received any communication from Spark, then the round is still being played. Spark will always communicate any weather delays or cancellations as soon as we receive them from the course.

If you want a status update, please call your league course directly.

Are there prizes awarded?

Yes. Spark provides prizing for skins as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd place at the end of the season.

There is a skins game for each round. Spark funds the skins pot with a $1 per player that plays in the round. The pot is then divided by the number of skins in the round and paid to the winning players in Spark credit. The credit can then be used for a future Spark purchase.

At the end of the season, teams that place 1st, 2nd and 3rd will win a prize from Spark. We are currently negotiating with vendors for this prizing. Retail value for the prizing will be...

1st place team - $50 each
2nd place team - $25 each
3rd place team - $10 each

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Please email us at help@spark.golf or call 321-408-4834.