Spark Games are 18-hole, social golf events that are played under a relaxed set of rules to make the experience casual and fun with a touch of friendly competition. Games are a “one-off” event versus our weekly 9-hole leagues.
Games are played on select dates at courses throughout the Chicago area, as well as across the US & Canada.
Register with a partner, have Spark partner you up with another single or play without a partner. Game rounds have 3 competitions going for all players: 2-person team net best ball, individual net stroke play, and individual net skins. Play as your schedule allows, but just make sure to register before each Game’s deadline.
Most of all, have fun!
- Tee times will be assigned between 1:00pm and 2:20pm when registration closes at 10:00am on Wednesday, August 2.
- Play with local friends and meet like-minded new ones.
- Handicaps provided. No existing handicap necessary.
- 18-hole round with 2-person team net best ball, individual net stroke play and individual net skins.
Spark Golf games are recreational and 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.
Each round has two games happening for all players - a team game and an individual game. In the team game, 2-person teams play a net best 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 gross (actual) score into the Spark app which calculates the net score for each player based on current handicaps. The team score used for the hole is the better of the 2 net scores. The individual game is the net score for each player on their own ball.
The max score for each player on every hole is displayed in the Spark app. If this is reached prior to the ball being holed, the player should pick up to increase pace of play.
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 the round.
The number of Spark strokes a player receives is based on what the player selects for their good 18-hole score. Spark then assigns a specific number of Spark strokes based on this table:
|Good score of 72 of better||0 Spark Strokes|
|Good score of 74||2 Spark Strokes|
|Good score of 76||4 Spark Strokes|
|Good score of 78||6 Spark Strokes|
|Good score of 80||8 Spark Strokes|
|Good score of 82||10 Spark Strokes|
|Good score of 84||12 Spark Strokes|
|Good score of 86||14 Spark Strokes|
|Good score of 88||16 Spark Strokes|
|Good score of 90||18 Spark Strokes|
|Good score of 92||20 Spark Strokes|
|Good score of 94||22 Spark Strokes|
|Good score of 96 or worse||24 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 a gross 5 on a hole where they are receiving a stroke, their net score is 4.
Each player’s Spark strokes will be applied to their round starting with the lowest handicap hole on the course’s scorecard.
Example - If a player is receiving 6 Spark strokes, they will get a stroke on the 6 lowest handicap holes.
The max number of Spark strokes for a round is 36. Players are awarded strokes on holes based on the lowest handicap holes. For example, a 24-stroke player receives 2 strokes on the 6 lowest handicap holes and 1 stroke on the remaining 12 holes.
The number of Spark strokes a player gets will be recalculated after each game and league round. The number of strokes they receive fluctuates based on game and league scores. Spark calculates this by taking the average number of strokes over par from the best 2 rounds of the player’s last 5 rounds. When a player only has one round played, their Spark strokes will be the average of the score over par in that round plus their good 18-hole score. Once a player has played 2 or more rounds, their good 18-hole score has no impact on their Spark strokes.
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.
How do you keep score?
Players enter their scores in the Spark Golf app or mobile website as they play each hole. The scores from all players will appear on a live leaderboard as the round progresses.
The format is NOT a scramble, each player plays their own ball into the hole. After each ball is holed, the team enters each player’s actual (gross) score into the Spark app, which calculates the net score for each player based on current handicaps. The team score for the hole is the better of the 2 scores of the players on the team.
What are the rules?
Spark Golf is played under a relaxed set of rules in order to keep the game fun and enjoyable for everyone.
How to I register for a game?
You can register up until August 2 at 10:00am. Players can also unregister and have their Spark accounts credited during this period. Each game has a limited number of players. Once the game fills up to the max number of players, additional players can register to join the waitlist. If you are on the waitlist, you will be automatically added to the game if a spot opens up. If a spot does not open up, you will receive Spark credit back which can be applied at checkout towards future Spark game and league rounds.
Ready to play Spark Golf?
Spark brings people together to play golf. Our goal is to make Spark Golf more fun, social and organized than your everyday round of golf. We want you to play more golf. #playsparkgolf