Spark Golf FAQs

What is Spark Golf?
Spark Golf are 9-hole, social golf leagues organized to be casual and fun, with a touch of friendly competition. The Spark app runs Spark Golf. Players use it to meet league players, register for league rounds, keep score on the course and track handicaps/stats.
Where is it played?
Spark partners with public golf courses in almost every city across the country to host Spark Golf. If you can’t find a Spark course near you, please let us know!
When is it played?
League rounds are played weekly on specific weekday evenings. Depending on your city’s sunset times, Spark seasons start in March or April and end in August or 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 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.

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 lowest net score will win the round. Each team who plays in the round will receive points towards their team's season points total. The amount of points awarded per round is based on each team’s finish in that round with 1st place receiving the most points. The team with the most cumulative points at the end of the season will be crowned league champs.

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 sign up. League rounds are available for purchase each week or you can save money by prepaying for 9 or 18 rounds.
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, once you register for a round, we’ll pair you up with another single (if available). Once you are paired up with another player, you will be teammates for the remainder of the season.
Do I need a handicap?
No. When you join, we'll calculate how many Spark strokes you receive in each round. The number of strokes you receive in each round will fluctuate based on your league scores.
How are Spark strokes calculated?

The number of Spark strokes a player receives is based on what the player selects for their typical 9-hole score. Spark then assigns a specific number of Spark strokes based on this table:

Shoots around 36 for 9 holes0 Spark strokes
Shoots around 40 for 9 holes3 Spark strokes
Shoots around 45 for 9 holes6 Spark strokes
Shoots around 50 for 9 holes9 Spark strokes
Shoots 55+ for 9-holes12 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 9-hole round starting with the lowest handicap hole on the course’s scorecard.

Example - If a player is receiving 3 Spark stokes, they will get a stroke on the 3 lowest handicap holes of the nine.

The max number of Spark strokes for a round is 18. Players are awarded strokes on holes based on the lowest handicap holes. For example, a 12-stroke player receives 2 strokes on the 3 lowest handicap holes and 1 stroke on the remaining 6 holes.

The number of Spark strokes a player gets will be recalculated after each round. The number of strokes they receive fluctuates based on league scores. Spark calculates this by taking 65% of the average number of strokes over par for the player’s last 10 rounds.

How do I pay?
League rounds are available for purchase each week or you can save money by pre-paying for 9 or 18 rounds. Round credits can be purchased in the Spark app or at on our website at https://spark.golf.
How do I register for a round?
You can register for any round in the season up until the registration deadline, which is typically 10am the day of play, but varies per league. During this time, any league player with a round credit can register. Players can also unregister without penalty during this period. Each round has a limited number of players. Once a team has both players registered, they have secured their spot. Once the round fills up with the max number of players, additional player can register to join the waitlist. If you are on the waitlist, you will be automatically added to the round if a spot opens up. If a spot does not open up, your round credit will be returned for use in a future round.
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 each registered player’s account. 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 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.

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?
Spark provides prizing for skins at the end of each round. Spark funds the skins pot with a $1 per player that plays in the round, up to $9 per round. The pot is then divided by the number of skins won in the round and paid to the winning players in Spark credit. The credit can then be used for a future Spark purchase.
Who should I contact if I have more questions?
Please email us at help@spark.golf.