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Throughout the day, you will have several opportunities to
be together as a family. However, it is not mandatory that any
portion of the day, with the exception of the Family Photo, be spent with
all (or any) of your family members. Feel free to move throughout
the events as you are comfortable and use any chance to mingle and begin
As you make introductions, be sure to let others know it
is your first year - you'll receive a warm welcome from everyone
you meet. Past families have been in the event as long as long as 35
years consecutively but everyone remembers the excitement of their first
year. You can expect many offers of help in navigating any part of the day's
The day begins at the registration table where everyone checks in, either as a
family or individually. Members of the Host Family are at the registration table to
officially welcome you to the Father and Three Sons Golf Classic.
Generally, you will be presented with a scorecard and
reconfirm your pairings, cart partner and starting hole. You will
also be reminded of the agenda for the day, and be informed what
facilities are available (i.e. Pro Shop) and where the Family Photos will
Depending on arrangements made by the Host Family and
course, you may also be provided with additional items such as meal/drink
tickets, information brochures and/or a small keepsake from the tournament
(i.e. pen, mugs, golf towel, etc.).
A photographer will be on hand to take an official picture of each family prior to the start of
the round. Many families choose to pose with a driver/club, so you
may want to bring one to the It is recommended that you
have your photo taken immediately following Registration, since there
tends to be a rush as the tee time approaches. Usually, pictures are
processed and made available to each family member following the round (at
supper), though there tends to be a move in recent years to providing
digital copies instead.
Something that has become the norm, though not at all mandatory, is for
families to wear matching shirts (or more). This adds to the fun of the day and helps to identify members of the same family,
especially out on the course. In past years many families have
had a lot of fun with this, with some even designing custom shirts
specifically for the
event. Bear in mind that any shirt or outfit should comply with the
local course dress policies (i.e. no jeans, tank tops, etc.).
Quite often, unlimited and complimentary use of the driving range has been
negotiated by the Host Family. In this case, at any point before the
Ceremonial Tee Off, golfers can bring their clubs to the range and get
limbered up for the day.
Ceremonial Tee Off & Group Photo
Nearing the tournament tee time, golfers will be asked to convene and form
a gallery, at which time the Oldest Father and the Youngest son in the
tournament are introduced. They then officially start the tournament
by each hitting an opening shot. Traditionally this has been a tee
shot on Hole 1 or Hole 10 but past variations, such as a chip-shot onto
the 9th or 18th green, have taken place to avoid a forced carry or blind
While everyone is assembled, the photographer
will take a commemorative Group Photo, after which golfers are instructed
to head to their carts.
Though not mandatory, the widely adopted format of play is a Shotgun
start, which usually means that carts are arranged in rows to be led onto
the course by a marshal. Before heading out, it is customary for the
Club Professional to briefly welcome the golfers and review any local or
tournament rules in effect. On his/her signal, the carts will head
out onto the course for what is sure to be a great day of golf!
While more and more courses are providing GPS and electronic scorekeeping,
it is still expected that you will record your score on the scorecard
provided in the cart, so that they can be handed in at the completion of
the round. Be sure to hand in your scorecard to the Club Pro
immediately following your round! It is important that this be
done as soon as possible, since awards for Low Gross, Low Net and Closest
to the Lauers must be determined before the Banquet begins.
After completing the round, it is recommended that you immediately head
back to the club house so that you can unwind and get ready for the
Banquet. Most golfers drive directly to their cars to drop off clubs
and then return the cart and hand in their scorecards.
bar and/or patio facilities are usually available, a "tailgate" atmosphere in the parking lot is not uncommon, as
families reconvene and share stories of the day, compare scores and
introduce one another to new friends.
It is standard for the course
to make washroom and shower facilities available to the golfers, but these
can get very busy as the Banquet time approaches, so you should judge your
socializing time accordingly. There will be plenty of time for
further visiting and conversation during the Banquet.