Welcome to GolfDogFight
! We are pleased you've chosen us to assist you in managing your points game group. This article provides some tips and best practices for getting your points game up and running.
Before we begin, you should be familiar with the concepts and terminology used in GolfDogFight
are the individuals that are a part of your group, and those that may play in any given points game. Each member is assigned their own unique user id and password. Members can login using their unique user id and password to see information tailored to just themselves, or members can login using the group id and password to see general group information. If a user ever forgets his user id and/or password, he can retrieve it by clicking on the Forgot Password
link on the login page. simply enter the user's e-mail address, and the user id password is sent to the member's e-mail address on record.
are the actual rounds of golf that are played for your points game group. You can schedule unlimited rounds, and rounds can be scheduled as far in advance as you like.
are pairings or foursomes of members playing together in a team points game.
is an indication of whether a member is playing in a round or not. P
means participating and N
means not participating. For your convenience, when a round is scheduled, GolfDogFight
can send an e-mail to each of your members with links the member can click to indicate whether they are participating or not participating. Members can also choose their status from within the GolfDogFight
are awarded to each member in each round based typically on a hole-by-hole performance. Usually members are awarded points based on how they score on each hole. For example, some groups give five points for an eagle, four points for a birdie, three points for a par, two points for a bogey, one point for a double bogey, and zero points for a triple bogey and higher. The total of these points makes up each member's points for the round. GolfDogFight
can accommodate any points scoring system your group uses.
is the most important piece of information in a points game group. The object of a points game is for each individual to beat his quota. An individual's quota is based on their past points game performance. GolfDogFight
provides several ways of calculating each member's quota. The easiest quota calculation method is the average of the member's points from the last ten rounds in which he has played. A member's quota goes up when he plays well, and it goes down when he doesn't. This is how a points game is fair to all players. The better you play, the higher (and tougher to beat) your quota. The worse you play, the lower (and in theory, easier to beat) your quota. Each member's quota is adjusted automatically by GolfDogFight
after each round, taking away the single most frustrating task in managing a points game group.
is the amount by which a player beats or doesn't beat his quota. Look at the chart below to see how a player's plus minus is calculated.
|Player's quota going into the round
| Player's point total for the round
| Player's plus/minus
is a points round in which the player with the highest plus minus is the winner. This is the typical points game format.
is a round format in which the player with the highest point total for the round is the winner.
*Rounds can also have two-man or four-man team formats using the net and/or gross format.
are awarded to the winners of a round. How many points you award and how they are allocated is entirely up to your group. In many cases the total number of merit points available are based on the number of participants in the round. Some clubs allocate merit points in the following fashion: 1st place - 50%, 2nd place - 30%, 3rd place - 15%, and 4th place - 5%.
Now that you are familiar with GolfDogFight
concepts and terminology, you can begin to manage your points game group. The following are the steps to get started.
First, you need to choose how your members' quotas are calculated
1. Login to GolfDogFight
2. Click on the Administrator
menu item, enter the administrator password, and click Login
. The Administrator Home page with your group's information will display.
3. On the Administrator Menu
, click Manage Group Settings
4. Under Quota Calculation Method,
select the method by which each golfer's quota will calculated:
Average of Previous Rounds
This method will calculate each golfer's quota by taking the average of their
Points from a specific number of previous rounds. You can set the number
of rounds used to calculate the quota by selecting the
appropriate number from the dropdown list below the text Calculate golfer
Quotas based on the moving average of the following number of rounds
Average of Best Ten of Last Twenty
This method will calculate each golfer's quota by taking the average of
the points of their best ten rounds from the last twenty rounds they
have played. We've received feedback that this is the most effective method to reduce sandbagging
. Using this method is most similar to calculating a true handicap.
Adjust Quota Based on Plus/Minus
This method will automatically increase or decrease a golfer's quota based
on their Plus/Minus from the previous round. Select the amount a quota
should be increased or decreased next to the appropriate Plus/Minus
score. You can also specify No Change
for a Plus/Minus score. When a round is completed, each member's quota is automatically adjusted based on the plus/minus for that round. For example:
|Plus 5 or greater
|Minus 5 or greater
If John Smith's quota going into the round is 36 and he scores 39 points for the round (for a plus/minus of +3), his new quota will be 37.
is flexible enough to accommodate whatever point adjustment system your group uses.
5. Points and Round Reset
allows you to "reset" the merit point totals for each golfer moving forward from the date selected. For instance, if you have a year-end championship based on the number of merit points earned during a calendar year, GolfDogFight
allows you display the points earned for just that calendar year. Keep in mind that no data is deleted when this date is set. The application only displays merit points earned on and after the selected date. So you can change the date whenever you like with no data loss. For now, you can leave Points and Round Reset
6. Click the Save
button to apply your changes.
Next, enter your members
1. Click Manage Members
under the Coordinator
2. Click the New Member
3. Enter the appropriate information on each tab and click the Next
button. Fields marked with an * are required. Below is additional information about adding a member.
You must provide an e-mail address for each member so they can receive important
information from the group.
beside the various contact information allows other members to view that information.
On the Membership Info
tab, check Use Initial Quota
to specify whether the golfer's initial quota should be used when calculating Plus/Minus for a
round. If Use Initial Quota
is checked, Plus/Minus scores for
incomplete rounds will be equal to the Initial Quota value no matter
how many rounds a golfer has played. The initial quota can be used for new members in your group who do not have any
round history. Don't forget to un-check this box once the member has played in a sufficient number of rounds
. Some clubs use this feature to "freeze" a new member for a certain number of rounds to prevent sandbagging.
IMPORTANT: If you are using the adjustment
method of quota calculation, you must enter an Initial Quota and keep the Use
Initial Quota box checked for each member.
Check This member is also a club coordinator
this member to manage members, rounds, and news items. Coordinators
cannot update group information and settings. Only the administrator can
and manage group information and settings. We've received feedback that having more than one coordinator results in a more efficiently run points game.
On the Initial Rounds
tab, enter points for up
to twenty (20) "history" rounds for each member. Entering initial
rounds points is useful when using an average points calculation method
because it results in more accurate quotas for each member moving
forward. Doing this is much easier than creating twenty "history" rounds and entering scores and points for each player.
4. Click the Finish
button to save the member's information.
5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 for each member of your group.
Next, schedule a round
1. Click Manage Rounds
under the Coordinator
2. Click the Add Round
3. On the General Information
Tab of the Add/Edit Rounds Dialog enter the following information:
field allows you to provide a brief description of the round. For example, "Fourth of July Points Game."
The Round Date
field stores the calendar date of the round. In certain lists
throughout the application, rounds are sorted by this date.
The Round Notes
field stores general information about the round that you may want
to communicate to your members, such as tee times, sign up restrictions, course
Checking Make notes visible to all players
will cause the notes to be visible to all players. Un-checking this box will make the notes private to coordinators
and will only be viewable from this page.
Checking Notify and allow players to sign up by E-mail
will send each
player with a valid internet E-mail address an E-mail stating that a new round
has been scheduled. This is one of the most convenient features of GolfDogFight
. The E-mail will contain links that allow the
golfer to indicate whether they do or do not want to participate in the
round. By clicking on the appropriate link, the player's Signup Status is
automatically changed with just a single click. This powerful feature can let your club know in advance which members are playing that day.
4. On the Round Format
Tab, select the format(s) for the round:
- The winner is the player who beats his/her quota by the highest amount (best plus/minus).
- The winner is the player with the most points.
to use a team format. You may then select two or four-man teams, and net or gross formats.
5. Click the Save
button to save the round.
Next, your players will signup for the round via the e-mail links or on the GolfDogFight website
Next, and most importantly, PLAY GOLF!
Before heading out to the course, be sure to print out the Round Worksheet
by clicking the link on the home page under upcoming rounds or on the players page - accessed by clicking the ball and tee icon in the grid under Manage Rounds
. Printing out this sheet will make it easier for you to track points, etc.
Finally, enter scores, points, etc.
1. Click Manage Rounds
under the Coordinator
2. Click the ball and tee icon on the row for the round you just played. This will take you to the players page. This page has many options and is best described here
Congratulations! You've just completed your first points game round.
We hope you enjoy the convenience and accuracy of managing your points game group with GolfDogFight
If you ever have any questions or problems, please contact us by submitting a support request at support.golfdogfight.com
Article ID: 2, Created On: 4/25/2010, Modified: 5/8/2010