When and where does the event take place?
The 2017 National Championship will take place on September 10 – 13.
The 2017 Senior National Championship will take place on September 16 – 19.
Both Championships will be held at Mission Hills CC in Rancho Mirage, CA. Host courses are The Westin Mission Hills – Pete Dye and Gary Player courses and Mission Hills Country Club – Pete Dye Challenge course and Dinah Shore tournament course, current home of the LPGA’s first major, the ANA Inspiration.
When is the entry deadline?
The deadline for entry into the National & Senior National Championships is Monday, August 28 at 6pm PST. Please note that the tournament could be sold-out well in advance of this deadline and as such, players are encouraged to register as soon as they are eligible. Under no circumstances will late entries be accepted.
If flying to the National Championships, where should I fly to?
All courses are located in the Rancho Mirage, CA area which is serviced by the Palm Springs International airport (PSP). The Westin Mission Hills courses are roughly 7 miles or 10 minute drive from the Palm Springs Airport.
There are other major airports within an easy drive of Palm Springs.
Ontario International Airport (ONT) is located approximately 70 miles west.
Los Angeles (LAX) is bit further, located about an hour and a half away but does offer the greatest airline option and schedule of the 3 airports.
What day should I arrive at Mission Hills?
Players must check-in with the tournament committee by 6pm PST on Saturday, September 9.
Senior National Championship:
Players must check-in with the tournament committee by 6pm PST on Friday, September 15.
What day should I depart from Mission Hills?
2017 National Championship is scheduled to finish on September 13 at 6pm PST. Please be advised that inclement weather can delay finishing times and players are advised to schedule departures with flexibility in mind.
2017 Senior National Championship is scheduled to finish on September 19 at 6pm PST. Please be advised that inclement weather can delay finishing times and players are advised to schedule departures with flexibility in mind.
Is there a host resort?
Yes! The Westin Mission Hills Resort is proud to be the Host Hotel for the 2017 Golf Channel Amateur Tour’s National and Senior National Championships. The Resort will be the host site of Player Registration, Player Welcome Dinner, Spousal Event, Nightly Scoring Functions, and much more!
The Tour has secured a discounted and all-inclusive player rate of $139/night that includes:
- All taxes and resort fees
- Complimentary Self-Parking
- Guest Room Wireless Internet
- Complimentary Newspaper (Monday – Friday)
- Complimentary Access to Westin Workout (Gym) open 24 hours a day with room key
- 15% off merchandise from the Pete Dye Pro Shop
- Complimentary Daily Resort Activities
- The rate is also good five days before the start of competition and five days after the close of competition
Players can book their room(s) by calling the Westin Mission Hills Resort directly at 877-253-0041. Make sure to reference “Golf Channel Amateur” when making your reservation for the discounted rates. These rooms are offered on a 1st come, 1st served basis and will likely be sold-out much in advance of the cutoff date which is 5PM ET on August 22.
What is the format of the National Championship?
Both the National and Senior National Championships are 72-hole individual stroke play competitions with no cut. Every contestant will have a scheduled round at each of the four courses. All play will be primarily in threesomes for pace of play. USGA rules are in effect at all times during play.
What courses will be used? Which course do I play each day?
Mission Hills Country Club – Dinah Shore Tournament Course
Mission Hills Country Club – Pete Dye Challenge Course
The Westin Mission Hills – Gary Player Signature
The Westin Mission Hills – Pete Dye Resort Course
The course rotation, along with tee times and pairings for rounds 1 and 2 will be determined and published no later than 5pm ET on Friday, September 8. Every contestant will have a scheduled round at each course.
What happens in the event of inclement weather/rain?
Every effort will be made to complete 72 holes should there be delays due to inclement weather. Should a course be deemed unplayable or dangerous because wind/lightning is eminent, the Senior and National Championships may be reduced to a shortened number of holes. Players are advised to be prepared in the case of inclement weather/rain.
How do I qualify for the Senior and National Championships?
Each flight, per local Tour, may qualify up to 33% of their Tour Players. Tour Players who have qualified through a Major Championship, Past National Champion, Top Five and ties from 2016 National Championship will not count against a Tour’s % allotment. In order to receive an invitation to compete in the National Championships, a player must be both “Eligible” and “Qualified”:
A Tour Player becomes eligible for the National Championships by completing seven (7) tournament rounds on the Am Tour, two (2) of which must be local tournaments, with the following restriction:
Two (2) of the tournament rounds must come on/after June 1, 2017
A tournament round is considered a posted 18-hole tournament score.
The following is how players can qualify for the 2017 National Championships in order of priority:
- Past National Champions
- Top 5 and ties from 2016 National Championships
- Top 3 and ties from a 2017 Major Championship
- Any 3-time local tournament winner from the 2017 season (non-major)
- Any player who earns a Performance Promotion during the season and remains in the promoted flight
- Top three, not exempt in another category, from the 2017 Order of Merit
- Top 33% of each flight per Tour
- Top two finishers and ties, not exempt in another category, from the local (home) Tour Championship
Qualifiers for the Senior and National Championship must be a member in good standing with Am Tour. A position in the field is not guaranteed and is limited to the first 600 per Championship.
What are the payouts for top finishers in each flight?
All payouts from the National Championships will conform to and not exceed the maximum allowable amounts under USGA rules regarding Amateur Status. Payouts will consist of trophies, gift certificates and/or equipment/products. Prize and flight breakdowns will be available at the tournament.
Will there be an optional skins game? What is the cost and how will it be posted and paid out?
Yes, an optional skins game will be made available to all interested players. All skins game entries must be paid in cash on-site at tournament check-in. No late skins entries or entries taken at the course will be accepted.
The skins game will apply for all four rounds of the tournament. The cost is $25/day for a total buy-in of $100. No partial entries will be allowed. A skin is won by having the lowest score with no ties on a particular hole against players from your own flight only.
Skins game results will be posted and paid out at the nightly scoring functions at the Mission Hills Resort each evening. Any winnings that are not picked up and signed for by a player will be mailed out the week of September 20th.
What happens if no one wins a skin for a day?
If not one skin is won for a single day those monies will be carried over to the following day’s skins game and added to the pot. If no skins are won on the last day, all players involved in that skins game will be placed into a drawing and four player names will be drawn. Each player that is selected in the random drawing will be awarded with ¼ of the total pot.
What happens in the event of a tie for 1st place in the National Championships or Senior National Championships?
Any tie for 1st place after four rounds of play will result in a Sudden Death, on-course playoff immediately following play, weather permitting.
What tees will my flight play from?
Yardages and flight tee assignments for each course will be posted soon.
Are caddies allowed?
Yes. Caddies are the responsibility of the associated player and are requested to practice proper golf etiquette. If there is an issue with the behavior of a spectator(s), or caddie(s), the individual(s) will be asked to leave the premises. Per USGA Rule 6.1, the player incurs the applicable penalty for any breach of a rule by his/her caddie, including unsportsmanlike conduct.
Spectators and/or caddies are not permitted in a player golf cart during play. Carts are for the sole use of the players. Any spectator or caddie found riding in a golf cart while the ball is in play, may result in the disqualification of the player(s) who are associated with the violating spectator(s) and/or caddie(s) at the 2017 National Championships. Caddies are only permitted to ride in between holes, from green to tee, when the ball is not in play and/or before the round commences and after the round is completed.
Are spectators allowed? What is the rule regarding spectators riding in golf carts?
Spectators are welcome at the Senior and National Championships provided they do not interfere with pace of play. Spectators are the responsibility of the player they are watching and must remain out of play and practice proper golf etiquette at all times.
Spectators and/or caddies are not permitted in a player golf cart during play. Carts are for the sole use of the players. Any spectator or caddie found riding in a golf cart while the ball is in play, may result in the disqualification of the player(s) who are associated with the violating spectator(s) and/or caddie(s) at the 2016 National Championships. Caddies are only permitted to ride in between holes, from green to tee, when the ball is not in play and/or before the round commences and after the round is completed.
Where can I find tee times and pairings?
Tee times and pairings for the first two rounds, along with the course rotation for each flight will be posted online and emailed to players no later than 5PM PST on September 8. Players will be re-paired according to score for the 3rd round and the final round. Tee times and pairings will be available at each nightly scoring function at the host hotel, emailed and posted on-line.
Am I guaranteed 72-holes?
All players will have a scheduled round on each of the four host courses and there will be no cut. The possibility exists that a round may be cancelled or shortened due to inclement weather. The possibility exists that certain flights could play more holes than others. Every reasonable effort will be made to complete all 72 holes in a safe and expedient manner.
How do I book a practice round?
National Championship participants can schedule practice rounds at their discretion as follows:
WESTIN MISSION HILLS RESORT – Pete Dye Resort Course & Gary Player Signature Course
Players may start to book their practice rounds on the two Westin Mission Hills Resort Courses (Pete Dye Resort & Gary Player Signature Course) on August 1 by calling 760-328-3198.
Practice round rates will be $45 from September 1 – 9 and September 14 – 15.
MISSION HILLS COUNTRY CLUB (Dinah Shore Tournament Course & Pete Dye Challenge Course)
Players may start to book their practice rounds on the two Mission Hills Country Club Courses (Dinah Shore Tournament & Pete Dye Challenge) on September 1 by calling 760-324-7336.
Practice round rate is $75 and limited to September 6 – 9 and September 14 – 15.
*Please note all practice rounds booked in advance will be played starting at 11AM.
When and where is the Players Dinner taking place?
Both Player Welcome Dinners will be on site at The Westin Mission Hills Resort. Golf Channel on-air talent will be on site at the host hotel to discuss current headlines and provide tournament insight.
- National Championships Players Dinner: Saturday, September 9 from 7-9pm PST
- Senior National Championships Players Dinner: Friday, September 15 from 7-9pm PST
When and where is the Spousal/Guest Brunch?
Spouses and significant others are invited to attend the Guest Brunch at The Westin Mission Hills Resort 9-11am PST on Sunday September 10th for the National Championships and 9-11am PST Saturday September 16th for the Senior National Championships.
How do I register for the Spousal/Guest Brunch?
Due to limited seating capacity, all players are able to register one (1) guest for the Spousal/Guest Brunch. Answering ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ and providing a guest name (if attending) was required when registering for Am Tour Nationals in Blue Golf. Updates or changes, email GCATSupport@GolfChannel.com.
When and where is the awards presentation?
The awards ceremony will take place for each flight immediately following that flight’s play on the final round at the corresponding golf course. As there is no cut again in 2017, final rounds may be played at any of the four host courses for this year’s championships.
How does the Tour ensure proper flighting?
The tournament committee will look at and monitor each contestant’s Tour Index using scores shot in Tour events and will ensure that each player is flighted properly according to the rules and regulations in the Golf Channel Am Tour – Player Handbook.
What happens if I need to cancel my registration?
Players canceling before the deadline of Monday August 28, 2017 at 6pm PST will incur a $125 cancellation fee. After this date, registration fees will not be granted.
What is the address and phone numbers for the Host Hotel and Tournament Courses?
Mission Hills Country Club – Dinah Shore Tournament and Pete Dye Challenge courses
34600 Mission Hills Drive Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
The Westin Mission Hills – Gary Player
70705 Ramon Rd Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
The Westin Mission Hills – Pete Dye
71333 Dinah Shore Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
How do I register for the National or Senior National Championship?
Eligible and qualified players can register on the official Tour home pages by clicking the following:
National Championship: Register Now
Senior National Championship: Register Now
Can I pay with cash or check?
No. We currently only accept credit cards and/or debit cards for on-line registration.
What if I have a question that is not in the FAQs?
Players will additional questions can contact their Local Director, Regional Director or by contacting Golf Channel Am Tour support by clicking here.