Palm Isle is a golf league for men with balls and a sense of humor that can read a website and follow basic instructions. We are a member only league located in Naples Florida. If you don’t have a ball sack large enough to smack your inner thighs when you walk, don’t apply because you do not possess the biological age, skills or manliness necessary to participate in this league.
2024 New Member Expectations
About a month before your start date on Nov 2, 2023, New Members will be assigned 6 tee times to establish a league handicap (*). If you complete the sixth round and practice the 5 Player Responsibilities, you get added to the league’s tee sheet and the roster. This means you will ‘turn green’ on the roster, and be sorted by your start date for inclusion in the season as a New Member after the next cut.
On January 5, 2024, for CUT #3, new members with tee times turn into Gold Members, however, any members still looking for their balls will be discarded like a smelly sack of dog poop on a hot summer day.
HOW TO JOIN THE LEAGUE
If you want to play in the Palm Isle Golf League please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Five Player Responsibilities
to be a “Player“
in this league
Palm Isle Golf League
uses its own handicap system
and set of rules
NO GHIN USE
just you, this webpage, and golf
All current members are “Players” that control all their tee times and can add themselves and guests they play with to Open tee times year round on any day with an email before the deadline. The Palm Isle Golf League plays South Florida PGA Golf Pass courses from May 1st to October 31st each year and play at the Hibiscus Golf Club from November 1st to April 30th each year.
The Palm Isle Golf League has Winter Season “Players” and Alumni. All Palm Isle Golf League “Players” have tee time privileges during season (Nov – Apr) and qualify for March Madness including the annual Championship Tournament and The Final Four team competitions each year.
All Palm Isle Alumni (former players with a HDCP on record) can compete in March Madness if space is available until the day they die. Send your email request to play each year before February 15th to email@example.com
Read the Games Section Below
for More Details About
PALM ISLE MARCH MADNESS
Guests and Candidates for
Membership with <6 League Plays
don’t have a HDCP but may compete in all games except low net and the Palm Isle Cup. Guest participation is excluded from league statistics.
All Guests pay $3 toll added to the daily purse – if that’s an issue, fuhgeddaboudit!!!
We have tee times on Mondays beginning at 7:48am and Thursdays starting at 8:04am at Hibiscus until March 30, 2023.
Hibiscus Golf Club
5375 Hibiscus Dr, Naples, FL 34113
WINTER LEAGUE DAYS
MONDAY & THURSDAY
November 3 – March 30 2023
Upon arrival to play, visit the pro shop and check-in/pay prior to your tee time. If you have a frequent player card and bank card on file it takes seconds.
Ask for the league rate!
Palm Isle League uses its own handicap system
# of shots (min 6 rounds) max 16 rounds =
*divided by # of rounds ____ =
minus 72 (Hibiscus par) =
X .80 = HDCP
I played 16 rounds, had 1483 shots, so my calculation is as follows:
1483 divided by 16, minus 72 X .80 = 16.55 or 17 HDCP rounded
*Minimum of 5 scores needed to have a league HDCP
passed down over many centuries
USGA Rules govern all play with some exceptions for all Palm Isle Golf League “Players“ Alumni & Guests
On the course, all disputes will be settled by a group vote. Tie goes to the “cheater”
Follow Rule 12 for Bunkers
Hibiscus Golf Club has declared that all surfaces and sides of artificially surfaced roads and paths are immovable obstructions. Free drop from nearest point of complete relief (one-club length)
“Out of bounds” is defined by white stakes. The stroke-and-distance local rule is in effect for Palm Isle Golfers which allows “Players” that hit a ball out of bounds the option of dropping in the fairway if they so choose. Players find where their ball went out of bounds – even if the ball is lost – and create an imaginary perpendicular to the fairway, no closer to the hole. From there, you can now drop anywhere within two club-lengths behind the line. Example: If the tee shot was out of bounds, the next shot will be your fourth from the fairway. This rule speeds up play and saves you from going back to the tee box/last shot if you want.
READ USGA RULES FOR
STROKE & DISTANCE LOCAL RULE
stroke-and-distance local rule exceptions
Red Stakes inside White Stakes
Are 1 Penalty Stroke Not 2
example: Hole 17 Right
Play with your balls on the Hibiscus Gold Tees
Breakfast Balls Allowed
only on 1st & 10th Tees
Play your best one.
Let’s try to keep ‘Gimme’
putts under 3 feet
for Low Putt Game Days
Max Triple Bogey Score
on any Hole
be generous to yourself
SUPER DUPER PREFERRED LIES
You Can Jack Your Balls Off
shelly areas & shitty shrubs to
grass no closer to hole
example: Hole 4 Center
The Unplayable Ball
Declaring a ball unplayable means that you will use the Palm Isle Golf League’s unplayable ball relief rule and
take proper relief
basic common sense applies
keep a sense of humor
don’t injure yourself
or destroy your clubs
and don’t make up your own rules – we’ve done enough of that for you!
‘The Ball Buster‘
“There Can Be Only One”
Sudden Death – Win HDCP Holes
if tied for putts, closest to pin or low net
Use Hole 14 Scores Head to Head,
then Hole 1, 11, 7, 13…
all the way up to Men’s HDCP 18
if still a tie, then a coin toss
will be used
to bust balls!
Palm Isle “Players”
Jan 23 – Mar 30
1st, 2nd, 3rd
CLOSEST TO PIN
For Closest to the Pin Holes
All Golf HDCPs Play from Gold Tees
Ball Must Be On Green to Count!!!
GAMES AT HIBISCUS
Par 3 Holes: 3 – 8 – 12 PLUS
THIRD SHOT ON 14th Par 5
SECOND SHOT ON 17th Par 4
SECOND SHOT ON 18th Par 4
Chip/Putt holed from off green
equals 0 Strokes
Only Count Putts Taken on the Green
absolutely no refunds
The Palm Isle Golf League located in Naples, Florida is operated independently by a rag-tag collection of ad-hoc volunteers known historically as grandfathers in the United States of America.
Members may be cut from the Palm Isle Golf League at any time and for any reason under the sun by the Volunteers that operate this league with access to this website.
For example, if your shoe color choice contrasts with your shoe laces, or the belt you wear on a Monday Low Putt Game day is judged to be too small. Another example is wearing shirt or shoe graffiti with brand logos on Thursday Closest2Pin days. And there is a very long list of Cut reasons for Low Net competitions, too many to list here.
The bottom line is any Member or Prospect or Guest may be Cut from this league for any reason at any time.
If this policy is an issue for you, please don’t join or continue to play with us. We welcome your departure and will celebrate because Palm Isle is a golf league for men with balls and a sense of humor that can read a website and follow basic instructions.
If you can’t embrace
then you have no business
playing with us in
during the Winter!
want to volunteer to help?
Palm Isle Golf League
GOLF FOR MEN WITH BALLS