Linksfinity is designed to encourage new and experienced golfers to play as a team with friends, family members or colleagues of similar ability.
If you just want to have fun and not worry about your individual score, team up as a twosome or foursome in a 9 or 18 hole Scramble format.
If you prefer to play your own ball, play as an individual or tee it up with your regular playing partners and compete as a twosome or foursome in Best Ball at the same time.
Play whenever and wherever you want and compare your team’s scores and rankings without playing on the same course at the same time.
To become a member and participate, simply click on the Become a Member button on the website or mobile app home page.
There will be two Linksfinity formats: Scramble and Best Ball.
In a Scramble, each player tees off on each hole. The team selects the best tee shot, and all players will play their next shot from there. This process is repeated until the ball is holed. For 18 hole rounds, the team must use 3 tee shots from each player. For 9 hole rounds, the team must use 1 tee shot from each player.
In Best Ball, each player plays his or her own ball on every hole, but the best individual score on each hole counts as the team score for the hole.
All participants have the option to play as part of a two or four person team and in 9 or 18 hole Scramble or Best Ball formats.
Each team should designate one person to act as team Captain to register the team, select a format, indicate your team’s scoring and ranking preferences, and invite teammates to participate. This can be done on the Linksfinity website or iPhone mobile app. You can create as many teams - and play in as many formats - as you like.
Once a team has been created, the Captain will be will be able to invite players to join the team by sending an email invitation directly from the Linksfinity website or mobile app. The invitation will contain a link to linksfinity.com that will enable each player to sign up as a member and join the team.
When you are ready to start your round, simply select the course you want to play, the tee box your team will play from, and the hole you want to start on, and you will be you will ready to play.
Track your score on a mobile phone by using the Linksfinity Score Entry keypad. It is quick and easy to use and is available on the Linksfinity iPhone app as well as on the mobile friendly version of linksfinity.com on Android devices.
The Linksfinity Score Entry keypad allows you to enter team scores for Scramble formats and both individual and team scores for Best Ball formats on a hole-by-hole basis.
After you have entered the gross score on each hole, Linksfinity will automatically create an electronic scorecard that will show Gross, Net or Stableford Points based on your scoring preferences. Scorecards can be viewed at any time during the round by clicking on the Scorecard button on the bottom of the Score Entry Screen on the iPhone app. It can also be viewed by scrolling down the Score Entry screen on the mobile friendly version of linksfinity.com.
If cellphones are not allowed on the course you are playing or if you experience technical difficulties with your mobile device, you can enter your scores after the round by using the Linksfinity Score Entry keypad on the website. Simply click on Post Your Scores on the Navigation Bar at the top of the website, and you will be prompted through the process.
Gross Scoring. Linksfinity will automatically track team gross scores for all Scramble formats and both team and individual gross scores for all Best Ball Formats.
Net Scoring. Linksfinity will also be able to convert gross scores into net scores provided each player has entered an official USGA Handicap Index as part of his or her player profile.
To make it possible for Linksfinity to compare and rank scores from different tee boxes on different courses on an equitable basis, it will be necessary to make an adjustment to each player’s Course Handicap based on the Course Rating for the tees played. We refer to this adjustment as your Linksfinity Course Handicap (L CH). For ranking purposes, your Linksfinity Course Handicap will be utilized to calculate your team’s L Net Score (L Net). For a detailed explanation of this process and why it is necessary, click here.
Stableford Points System. The Stableford Points System awards points based on each team’s score on each hole. Unlike traditional stroke play where the goal is to have the lowest score, the objective of the Stableford system is to accumulate the highest number of points which are awarded based on the team’s gross or net score on each hole as follows:
|2 over par (Double Bogey) & Above||0 Points|
|1 over par (Bogey)||1 Points|
|1 under Par (Birdie)||3 Points|
|2 under Par (Eagle)||4 Points|
|3 under Par (Double Eagle)||5 Points|
|Better than 3 under par||6 Points|
The Stableford Scoring System is a fun way to play team golf because there is no deduction of points for a score of double bogey or above. Also, since the lowest score a player can get is 0 points, a player can simply pick up his or her ball if it is no longer possible to score a point to help the team.
Once your have finished playing, you will be prompted to submit your round. Once you have submitted your round on your cell phone, your scores will automatically be saved and entered into the Linksfinity database and ranking system. Your team scorecard will also be emailed to you and any team members.
If you experience technical difficulties with your mobile device, you can enter your scores after the round by using the Linksfinity Score Entry keypad on the website. Simply click on Post Your Scores on the Navigation Bar at the top of the website, and you will be prompted through the process.
All teams will qualify for Linksfinity Rankings after posting three rounds.
Teams will be ranked based on the preferences selected by the team captain during the Create a Team registration process.
All teams and players have the option to personalize their rankings by format within a Linksfinity Affinity Group.
Linksfinity will automatically place each player in a gender specific Division based on the information provided as part of the Become a Member process.
Your team’s Rankings can be viewed by clicking on Rankings within the Menu on the Linksfinity iPhone app or by clicking on View Rankings within the Menu of the mobile friendly version of linksfinity.com on Android devices. You can also view a more detailed display of your Rankings -- including points or strokes behind and the name and state of each team’s home club -- by clicking on View Rankings on the Navigation Bar at the top of the Linksfinity website.
In a future release of Linksfinity, the top teams in each format will qualify to compete head-to-head in an End-of-Season Club Tournament.
All pilot participants will have the ability to post comments via the Linksfinity iPhone mobile app.
A future version of Linksfinity will incorporate a broad range of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to enable you to share your experience with friends, colleagues and competitors.