Frequently Asked Questions
Golf Ontario vTour Series1. What is the Golf Ontario vTour Series?
2. I have a high handicap. Is this event for me?
3. How do I qualify for the Golf Ontario Players vTour Championship?
4. I am not a member of the Golf Ontario/Golf Canada, am I able to compete in the vTour Series?
5. I am a Golf Ontario/Golf Canada member but I do not have a Score Centre ID and Password.
6. When can I participate?
7. What courses can I play?
8. How do I post my score to the event?
9. Do I need to have someone attest my round?
The Golf Ontario vTour Series is a season-long competition for golfers looking to add some fun and friendly competition to their normal golf routine. The Golf Ontario vTour, powered by GolfNet, incorporates the Golf Canada Handicap System, allowing golfers of all abilities to compete on an equitable basis. This online tour eliminates the geographical constraints of traditional tournaments while maintaining a friendly and competitive environment for a wide range of golfers. It’s as easy as Registering, Playing, and Posting for your chance to WIN great prizes
I have a high handicap. Is this event for me?
The Golf Canada Handicap System allows golfers of all abilities to compete on an equitable basis. Members who have established a valid handicap will be recognized on the system, and scores entered will be adjusted automatically based on the Handicap Formula. This adjustment will place players if various handicaps on an equal level. Please visit gao.ca for more information on handicaps.
How do I participate in the Golf Ontario vTour?
Simply register and participate in one or all events beginning in April – October. It's free to play. Simply post your scores as you normally do and Golf Ontario will take care of the rest. Follow your progress each tournament and gain points for ballots in the grand prize draw to St Kitts.
I am not a member of the Golf Ontario/Golf Canada, am I able to compete in the Golf Ontario vTour Series?
The Golf Ontario vTour Series is a Golf Ontario/Golf Canada membership benefit available exclusively to Golf Ontario/Golf Canada members with a valid Golf Canada Score Centre ID and password. For more information on member benefits, and how to become a Golf Ontario member, please visit our membership section at gao.ca
I am a Golf Ontario/Golf Canada member but I do not have a Score Centre ID and Password.
At this time the vTour scoring system is only compatible with the Golf Canada Score Centre.
If you are a Golf Ontario member at a club which uses the GG Golf Handicap software, please register for the events using your Score Centre ID and Password. While the system will not recognise your scores, you will remain eligible for our random draw prizing, the vTour Points Standings, and our Grand Prize Draw.
If you are a Golf Ontario member at a club which utilizes the TeeOn software, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with both your name and club name to be eligible for our random draw prizing, the vTour Points Standings, and our Grand Prize Draw.
When can I participate?
Check the Home Page for event and opening/closing dates. Registration for each event will remain open until the event closes. Members are free to participate in all events.
What courses can I play?
You are free to play at any course that has been sloped and rated by Golf Canada/Golf Ontario/USGA. Click here and use our Club Directory Search for a list of valid courses in Ontario.
How do I post my score to the event?
Simply post your score normally through the Golf Canada Score Centre, at your club Kiosk, or through the Score Centre App. The vTour system will automatically assign the first score as played and posted between the event dates. If you play and post multiple rounds between the event dates, the system will replace your current event score with any score that results in a lower net score.
Please note that the system will accept both Hole-by-hole entries, and Adjusted Gross Score entries.
*If you post your score at your club kiosk please note that the system will only recognize your scores once the club syncs their system to the online system. Please check with your club staff to ensure the system is updated before the closing of the event. Please also be aware that the system is set up to send automatic email confirmation for your first posted score, and for subsequent lower net scores. Because of this, it is possible that you will receive multiple emails at the same time once the system has been synced, and your scores have been recognized by the vTour.
Do I need to have someone attest my round?
While we do not require scores be attested, it is always a good idea to have your round verified. While it’s not unusual for golfers to have exceptional rounds, often considered "the round of their life”, the nature of the vTour creates a difficult atmosphere to appreciate the validity of such a round.
I played and posted my score between the event dates, however my score is not showing up on the Leaderboard.
Please note that all scores edited after the closing of an event will be removed from the Leaderboard.
Only rounds played AFTER registration will be counted as eligible scores for any vTour event. Example: An event runs from June 1 - June 16th. You play a round on the 5th and 6th, and register for the event on the 7th. Your rounds from June 5th and June 6th will not be eligible for the event. All rounds played after registration, and before the end of the event, June 16th in this case, will qualify as eligible rounds
If you post scores at your club using the Eagle software, please check with the club to ensure they sync the software prior to the closing of the event. If the club does not sync the software, your score will not be picked up by the vTour.To participate in a vTour, you must meet the event's eligibility requirements.
Individual event eligibility requirements can be found on the event details page.
What Scores Can I Post?
You can post any score that was played on or between the start and end dates of the event. The score must be played at an 18-hole golf course that has been Sloped and Rated by Golf Canada/Provincial Golf Association and has a par of 65 or more. The score must also apply to your handicap. The system will accept both Adjusted Gross Scores and Hole-By-Hole scores. If entering a hole-by-hole score, please make sure you enter your gross score for each hole, NOT the ESC Score (the system will automatically adjust your score).
How are the results scored?
The score used for the final results will not be the gross or ESC score, rather a net score based on the following formula:
Net = (Differential) - (Course Handicap)
For example, if a player has a Handicap Factor of 4.1, and they play a golf course with (Rating=72.8, Slope=130) and shoot a 77, their Differential is a 3.7 and their Course Handicap is 5.
The final net score, (-1.3) = 3.7 - 5.
The following will be taken into consideration for disqualification of an event:
- Scores posted incorrectly (Wrong tees / slope / rating / course)
- Scores that don't meet the course requirements
- Scores that have been edited after posting
- Incorrect Handicap Factor
- Each event may have additional rules (ie: How to declare your round)
Maximum Handicap is a 36.4 for men and 40.4 for women
(if your Factor is above these levels, it will be adjusted to the maximum). Net ties will be broken using the lowest differential.
The differential used is not the ESC differential, rather the Gross differential.
For all players who wish to retain their Amateur Status please note that you cannot accept a prize (other than a symbolic prize) or prize voucher of retail value in excess of $1000 or the equivalent. This limit applies to the total prizes or prize vouchers received by an amateur golfer in any one competition or series of competitions. However, you may still play as long as you waive your right to accept prize money in that event.
An amateur golfer must not exchange a prize or prize voucher for cash.