From the competition to the hospitality, the mission of the Michelob ULTRA Golf Tour is to provide amateur golfers, nationwide, a professionally organized format in order to compete at the highest possible level. The genesis of the Tour was based on amateur golfers' overwhelming desire for a stage in order to truly compete against their peers.
No net scrambles. No best-ball charity events.
Our goal is for participants on the Tour to receive a treatment comparable to what a golfer would get playing on a professional tour. Tour memberships are annual and vary based on the market. Membership to the Tour entitles players to compete head-to-head against other players at their same skill level. Players are divided amongst six flights based on an initial verifiable handicap, such as a USGA or GHIN index. In order to prevent 'sandbagging' the Tour has instituted a process to track a 'Tour Index' for each player throughout his or her membership. Read more on how the MUGT Handicap Index is calculated here (Word doc).
Register for membership by contacting your local Tour Director.
Tour events are generally stroke play formats and USGA rules apply. There are specialty events throughout the season that utilize alternate formats such as best-ball team play or match play. The Tour schedules consist of both one-day and two-day events. Each event will have an entry fee that will vary based on the type of event and host course. Players accumulate 'Order of Merit' points based on their finish in each event. These points will be used for season-ending prizes as well as a method of qualifying for special events, and most importantly, the National Championship.
The top finishers in each flight, per event, receive non-cash prizes. Prize awards vary from event to event based on player participation. A percentage of each entry fee is put into a prize pool and then distributed amongst the flights.
In order to abide by USGA rules for amateur status, no single or cumulative prize value will exceed $750. An annual Tour membership entitles players to participate in any Michelob ULTRA Golf Tour event anywhere in the US.
Being a card-carrying member of the Tour also entitles players to discounts and specials at various retailers, golf courses, restaurants, and other businesses in their region.
Overall, the Tour is a great opportunity to meet other people with a passion for competition and the game of golf. With our great staff of Tour Directors, Tour Partners such as TaylorMade, Maxfli and adidas, and, above all, the support of Michelob ULTRA, the 2004 season is going to go be a highly successful one.