Below you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions.
What is GOLF Channel Amateur Tour?
GOLF Channel Amateur Tour is the largest amateur golf tour in North America and the only tour powered by GOLF Channel. Am Tour provides an authentic TOUR-style tournament golf experience to players of all ages and abilities, allowing golfers to compete with others at their skill level, gain access to top courses in their area and across the country.
Am I good enough to play on the GOLF Am Tour?
Absolutely. There’s a spot for you. GOLF Channel Amateur Tour offers different flights for age and handicaps. During each tournament we’ll crown 1 champion for each of our 12 flights. You’ll only be competing against players of the same skill level.
Which flight would I be placed in?
We offer 6 Open flights for under the age of 55 and 6 Senior flights for those over 55.
|Handicap||Open Flights (Under 55)||Senior Flights (55+)|
365 day membership Fair competition against golfers of your skill level Tournament style golf at elite courses Compete in any GOLF Am Tour tournament across the country 12 flights based on personal handicap Real-time player stats at GCAmTour.com Free mobile app for iPhone and Android Top prizing and trophies Opportunity to qualify for the season ending National Championship
Who can join?
Membership is open to everyone who loves to play competitive tournaments. GOLF Channel Am Tour offers 12 flights, including six senior flights, to accommodate for fair and competitive play. Whether you’re an accomplished scratch player or a beginner, there’s a place for you on GOLF Am Tour.
What does membership include and how much does it cost?
Annual membership is $199 to join and good for 365 days. It includes the ability to compete in TOUR-style quality, professionally-run golf tournaments in more than 50 cities across the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Canada. Compete in 700 local tournaments and more than 30 two-day Major Championships. Membership does not include entry fees to individual tournaments which vary based on tournament location, time of year, number of rounds and venue. Please visit www.gcamtour.com for additional information.
How can I sign up for a membership?
Sign up online at www.gcamtour.com/join or contact your local tour director to learn more.
Once I register, how long does it take to receive my Member Welcome Pack?
Member Welcome Packs ship within 6 to 8 weeks after registration. If you experience any issues receiving your items, please contact customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org
What does it cost to play in each golf tournament?
Entry fees for each event vary based on tournament location, time of year, number of rounds and venue. Check your Local Tour schedule for more information at www.gcamtour.com.
Are golf carts included in tournament entry fees?
Yes, golf carts are included in the price of all tournament entry fees at no additional cost.
I have a question about a tournament – who should I contact?
Please contact the local tournament director with specific questions about events. Contact information is listed on the “Info” page for each tournament.
When and where are the tournaments held?
Please contact tTournaments in cities across the U.S. throughout the year, and most tournaments take place during weekend days (either on Saturday or Sunday or both). View full schedules at your local tour page on www.gcamtour.com.
How are GOLF Am Tour events operated?
Each GOLF Channel Am Tour tournament is designed to provide a quality Tour-style experience and are hosted on the best public and private courses utilizing professional scoring. All players are announced off the first tee and the top finishers in each flight win prizes and trophies. All GOLF Am Tour events abide by USGA© Rules of Golf including those rules pertaining to amateur status. Additional tournament information can be found in the official Am Tour Player Handbook.
How many tournaments do I have to play?
Members can choose to play in as many tournaments as they wish – there are no requirements. However, in order to be eligible for the National Championship tournament, a player must compete in a minimum of 6 tournament rounds*, 2 of which must be on/after June 1st. The more events you play, the more opportunities you have to earn Order of Merit Points which are used to determine qualification for in the National Championship. *Please note that playing in 6 events does not guarantee a position in the National Championship, for more information on qualifying for the National Championship, consult the Player Handbook.
Can I play in tournaments outside my tour?
Yes, absolutely! GOLF Channel Amateur Tour members can compete in any local tournament or major championship across the country. Entries for these events are on a first come, first serve basis.The only tournament that requires eligibility and qualification to play is the National Championship.
How do I register for tournaments?
You can register for tournaments via the official GOLF Channel Amateur Tour website, www.gcamtour.com, or by contacting the Local Tour Director in your area.
Does playing on GOLF Channel Amateur Tour affect my amateur status?
No. GOLF Channel Amateur Tour conforms to USGA® rules regarding Amateur Status, so it will not affect your amateur status.
Are guests allowed to compete in GOLF Am Tour Tournaments?
Non-members, or guests, are allowed to compete in up to 2 local GOLF Am Tour events per year, based upon space availability. However, they are not eligible for prizes, winnings, or Order of Merit Points, nor are they eligible to compete in any Majors or the National Championship. A non-member may join the Tour at anytime. Please contact your Local Tour Director to register as a guest.
Am I required to have a USGA Handicap Index?
Yes. If you have an active USGA Handicap Index® that we can view to verify, we will use that to initially place you into a flight to begin to compete. However, if you do not have an index, you would need to get one before we can ‘flight’ you to compete. There are many options for handicaps depending on the area that you live. Some of the popular ones are GHIN, Handicomp, Golfnet, TheGrint, etc. For more information on handicapping, click here.
If I have an existing handicap (i.e., GHIN®, EZLinks, etc.), can I import my scores into the GOLF Channel Handicap Service?
Unfortunately, no. GOLF Channel Amateur Tour creates a ‘Tournament Index’ based on your scores shot while competing in GOLF Channel Am Tour events. The USGA® Handicap Index® you track outside of GOLF Channel Am Tour is used to ‘initially’ place you into a flight, but is then superseded by the ‘Tournament Index’ to flight players after four (4) tournament rounds have been completed and posted.
Where can I view my GOLF Channel Am Tour Index and/or another members GOLF Channel Am Tour Index?
Am Tour Players can find their GOLF Channel Am Tour Index and search for the Tour Index of other Tour players by clicking here.
What are the tournament rules?
All GOLF Channel Amateur Tour events conform to USGA® rules and are generally individual stroke play events at scratch within each flight. Am Tour Players are initially flighted based on their USGA® Handicap Index® and are re-flighted monthly based on their GOLF Channel Am Tour index to compete only against players in their flight. For a complete listing of tournament rules and all GOLF Channel Amateur Tour flights, refer to the Am Tour Player Handbook.
What is a Major Championship and do I need to qualify in order to play in one?
A major championship is a competitive, 2-day, 36-hole tournament that typically draws registrants from across the country. Players earn double the Order of Merit Points they would find at a local event, and the top three finishers in each flight, including ties, receive invitations to the National Championship and Senior National Championship tournaments. Players do not need to qualify for Majors, as they are open to all current and active Am Tour Players. Guests are not allowed to compete in Majors, with the exception of Duel In The Desert.
What are Order Of Merit points?
Order of Merit Points are points awarded to tournament players in each flight based on their order of finish. The more events you play, the more opportunities you have to earn Order of Merit Points, which are used to determine qualification for the National Championship. Points carry NO monetary value.
What are the National and Senior National Championships and how do I qualify?
The National Championship and the Senior National Championship are 72-hole stroke-play tournaments that take place at the end of the GOLF Channel Amateur Tour season, and they determine the National & Senior National Champions in each player flight. In order to receive an invitation to compete in the National Championship and Senior National Championship tournaments, an Am Tour player must be 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 1st. A tournament round is considered a posted 18-hole tournament score There are many ways a player can become qualified, including placing in the top 3 in a Major tournament, earning a qualifying number of Order of Merit Points, being a past National Champion and more. For a complete listing of National Championship/ Senior National Championship tournament rules and ways to qualify, refer to the Am Tour Player Handbook. *Please note that playing in 6 events does not guarantee a position in the National Championship.
Do women compete on GOLF Channel Am Tour?
Yes. Everyone who loves golf is welcome to sign up and compete on the GOLF Channel Amateur Tour. Women play from one tee in front of their similarly-flighted male counterparts.
How can I get official GOLF Am Tour apparel and gear?
You can purchase official GOLF Channel Amateur Tour golf attire and more from our online store here. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery.
How do I find my Tournament Index or the Tournament Index of a fellow Am Tour member?
Simply visit the “Handicap” tab on www.gcamtour.com and enter your information or the information of another player. You will initially see the player’s current USGA Index®; to view the player’s Tournament Index you must click the “Tournament Index” tab. The Tournament Index is likely different than one’s USGA Index because it only takes into account the scores from Am Tour tournaments.