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How to Create a PlayThru Golf Event

To create an event, start by clicking the yellow "Create Event" button. You’ll be prompted to enter in a name for your event. This name will be used on your dashboard and visible on the mobile scorecard. No need to stress about coming up with the perfect name, you can always edit it later. 

After entering your event name, click the “Create Event” button. You'll be taken to the Outing Organizer. Here you’ll set up your event, customize course settings and enter golfers

1. Event Settings

In this tab, you'll configure your event settings. The options you choose here will determine what fields are visible in the Course and Golfers tabs. For example, the "Starting Hole" field on the Golfers tab won't show unless you have checked the "Shotgun Start" circle. So, if you don’t see a spot for specific information, make sure the corresponding event settings are turned on in the Event tab.

PlayThru Event Setup Tab

Event Details

Date: Set a date for your event. This has no impact on the scorecard, but helps differentiate events on the Event Dashboard. 

Number of Holes: Set the number of holes for your event — 9 or 18.

Game Format: Select a scoring format for your event‍

Stroke or Match: Select between a stroke play event of match play.

Score Format: Select between two different types of scoring formats:

Point Values: If you select a Points score format, you'll have the option to customize the point values. By default, PlayThru uses standard stableford point values—1 point for bogie, 2 points for par, 3 points for birdie, 4 points for eagle, and so on. But you can adjust the point values as needed for each event.

Event Settings

Handicap: Turn this on to apply handicaps to golfer scores. PlayThru then compares the golfer’s handicap to the hole handicap. If the golfer’s handicap is greater than or equal to the hole handicap, a stroke is subtracted from their score. 

If a player has a handicap greater than 18, an extra stroke is subtracted from their score on the hardest holes. For example, if a golfer’s handicap is 20, they will receive two strokes on the two lowest handicapped holes. To be used, you must also enter in pars and hole handicaps for each tee in the Course section of the Outing Organizer. 

Adjust Handicaps for Course: PlayThru will adjust a golfer’s handicap for the tees they are playing. Handicaps are adjusted using the USGA’s formula. Adjusted Handicap = Handicap x (Slope Rating / 113) + (Course Rating - Course Par). To be used, you must also enter in pars, hole handicaps, slope and course rating for each tee in the Course section of the Outing Organizer. 

Handicap Percentage: Only apply a specific percentage of a golfers handicap to their score.

Flights: Group golfers together by playing ability. Associate each golfer with a letter or number (e.g., A, B, 1, 2, 3). The leaderboard will then break up golfers into their own groups and calculate their position compared to others within that group. 

Teams: Flights can be used as teams for Match Play events. For these events, holes won are tallied for each match based on flight. The teams scores are visible on the leaderboard page. Don't create more than two teams.

Shotgun Start: Enter in start holes for each of your golfers. On the scorecard, after selecting their names, the golfer will go straight to that starting hole.

2. Course Settings

PlayThru Tee Setup

The Course Settings section is where you can enter in your tee information. You can add up to 5 tees for each event. 

Tee Name: Give each tee its own name. Once created, you can associate each golfer with a tee.

Hole Pars: Enter in the pars for each hole. Point based, handicapped, match play and two person best ball events require pars. If pars are entered for an individual / scramble stroke play event, the golfer’s score will be shown in relation to par, otherwise it will show the golfer’s gross total score.

If your event is using handicaps ...

Hole Handicaps: Enter in handicaps if you are playing a handicapped event. The values entered here will be used to determine if, and how many strokes a golfer gets on each hole. 

If your event is using adjusted handicaps ...

Slope Rating: This value is set for each course, and often for each teebox. It is used in the formual to adjust handicaps for the course. If you aren’t adjusting handicaps, you don’t need to enter it. 

Course Rating: This value is also set for each course and sometimes each teebox. If you aren’t adjusting handicaps for the course, you don’t need to enter a value here. 

hole Competitions

The skillshots / hole competitions section gives you the option to post a message to the scorecard for specific holes. Many events use them to announce hole competitions or proximity contests.

Golfer Settings

PlayThru Golfer Upload Section

The golfers section is where you’ll input your golfer information.

Name: This is the name that will be shown on the scorecard and leaderboard. If you're playing an individual event, enter the name of each player her. If you're hosting a scramble event or other team-play tournament, enter the team name on the line.

Tee: This is the tee the golfer will be playing from. You’ll set up pars and handicaps in the Course Settings section. 

Handicap: Enter the golfer’s handicap index. If you're using PlayThru to adjust the handicap for the course, do not adjust the handicap yourself. PlayThru will do this automatically and show the adjusted handicap on the scorecard.

Tee Time: For non-shotgun events, you'll have the option to enter in player start times. This information has no effect on the scorecard and his designed to help you manage your event.

Flight: Enter a designation for each flight (or if playing a Match Play event, a team name). Recommendation: Try to keep flight names short to ensure they fit on one line.

Start Hole: Select the hole the golfer(s) will be teeing off from. If you don't see this field, make sure to check the "Shotgun Start" circle in the Event tab.

Opponent: If you're selected a Match Play event, after entering in more than one golfer, you’ll see a drop down of golfer names. Select a golfer to pit against each golfer. TIP: You may need to hit the “Refresh List” button to get the last golfer included in the dropdown. 

Combo Team Name: If you've selected a Two-Person Best Ball, Four Person Best Ball or Two Best of Four event, you'll see a corresponding teammate field. Select the teammate from the drop down of golfer names. SAME TIP: You may need to hit the “Refresh List” button to get the last golfer included in the dropdown. 

Deleting golfers

If you need to remove a golfer, simply click the trash can icon at the end of the golfer’s row. 

Importing golfers

To save time on adding golfers, if you have a CSV file of your event, import the information using the “Import” button. There must be a “Name” column. PlayThru can also import Flight, Handicap, Tee, Tee Time and Starting Hole. 

Read more about importing golfers here.

Exporting Results

At any time export your golfers. The export includes all of the fields above along with gross and net hole scores, and total gross, net and to-par scores.

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