ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior
Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa (41-000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270) will serve as the host hotel and has given the AJGA a special rate of $119 per night per room. Average rates for this time are $259 per night. Rancho Las Palmas has also waived the $25 resort fee for AJGA participants.
Fresh on the heels of an incredible $35 million makeover, the new Rancho Las Palmas is classic Rancho Mirage re-imagined for the 21st century traveler, especially those with families. With Splashtopia, the resort's incredible two-acre water feature with its own lazy river, slides, pool and beach as the centerpiece of its renovation, Rancho is poised to corner the market on fun. Its bustling, central outdoor plaza connects guests to a world of activity: fine and casual dining, live entertainment, a 20,000-square-foot spa and renowned Yamaguchi Salon, 27 holes of classic desert golf, a 25-court tennis center and four pools. The style of this carefree Palm Springs, Calif., hotel is easy and sophisticated and its location enviable - at the foot of majestic Mount Jacinto and directly across the street from The River, a dynamic entertainment, dining and retail area.
Reservations can be made by calling (866) 423-1195. Be sure to identify yourself as an AJGA participant. You must call by May 30, 2012, to receive the special AJGA rate.
- PRIVATE HOUSING
As another housing option, players and their parents may request private housing for the event. Typical requests may be for those juniors traveling without parents to the event. Please contact Tournament Director Tommy Tangtiphaiboontana at (678) 617-2424 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need or are seeking more information on private housing. This option is first come, first serve, and is not guaranteed, so please contact the Tournament Director as soon as possible.
In order to fully process your request for private housing, you will be sent information via email to complete. The AJGA will be facilitating background checks of all possible housing options as a way to ensure a safe and welcoming atmosphere during the event. These checks come with a $50 non-refundable, administrative fee. Upon your request for private housing, the AJGA will bear the expense of the check up-front, and thus, the fee is non-refundable as the process cannot be reversed or withdrawn.
Players should make reservations into Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) which is approximately 20 minutes from the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa and 15 minutes from Mission Hills Country Club. There is no designated transportation to and from the hotel and the airport.
- GROUND TRANSPORTATION:
Avis and Budget, the preferred rental car brands of the American Junior Golf Association, provide AJGA members and their families with savings on vehicles for all AJGA event-related and personal travel. To see rates for all events, visit these links:
Enroll free with the Avis Preferred or Budget Fastbreak programs to bypass the rental counter and earn rewards for frequent travel.
- PRACTICE ROUND
The tournament practice round will be tee times from 7 – 9 a.m., for AJGA participants on Monday, June 18, at Mission Hills Country Club’s Dinah Shore Tournament Course. Once you have been accepted into the field, practice round tee times can be made by logging into the AJGA Player Center and clicking the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior practice round tee time link.
Additional practice rounds may be made for Monday – Friday after 10 a.m., and Saturday after 12 p.m., prior to the tournament by calling Mission Hills Country Club at (760) 324-7336. Tee times can only be made 24 hours in advance of the day you plan to play. PLEASE DO NOT CALL EARLIER. The rate will be $55 per junior and $75 per adult. Please identify yourself as an AJGA participant.
Note: The Pro Shop will close at 1 p.m. each day so if you need to pay by credit card you must do so before the Pro Shop closes or pay by cash downstairs in the cart area.
- REGISTRATION/PLAYERS MEETING
Players Registration will be held Monday, June 18, at 4 p.m., at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. Players unable to register at this time MUST notify Tournament Director Tommy Tangtiphaiboontana prior to June 18 at (678) 617-2424. The Players Meeting will immediately follow at 4:30 p.m. Both events are MANDATORY. Players who fail to attend either or both of these functions without prior approval from the tournament director may forfeit their tournament gifts. Approval to miss Players Registration and Players Meeting will be granted only in extreme circumstances. An individual absent from these events because they are not staying at the host hotel, are staying in private housing for the week, or have a long commute does not constitute acceptable circumstances.
- PARENTS MEETING PRESENTED BY WELLS FARGO
A Parents Meeting will be held by the AJGA staff in conjunction with the Players Registration/Meeting Monday, June 18 at 4 p.m. to answer any questions and discuss the AJGA’s policies and related issues.
- TOURNAMENT TEE TIMES
Tee times are as follows: 6:30 – 8:18 a.m., off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees Tuesday, June 19 – Thursday, June 21, of Mission Hills Country Club’s Dinah Shore Tournament Course. A tie for the championship will be decided by a sudden-death playoff immediately following the conclusion of play. As inclement weather may delay play, please make your departing flight as late as possible. The AJGA will play until dark if necessary to complete the tournament. Keep in mind that Palm Springs International Airport is 15 minutes from Mission Hills Country Club.
- SCORING ON THE 9s (FJ LIVE SCORING)
Follow the tournament live online or on your mobile device at ajga.org
by clicking on FJ Live Scoring and ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior.
- AJGA CARES FOR THE COURSE
At all AJGA events in 2012 players will receive a small sand bottle prior to the round to use throughout the day to fill divots on the course. Sand filling stations will be set up around the course for players to use during their round. In addition, a Care for the Course Party will take place Wednesday, June 20 at 1 p.m. for players to care for the practice facilities and golf course.
- TOURNAMENT DINNER/SOCIAL ACTIVITY
Come one, come all to a fun-filled evening at Mission Hills Country Club after the first round, Tuesday, June 19. Dinner will be served beginning at 6 p.m. with water balloon dodgeball starting at 7 p.m. All juniors are guests of the AJGA. Parents and guests may eat at the cookout for a cost of $15, payable at the front of the buffet.
- CODE OF CONDUCT
All AJGA participants are expected to abide by the AJGA Code of Conduct. Violations of the Code of Conduct will be dealt with based on the severity of the misconduct.
- OTHER INFORMATION
- The USGA condition of competition requiring a player’s clubs conform to the groove and punch mark specifications as detailed in the 2012-2015 Rules of Golf is NOT in effect for AJGA competitions.
- Golf carts and spectator carts are not allowed without a Government issued permanent handicap placard.
- Caddies are not permitted in AJGA tournament play.
- Proper attire is required at all times and failure to comply may result in disqualification (see Dress Code Section of Code of Conduct).
- Push carts (non-motorized) are approved for use by all players as permitted by the host facility. Players are responsible for providing their own push carts.
- NO SHOW POLICY
Because the AJGA continues to receive far more applications than it has spots available for in its events, the AJGA is adopting the following policy:
If you find that you cannot compete in the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior, you must withdraw from the event online through the Player Center. If the online withdrawal option is not available, contact the AJGA at (770) 868-4200 and ask to be transferred to a withdrawal hotline or contact Tournament Director Tommy Tangtiphaiboontana at (678) 617-2424 prior to Players Registration. Complete withdrawal procedures prior to the start of an event are available at ajga.org. This allows the AJGA to replace you with an alternate. If you cannot compete and do not withdraw properly, you are considered a "no show," and the following action will be taken:
- If you have already been accepted for another event, you will be notified of your disqualification from that event.
- If you have not been accepted in another event at this time, your next application will not be considered.
- If this offense is repeated, you will not be allowed to play in any more events for the remainder of the year.
- TOURNAMENT WEBSITE
For other information regarding the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior, please visit the Tournament Website at: http://www.ajga.org/MicroSites/index3.asp?TN=2012041