MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2019




Big Canyon Country Club

One Big Canyon Drive

Newport Beach, CA 92660

(949) 644-5404



Newport Beach Country Club

1600 East Pacific Coast Highway

Newport Beach, CA 92660

(949) 644-9550




36 holes of stroke play qualifying. Each participant will play an 18-hole morning round at either Big Canyon CC or Newport Beach CC then switch to the other course for their afternoon 18-hole round. Qualifiers will advance to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California on June 13 – 16, 2019.


The official number of qualifying spots will be announced by the Committee on the morning of the qualifier. In the event of a tie for the last qualifying place or an alternate's position, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff immediately following the conclusion of play at Big Canyon CC.



Players must register with SCGA/USGA staff upon arrival on Monday morning at their designated first round course. The registration table at both courses will be located near their practice putting greens.



Starting times and pairings for both rounds will be emailed to players and posted online at scga.org one week in advance of the qualifier.   


Players are encouraged to arrive at their assigned tee well in advance of their starting time, as the SCGA starter will have information to discuss and distribute to each player in the group. Furthermore, players arriving late will be penalized under Rule 5.3a of the Rules of Golf. For example, the 9:00 a.m. starting time is defined as 9:00:00, and players arriving after that time are considered late. Lead groups should plan to be at their assigned tee 10 minutes in advance of their starting time. Subsequent groups are encouraged to arrive in time to watch the group in front of them tee off.



Each club will host one complimentary practice round per player. Practice rounds will be issued on a space available basis at the sole discretion of the clubs and will generally only be available during the afternoon. Contestants must contact each club in advance to arrange a practice round: Big Canyon CC - (949) 644-5404 / Newport Beach CC - (949) 644-9680. Contestants must wait to call the clubs until the week of May 20 once the roster for the qualifier is finalized.


If players wish to ride during the practice round, the cart fee at each course will be $22 per player. Players should not arrive earlier than 45 minutes prior to their practice round time. In general, the club’s dining facilities will not be available during practice rounds.  



Big Canyon CC: Play will be from the USGA tee markers, which will be positioned near the club’s black yardage. Course Rating: 74.1 / Slope: 136 / Approximately 7,008 yards / Par 72.


Newport Beach CC: Play will be from the USGA tee markers, which will be positioned near the club’s blue yardage. Course Rating: 71.6 / Slope: 127 / Approximately 6,601 yards / Par 71.


Please refer to the yardages tab within the championship portal for hole-by-hole yardages.



The driving range at both courses will open at 5:45 a.m. on the day of the qualifier. Range balls will be provided on the driving ranges. Prior to practice rounds, range availability will be limited to 45 minutes prior to your practice round time.



Big Canyon CC: All food service will be located on the terrace outside the Men’s Grill. Limited breakfast menu items will be available for purchase from 6 – 8:30 a.m. Lunch items will be available for purchase from 11:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. The food station at the terrace will remain open with grab-and-go food options for purchase until 7:30 p.m.


Newport Beach CC: The snack bar, located adjacent to the Veranda, will be available for purchases from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. A lunch buffet will be served on the Veranda from 11:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. 


Cash, major credit cards, and reciprocal charges will be accepted for all purchases.



The locker rooms will open at 6 a.m.



  • The Rules of Golf as approved by the USGA and the R&A govern play.
  • Local Rules and Terms of the Competition can be found on the USGA Hard Card and the Notice to Players addendum that will be distributed on site.
  • One Ball Rule: Model Local Rule G-4 is in effect. During an entire round, each ball at which the player makes a stroke must be the same brand and model as found in a single entry on the current List of Conforming Balls.
  • Prohibiting Use of Motorized Transportation: Model Local Rule G-6 is in effect. During a round, a player or caddie must not ride on any form of motorized transportation except as authorized or later approved by the Committee. A player who will play, or has played, under penalty of stroke and distance is always authorized to ride on motorized transportation. 
  • Prohibiting Use of Distance-Measuring Devices: Model Local Rule G-5 is in effect. During a round, a player must not obtain distance information by using an electronic distance-measuring device.
  • Allowing Replacement of Broken or Significantly Damaged Clubs: Model Local Rule G-9 is in effect.
  • Ball Played from Outside Relief Area When Taking Back-on-the-Line Relief: Model Local Rule E-12 is in effect.
  • Prohibiting Use of Certain Types of Shoes: Model Local Rule G-7 is in effect.
  • Information on Green-Reading Materials can be found here.
  • Click here to review the SCGA/USGA Opens Qualifying Pace of Play Policy.



Pull carts are permitted on the day of the qualifier. During practice rounds, players must abide by the host club’s policy on pull carts. At Big Canyon CC, players will not be permitted to use a pull cart during a practice round. At Newport Beach CC, players wishing to use a pull cart for their practice round must rent one of the club’s.   



Players may provide their own caddie. Caddies must adhere to the dress code listed within this document. Big Canyon CC has a limited number of caddies potentially available for hire. Contact the club for more information. 


Spectators are welcome and encouraged to attend this event. Spectators must adhere to any and all policies set forth by each host club. Spectators must position themselves in an unobtrusive location, keeping in mind the players in the groups ahead and behind. Cell phones should be turned off or set to silent mode while on the property. Placing phone calls on a cell phone is prohibited on all areas of the property except the parking lots. Spectators will have access to the golf shops but will not have access to the clubhouse or locker rooms. Spectators may purchase food and beverage items as outlined above.


Live scoring will be available throughout the qualifier at scga.org and usopen.com.  


If spectators have any questions, please contact the SCGA Rules and Competitions Department at (818) 980-3630.



Players and caddies must be properly attired in golf shirts, slacks, Bermuda-length dress or golf shorts and soft spike shoes. Jeans (any color or any kind), T-shirts and tank tops will not be permitted. Shirts must be tucked in and hats are to be worn forward at all times. Neither cargo pants nor cargo shorts will be allowed. 



To withdraw for any reason prior to the start of an USGA competition, a player must notify the SCGA Rules and Competitions Department at (818) 980-3630, or by clicking here, AND the USGA Championship Administration Department at (908) 234-2300.


For a complete listing of SCGA tournament policies and procedures, click here.