Welcome to the 31st annual Battle at Brush Creek.

We are very excited about this year’s Battle. The staff at The Golf Club of Tennessee has put a great deal of effort into planning the tournament activities, and into preparing the golf course to ensure this year’s event upholds the Battle tradition.

As in the past, this year’s Battle will consist of five 9-hole matches. There will be a max of nine (9) points available per match with a maximum of seven (7) points to the winner.

Thank you for participating in the 2021 Battle at Brush Creek.

The Golf Staff

The Declaration of the 31st Annual Battle at Brush Creek

Each October, for the past thirty years, the peace in Brush Creek Valley has been disrupted by conflict. We had hoped that time, reason, and argument would bring, if not redress, at least exemption from further Battle. Whereas recent events have dispelled all such hopes, and demonstrated the necessity for this Battle to rage on another year, the members of The Golf Club of Tennessee, in convention assembled, on the 7th day of October, A.D., 2021, declare the right to commence in Battle.

Therefore, once again for one weekend in October, our peaceful 317 acres in the Brush Creek Valley of historic Kingston Springs will be transformed into a field of Battle. We enlist your support as combatants to do Battle honorably and leave this valley in peace for another year.

Today, we are proud to host The Battle at Brush Creek, The Golf Club’s premier invitational event, affording the membership an opportunity to showcase their Club. We hope you enjoy your time with us.

The Golf Club of Tennessee's
Member-Guest Invitational

This Battle Guide was prepared to provide you with important details. We urge you to read the guide carefully, and to keep it with you throughout the tournament.

Survival Tips

  • The practice facility is open to all contestants from Thursday, October 7th through Saturday, October 9th. The practice facility is open from 7:30 a.m. until dark.

  • The Golf Shop is open from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

  • The Bag Room is open from 7:00 a.m. until dark. Guests may store their clubs during the tournament.


Thursday, October 7th

10:00 a.m. Registration - Fazio Room

10:00 a.m. Lunch - The Grille Patio

12:00 p.m. Practice Round - Cannon Start

5:00 p.m. Horse Race under the lights

6:30 p.m. Dinner & Stag Night - The Pavilion

Friday, October 8th

7:00 a.m. Buffet Breakfast – The Grille

9:00 a.m. Round 1 Matches – Cannon Start

11:30 a.m. All Food Stations Open

12:00 p.m. Round 2 Matches – Cannon Start

3:00 p.m. Round 3 Matches – Cannon Start

6:00 p.m. Players Party & Dinner - The Pavilion

Saturday, October 9th

7:00 a.m. Buffet Breakfast – The Grille

9:00 a.m. Round 4 Matches – Cannon Start

11:30 a.m. All Food Stations Open

12:00 p.m. Round 5 Matches – Cannon Start

3:30 p.m. Championship Shootout

5:00 p.m. Cocktails & Awards Presentation

Battle Strategies

Two-person teams will play forty-five holes, better-ball match play. Companies of six teams each will be determined by the total combined handicap index for each team. Within each Company, each team will play five 9-hole matches - one match against every team in their respective Company. All matches are to play all nine holes, regardless of how the match stands. The following is the order in which teams will compete against one another:

Match 1 Match 2 Match 3 Match 4 Match 5
October 8 October 8 October 8 October 9 October 9
9:00AM 12:00PM 3:00PM 9:00AM 12:00PM
1 v 6 1 v 5 1 v 4 1 v 3 1 v 2
2 v 5 2 v 4 2 v 3 2 v 6 3 v 5
3 v 4 3 v 6 5 v 6 4 v 5 4 v 6

Nine points are available for each match, to be distributed as follows:

  • 1 Point for winning a hole.

  • 1/2 Point for halving a hole.

  • 0 Points for losing a hole.

  • 9 Points total per Match (Max 7 pts)

Teams appearing late or not showing for a match will lose one point for each hole missed. A hole is missed if opponents have teed off with the golf staff’s permission.

Players will use 100% of their handicap, applying shots where they fall on the scorecard, and stroking off of the low handicap in the group. We will be using the lowest handicap index of 2021.

In order to determine a Company winner, ties within each Company will be broken by the head-to-head match results between the deadlocked teams to determine the winner. (The team with the most points in that original match will be the winner.) If the teams are still tied, the tie will be broken by the best win-loss record of the five matches played. If the teams are still tied, the team with the most points won in the last match played, working backwards, will be the Company winner.

Upon completion of Friday’s scheduled rounds, the last place team in each flight will be awarded Custer’s battle flag.  Custer’s “Battalion” will be competing for the highest point total in Saturday’s rounds to win a spot in the Championship Shootout.  In the event of a tie for Saturday’s highest points, ties will be broken using round five point totals, then round four point totals, and finally overall point totals.

Company winners will compete in an alternate shot elimination shootout for the Overall Championship. The shootout will begin shortly after Match 5 on Saturday. The shootout will consist of the flight champions plus the winner of the Custer’s flight. Play will begin on hole #10 (eliminating 3 teams), then to hole #11 (eliminating 3 teams), then to hole #18 (eliminating 2 teams). We will then proceed to hole #10 to play sudden-death to determine our 2019 Battle Champion. We will continuously play hole #10 to determine a champion. If needed, we will have a chip-off to determine runner-up and third place.

U.S.G.A. Rules of Golf will apply, except when modified by Local Rules. Please click HERE for a complete listing of local rules.

  • Embedded Ball Rule in effect in the general area (Rule 16.3)
  • Ground Under Repair marked by solid white lines (Rule 16.1)
  • Cart paths, sprinkler heads, split rail fences, and drains are obstructions (Rule 2.3)

Competitors will play from the Blue Battle Tees; however, players aged 60 and older may choose to play from the Blue/Black combo tees and players aged 65 and older may choose to play from the Blue/Black or Black Tees. Players playing from both the Blue/Black & Black Tees will have their handicaps adjusted accordingly. During the Championship Shootout, there will be no strokes given. Depending on your handicap, that will determine what tee you will be playing.

For the enjoyment of everyone in the event, please keep up with the group in front of you at all times. If you fall behind, please make every effort to catch up.

  • If you are out of a hole, you may pick up or concede.
  • Please repair all ball marks, rake bunkers, and fill divots with sand.

Caddies are independent contractors, and are to be paid in cash by the team employing them. Although caddie fees are not set by the Club, the suggested caddie fees are $200 per day plus tip. The member should determine the tip based on the level of service received.

Rule 14-3a states that a player may not use any artificial device or unusual equipment that “might assist him making a stroke or in his play.” Listening to music or a broadcast while making a stroke or for a prolonged period might assist the player in his play, for example, by eliminating distractions or promoting a good tempo. Therefore, the use of an artificial device to listen to music or a broadcast, whether or not through headphones, while making a stroke or for a prolonged period of time during a stipulated round is a breach of Rule 4.3a. However, it would not be a breach of Rule 4.3a for a player to listen to a device briefly, for example, to obtain the results of another sporting event or traffic information, while walking between the putting green of one hole and the teeing ground of another hole.

Teams who wish to participate in the Battle Buy-in Pool may purchase their own team for $200.

The team in each Company with the highest two-day point total will receive a payout equal to 40% of Company purse. The team in each Company with the most points on Friday will receive 20% of Company purse. The team in each Company with the most points on Saturday will also receive 20% of Company purse. Head-to-head results will determine any ties in the Buy-In Pool.

Twenty percent of each Company’s buy-in goes to the Overall Champions Shootout. The overall champions will receive $800 with the runner-up receiving $600 a team. The remainder of the money will be paid out to the pool participants of the winning Company and the second place Company. The participants of the winning Company will get $150 per team. The second place Company will get $50. The participating teams in their flight must be present to receive their money. *This is based on all 60 teams participating in the Battle buy-in.

Teams will register for the Buy-in Pool during registration before the practice round. All teams must pay their buy-in before play begins on Friday. If a team is unable to be here on Thursday, but would like to purchase into the pool, they will need to do so before Friday morning. If a team elects not to purchase itself, that team will be auctioned to the field with a minimum bid of $100.

Should the tournament be interrupted due to a weather event, the following policy will prevail:

  • The scores for any completed match in any nine-hole segment will stand.
  • If a nine-hole match is interrupted and suspended, players should mark the location of their ball. When play resumes, players will continue from the position marked when play was suspended.
  • On Friday, if a match is interrupted and suspended for the day it will continue from the same spot on Saturday.
  • If the tournament is concluded, but inclement weather prevents holding the shootout, the shootout will be cancelled. The Overall Champion will be declared based on the total points accrued during the tournament.

Any member qualifying for the 2021 Battle at Brush Creek Championship Shootout will automatically qualify for the 2022 Battle at Brush Creek. This includes the 10 flight winners, but not the winner of the Custer Flight.

The defending champion of The Battle at Brush Creek will be exempt for the next three (3) years. Note: The exeption policy no longer requires the same guest in attendance.

Winners of the following events will also be exempt into the 2022 Battle at Brush Creek:

  • 2021 Men’s Club Championship
  • 2021 Fazio Cup Champion
  • 2021 Ingram Cup Champions (2 members)
  • 2022 Partnership Champions (2 members)
  • 2022 Bootlegger Champion

Thursday, October 7th – 5:00 p.m.

This event is a fun and exciting way to kick off The Battle at Brush Creek. The Horse Race will begin shortly after the practice round on Thursday. Spectators are encouraged, and a good time will be had by all!

Eligibility: Anyone wanting to participate in the Horse Race may put their name “in the hat” prior to the start of the practice round. The ten member and ten guest participants will be chosen by blind draw. Pairings will be determined by teaming the highest handicap member with the lowest handicap guest until everyone is paired. Teams will be announced during play on Thursday afternoon.

Format: Two-man team alternate shot single elimination.