First let me preface this with the notion that match play is such a hit and we want more of it...so naturally the team idea is in a "Ryder Cup" spirit.
Each week the team captain would write a roster to compete head to head against another team. Each team would be comprised of 4 players, and the number of teams would be dependent on group interest. It may be a four team league or a 16 team league, but I digress.
Each week we would play at a different course but would also play a different format based on the difficulty level of the course. For instance, a round at Basil may facilitate scramble format with two matches per team, where as a round at Ellison would warrant an alternate shot format with two matches per team, and then Chili could be four single matches with a number one player competing against the other number one player from another team and so on down the line.
The idea here is to stretch the limits of match play formats to maximize the fun. There could be best ball formats where we play a round of stroke play but your partner and you take the best score for the hole, like Ryder Cup play on saturdays.
The standings each week would be based on how well you fared. If there were only two matches and your team won them both you would get a point for each, if you lost you get none, if you halved, you get a 1/2 point. Just like the Ryder Cup. At the end of the season we could have a play off with any number of teams in it and have a single elimination format.
Initially I believe a party is in order to draw teams, unless of course there is already a ground swell of interested teams that are ready to go. The idea of drawing teams tho would be to ensure some degree of parity. Obviously a team with four 950 rated players is going to always win against a team with all 875ers. So I thought a preseason "draft" could be in order. Each player would be drawn from a hat based on their rating. Each team would have a 950 plus, 900 to 949, 850 to 899, 800 to 849. There could also be alternates in case of scheduling conflicts. So even if you aren't on a team, you could sub in as a ringer and still participate....maybe for different teams like a free agent. I know its crazy, but its so crazy it might just work.....
So lets hear it, thumbs up or down????