Player FAQ's
What is your contact information?
Greater Cedar Rapids Open
P.O. Box 10034
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52410
Phone: 319-377-3500 (Hunters Ridge Golf Course)
Email: gcropen@gmail.com

Where is the Greater Cedar Rapids Open?
Hunters Ridge Golf Course
2901 Hunters Ridge Road
Marion, Iowa 52302
319-377-3500

Who can play in the Greater Cedar Rapids Open?
The Greater Cedar Rapids Open is a 54-hole tournament for professional golfers. We have Open and Senior divisions. For an additional entry fee, seniors also may play in the Open division. A limited amateur field is by invitation only.

If I need to withdraw from the tournament, can I get a refund?
Yes. Refunds will be given if the withdraw notification is given before 5 p.m. on Friday, July 18. This excludes the processing fee.

If the tournament is full, can I be placed on a waiting list?
Yes. Once the field is full, we will begin a waiting list. Golfers on that list will be contacted in the order of that list when there is an opening.

Do I need to provide my Social Security number upon registration?
No. However, golfers who make the professional cut will receive money, and checks will not be issued until your Social Security information is on file. Please be sure to provide that information upon finishing your round on Sunday.

What are the closest airports?
The Eastern Iowa Airport - Cedar Rapids, Iowa (about a 30-minute drive)
Waterloo Regional Airport - Waterloo, Iowa (about a 1-hour drive)
Des Moines International Airport - Des Moines, Iowa (about a 2-1/2 hour drive)
Quad City International Airport - Moline, Illinois (about a 1-1/2 hour drive)

Is there housing available for visiting golf professionals?
Yes. Property owners in the Hunters Ridge community will offer private housing to professional entrants only on a "first come-first served" basis. We expect to have several private homes available beginning Wednesday evening through Monday morning during the week of the tournament. If you are in need of lodging prior to that Wednesday, please contact our hotel of choice - The Cedar Rapids Marriott - at 319-393-6600 or toll free at 1-800-396-2153. The hotel address is: 1200 Collins Road NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402.

How will I be informed about whether I have free lodging?
You will be notified about available housing arrangements via telephone, at which time you also will receive housing contact information. If you have additional questions, call Theresa Vogel at 319-551-0036.

Can pros play a practice round on Wednesday prior to the tournament?
No. Hunters Ridge Golf Course will not be open for practice rounds on Wednesday because of the Pro/Am event that day. Players will be able to play practice rounds any time the week prior to the tournament or on Monday, July 21, and Tuesday, July 22, at a cart fee charge of $17.00 for 18 holes. There will be no charge for walking. To make a tee time, call the golf shop at 319-377-3500.

Is there a driving range at Hunters Ridge Golf Course?
Yes. Buckets of balls are available and are complimentary between Tuesday and Saturday during the week of the tournament. Buckets of range balls (50 to 55 balls per bucket) will be available at all other times for a fee of $5.50.

Can I request a tee time?
All golfers have an opportunity to indicate a preferred tee time when submitting their entry. Those time ranges are all on a "first come, first served" basis and are based on when the tournament committee received the entry fee. Requested tee time preferences are not guaranteed. Special needs for specific tee times should be brought to the attention of Hunters Ridge Golf Course PGA Professional Nate Severin, who will be handling all tournament tee times and pairings. Every effort will be made to accommodate those requests.

Can golf professionals wear shorts?
No. Golf professionals are required to wear trousers during the Pro/Am event. All golfers - professional, senior and amateur - playing in the Greater Cedar Rapids Open Tournament are required to wear trousers.

Are players allowed to use carts?
No. All players are required to walk. However, if a player is permanently disabled and presents documentation from a doctor, the committee reserves the decision to allow riding in a cart in that instance.

Do you supply caddies?
Yes. Area youth will be trained in caddying for this event. The Greater Cedar Rapids Open Committee, thanks to our Caddie Donor - McGrath Automotive - will pay the first $25 per round for each caddie. Additional tips are at your expense, but are greatly appreciated. Be sure to indicate on your entry form whether you would like a caddie. Please note: The GCRO will pay only for the caddies it provides.

Can I use an electronic range finder?
Distance only electronic range finders are allowed. Players will be asked to show rules officials their device to ensure it is compliant with the rules.

Greater Cedar Rapids Open Tournament
Kyle Vasel
GCRO Professional