To encourage people to get involved in the community at a local level, we have rolled out official Local Clubs (aka Refuge Roosts) and a Roost Club Championship. By organizing at a local level, we hope to provide more opportunities for avid golfers to meet up, play fun but competitive golf, and reward those golfers that have already built local clubs.
This map can help you determine the closest Roost to where you live. You'll then be able to visit that Roosts page below to find out more information and how to join. Let us know if you need help by clicking below.
Roosts are local clubs created, organized, and managed by members of the Nest (Roost Captains). and are part of a larger region. Each club has its own unique criteria and schedule. Anyone is welcome to join a Roost of their choosing.
Each club is part of a larger region containing multiple Roosts. Regions are divided based on geography, location of founding Roosts, and with consideration to Nest Member density. There are 11 regions for 2023.
Competiting for the championship title...
Members of Roosts have the opportunity to attend local meetups organized by their captain and compete amongst each other in a fun, casual manner. Nest members have the opportunity to take their play further by competing in the Roost Regional & Championship Event series organized by the team at No Laying Up.
Nest Members playing in their local Roost meetups will qualify based on their captains criteria to move forward in the tournament series. Four Nest members from each Roost will move on to play against other clubs in their region (aka regionals) and the winning club will then move on to play in the season ending, Roost Club Championship. Remember, only Nest members can move past local play.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Step one -Find A club
A club is open to both Nest and non-Nest members. However, you must be a Nest member to compete beyond the local level. Use the available map to find the Roost nearest you.
Step two - Join/Participate
After you join, participate in the meetups organized by your club captain.
Step three - Qualify for Regionals
Your Roost will have it's own qualifying event(s) for the regional tournament. Each Roost will send four Nest members to play against the other Roosts in your region.
Step four - Attend Regional
Each Roost will send four Nest member qualifiers to the regional tournament held at a location within your region.
Step five - Qualify for the Roost Club Championship
One Roost out of each region will qualify for the Roost Club Championship. The four of you will travel together as a team to compete against the other winning Roosts from each region.
Step six - Win the Roost club Championship
One Roost will come out as the 2023 Roost Club Champion winners and will enjoy a years worth of bragging rights!
Each Roost may have it's own set of requirements, however, No Laying Up requires:
+21 years of age
In the event you are competing or qualifying for the NIT or Roost Club Championship.
For any event in which alcohol is served.
For any event beyond the local level (i.e. Regionals, Roost Club Championship).
Check with the captain of your selected Roost for any other specific requirements.
More On Roosts
Starting a Roost
New Roost applications are closed for 2023. Check back in the fall for a list of regions we are allowing new Roosts to be born and the application to do so.
Clubs will host a transparent event(s) and communicate how representatives will be determined for each regional (Ex: season long match play, tournament series, one day event, etc.). The captain has full control on how he/she organizes at a local level. Each captain is responsible for play in/selection of their four representatives from the club to compete in the regional tournament.
Qualifiers for regionals and beyond must be NEST members but again, club members are not required to be in the NEST. Participants must be able and ready to travel to the Club Championship event. Alternates will be decided at the club level in a transparent manner by the captain.
Each Roost will hold a "major" type tournament during their season. What makes majors different from a local meetup is that signups are open to the public and wider Refuge audience and will include a qualifying spot into the Nest Invitational Tournament (NIT) hosted by NLU in November. The NIT is different from the Roost Club Championship in that it is an individual based competition where qualifiers from across the globe travel to compete in the season-ending event.
Regional tournament competitors must be NEST members and held by July of 2023 (to allow time for travel planning to championship). If there are multiple clubs within a region, the Captains of each club will collaborate and co-host a regional tournament to decide what club goes to the Championship. Then, once a regional champion is determined, that local club will decide what 4 members of the club will represent the club at the Roost Club Championship. If a regional event cannot be planned, NLU reserves the right to select a team to represent that region.
Roost Club Championship
This event will be modeled on the Little League World Series. In 2023, there will be 11 Regions across the US, Canada, and the UK/Continental Europe plus a No Laying Up team. Each Region may have numerous clubs (though we may limit the number in year 1 as we figure out our #process). Each region will host a regional tournament to decide the club that represents that region in the championship, and that club will send a team of 4 to the Championship. Regional representatives must be Nest Members to play in the Championship, but local clubs will not be exclusive to Nest members. Regions will be determined by NLU, geography, AND where Nest Members are located. The Championship will be held October of 2023 at Sweetens Cove!