World Handicap System (WHS) Snippets
WORLD HANDICAP INDEX
A player’s handicap index is based on the average of the best 8 from 20 rounds played. If you have less than 20 the following tables apply.
GENERAL PLAY SCORE
The closer to 20 scores a player has will give a better reflection of their playing ability and provide parity with fellow players.
General play scores are a simple way to build up your record. If a player registers before play, has a marker attest and sign that the score is correct and play on a measured course they can submit a GP score on any day from any course in Scotland.
A players WHS HANDICAP INDEX is used to calculate a COURSE HANDICAP. This handicap is used to update all player’s handicap index. It is also the handicap that must be recorded on the players scorecard to avoid being disqualified.
For competitions, course handicaps are converted to a PLAYING HANDICAP by multiplying by a handicap allowance. Starting 2021 all Golf Clubs must use the handicap allowances set by CONGU as they are Mandatory for all competitions.
2021 Competitions Snippets
When a player enters another member to a competition tee time, the other member MUST accept the invite and pay any entry fee. The system won’t pay-out Sweep and Twos to anyone who hasn’t paid the entry fees. The invite appears both on the APP and sent as an email.
All players must check-in prior to their tee-time as it downloads their most up to date handicap index. If the pro-shop is open, they can assist with checking in.
NON-RETURN / PENALTY SCORES
Last year a non-return would result in a 0.1 handicap increase in a Strokeplay format. This year under WHS rules, a non-return in Strokeplay is a non-counter for the competition and has several options for handicap adjustment. If a Player hasn’t completed 10 holes, they get a PENALTY SCORE which could significantly change their handicap (up or down). Once a player is over 10 holes, they get Nett Bogey on one hole followed by Nett Par on the remainder.
With some members unable to travel to play Golf or only able to play in 2 Ball formats, the knockout competitions are not being run in 2021. This will continue to be reviewed by M&H and should any changes be made it will be announced to all members.
Some Key Points:
- Red stakes are no longer immovable instructions. However, if you can’t move them, and are not in the penalty area, free relief is allowed under the rules of golf.
- For MIDWEEK competitions, players MUST book a casual tee time AND SEPARATELY enter the competition. The competition times will start at 00:00 and increment in 1s (00:01, 00:02, 00:03 etc).
When selecting “My Tee Time” for the competition, ensure all the playing partners are entered at the same time to allow scoring.
For WEEKEND competitions, entering a competition will reserve the same time in the casual tee sheet. Players only enter once.
- MARKERS must sign for the PLAYERS scores either on the APP or Score entry Terminal. A player who repeatedly fails to comply with this request will, at the discretion of the M&H Committee, be excluded from future competitions. While the Clubhouse is closed, the Pro-shop can assist with score-entry or as a last resort send a digital image of a paper scorecard to a member of M&H committee.
General Play Snippets
BOOKING A TEE-TIME
The tee-sheet is a rolling 7 days with new days added at midnight. The member that makes the booking OWNS the booking and is the only person that can modify it.
- Select Add Member to invite a playing partner to the tee-time. The playing partner will get an email and APP message informing them they have been invited to play.
- Select Guest tick box to add a guest and pay the guest fee from account
- For a paying Visitor contact the pro-shop who will add the visitor and appropriate rate to the booking.
It is a part of Covid 19 Track and Trace requirements that all players check-in prior to teeing off. Check-in is only available up to the players tee time. After this time the only option is to email the Club or Proshop. It is only the person that made the booking that can check in.
SUPPORT FROM CLUB PROFESSIONAL (DEREK)
Derek manages the tee-sheet so always worth a call to get added to or allocated a tee time.