The World Handicap System (WHS) has been developed to achieve uniformity and equity in handicapping for amateur golf through the World. . In Scotland, a WHS Handicap Index is issued by ScottishGolf via affiliated clubs in full compliance with the WHS Rules of Handicapping. The WHS is complicated and can only really be used effectively by using a computer based method. HGC use the CLUBV1 which contains all the necessary algorithm, rules etc, so all we need to do is to ensure that all Qualifying score cards returned by HGC members at Home or Away courses are entered into the system.
Most members will be aware of the basic tenets of the WHS, so it is not intended to explain the intricacies only to cover the basics of getting an‘Active Handicap’, keeping it or preventing it becoming an ‘Inactive Handicap’ and what is needed to Regain it as ‘Active’.
Getting a Handicap
To obtain a handicap, a Member must submit 54 holes over 18 holes or 9 holes measured courses (or a combination of both to return a Total of 54 holes.) on a measured course (white, yellow tees or red tees for both Men and Women), each of which must be marked and signed by a fellow Member preferable with a handicap index – if that is not possible then the card should be marked by a person acceptable to the handicap committee.
Members may play in official HGC medals and other competitions, marking their entry in the Competition Book as “for H/cap”, and returning their signed score cards iinto the box provided in the Locker room entrance, or entered through the appropriate app. The tees played from must be clearly marked on the card, and the card marked and signed by a fellow member and by the player. Once 54 holes have been entered onto the ScottishGolf server, the system will issue a handicap index, which the player will be notified of. The handicap committee are at liberty to alter this initial HI allocation if appropriate
Handicap Index Maintenance
It is no longer a requirement to submit 54 holes worth of scorecard to maintain the competition status of the handicap index.
The only way a player can lose the handicap index is;-
- if they leave a Golf Club and do not join another one.
- or, if a player has deliberately and/or repeatedly failed to comply with a players responsibilities under the Rules of Handicapping
General Play Scores (replacement for Supplementary Scores)
A Member may return Supplementary Scores for handicapping purposes in
compliance with the following Conditions and applies to all members with a CDH ID.
1) A Player intending to return a Supplementary Score MUST signify his intention Prior to commencement of play by notifying The Club Professional who will record the notification, or by notification through the appropriate app. The completed scorecard should be presented to The Club Professional for Verification prior to being returned to the box marked for ‘handicap’ in the llocker room entrance lobby.
2) General Plays scores can be returned from any course in the World than has an certified course rating and slop rating..
3) An acceptable score is an Authenticated score signed by Player and Competent marker over a measured course of 18 or 9 holes under Competition Play Conditions. Course played must be clearly identified (White, Yellow or Red tees for both Men and Women)
Annual Review of Handicaps
FULL DETAILS OF THE WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM CAN BE FOUND ON SCOTTISHGOLF’s WEBSITE OR IN THE WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM PAGE OF THIS WEBSITE
Your Match and Handicap Team