- Worldwide Handicap System
- The World Handicap System came into force on November 2nd, 2020. Golfers around the world can calculate their handicaps using a new system developed by the USGA and The R&A, with key features designed to provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability.
- The new system has 3 main objectives: to encourage as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a handicap; to enable golfers of differing abilities/genders/nationalities to transport their handicap to any course globally and compete on a fair basis; and to show with some accuracy the score a golfer is reasonably capable of achieving on any course in the world, playing under NORMAL conditions. Among some of the features of the new system are: a consistent handicap that is portable from course to course/country to country by using the USGA Course and Slope rating system which is already in use in over 80 countries; a calculation that considers the impact of abnormal course and weather conditions on a player's performance; daily handicap revisions taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation; a limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only); an average based calculation of a handicap taken from the best 8 out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control; a maximum handicap limit of 54, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance and hopefully increase their enjoyment of the game.
- Some aspects of the system are already in place eg. Slope rating system (check existing cards when playing - Seafield Men (white tees) rating 111, yellow tees 106; Belleisle Men (white tees) rating 122, yellow tees 119; a golf course of standard playing difficulty has a slope rating of 113, and slope ratings range from a minimum of 55 (very easy) to a maximum of 155 (extremely difficult). In future this may mean a golfers handicap may change (up or down) depending on which course is being played. These figures shall be incorporated into the handicap calculation software used by the Chase Golf Club. It should also be pointed out that the existing software supplier will not be responsible for calculating the new system as this will be controlled by Scottish Golf via the CDH system currently in place. The Chase Golf Club Committee shall endeavour to keep all members informed as this matter progresses and anyone who wishes to discover more for themselves should log onto scottishgolf.org and then click on the box halfway down the page which covers Handicapping. You can then read all the relevant information there.
- Notice to all Members
- Slow Play
- Temporary Greens
- New procedure for returning scorecards
- Mentoring Groups
- Supplementary Scores
It is a requirement of South Ayrshire Council that all players arrive at the golf course at least 10 minutes before their tee off time.
If you are moved from your game into another game and have been contacted by a Committee member to inform you of this, it will be your responsibility to contact your playing partners to inform them you will be playing with them.
The Committee member will inform the player who his partners are when contact is made regarding the tee time. If a player fails to contact his partners and is left without a game, he (the player) will be held responsible for his own inaction.
Following recent verbal complaints to several members of the Committee regarding slow play, all members are reminded that your place on the course is just behind the game in front and that if you lose one or more holes you must let the game(s) following you through your group. This is good etiquette and should be encouraged to maintain a good pace of play.
All players should note that slow play will be monitored closely this season. Where deemed necessary, penalties will be applied to the guilty parties.
As in recent seasons, any competition that starts on temporary greens but finishes on full greens will be deemed as complete. We do not have enough room in our calendar to replay all such competitions.
The Chase Golf Club requires all scorecards to be returned electronically via MasterScoreboard. All members were sent a link from Alan Smeeton with instructions on how this should be done. Please ensure this procedure is implemented immediately and if you require a new password or encounter difficulties with this task please contact the Secretary or Handicap Secretary and we shall help as much as possible. Paper Scorecards will no longer be accepted via the locked box in the Chase Inn and do not forget to comply with all our Competition Rules to avoid disqualifications.
All members are reminded that all scores should be returned by 10pm on the day of play. ie: Play SATURDAY cards to be returned by 10pm SATURDAY, Play SUNDAY cards to be returned by 10pm SUNDAY, Play WEDNESDAY cards to be returned by 10pm WEDNESDAY, Play FRIDAY cards to be returned by 10pm FRIDAY.
The membership voted to introduce Mentoring groups to help with information and communication flow between the Committee and the members.
DETAILS OF MENTORING GROUPS TO FOLLOW
Under WHS competition rules a player may return a score shot over his Home Course for handicapping purposes. The round must be played under medal conditions and over a measured course. The handicapping secretary must be notified before the round takes place and the card signed by a club member. Adjustments to handicap will be made according to the Standard Scratch Score.
This is aimed at players who have difficulty in competing in sufficient competitions to hold their handicap and is normally limited to players who have played 6 or fewer qualifying scores in the preceding period between annual reviews.
Chase members who are also members of another Club are entitled to submit supplementary scores when playing in the events of the other Club but must inform the Handicap Secretary of their intention to do so before playing. Failure to submit the score will result in an automatic 0.1 increase in handicap. The away club are also responsible for informing the Chase Golf Club of the scorecard submitted and of course any handicap adjustments made via the Central Database of Handicaps (CDH).