HOW DO I GET A HANDICAP?

How do I get a handicap and maintain it?

To get a golf handicap that will then be recognised at any course, you need to submit score cards for 54 holes (3 lots of eighteen, or a mixture of nine/s and eighteen/s) signed by yourself and by the person recording the score (the marker, who must him or herself have a valid handicap) by placing them in the box immediately inside the door to the club shop.  You can also get these scores by playing in any of the singles medal or stableford competitions listed below.

Alternatively, you can submit a SUPPLEMENTARY SCORE. To do this, you need to sign on the sheet in the folder that is kept behind the desk in the clubhouse, BEFORE you play the round and then place the scorecard in the box (You cannot have a particularly good or bad round and then say ‘I think I’ll submit that for my handicap’).  You can do this over 9 or 18 holes.  You do need to indicate on the card which tees you have played off – for men, this is usually yellow. While we encourage players to submit supplementary scores to ensure thay maintain a handicap, there is some guidance from England Golf about them, as follows:

Although golf club committees and administrators may consider that in the course of a playing season they organise an adequate number of competitions to provide ample opportunity for Members to participate, investigation has confirmed that a substantial number of Members do not return sufficient scores in the period between Annual Reviews to maintain a handicap that reasonably reflects their current ability.

This may in part be due to:

  • Work or family commitments preventing participation in competitions;
  • Difficulty in obtaining an acceptable starting time on competition days in clubs with a large playing membership; or
  • A declining desire to play regular competitive golf.

Supplementary rounds are not therefore seen by England Golf as a way ofplayers working to reduce (or increase) their handicaps when they are able to play in regular club competitions. Clause 21 further stipulates that the maximum number of such rounds anyone can play in a year is ten, and that a player cannot submit two supplementary rounds in a week.

On any scorecard you hand in, you only have to show your gross score – your actual number of shots – at each hole.  The handicap secretary and Handicap Master (the national computer programme for golf handicaps) will do the rest.

To keep a handicap and thus to be able to play in competitions, you have to submit a minimum of three ‘qualifying’ scorecards in 12 months; if you don’t, your handicap will lapse and you will have to play another 54 holes, as above.

The Club Committee undertakes an annual review of handicaps, usually in December of each year.  With information from the computer about each player’s performance over the year, together with knowledge of how players have been performing in other situations, the Committee can make a judgement to raise or lower a handicap so that it is a proper reflection of a player’s ability.

GENERAL TERMS OF COMPETITION

It is the responsibility of members to know and follow these General Terms of Competition, as well as any Specific Terms of Competition that apply to the various competitions staged by the Club.

1. ELIGIBILTY

Age Limits

Mens and Ladies competitions have no age limitations.

Senior Mens competitions are open to all males members who are 55 years of age or older. A player must be 55 on or before the first day of competition,

Handicap Limits

For competitions played over multiple rounds, during which a player’s handicap may change, players shall use their revised handicaps unless otherwise specified in Specific Terms of the Competition.

Club handicaps i.e. 29 and over for men and 37 and over for ladies, are allowed in competition unless otherwise specified in Specific Terms of the Competition.

Membership and Handicap Status

Entry to competitions is limited to members of the Club (unless the Specific Terms of Competition specify it to be an Open competition) with a current handicap.

2. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND DATES

In order to enter a competition, members must enter their names on the appropriate Competition Sheet, which will be found on the main notice boards  (Men, Seniors, Ladies)

Entries will be accepted up to and including the Closing Date, which will be stipulated on the Competition Sheet.

Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Committee, but this will be dependent on the Course having starting times available or the withdrawal of players already included in the draw.

In Fourball competitions, played over multiple rounds, the substitution of players is not allowed once a pair has played their first round or match.

When players are required to arrange their own times e.g. for knockout competitions, it is the responsibility of the first named player/team on the Match Draw Sheet to arrange the match with their opponent/s.

When doing so, a minimum of 3 dates/times must be offered for negotiation and these shall include a mid-week date, a weekend date and the final play by date for that round. It is recommended that these dates and any negotiation thereof, be communicated by e-mail or other easily recorded messaging system.

Should an agreed match not take place, or should no agreement be reached to play by a set play by date, then both sides will be disqualified, unless it can be clearly determined that one side defaulted.

Entry fees must be paid prior to the commencement of any competition by either handing the fee to a nominated Committee Member or by placing the fee in a sealed envelope, showing the members name and competition entered, in the box provided. In the case of mid-week medals and stablefords, the entry fee must be paid to Club Staff in the shop.

3. FORMAT INCLUDING HANDICAP ALLOWANCE

Information on the following points is given in the Specific Terms of the Competition.

  • Dates of play or, if it is a Match Play event over an extended period of time, the final date by which each round must be completed.
  • Form of play i.e. Match Play, Stroke Play or Stroke Play going into Match Play.
  • Number of rounds
  • If there is a cut, when it will be made, if ties for the final position will be broken, and how many players will continue in later rounds
  • Which Teeing Areas will be used

4. TERMS FOR OTHER FORMS OF PLAY

Unless otherwise specified in the Specific Terms of Competition, other forms of Play including Stableford and Par/Bogey shall be played in accordance with Section 5A of the Committee Procedures contained in the official Guide To The Rules Of Golf.  Greensomes and Scrambles are covered by Sections 9B and 9C respectively.

5. WHEN SCORECARD HAS BEEN RETURNED

A scorecard is deemed to have been returned when it has either, been handed to the Committee Member running the Competition, or has been put into the box provided. 

Players are requested to enter their scores into the Computer System, where applicable, prior to returning their cards (sanctions may be applied to members who repeatedly fail to comply with this request).

6. HOW TIES WILL BE DECIDED

Match Play

If a match is tied after the 18thhole the match will be extended one hole at a time until there is a winner.

Stroke Play

Unless a play-off is stipulated in the Specific Terms of Competition, all ties will be decided by matching scorecards.

In Competitions played over multiple rounds, the winner will be based on the best score for the last round played.  If the tying players have the same score for the last round, or if the competition consisted of a single round, the winner will be determined based on the score for the last 9 holes, last 6 holes, last 3 holes, and finally the 18thhole.  If there is still a tie, the last 6 holes, 3 holes, and final hole of the first 9 holes will be considered in turn.

If this process does not result in a winner, the outcome will be decided by tossing a coin.

7. WHEN THE RESULT OF THE COMPETITION IS FINAL

Match Play

The result of a match is final when the result has been recorded on the Match Draw Sheet on the appropriate noticeboard (Mens, Seniors, Ladies noticeboards).

Stroke Play

The Competition is closed and the results are final once all results have been posted on the appropriate noticeboards (Mens, Seniors, Ladies noticeboards).

 

SPECIFIC TERMS OF COMPETITION

MENS COMPETITIONS

Monthly Medals and Stablefords

Played on the second Saturday of each month.

From April to September the competition is played as a medal off the white tees and from October to March as a Stableford off the yellow tees.

The competitions from November to February are non-qualifiers.

The field is divided into divisions by handicap and there must be a minimum of five players entered for the competition to take place.

Public Courses Monthly Medal (April)

By paying an additional entry fee on the day of the competition, entrants in the April Monthly Medal are entered into the Public Courses Medal.

The field is divided into divisions as set by the N.A.P.G.C..

Divisional winners qualify to play in the N.A.P.G.C. regional competition, with regional winners progressing to a national final played in September at St Andrews.

Gold Medal (May)

The Gold Medal competition is run concurrently with the May Monthly Medal.

By paying an additional entry fee before commencement of play, the winner of the competition qualifies to play in the County Medal Final at a prestigious course in the County.

Monthly mid-week Medals and Stablefords

Played on the Wednesday following the Monthly Medals / Stablefords.

From April to September the competition is played as a medal off the white tees and from October to March as a Stableford off the yellow tees.

The competitions from November to February are non-qualifiers.

There must be a minimum of five players entered for the competition to take place.

The competition can be played at any time on the day with a minimum of two players playing together.

Shoot Out

Played on a Saturday early in October.

All male members who have won an overall Monthly Medal and/or the Club or Seniors Championship during the year qualify for the Shoot-Out.

The Competition is a medal played off the white tees.

The winner is the player with the lowest net score.

Monthly Medal Best Net Score

This trophy is awarded to the player achieving the best net score out of all the Monthly Medal competitions held over the year.

No specific entry is required – all winning scores in Monthly Medals will be taken into account.

Memorial Day

A Fourball Stableford competition played over 18 holes off the yellow tees (mats) on a Saturday in mid –March.

Spring Foursomes

A Foursomes Stableford competition, played over 18 holes, off the white tees (if available) and yellow tees (mats) if not.

Founders Trophy and Plate

An Individual, knock-out, Match-Play competition, played over 18 holes (which will be extended if necessary to decide a winner), played off the white tees.

The maximum handicap allowed is 28.

Losers in the first round are automatically entered into the plate competition.

The first round is played on the first Saturday in May. The draw for the first round will be a random draw done in accordance with the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf, Committee Procedures Part lll Section 5F.

Subsequent rounds are played by mutual arrangement on or before laid down “play by” dates, and cannot be played in conjunction with another competition.

Summer Pairs

A Greensomes, knockout Match-Play competition, played over 18 holes (extended to decide a winner).

The competition is open to all men, senior and lady members entered as a pair.

Handicaps are calculated as 0.6 of the lower player’s handicap plus 0.4 of the higher player’s.

Men play off the white tees and ladies play off the red tees.

A random draw (see above) is made for the first round. This and subsequent rounds are played by mutual arrangement on or before laid down “play by” dates.

Longest Day

Played on the Saturday nearest to the longest day of the year.

This is a Texas Scramble played by teams of three players.

The team handicap is calculated as 0.1 of the combined handicaps of the three players.

A minimum of four tee shots of each team member must be used during the round.

Nimar Trophy

Played on a Saturday at the end of June.

This is an Individual Stableford competition played over 18 holes off the white tees.

The maximum handicap allowed is 28.

Jim Brady Cup

Played on a Saturday at the end of July.

This competition is open to men and ladies.

It is an 18 hole Aggregate Pairs, Stableford competition, with men playing off the white tees and ladies off the red tees.

Presidents Day

Played on the first Saturday of August

This competition is open to men and ladies.

It is an 18 hole Individual Stableford competition with men playing off the white tees and ladies off the red tees.

Captains Day

Played on a date chosen by the Captain, usually in August.

The Captain will choose the format and conditions of the competition.

Club Championship

Played on two successive Saturdays in mid-summer.

This is a 36 hole Individual Stroke-Play competition played over two rounds of 18 holes. The winner is the player who achieves the lowest total gross score over the 36 holes.

The field is separated into three divisions by handicap with a further division limited to Seniors only. There will also be a prize for the Senior (who may not also be the overall winner) with the lowest 36 hole gross score. In addition there will be prizes for the net winners of the various divisions.

In the event of a tie (for the overall first place only) there will be a playoff to decide the winner.

The playoff will take place as soon as possible after completion of the second round.

The playoff will be Individual Strokeplay over hole numbers 10, 17 and 18. If, after completion of the three holes, there is still a tie, a sudden death playoff will commence with the 18th hole being played repeatedly until a winner emerges.

Winter League

This is a Stroke-Play going into Match-Play competition.

The Stroke-Play element consists of five 18 hole rounds of Fourball Stableford, played over five week-ends from October to December. The eight pairs with the highest total score from the best three of their five rounds, progress to the Match-Play competition.

In the event of a tie or ties for places in the Match-Play draw, these will be broken as per Part 6 of the General Terms of Competition.

A seeded draw, in accordance with the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf Part lll Section 5F, will be made for the Match-Play element. These matches will be played on the laid down “play on” dates during February and March.

All rounds in the Stroke-Play element and all matches in the Match-Play element are played off the yellow tees.

Once the competition has commenced, no substitution of players is permitted.

Clarke Bowl

This trophy is awarded to the player who achieves the highest percentage reduction in handicap during the year. There is no entry fee.

SENIORS COMPETITIONS
Winter League Between September and March This is a pairs competition. Each pair is drawn.  The format is four ball better ball stableford scores over several (usually five) rounds, with the best three scores being added together to determine the four best teams.  Those teams then play a semi-final and final in four ball better ball matchplay format. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee IN ADVANCE of playing your first match.
Captain’s Day On a date chosen by the captain, usually in August The captain will choose the format for the competition, which is usually a little unusual. The captain will choose the entry fee, which sometimes includes the cost of refreshments and/or a contribution to the captain’s charity
Club Championship Seniors Winner See Club Championship under Men’s Competitions above Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition
Seniors Championship On two consecutive Wednesdays in early September An individual strokeplay competition played off the white tees.  The overall winner is the player with the lowest gross score over 36 holes, but there are also prizes for the best handicap scores by higher and lower handicap players. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition
Veterans Championship On the first Wednesday in October An individual strokeplay competition played off the yellow tees.  The overall winner is the player with the lowest net score over 18 holes. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition
Seniors Knock-out Trophy and Plate Over the summer, usually starting in May and ending in September An individual match-play knock-out competition over 18 holes with full handicap allowance. The losers in the first round are automatically entered into the plate competition. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 entry fee IN ADVANCE of the closing date when the draw is made.

LADIES COMPETITIONS

All Ladies’ Competition are played off red tees.

What? When? Who? How? 2017 winner/s
Monthly medals The second Saturday of each month. From April to October the competition is played as a medal, and from November to March as a stableford. All ladies, paying a £3 entry fee to the starter on the day of the competition.  If you don’t hold a qualifying handicap, you can’t win a medal, but your result will count towards your handicap. By signing up on the sheets displayed on the Boards in the changing room. 
Mid-week monthly stablefords The first Tuesday of each month, at any time during the day All ladies, by payment of £1 in an envelope with your name on placed in the box in the Ladies’ changing room. Just turn up and find someone else to play with
Monthly medal (public courses) As explained in the Men’s competition section
Memorial Trophy As explained in the Men’s competition section
Winter League Between October and March. An individual stableford competition played over a maximum of six rounds, with the best four rounds to count By paying the £3 entry fee (for all six rounds) in advance of your first round.
Longest Day As explained in the Men’s competition section  
Jim Brady As explained in the Men’s competition section
President’s Day As explained in the Men’s competition section
Lady Captain’s Day On a date chosen by the captain, usually in July The captain will choose the format for the competition, which normally involves both men and women The captain will choose the entry fee, which sometimes includes a contribution to the captain’s charity
Shootout A Saturday at the end of September All ladies who have won a medal competition – winners will be notified of their eligibility to play in the shoot-out
Ladies Championship The first weekend in September, with 18 holes on each of the Saturday and Sunday An individual strokeplay competition. The overall winner is the player with the lowest gross score over 36 holes, but there are also prizes for the best net scores. Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 entry fee.
Ladies Matchplay championship Over the summer, usually starting in May and ending in September. An individual match-play knock-out competition over 18 holes with full handicap allowance. First round losers are automatically entered for the plate competition Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 entry fee.

Sioux Hatcher A Saturday early in October A mixed competition of teams of one lady and two men with the best two Stableford scores to count Entry is by signing up on the entry list and paying £3 per player entry fee on the day of the competition
Nine-hole Qualifier winner A stableford competition played over six rounds regularly over the summer All ladies, on payment of a one-off entry fee of £2 for as many of the qualifiers as you want to play in. You can enter on the day and play at any time on the day as long as there are at least two of you. There is a trophy for the person with the best three overall scores in the year in this competition.

 

 

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT FORMATS THAT GOLF COMPETITIONS ARE PLAYED IN?

 

There are two main types of golf competitions, Match Play and Stroke Play:

Match Play

In match play, two players (or two teams) play every hole as a separate contest against each other. The party with the lowest nett score wins that hole, or if the scores of both players or teams are equal the hole is “halved” (drawn). The game is won by that party that wins more holes than the other.

Our Club Knock-out competitions are match play events. You do not need a scorecard for match play, but using one helps to keep track of the state of play as well as making sure players know where they get shots.

In Single match play, the lower handicap player gets no shots, and the higher handicap player subtracts the lower player’s handicap from his to determine how many shots he gets. The competition rules may set a maximum handicap limit and may set a handicap allowance e.g. 90%, in which case the handicap difference is multiplied by the allowance. i.e. player A is 10 handicap, player B is 24 handicap, difference is 14, 90% of difference is 12.6 which is rounded up to 13.

In Pairs match play, the lowest handicap player gets no shots, and the other 3 get the difference between the lowest figure and their handicap subject to the conditions above.Pairs match play can also be played as a foursome or greensome, an explanation of these is given under pairs stroke play.

Stroke Play

The majority of club competitions are stroke play competitions. In them you are playing against the course and all the competitors or teams on the day who have entered the competition.There are two main types of Stroke Play, Medal and Stableford, which can both be played as individuals, pairs or teams.

Medal Play: The marker will mark your gross scores down column A of the scorecard and can keep a check on his own scores using the Marker’s column. At the end of the round you must check that the gross scores are correct on your card, sign it and ensure your marker does.  The card should then be placed in the box provided. The lowest gross scores on the day win the prizes, these are usually organised into three divisions by handicap.

Stableford: In competitions the prizes are determined on a points basis. Two points are awarded for a nett par on a hole, 1 for a nett bogey (1 over par), 3 for a nett birdie (1 under par), 4 for a nett 3 under par etc. The marker, as before, enters the gross score in column A. He should then enter the nett score for that hole in the Nett Score column, and the stableford points in the last column. The card should then be signed as above. The highest points scores win the prizes.

A third type of individual stroke play is a bogey (or par) competition. Your gross and nett scores are recorded as for a stableford competition, but instead of points you simply get a plus for a nett score better than par, a minus for a nett score worse than par and a zero for a nett par. These are recorded in the last column and totalled at the bottom.

Pairs Stroke Play

If the competition to be played is a pairs competition, one partner’s name is entered on the card as player A and one as player B. Usually you go out as a fourball, i.e. 2 teams of two, with one card per team. You exchange cards and mark the other pair’s card.

These are the main types of pairs stroke play:

1) Betterball: (Rules 30 and 31). In a betterball competition both partners play their own ball at each hole. The better net score of the partners count on each hole. The gross score is entered either in column A or column B, according to who had the better score, and his net score entered under “Net Score”. If the competition is a stableford then the points are entered in the final column.

2) Foursome: (Rule 29). In a foursome competition each pair has only one ball and players alternate playing it. If player A tees off at the first hole, player B will play the second shot, A the third and so on until the hole is finished. On the second hole, B will tee off (regardless who played the last putt on the first hole), then A does the second shot and so on. Thus one partner always tees off on the odd holes and the other on the even holes. Adding their handicaps together and using the handicap reduction in the competition rules determine the number of strokes the pair receives. The competition may be medal play or stableford. (Match play can also be played as a foursome). Gross, net and points are recorded as before. The gross may be entered entirely in column A, or use A and B to show whose drive was used.

3) Greensome: A greensome is a type of foursome in which each partner hits a tee shot and the pair then chooses which drive to use, and his partner then plays the second shot using this drive. They then alternate as before. This is repeated at each hole.

4)  Aggregate medal or aggregate stableford competition. Here, both players play as if they are in a singles competition, except the marker will score both players on the same card, one in column A and one in column B, and, in a stableford competition, the combined points in the last column. At the end, either the stableford points are added up or, in the case of a medal, the two nett scores added together.

Team Competitions

There are two main types of team competitions:

1) 2 from 4: In a two from four competition, four players play together as a team. The players names are entered on the card as players A, B, C & D and their gross scores entered in the respective columns. The final two columns are for the team nett score and points on each hole. All four players play each hole individually, but only the 2 best nett scores count. At the end of the competition, 2 players from the team sign the card.

2) Texas Scramble: In A Texas Scramble each player in a team tees off on each hole and the players decide which shot was best. Every player then plays his second shot from that spot and the procedure is repeated until the hole is finished. The competition rules will stipulate the handicap allowance of the team, which is usually a percentage of the sum of the handicaps of the team. The rules usually also require that each team members drives are used on a minimum number of holes. In this case, the team score is entered in the column of the player whose drive is used.

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