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Handicaps and other playing matters

The WHS handicap system has replaced the old CONGU system.

Handicap Index - The Index will operate and be valid throughout the year. There is now no separate winter handicap system.

Qualifying Scores - Whilst winter course conditions result in a number of temporary greens being in play, all competitions will be treated as non-qualifying for handicap purposes. Consequently no scores will be submitted to your WHS record until course conditions improve in the spring.

General Play Rounds - During the winter this option is switched off whilst the course is non-qualifying. We will notify you when this is reinstated. All members are encouraged to submit General Play Round scores when no competitions are being played.

Colour of Tees - All Teeing Areas will be marked as White, Yellow or Red, irrespective of whether they are grass tees or winter mats.

Course Handicap - Conversion tables are available at all golf courses to show your Course Handicap calculated from your latest Handicap Index and the colour of tees you are going to play from. The resulting value (always a whole number) shows the number of shots you are allowed on the day. This is likely to vary if you play from different coloured tees and at different courses. It makes allowance for the degree of difficulty associated with different tees and courses. Course Handicap is to be used for all social play and not your Handicap Index.

Playing Handicap - There are now published Mandatory Handicap Allowances for all competition play and your Playing Handicap is a percentage reduction to your Course Handicap, depending on the format of play. The Playing Handicap will always be rounded to the nearest whole number (.5 rounds up as before). A full list of the handicap allowances is on display but competitions will always be set up incorporating them. For example Individual Strokeplay (medal and stableford) is 95% whereas Individual Matchplay is 100%. Fourball Strokeplay is 85% and Fourball Matchplay is 90% of the difference from the lowest handicap player.

Slope and Course Rating - All golf courses now have a Slope Rating and a Course Rating for each colour of tees. The difference between your gross score and the appropriate Course Rating is what is added to your WHS handicap record. A daily Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC) adjustment that reflects playing conditions on the day may be also applied.