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A Guide to Handicaps

To obtain a handicap a member is required to submit three cards (of 18 holes) each of which shall be signed by the player and marker (who has a recognised handicap).

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1. Obtaining a Handicap


To obtain a handicap a member is required to submit three cards (of 18 holes) each of which shall be signed by the player and marker (who has a recognised handicap).
Any score more than two over par at any hole shall be amended to 2 over par. The maximum reduction under this clause shall be 6 strokes.
After these reductions have been made an Exact Handicap shall be allotted equivalent to the number of strokes by which the best of the submitted rounds differs from the SSS of the course.

Members shall have their handicap controlled and adjusted by the Handicap Committee in accordance with the stipulations contained in the current CONGU Standard Scratch Score and Handicapping Scheme 1983.

A players Exact Handicap is his handicap calculated to one decimal place, a players Playing Handicap is his Exact Handicap calculated to the nearest whole number (0.5 is rounded upwards).

2. Handicap Categories


Handicaps are divided into the following categories:

Category 1: Handicaps 5 or less. (Buffer Zone 0 to +1).
Category 2: Handicaps of 6 to 12. (Buffer Zone 0 to +2).
Category 3: Handicaps of 13 to 20. (Buffer Zone 0 to +3).
Category 4: Handicaps of 21 to 28. (Buffer Zone 0 to +4).
Category 5: Handicaps of 29 to 36. (Buffer Zone 0 to +5 Ladies Only).

The Buffer Zone is the margin within which an exact handicap remains unchanged.

3. Alteration of Handicaps


Consideration is given to alteration of handicap following submission of a card completed during any qualifying competition.

If a player after the application of Clause 19.8 returns a score with a nett differential:

Within the Buffer Zone the handicap is not changed.
Above the Buffer Zone or records a no return the exact handicap is increased by 0.1.
Of less than zero the Exact Handicap is reduced by an amount per stroke being determined by the Handicap Category as follows:
Category 1 = 0.1, Category 2 = 0.2, Category 3 = 0.3, Category 4 = 0.4, Category 5 = 0.5.

4. Definitions


Standard Scratch Score (SSS) is the score allotted to an 18 hole golf course and is the score that a scratch player is expected to return in ideal conditions over a measured course.

Competition Scratch Score CSS is the adjustment that may be necessary to the SSS to take account of weather and course conditions and must be calculated for all Qualifying Competitions.

Qualifying Competition is any competition in which Medal Play Conditions prevail and a CSS is calculated. A Qualifying Score is any score including a no return returned in a Qualifying Competition.

Nett Differential is the difference (+ or -) between the nett score returned in a Qualifying Competition and the CSS after the application of Clause 19.8.

Clause 19.8 Where all holes are completed the players Nett Differential is reduced by the number of strokes taken on any hole in excess of nett double bogey.

Any holes with no score recorded a score of nett double bogey is entered.

Jason Foreman

Handicap & Competition Secretary


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