The World Handicap System (WHS) replaced the Congu Unified Handicap System in Nov 2020. It includes the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System. Its purpose is to enhance the enjoyment of the game of golf and to give as many golfers as possible the opportunity to: 
Obtain and maintain a Handicap Index (HI)
Use their Handicap Index on any golf course around the world.
Compete, or play a casual round, with anyone else on a fair and equal basis.

Players' Responsibilities: In order to obtain a Handicap Index that can be administered in accordance with the Rules of Handicapping, a player must be:
A member of a golf club that is affiliated with an Authorized Association i.e. Wales Golf
A player must designate one golf club as their home club to be responsible for maintaining their Handicap Index.
A player is expected to:
Act with integrity by following the Rules of Handicapping and to refrain from using, or circumventing, the Rules of Handicapping for the purpose of gaining an unfair advantage.
Attempt to make the best score possible at each hole.

Submit acceptable scores for handicap purposes as soon as possible after the round is completed and before midnight local time.
Submit acceptable scores to provide reasonable evidence of their demonstrated ability.
Play by the Rules of Golf.
Certify the scores of fellow players.

How to get a Handicap Index  If you are joining us directly from another club and have a handicap index then you will also have a CDH No. and a Handicap Record.  You should ask the club you are leaving for a copy of your Handicap Record. Once we have your CDH No. and Handicap Record we can then record the details and you will be eligible to play in competitions. 

If you do not have a Handicap Index or it has lapsed you will need to submit three 18 hole cards for this course, signed by a member.  You will then be allocated a Handicap Index which will be put on the board in the locker room.  It will also appear on the website. To ensure you play off the correct Handicap Index and have an up-to-date copy of your playing record you should register with My Wales Golf or the Wales Golf app.

Casual Scores Your handicap index is calculated from your last 20 rounds to accurately reflect your playing ability. The submission of Casual Scores is designed to help achieve this.

You can submit scores from casual golf rounds for handicapping purposes but you must register that you are going to do so before going out to play. This can be done by using MSi (Manual Score Input)  by signing in on the Today's Golf page of HowDidiDo, using the touchscreens in the clubhouse or informing the Professional or Handicap Secretary. Enter your score after your round.

Casual Scores are only acceptable for handicapping purposes if there are no more than two temporary greens in play over 18 holes or one over 9 holes.

All cards must be returned and signed by both player and marker.

If anyone would like assistance using MSi then please contact the Match and Handicap Secretary.

Course & Slope Tables These tables are available in the locker rooms, outside the Professional’s shop, on the first tee and as a link at the bottom of this webpage.

Always check your Handicap Index on the day of a competition before you go out to play. Once you have a Handicap Index you can play with the Course Handicap which corresponds with the Handicap Index for whichever tees you are playing off. Depending on the format you are playing then an allowance may be applied to your Course Handicap to give you a Playing Handicap. 

 The important thing to remember is that you should always mark your card off your Course Handicap which is used to calculate any handicap adjustment that may be made. Your Playing Handicap is used to determine the outcome of the competition.

Wales Golf You can see more information about WHS on the Wales Golf website. When registered you can log in to see your Handicap Index.


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