WHS is introducing a number of new terms to describe the way the handicap system will work. Whilst many are closely related to those used currently the differences in the way they are calculated can be significant.
Behind this is a major change in the way that a players handicap is calculated. In future it will be by averaging a number of scores rather than an incremental system. Both are expressed to 1 decimal point.
At present a Playing Handicap is simply the rounded value of an Exact Handicap and is the same whichever Course or tee is played. The new Course Handicap varies according to the tee and Course played and is determined from a look-up table of Course Handicap vs. Handicap Index to be displayed at the Clubhouse/Locker Room. A Playing Handicap can then be calculated from the Course Handicap and this depends on the golf format being played.
Both terms represent the expected performance of a Scratch Golfer but the Course Index is expressed to 1 decimal point.
Currently a CSS is calculated when Qualifying Competitions are played, based on the weighted scores of players in the Competition, as an adjusted SSS to account for easy or more usually difficult playing conditions e.g. wind, rain. This adjustment is specific to the Competition it relates to.
In future ALL scores posted in any one day, subject to certain handicap constraints on players submitting a score, whether in a Competition or in Pre-registered (i.e. casual) play will be used to assess the Playing Conditions on the day. The PCC will be used in calculating the new Handicap Index for all scores submitted on that day.
Whilst our tees are still colour coded White/Yellow/Red it is recommended that tees are referred to as Back, Middle and Forward (Front) tees rather than Mens and Ladies. Many of our Competitions in future will be able to offer a choice of tee for Men, including Red, to suit their playing ability. The use of separate Course and Slope ratings for each tee will provide an equitable Competition.
This is a measure of the difficulty of a course - Under CONGU courses were not rated for Slope.