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Initial Handicap Index Calculations – FAQ’s

Scottish Golf worked in partnership with one of our affiliated clubs to do a live test of WHS and the feedback so far has been extremely positive.

Through this test, we were also able to gauge member feedback from the golf club. We have tried to outline below some of the questions that were most commonly asked to help you answer any questions your members might have over the next couple of weeks. 

FAQ's - Initial Handicap Index Calculations

Only the data that was uploaded to the CDH database before the 26th October 2020 has been used for the initial handicap calculation. If you have a record on your club software but not on your CDH record, then this has not been used and cannot be added. We have tried to use as many scores as possible, but in some cases the data uploaded to the CDH was not usable and had to be omitted from the calculation. Once you start submitting scores, you will notice that your handicap aligns quickly to your demonstrated ability.

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Yes, if you have a current handicap on your record whether active or inactive you will receive a WHS index, it will match what you currently have on your record.

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No, the Handicap index has taken your scores and calculated them into a score differentials which is reflective of your demonstrated ability, the best 8 of these from your last 20 have then been used to calculate you Handicap Index. While it may look different, you need to remember that a Course Handicap will be calculated before playing from any set of tees. Trust the system and start submitting scores, this will then allow you to see how your Handicap Index changes with these scores and will align to your demonstrated ability.

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Only golfers who have a current CDH record have been awarded a WHS index, we can set you up with a CDH number and get a handicap index awarded after submitting scores from 54 holes. The golf club may not have correctly set up a CDH number after issuing a handicap.

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We have had to use a default set of tees for each course (White for male & Red for female. If white or red was not an available colour we used the main set played from a course for each gender) This was to provide a consistent approach to the calculation and actually removed many anomalies that we found during testing. Once scores are submitted from 2nd November onwards, the accurate rating will be used for each set of tees.

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No, your adjusted gross scores have been converted into a scoring differential to calculate your handicap index. You still need to apply the course handicap calculation to get your Course Handicap.

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This is to provide equity for a competition, allowing all golfers to compete on a fair and equal basis.

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No, if you start submitting scores you handicap index will move quicker to reflect your demonstrated ability.

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No, all clubs have made the transition to WHS. The CONGU system is no longer in place and can no longer be used.

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