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Has Your Handicap Changed?

The World Handicapping System, which came int effect from the 30th of January, has led to small changes to players' GA handicaps. Members' GA handicaps will have gone up as the 0.93 multiplier has been moved from the GA handicap calculation to the Daily Handicap calculation. So, they may be higher on their GA but the daily handicap will be about the same.

Daily Handicap = (GA Handicap x (Slope Rating ÷ 113) + (Scratch Rating minus Par)) x 0.93 Example:

A player with a GA handicap of 17.2 plays off the white tees at Devonport Country Club

So, daily handicap would be [17.2 x (111 ÷ 113) + (70 – 70)] x 0.93 = 15.71 Rounded = 16

Off the blue tees it would be [17.2 x (114 ÷ 113) + (71 – 70)] x 0.93 = 18.35 Rounded = 18


Never mind, the computer will do it all when you register for your round of golf.

Rules: What’s Your Decision?

Scenario: Ball rolls back on the slope as a player is addressing the ball. What to do?

  1. Replace the ball with no penalty

  2. Replace the ball with the general penalty (2 strokes)

  3. Play the ball from the new position with no penalty

  4. Play the ball from the new position with the general penalty (2 strokes)

Answer = 3: Rule 9.3 says if a ball is moved by natural forces then there is no penalty and the ball must be played from its new spot.

Exception – ball on putting green must be replaced if it moves after already having been lifted and replaced.

Where Should Rakes Be Placed in Bunkers?

Don’t you hate it when your ball is jammed against a rake in the side of a bunker? Leaving rakes on the side tends to stop the ball rolling into the flat part of the bunker.

At Devonport, once bunkers are raked, the rake should be lobbed back into the bunker, some 1 to 2 metres from the edge and parallel to the direction of the fairway.

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