Picton Golf & Country Club

Established 1907

Picton Golf & Country Club 
rules & handicap committee 
Education ~ Communication ~ Accountability

As a member club of Golf Canada and its provincial association, Golf Ontario, Picton Golf & Country Club has entered into a license agreement which allows us to use the official Golf Canada Handicap System, to offer the system to our members and to issue Golf Canada Handicap Indexes. The Handicap License Agreement stipulates that we must have a valid and operational Rules & Handicap Committee to supervise golf activities, provide peer review, and maintain the integrity of the Golf Canada Handicap System. The use of the Golf Canada Handicap System may be withdrawn and the license agreement terminated should we fail to uphold the requirements.
Click to read the License Agreement.

2021 Rules & Handicap Committee
Members of the 2021 Handicap Committee are: Debbie Rankin (chair), Judi Edwards, Alice Carlson, Don Rodney and Rick Armour. It is the responsibility of the Handicap Committee to ensure the integrity of the handicaps it issues, and to make certain that the members comply with the Rules of Handicapping. 

If you have any questions or concerns, we would love to hear from you.
Please CLICK HERE to contact the Handicap Committee. 

The Handicap System
The purpose  of the Handicap System is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis. Two basic principles underlie the Handicap System, namely that each player will try to make the best possible score at every hole in every round, regardless of where the round is played, and that the player will post every acceptable round for peer review. 

Please note, The Golf Canada Handicap System exists for the benefit of golfers who enter competitions. It is acknowledged that some golfers do not wish to maintain a handicap and consequently, may not enter competitive events.

The World Handicap System
Effective January 2020, Picton Golf & Country Club, in compliance with Golf Canada, adopted the World Handicap System. Conversion to this new unified system promotes a more accurate calculation of handicap indexes that is portable from course to course and country to country. Handicap Indexes are more responsive and more reflective of a player's demonstrated ability.

The Key to Understanding Handicaps.
Click the title to access great information, including an easy to understand Overview and valuable tips from how to get a handicap, to posting scores and understanding the maximum adjusted score of NET DOUBLE BOGEY.

Handicap Policy
The Club is required to have a Handicap Policy that is clearly written and available for review to all members. Click to read the Club's Handicap Policy.


The Rules of Golf

Perhaps one of the most important Rules of Golf is outlined in Rule 1.3b, which states:
Players are responsible for applying the Rules to themselves.

We encourage all members to be familiar with the Rules of Golf and to apply them to the best of their abilities. Learning the rules can be challenging, especially for beginners. Golf Canada currently publishes three versions of the Rules of Golf. The Player's Edition - an abridged, user friendly set of rules, The Full Rules of Golf and The Official Guide to The Rules of Golf. All are available to order or download through Golf Canada. Click to view The Rules of Golf on Golf Canada website. Copies can also be ordered through the Pro Shop.

In addition, the Rules & Handicapping Committee is here to assist. It is our aim to help you better understand both the Rules and Golf and the Rules of Handicapping through communication and education. 

Communication from your Handicap Committee.
Through the season your Handicap Committee will issue bulletins, notices and e-blasts with information to assist you in understanding Rules & Handicapping and your role in upholding the Handicap System. See below for an archive of messages sent this year and in recent past years.

2021 Handicap Committee Notices and Newsletters will start soon.

2020 Handicap Committee Notices and Newsletters

Past Handicap Committee Notices and Newsletters


Other General News and Notices

 Local Rule E-5 , which was adopted for play in 2019, will continue to be in effect. Please note the following:

  1. Local Rule E-5 is in use for the entire golf course.
  2. Local Rule E-5 will not be in effect for any club matches or for the the club championship.
  3. Scores obtained using this local rule are valid for handicap purposes, and must be posted as normal.
  4. This alternative may not be used for an unplayable ball or for a ball known or virtually certain to be in a penalty area.