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2020 PGCC Handicap News - March 5 WHS Info

March 5, 2020
Picton Golf and Country Club


Picton Golf & Country Club
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Handicap Committee

World Handicap System
Golf Ontario Education Series 

Golf Ontario has produced an educational series of articles outlining the key components of the new World Handicap System and has made these available for Clubs to share with their members. There are 12 lessons in total and we will share them with you in weekly e-blasts over the next 2 months. Most of the e-blasts will contain short, easily digestible bits of info on different aspects of the WHS. A few of our e-blasts will be a bit longer and include more than one lesson. All of the e-blasts will include links to videos that support the lessons.

To help members further understand this new system and also to provide a venue where we can ask questions of the experts, we are pleased to offer a seminar on the WHS presented by the Golf Ontario WHS Team. The seminar will be held on Tuesday April 28, from 5 - 7 pm in the Clubhouse. There is no charge for this clinic but we do ask that you pre-register. You can sign up in the Pro Shop starting on March 9 or click here to register online. (Deadline to register is Friday April 24.) Click to view Golf Ontario's Info Poster.

See below for the first instalment of Golf Ontario's World Handicap System Education Series.

Newsletter 1: 5 things to know

The World Handicap System (WHS) will bring major changes to the fabric of our handicap system. This new World Handicap System aims to bring the game of golf under a single set of handicapping rules and provide a more consistent measure of players’ ability between different regions of the world.

5 things you need to know!

1.Your Handicap Index may change.

But that’s okay! Finally, players around the world will have an apples-to-apples handicap. Your new Handicap Index will be more responsive to good scores by averaging your eight best scores out of your most recent 20. In short, your Handicap Index will be determined by your demonstrated ability and consistency of scores. In most cases for golfers in Canada, it will change less than one stroke.

2. You need to know your Course Handicap.

In the new system, your Course Handicap will be the number of strokes needed to play to par. This will result in greater variance in the Course Handicap per tee and presents a change, as historically it has represented the number of strokes needed to play to the Course Rating. This is a good change, as par is an easy number to remember and was generally referenced by the golfing public anyway. The Target score for the day is now calculated as par plus your Course Handicap. The Course Rating will now be inherent within the calculation to be more intuitive and account for competing from different tees.

3. Net Double Bogey.

The maximum hole score for each player will be limited to a Net Double Bogey. This adjustment is more consistent from hole to hole than compared to our previous procedure. Net Double Bogey is already used in many other parts of the world and the calculation is simple: Par + 2 + any handicap strokes you are to receive on that hole.

4. Playing Condition Calculation (PCC).

The playing conditions calculation is a calculation that determines if conditions day to day differ from normal playing conditions that impacts player performance based those course conditions, weather conditions, and course setup. The good news is all this will be calculated behind the scenes on the Golf Canada Score Centre. If PCC shows players have performed significantly better/worse than expected, it will adjust score differentials accordingly.

5. Safeguards in the new system.

The new system will limit extreme upward movement of a Handicap Index, automatically and immediately reduce a Handicap Index when an exceptional score of at least 7 strokes better is posted, and account for abnormal course or weather conditions to ensure that scores reflect when a course plays significantly different than its established Course Rating and Slope Rating.



We hope you find this first WHS Lesson from Golf Ontario beneficial. If you have any questions, please drop us a note at handicapcommittee@pictongolf.ca or click here to send us a message now.  We are learning this new system along with you and if we don't know the answer, we will try to find out for you.

Stay tuned for next week's instalment!


Your Handicap Committee



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