How to get a Handicap
Members applying for a new handicap must submit a total of 54 holes of scores at SOGC, in any combination of 18 or nine hole rounds. You must play each of these rounds with another SOGC member acting as your marker and who will check and approve your score after each round. The marker must be registered on the England Golf WHS system and hold an existing WHS Handicap Index.
You may not, under WHS rules, self-certify your score and your marker/attester must have played the round with you, so that they can directly attest that your score is correct.
The following procedure for new handicap applications was changed, effective from 1 June 2021.
Step I – start your handicap application
Contact us by email, at [email protected], to let us know that you wish to apply for a handicap.
You must tell us whether you have ever held a golf handicap before and, if so, where and when. If you have never held an official handicap, but have other evidence of your previous playing standard, you must advise us of this, as such evidence is considered when allotting new handicaps.
Step II – register with England Golf (EG) and install the myEG app
We will provide you with a ten-digit CDH number/EG membership number. This is the unique number that will identify you and your handicap records in EG’s WHS Platform, which is the central system for administration of all WHS handicaps for golf club members in England.
We will add the CDH number to your record on SOGC’s Intelligent Golf (IG) club system. Your SOGC IG record will be linked to the WHS Platform, so that your future competition scores can be uploaded and your latest WHS Handicap Index can be downloaded to the IG system.
After receiving a CDH number, the next step is to give your “data privacy” consent, providing your email address and date of birth to the WHS Platform. Follow this process: Data Privacy
After completing the data privacy consent, (and only after that), you will be able to use your CDH number to register to access your England Golf account and to install the England Golf “myEG” app on your mobile device. See:
WHS and the myEG app
Step III – submit scores for initial handicap assessment
You must submit a total of 54 holes, in any mix of 18-hole or nine-hole scores. These rounds must be played according to the Rules of Golf, in Stroke Play format (Medal or Stableford).
You can arrange your own tee times and marker/attester for these rounds. Alternatively, you can enter draws for Weekday Rollups or for most other singles club competitions. To play in the draw for a Rollup event, contact Roly Richardson at [email protected]. To play in the draw for a club competition, contact [email protected] Dates for all future competitions can be viewed via the IG app.
These rounds must be submitted using the myEG app, following the process as for General Play scores, which is given here: General Play Scores
Step IV – handicap allotment and submitting further scores
As soon as your 54 holes of scoring have been submitted, your handicap will be allotted. The Handicap Committee will take into account, as well as the submitted scores, evidence of any previous handicap or recent scoring history.
After you have been allotted your initial WHS Handicap Index, it is advisable to submit some additional General Play scores, which will help to stabilise your handicap, as a reliable indication of your current scoring ability.
30th May, 2021