Check Your Golf Handicap online

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On joining The Golf Club Great Britain you will be able to obtain a recognised golf handicap and beable to upload and check your handicap at any time online. Your handicap will be updated every time you play, and all you have to do is email (as pdf or jpg file attachment) post or fax your signed card and we will update your golf handicap.

To obtain your initial handicap simply submit three cards, signed by your fellow player. A membership card showing your handicap will be sent to you. This is replaced annually on your renewal date but we do ask for a minium of 3 cards every year to maintain your correct handicap.

You will be able to check your golf handicap and your handicap history on our website as your efforts are recorded, by logging into the members area, where you will see your latest handicap results and have access to the Order of Merit, Noticeboard and Directory of Golf Clubs. As part of our service we also provide free handicap advice.

To calculate your initial golf handicap

When you have submitted your first three cards, we take the 'average' of these cards to establish your initial handicap. This is calculated by taking the difference of the Gross score and the SSS off the yellow tees for each card.

For example, three scores of 88, 90 and 95 on a course with a SSS of 72 will result in an initial handicap of (16+18+23) 57 divided by 3 = 19. Therefore giving you a playing handicap of 19. As stipulated by CONGU, GROSS scores are adjusted to a maximum of double bogey, e.g. on a par 4 hole, if you gross 7, we will manually adjust your score to 6. We recommend you adjust GROSS scores only (stableford points need no adjustment) before submitting your cards, but don't worry, we will always check scores have been adjusted before entering them.

The Golf Club Great Britain calculates handicaps using the same sytem as any private golf club for both mens and ladies handicaps. Maximum mens handicap is 28 and 36 for ladies.

Calculate a 'net differential' for each player. This is the difference between the player's net score (gross score less current handicap) and the SSS.

Use each player's net differential to adjust their handicap according to the following formula.

Handicap of player Buffer Zone Net differential below zero Net differential above buffer zone
Category 1: up to 5 0 to +1 Handicaps reduced by 0.1 for each stroke net differential is below zero Handicap increased by 0.1
Category 2: 6 to 12 0 to +2 Handicaps reduced by 0.2 for each stroke net differential is below zero Handicap increased by 0.1
Category 3: 13 to 20 0 to +3 Handicaps reduced by 0.3 for each stroke net differential is below zero Handicap increased by 0.1
Category 4: 21 to 28 0 to +4 Handicaps reduced by 0.4 for each stroke net differential is below zero Handicap increased by 0.1
Category 5: 29 to 54 0 to +5 Handicaps reduced by 0.5 for each stroke net differential is below zero Handicap increased by 0.1

A player's 'Buffer Zone' is a range of scores returned in competitions where the player's handicap will not be changed. The buffer zone is different depending upon the player's handicap category.A player returns a score within his Buffer Zone when his Nett Differential is within specified limits.

Where the net differential is within Buffer Zone, no adjustment to handicap is made.

World Handicap Scheme changes
Once you have your initial handicap in place, your handicap will be the average based from the best eight of the last 20 scores.  Your initial handicap will be used to generate your first handicap index.

Once a player is allocated a Handicap Index (Handicap Index, A player's personal handicap on a course of neutral slope 113 calculated to the nearest 0.1) the system will start to build the record based on an adjusted average, relative to the number of scores that have been submitted.  All GCGB members will be deemed to have a home course neutral slope rating of 113.  (click here to join)