This manual identifies the process involved in assessing the course for an SSS and identifies ways of changing the SSS through course development.
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The EGU Course Rating System is designed so that, when properly applied, accuracy and consistency of rating of courses throughout England will occur and thereby maintain the correct relationship of handicaps between Clubs.
The System is based on the performance of a Scratch Golfer and takes into account playing length, ten Difficulty Factors rated as they affect the scoring ability of a Scratch Golfer and an adjustment for Location/Wind.
A new principle has been adopted whereby consideration is given to where the Scratch Golfer may wish to play the ball, which possibly is short of the allowable maximum distances; Difficulty Factors are then judged from these chosen points.
From 1st January 2011 a few changes to the CONGU UHS will be implemented. It is hoped these changes will aid Committees and members alike in the operation of the Unified Handicapping System:
Clause 21 – Supplementary Scores
- It will now be permissible for all handicap categories, including Category 1, to return Supplementary Scores.- All members will now now entitled to return Supplementary Scores irrespective of the number of qualifying scores returned the previous year.
Clause 22 – 9 Hole Qualifying Competitions
- The restriction has been removed on the number of 9 Hole Qualifying Competitions that can be run by a section of the Club (previously 10).
Clubs should be aware that 9 hole competitions should not be run to the detriment of 18 hole competitions. 9 Hole Qualifying Competitions are an addition to 18 hole competitions not a replacement.
Appendix O – Events played from different set of tees
Stableford competitions – Where there is a difference between Par/SSS of the courses being played and where this results in a different number of Stableford points to ‘play to handicap’ an adjustment is required. The difference is now applied to the players needing the fewest Stableford points to play to handicap.This is for competition result purposes only.
Any club that has not uploaded to the CDH database means their members will not have a lifetime ID and will not be able to register for their handicap and benefits card or access discounts and special offers from EGU partners.