Handicap Changes from January 1st, 2018
In 2017, CONGU (the body that runs handicapping in England) announced the retirement of Club and Disability Handicaps and the creation of new Category 5 handicaps for men, as well as a new Category 6 handicap for both men and women. These new categories provide a maximum handicap of 54 for both men and women.
Golf Handicap Categories 2018
|Exact Handicap ladies||Playing
|1||Plus to 5.4||Plus to 5.4||Plus to 5|
|2||5.5 to 12.4||5.5 to 12.4||6 to 12|
|3||12.5 to 20.4||12.5 to 20.4||13 to 20|
|4||20.5 to 28.4||20.5 to 28.4||21 to 28|
|5||28.5 to 36.4||28.5 to 36.4||29 to 36|
|6||36.5 to 54||36.5 to 54||37 to 54|
These changes will become effective on January 1st, 2018. Players will be able to maintain a Competition Handicap in all six categories. Upward adjustment for all categories will remain at 0.1 and downward adjustments for Nett Differentials below Buffer Zones will be 0.5 for Category 5 and 0.6 for Category 6
The changes are mandatory and your club’s handicap system will be updated from 1st Jan 2018 to implement these changes. Therefore, from the 1st January, as members play qualifying rounds, handicaps will change, and some may well increase to handicaps higher than 28.0 for men and 36.0 for women.
At this moment in time, to ease the process of implementing any changes, perhaps clubs should consider giving all Club Handicaps (juniors included) a Competition Handicap status (‘c’), depending upon when these handicaps were allocated (i.e. in 2017 or prior to 2017), leave all 28 and 36 handicaps as they are and let the Handicap Software System look after the handicap adjustments following results from qualifying competitions after 1st January 2018
The club could then concentrate on how to accommodate these category 5 and 6 handicaps into their series of competitions and produce a relevant policy informing members of their decision.