Caring for your golf course

You will be amazed at what goes on behind the scenes to prepare the golf course on which you play. 
A combination of greenkeeping science and artistry provides the quality of playing surfaces in the relaxing, natural setting that you expect, but your help is also needed to keep the golf course in good condition.


Read this fascinating article from the R&A sustainability library, on how you can help to care for your course here


Scottish Golf and ProDreamUSA partner

Scotland’s next generation of male and female golfers are set to benefit from a new partnership announced today between Scottish Golf and the leading US Golf Scholarship Consultancy, ProDreamUSA.

As Scottish Golf’s official recommended partner for junior golfers considering a golf scholarship in America, ProDreamUSA will support the National Governing Body in providing a pathway for Scottish golfers by working with them to explore opportunities which will allow them to pursue their aspirations in golf, as well as securing a University degree that will set them up for life.

Scottish Golf recognises that playing golf in the USA provides a terrific platform for young golfers to play full-time while earning a recognised degree or college qualification and today’s announcement comes at an exciting time for both Scottish Golf and ProDreamUSA with the top ranked Scottish Woman (Connie Jaffrey), and the top 5 Scottish Men ranked on WAGR either currently playing or having played at College in the USA.

Read the full article here


Scottish Golf Regional Junior Forums

As part of Scottish Golf’s plans to develop a new National Junior Framework, the national governing body is delighted to announce that it will be staging a series of regional forums across the country in partnership with the PGA. These events will not only allow Scottish Golf to gather valuable insights from those currently involved on the front line in junior golf, but will also provide PGA professionals, junior convenors and other volunteers engaged in junior golf activity to work collaboratively with Scottish Golf’s Development Team on the new framework.

Led by Scottish Golf’s Junior Development Manager, Gavin Forrester and Allan Martin, Coach Education Manager for the PGA in Scotland, the forums will provide attendees an opportunity to provide feedback on a range of key topics, including coaching, competitions, club support and schools delivery, through interactive workshops and discussion. The forums will give also delegates the opportunity to share best practice and input into some new concepts, helping to ensure that the framework works for everyone involved.

Read the full article here


Scottish Golf launch Young Persons Panel

Scottish Golf is excited to announce the members of its first ever Young Person’s Golf Panel following the group’s first meeting at Cluny Clays in Kirkcaldy last weekend.

The Panel was established as part of Scottish Golf’s commitment to growing the game and will provide the National Governing Body with a better understanding of young people and society today.

Speaking at the launch event, Gavin Forrester, Junior Development Manager at Scottish Golf said:

“The Young Person’s Panel is a huge opportunity to give young people in Scotland a platform to voice their opinions about the sport and the issues or barriers they may face, but it is also an opportunity for them to discuss innovative ideas together that can help overcome these issues.

Read the full article on this story here


GGU Spring Newsletter 2019

The Spring edition of the GGU newsletter is now available. It includes an opening message from President Sandy Anderson plus an update on our 'A' team planning and additions to our Course Rating team. We've also added some news about Member Clubs Open events and from the R & A, the 20 must know rules changes for 2019. As always, your feedback and suggestions are very welcome. Read the newsletter here


CONGU Handicapping

2019 Rules of Golf - Effect on CONGU Handicapping.

There are several new Rules, that will impact on Handicapping including Local Rule E-5 (Alternative to Stroke and Distance for Lost Ball or Ball Out of Bounds), whereby this rule is only appropriate for general play. It is not allowed when scores are to be submitted for handicap adjustment (Qualifying Competitions and Supplementary Scores).
Please see CONGU’s Guide for Committees for where other Rules have an effect on Handicapping.

You can also browse the 2019 R & A Official Rules of Golf here


The World Handicapping System

A modern handicap system for all golfers everywhere. 
The new World Handicap System (WHS) has been designed to encourage more golfers to obtain a handicap - enabling them to play with, or against, each other anywhere around the world.

The idea for a new, unified system was conceived by The R&A and the USGA and developed following an extensive review of existing systems administered by six handicapping authorities. Adaptable across golfing cultures, the proposed new system will provide players with a consistent measure of playing ability globally, helping to make the game of golf more enjoyable. Get more details and watch the welcome video here