Scottish Golf launches OpenPlay


OpenPlay will allow the 500,000 Scottish golfers who aren’t members of a golf club to obtain and maintain a handicap for the first time. Scottish Golf has today (3 June 2021) unveiled its innovative new online scheme, OpenPlay, which, for the first time ever, will allow golfers throughout Scotland to register with the Scottish Golf App to maintain a handicap without being a member of a golf club.

The launch of OpenPlay, one of the biggest changes to the sport in a generation, will open up handicaps to an estimated half a million golfers in Scotland who do not currently hold a golf club membership OpenPlay’s introduction follows on from the successful integration of the World Handicap System which came into effect in Scotland in November 2020.

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Fraser Grant wins McKinnon Wood Cup


Congratulations to Fraser Grant of Ralston Golf Club, winner of the McKinnon Wood Cup competition. The 2 round tournament took place at Cawder Golf Club on Sunday 30th May.

With perfect weather for golf, Fraser shot a superb total of 135 (-5) with rounds of 69, 66. 

Fraser - who was the only player to shoot under par in both rounds in a high quality field - is pictured receiving the trophy from Cawder Club Captain, Gary McDonald. The win shoots Fraser to the top of the Order of Merit table after one event.

Also in the field were GGU players Paul Gault of Haggs Castle, Lindsay Miller of Cawder, and Scott Wearing of Bishopbriggs who all pick up points for this season's Order of Merit competition.

For more information on this season's Order of Merit, click here

SG Club newsletter June 2021


We wanted to provide an update on our current status regarding the ability to look up handicap and post scores to various parts of GB&I outside Scotland. As you know, Scotland went live with WHS on the 2nd of November 2020 and our handicap calculations have been working as they should from that date.

Our system has been ready to integrate with the other countries for over 7 months now, but we have been waiting for the API (tech spec) from DotGolf, the WHS software provider for the rest of GB&I. As of last week, we have now been given the proposed coding requirements and OCS (Scottish Golf provider) will now start the technical work required to get this up and running as soon as possible. We will come back to all clubs when this process has been complete, but this will require some testing of the functionality before we release this to clubs.

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C of C and OOM competitions


The GGU Champion of Champions draw has been made and is now available to view on the Competitions Menu. This year 10 champions will contest the coveted title.

We are also pleased to announce the Order of Merit qualifying competitions have been added and start with the McKinnon Wood Cup which will be held at Cawder Golf Club on Sunday 30th May.

There are a total of of 9 qualifying competitions, 5 must be played to award the Order of Merit.

To view the OOM table click here

Free Coaching Children Workshop


Scottish Golf is offering coaches and volunteers the opportunity to attend a free Introduction to Coaching Children workshop. The workshop has been developed as part of sportscotland’s physical literacy coach CPD pathway.

It is designed to support those working with children aged between 5-12 years.

It will allow coaches to support children to develop positive behaviours through play, physical activity and sport so they can thrive as lifelong participants in golf.

The course is also integrated to the Physical Skills Module in the Scottish Golf Learn to Golf  junior coaching programme.

Attendees will gain an understanding of:

  • The key principles that influence all-round development of the basic movement skills and physical literacy.
  • A holistic approach to child development and the development of the whole child through sport.
  • How to develop basic multi-skills.

The webinar will be delivered virtually over two 90-minute sessions on the 7th and 14th June from 7pm – 8.30pm on both evenings.

Book Your Place on the event here

COVID -19 Update 18th May 2021


Following our most recent COVID-19 Update on Friday, we have been working with our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government to seek further clarity on enhanced travel restrictions for Level 3 Areas (Glasgow and Moray). We have now updated our guidance. All clubs currently in a Level 3 area should note that this guidance is effective immediately:

Adults living in Level 3 areas may leave their local authority area (up to 5 miles) to take part in a casual game of golf.
Adults living in Level 3 areas should only travel locally to take part in a competitive or qualifying round.
Children Under 17 may travel to and from Level 0, 1, 2 and 3 areas to take part in informal exercise and organised sport, training and competition.
All travel to and from the venue must take place on the same day with no overnight stays permitted

The latest indication we have from the Scottish Government is that these restrictions will be in place for at least one week from Monday 17 May. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep all clubs updated should anything change.

Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 Updates from Scottish Golf here.

COVID-19 Update 12th May 2021


Following yesterday’s announcement by the First Minister, Scottish Golf can confirm the following movement in Protection Levels from Monday 17 May.

Level 3: Moray is very likely to remain at Level 3. This decision will confirmed at the end of the week and we will inform all clubs as soon as possible. 

Level 2: Mainland Scotland and islands not moving to Level 1 will move to Level 2.

Level 1: Orkney, Shetland, Na h-Eileanan Siar, all islands in Highland (except Skye) and the following islands within Argyll and Bute will move to Level 1 – Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree and Ulva
We have received final approval from our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government on our updated guidance which is available here.
While there are no further changes to on-course activities, our updated guidance means that from Monday 17th May, the following changes will take place for clubs who can offer hospitality services.

In Level 2 areas:

All indoor hospitality may operate until 22.30.
Groups may consist of up to 6 people from 3 households.
Alcohol may be served (2-hour dwell time).
All outdoor hospitality may continue where groups of Over 18s may consist of up to 8 people from 8 households.
In Level 1 areas:

All indoor hospitality may operate until 23.00.
Groups may consist of up to 8 people from 3 households.
Alcohol may be served.
All outdoor hospitality may continue and groups of Over 18s may consist of up to 12 people from 12 households.
Please note that detail for all future levels remains indicative at this stage and could be subject to further relaxation or change. You can continue to keep up to date on all the latest COVID-19 updates on our dedicated webpage here.

Once again, we would like to thank all of our clubs and gofers across Scotland for your continued co-operation and adherence to the current guidance during these challenging times.

SG Club Newsletter May 2021


Club Golfers Tee Off 2021 Scottish Golf Events Season At Craigmillar Park.

Scottish Golf stages its first national event for over a year when the Scottish Medal Final East is played under strict COVID-19 guidelines at Craigmillar Park Golf Club in Edinburgh on Friday 7 May. The Scottish Medal Final East event has attracted a field of 109 male and female players all of whom came through qualifiers at their home clubs to earn a spot in the second stage of this new competition.

It is the first of six Regional Finals to be played between now and the end of July with the six male and six female competitors with the lowest net scores in those Regional Finals progressing to the Grand Final to be played at The Duke’s, St Andrews, on Sunday 15 August.

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