World Handicap seminar dates

The World Handicap System (WHS) is set to launch in 2020 and will replace the six different systems currently in use by over 15 million golfers around the world.

It will bring these together into a single set of Rules for Handicapping, enabling golfers of different abilities to play and compete on a fair and equal basis, no matter where they play.

The R&A and The United States Golf Association (USGA) have developed the World Handicap System to include

Course rating and slope rating
Maximum Handicap of 54
Abnormal course and weather conditions adjustment
Competitive and recreational scores can count for handicap
Handicaps calculated from an average of a player’s most recent scores
To help golf clubs prepare for the launch of WHS in 2020, Scottish Golf will be hosting an initial phase of 12 seminars around the country aimed at educating clubs to ease transition to the new system.

Seminars will take place between the 5th August and 29th August 2019. These evening Seminars will take place between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, with two delegates per club with responsibility for handicapping invited to attend.

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Senior Championship Glasgow Gailes

The Seniors Championship was held at Glasgow Gailes on Wednesday 1st May. The weather was steady with some good sunny intervals. 120 competitors from clubs throughout Glasgow enjoyed a great day.

The Seniors Champion for 2019 was Kenny Fraser of Pollok Golf Club with a scratch score of 75.

The Handicap Champion was Alan Stewart of Cowglen Golf Club with a nett score of 69.

Thank you to all the players who took part in the competition, the final scores may be viewed here


New World Handicap system preparation

Golf’s new World HandicapSystem, which is designed to bring the game of golf under a single set of Rules for handicapping and provide a more consistent measure of players’ ability between different regions of the world, remains on track for implementation from 2020.

Education has begun with events being held in Singapore, South Africa, Great Britain and Ireland, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Continental Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and the USA.

A secure resource portal has also been launched to provide national associations with a library of different materials that they can use to help support their own education efforts.

Coinciding with this release, the USGA and The R&A will be launching a social media video campaign to remind golfers of the eight key features of the new Rules, and to reveal more details.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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