Players' handicaps at Mapperley Golf Club are administered in accordance with recommendations of The Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU).
Obtaining a new Handicap
New members who have not previously held an official CONGU handicap at an affiliated golf club are required to submit cards marked “FOR NEW HANDICAP” from 54 holes of golf played at Mapperley. This may consist of any mix of 9 hole or 18 hole cards, though the preference is for 3 x 18 hole scores. The cards must be signed by the member seeking a handicap and marked and countersigned by another member with a current handicap. All three cards cannot be countersigned by the same member. One card must be marked by a Ladies Committee member.
Members, who have held an official handicap at another club, must declare this at the time of joining and supply their CDH number to the Handicap Secretary.
Players who are members of more than one club are reminded that they can only have one handicap, which is to held at the 'Home' club of their choosing. Members who this rule applies to must adhere and comply with the provisions set down for 'Away' scores.
Qualifying Competition: definition
Any competition in which competition play conditions prevail and, for handicap adjustment and record purposes, full handicap allowance is applied and a Competition Scratch Score (CSS) is calculated. Nearly all the singles competitions played at Mapperley between April and October are Qualifiers.
Supplementary Score: definition
A score, other than in a Qualifying Competition, returned for handicapping purposes in accordance with CONGU regulations at any club to which a player is a member.
Competition Handicap: definition
Players that have competed in three Qualifying Rounds (Competitions or Supplementary Scores) in the year are classified as having a Competition Handicap. This is indicated by a small "c" on the competition results sheets that are posted on the noticeboard.
Players must have a Competition Handicap to play in most club competitions at Mapperley. The Ladies section allows cards submitted for a new handicap (see above) to count towards the three Qualifying Rounds.
Player Responsibility: Returning of Scores and No Returns
For players to have a handicap that reflects their current standard of play, they need to return scores regularly from competitive rounds or to complete supplementary scores. The player must return every score, including No Returns*, from all Qualifying Competitions both at their home club and everywhere else, and any Supplementary Scores at their Home or Away club.
* When a player submits a No return it is important that they still record their gross scores on all completed holes. The computer will calculate an adjusted gross score using the nett double bogie adjustment. This may result in a player having scored within their buffer zone or even a handicap reduction, especially if the CSS goes up. A fundamental principle of the CONGU Handicap system is that the player will make every effort to score his/her best in each round. All a player’s scores are taken into account when the Annual Review is run and it is important that No Returns reflect the actual performances of the player. Simply entering “No score at the hole” for every hole distorts this and makes additional work for the Handicap Committee.
With effect from 1st July 2017 anyone absenting from a pre-drawn competition without having made contact with the professional and/or their playing partner(s) prior to the competition and anyone failing to submit their card after playing in a competition will be disqualified from the following two competitions to be played on that same day of the week (i.e. Tuesday no show resulting in a following two week Tuesday ban, etc.).
CONGU has produced this helpful Players Quick Guide to the handicapping system.
Please contact Mandy Papworth should you require any further clarification about your handicap.