Mens Handicaps & Player Responsibilities

Handicaps at Mapperley Golf Club are administered in accordance with requirements of The Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU).



Standard Scratch Score (SSS)
The Standard Scratch Score is the score that a scratch player is expected to return in normal mid-season course and weather conditions.

Competition Scratch Score (CSS)
For every competition a Competition Scratch Score is calculated. This may be higher of lower than the SSS to reflect the course and weather conditions on the day. Any adjustments to a player's handicap are calculated using the CSS.

Qualifying Competition
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
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.

No Return
A No Return is either when a player has failed to return his scorecard to the Committee or when the player has failed to record a score at one or more holes in a Medal competition and consequently does not have a completed score in the competition.

Competition Handicap
A player who has submitted 3 Qualifying Scores (in Qualifying Competitions or as Supplementary Scores) in either the current or previous year is classed as having a Competition Handicap. This is indicated by a small "c" adjacent to the player's handicap on competition results sheets, handicap lists and the player's Handicap Certificate. A Competition Handicap is required to play in Qualifying Competitions at MGC.


New members who have a current "c" status handicap status from a previous club will have their handicap transferred automatically upon presentation of their CDH number and can immediately enter and win club competitions and associated prizes.

New members who have not previously held an official CONGU handicap at an affiliated golf club are required to submit cards marked “FOR 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 marked and signed by a responsible person acceptable to the Handicap Committee. The requisite cards should normally be submitted within a period of six months.

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.


A player who has not submitted 3 Qualifying Scores in either the current or previous year is classed as having a Non-Competition Handicap and needs to submit 3 more cards in the current calendar year to convert their handicap to "c" status. The player may submit Supplementary Scores or may play in qualifying competitions without being charged an entry fee.

PLAYER RESPONSIBILITIES: Returning of Scores and No Returns

CONGU makes it clear that 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.

IMPORTANT: Anyone absenting from a pre-drawn mens competition at Mapperley Golf Club without having made contact with the professional and/or their playing partner(s) prior to a 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. Saturday no show resulting in a following two week Saturday ban, etc.).

Further Information
CONGU has produced this helpful  Players Quick Guide  to the handicapping system.

Please contact Stan Simpson or Graeme Bunting should you require any further clarification about your handicap.

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