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With effect from the 1st January 2017, players must notify the club of any ‘non qualifying’ scores recorded at any event played at another club. Clause 4.5/8.12.

You should return all scores recorded in team events including better-ball and mixed events.  You should also return any society scores if you have played with your CONGU handicap and played under competition rules. 

Casual swindle scores, match play, texas scrambles, foursomes, greensomes  and games played abroad are not included in this ruling.

You should be aware that failure to return your scores may result in suspension of your handicap.

England Golf have provided some guidance notes which can be viewed on the England Golf website.


Please note that there are new rules published by the R&A concerning Drivers.  There is a list of conforming and non conforming drivers available in the Pro Shop and also on the R&A website at www.randa.org.

If your driver does not appear on the non conforming list, you may assume that it conforms providing that it is not similar to one that is listed.

R and A Rules

The new R and A rules book is now available in the foyer, please take a copy.  Alternatively, copies are available from the R and A direct.


With effect from the 1st January 2008, CONGU, the body that controls Handicapping have introduced new rules, these are detailed in the new CONGU book available to the Sports and Handicaps Committee, however, the basic changes are as follows:-


Singles matches MUST be played from FULL handicap allowance

Foursomes matches MUST be played from HALF handicap allowance

Adjustments must be posted immediately after competition


Stableford / Net Double Bogey adjustment to apply to all Qualifying scores, home or away.  Failure of player to report away scores to home club can lead to suspension or loss of handicap.

Supplementary scores have been introduced.  Players MUST sign in the Pro Shop in advance of commencement of round if the player wishes to submit a supplementary score card up to a maximum of 10 rounds per year (1 per week) may be submitted and will be assessed at the Annual Review. CASUAL PLAY CARDS CAN NO LONGER BE SUBMITTED UNLESS SIGNED IN BOOK BEFORE ROUND.

Upward Adjustment of 0.1 of handicaps for all Nil Returns and all disqualified scores outside of buffer zone.

For more information regarding these rule changes, details are available on the CONGU website


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