Three Rivers Golf Members
Frequently Asked Questions

How is the golf section organised?

Our Club is affiliated via English Golf to The Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU). CONGU lays down the
rules and procedures for allocating and maintaining Handicap.
To get a Handicap Index you need to submit a minimum of 3 scorecards over a 6-month period. Each round must
be played under the R&A Rules of Golf. Each round will need to play with a Club member who already has a
Handicap Index. This person will confirm the scores are correct by acting as the marker.
And don’t worry if you mess up on a hole, there are algorithms in place within the system that can deal with this.
After playing you must ensure that your scorecard is correctly filled in and that your name and the markers name
are legible (both also need to sign the card). The card must be clearly marker “For Handicap Purposes” and dated.
You must place the scorecard in the appropriate Course Box under the computer touch screen.
Once your third card has been processed a Handicap Index will be automatically generated by the World
Handicapping System (WHS). You will then be given a unique CDH number which will allow you to track your
handicap irrespective for changing clubs or entering competition at other clubs.

How can I meet other members?

Getting to know other members of the Club and joining in its golfing activities forms an important aspect of club
membership. There are several ways to meet other club members.
There is a Seniors/Vets Section on both the Kings and Jubilee courses. The Seniors Section on the Kings course
is restricted to men only while the Vets Section on the Jubilee course is a mixed section and therefore includes
both men and ladies. You need to be over 55 to join these sections. Although there is currently no similar section
for ladies on the Kings course, the ladies there play regularly together on specific days of the week.
In addition, there are a number of regular golf “schools” on both courses that play on specific days and times during
the week and at weekends.
The Pro-shop will be happy to put you into contact with these groups.
The golf section also runs a number of social events throughout the year which also provide an ideal way of joining
in and meeting fellow members.
How can I find out what is happening at the Club?
When you joined the Club, you were asked for your email address. This is used to keep you advised on activities
within the golf sections. It is also used to send you a links to the member’s newsletters.
Information about competitions and social events are also posted on the notice boards.

What are the benifits of having an official Handicap?

One of the first question asked by golfers when they get together is “What’s your handicap?”.
A golf handicap is a mechanism by which players of different abilities are assessed so that they can play on an
equitable basis against players of greater or less abilities.
If you want to play in Club competitions, you will need an official Handicap Index (previously just known as your
Handicap). If you only play social golf with friends then having a Handicap Index addresses the different abilities
within the group, helps decide who has bragging rights and who may have to pay for refreshments on the 19th
hole.

How can I get an official Handicap?

Our Club is affiliated via English Golf to The Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU). CONGU lays down the
rules and procedures for allocating and maintaining Handicap.
To get a Handicap Index you need to submit a minimum of 3 scorecards over a 6-month period. Each round must
be played under the R&A Rules of Golf. Each round will need to play with a Club member who already has a
Handicap Index. This person will confirm the scores are correct by acting as the marker.
And don’t worry if you mess up on a hole, there are algorithms in place within the system that can deal with this.
After playing you must ensure that your scorecard is correctly filled in and that your name and the markers name
are legible (both also need to sign the card). The card must be clearly marker “For Handicap Purposes” and dated.
You must place the scorecard in the appropriate Course Box under the computer touch screen.
Once your third card has been processed a Handicap Index will be automatically generated by the World
Handicapping System (WHS). You will then be given a unique CDH number which will allow you to track your
handicap irrespective for changing clubs or entering competition at other clubs.

How can I keep my Handicap up-to-date?

There are two ways to ensure that your Handicap Index remains up-to-date - by entering Club Competitions and/or
by submitting Casual Play scorecards.
Each time you enter a Club Competition and/or submit a Casual Play scorecard your Handicap Index will be
automatically re-calibrated. You can enter as many competitions and/or summit as many Casual Play cards as
you wish. The more competitions you enter and/or the more Casual Play cards you submit the more reflective your
Handicap Index will be to your playing ability.

Want to find out more about handicaps?

There are two ways to ensure that your Handicap Index remains up-to-date - by entering Club Competitions and/or
by submitting Casual Play scorecards.
Each time you enter a Club Competition and/or submit a Casual Play scorecard your Handicap Index will be
automatically re-calibrated. You can enter as many competitions and/or summit as many Casual Play cards as
you wish. The more competitions you enter and/or the more Casual Play cards you submit the more reflective your
Handicap Index will be to your playing ability.

How do I enter Club Competitions?

Most competitions can be entered on the day of play and require no pre-arranging of Tee times. On the day, before
you play, you will need to register your intention to enter via the computer touch screen in the bar area. If the
competition requires payment of an entry fee, then you will need to complete an Entry Payment Envelope in the
Pro-shop before you play.
After playing you must ensure that your scorecard is correctly filled in and that your name and the markers name
are both legible (both also need to sign the card). You must enter your score into the computer touch screen in the
bar area and place the scorecard in the appropriate Course Box under the computer touch screen.
Entry forms for those competitions that require pre-arranged Tee times are posted on the main notice board.
These include knock-out competitions, event competitions where a meal is included and our Club Championship.
All Club competitions are played under the R&A Rules of Golf.
The committee’s Competition Rules sets out the requirements for entering Club competitions. A copy of our
competition rules can be found on the main noticeboard and under the menu option “Club Rules” on the members
website.
The results of Club competitions are usually proceeded a few days after the competition has finished. The results
are posted on the notice-board next to the computer touch-screen in the Bar entry area. Results are also posted
on the “HowDidiDo” website. You will need to register with “HowDidiDo” to gain access to information held on the
site.

What are Casual Play scorecards?

Casual Round scorecards provide an alternative way by which players, who find it difficult to play in competitions
can maintain an accurate official Handicap Index. Any social round played with friends under the R&A Rules of Golf
can be used as a Casual Play round.
To use the Casual Play mechanism, you must register your intention to do this, before play, via the computer touch
screen in the bar area, or the “HowDidiDo” App on your mobile device.
After playing you must ensure that your scorecard is correctly filled in and that your name and the markers name
are both legible (both also need to sign the card). The card must be clearly marker “Casual Round” and dated. If
you used the computer touch screen in the bar area to register your intention to submit a Casual Round card then
you must enter your score via the computer touch screen in the bar area. If you used the “HowDidiDo” app to
register your intention to submit a Casual Round card then you must enter your score via the “HowDidiDo” App.
All scorecards must then be placed in the appropriate Course Box under the computer touch screen.

What is a Handicap Review?

All CONGU affiliated golf clubs are required to carry out periodic reviews of players handicaps to ensure that they
reflect the individual player’s current playing ability. The review is carried out by the Handicap Committee. To do
this the Handicap Committee uses a report from the handicap computer system that compares the scores
returned by a player with a target score that is calculated from a mathematical formula provided by CONGU.
Reviews can increase or decrease an individual player’s handicap.

How can I obtain a Handicap Certificate?

There are 2 ways to obtain a handicap certificate.
Ask in the Pro Shop.  They will place your name on a request list.  The Handicap Secretaries will then printout your
certificate and leave it in the Pro Shop for you to collect.  You need to allow at least 7 days to complete this
process.
The other way is via the “HowDidiDo” website.  To access the site, you need register directly at
www.HowDidIDo.com (free of charge). You will then be able to printout your certificate at home.  You can find a
direct link to the “HowDidiDo” on the members website.

How can I become more actively involved in the golf section?

Golfing activities within Club are run by 3 committees, the Golf Members Committee, the Ladies Section
Committee and The Jubilee Course Committee.  If you would like to be considered to serve on one of these
committees you should write down a brief CV about yourself, address it to the committee you wish to serve on and
put it into the appropriate Course Box under the computer touch screen.  Someone will then contact you to explain
about eligibility, vacancies and the election process
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