Non-members of golf clubs can obtain handicaps from early July

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir May 25, 2021 18:08

Golfers in England who are not members of English golf clubs will be able to obtain official handicaps for the first time ever from early July, England Golf has confirmed.

By signing up to the scheme, which has an annual subscription of £40, golfers will receive a World Handicap System handicap index and personal liability insurance.

The scheme, which was announced earlier this year, is controversial, with England Golf stating that its ‘ultimate aim [is] of driving golf club membership’, although some in the industry have said for years that any project that delivers handicaps to non-members will act as a disincentive to golf club membership.

In a letter to the industry, the organisation states ‘independent golfers (non-members of golf clubs) will be offered the chance to join a new digital community of golfers aligned to England Golf.

‘For an annual subscription of £40, golfers will receive a World Handicap System handicap index, personal liability insurance and access to the ‘My England Golf’ app to post scores, track progress and engage with friends.

‘The scheme will be open to all golfers regardless of age.

‘The provisional launch date and opening for registration is early July.’

Subscription will be open to any golfer with a home address in England, but any golfer who has left a golf club within the last six months will not be eligible to subscribe. Members will not be permitted to take part in county and national events.

To obtain a handicap, golfers will need to submit scores from 54 holes of golf played in accordance with the Rules of Handicapping, with all rounds pre-registered on the ‘My EG’ app, in order to secure a handicap index. The nine or 18 hole rounds must also be digitally verified by a playing partner who is either a golf club member or subscriber to the new platform. Lapsed golf club members may be allocated a handicap index based on scores in the system dating back to January 2018.

England Golf is projected to bring in £5 million from the scheme within five years, and states the money will be reinvested back into the game on areas such as ‘special projects funding for golf clubs, women and girls’ participation, junior development and support for disability and minority groups.’

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir May 25, 2021 18:08
Write a comment

6 Comments

  1. djm May 27, 13:03

    To obtain a handicap, golfers will need to submit scores from 54 holes of golf played in accordance with the Rules of Handicapping, with all rounds pre-registered on the ‘My EG’ app, in order to secure a handicap index

    So

    This “app”… presumably to be downloaded onto a smartphone……..will England Golf be providing those ?

    If not

    Why not ?

    Reply to this comment
  2. Datametrics May 26, 11:10

    Doesn’t this put the opportunity for inputting false scores pretty high by definition?

    Reply to this comment
  3. Ark Golf May 26, 10:32

    I would suggest without dissecting the post
    It comes without a cost ?
    Ref no one of subscription.

    But to Align yourself with a Host Club to submit the necessary cards / 54 holes

    Maybe even increase that to 10 rounds 180 minimum
    After undertaking at least 2-3 hours recognised assessment on the practice range.
    A Golf C.P.D

    Align that with a insight to how the current operations are
    Respectively conducted within Private Members Golf Clubs

    There’s more to Golf than just rocking up on the Fairways

    This is not Golf snobbery far from it
    As a Humbled Past Captain
    Embracing Change

    I’d welcome a more probation period
    Then reward the England Golf Incentive after the 180 hole period.
    After completing the induction Probation Period.

    I’d welcome any response

    Reply to this comment
  4. PReeve May 26, 02:27

    Great news and truly inclusive #golf

    Reply to this comment
  5. Sky Business May 25, 18:52

    I think ironically this could help give clubs a membership boost in the long term, if casual players see improvement and can benchmark themselves against club members it’s a genuine confidence booster!

    Reply to this comment
View comments

Write a comment

Your e-mail address will not be published.
Required fields are marked*

Join Our Mailing List


Read the latest issues

Advertise With Us

To advertise in the magazine or online, contact:

Email marketing@thegolfbusiness.co.uk
Tel 020 7803 2453

Twitter Timeline