Handicap Information 2017


Obtaining a New Handicap:

  • To get a new handicap, all players except Juniors under the age of 13 years, must return cards totalling 54 holes – from a combination of 9 or 18 hole rounds.
  • For all Juniors aged under 13 years, three 9 hole rounds played from the blue tees will be accepted.
  • For gents, ladies and juniors, play may be from the red, yellow or white tees.
  • Players must clearly mark which set of tees they have played from, and that the card is for handicap purposes, when submitting their cards.
  • Cards must be signed by a club member who has a current competition handicap.
  • Cards from courses other than your home course cannot be accepted for obtaining a handicap.


A new handicap will be allocated within a few days of the third card being submitted. Details of the new handicap allocation will be posted on the appropriate Handicap notice board. You will also be sent a copy of your handicap certificate which will have details of your Howdidido and Central Database of Handicap registration numbers to allow you to obtain access to these systems.


Reinstatement of a competition handicap

If a handicap has lapsed following the annual review for failing to return three counting scores, three cards are required to be submitted to have the competition handicap reinstated.

A reinstated handicap will be allocated within a few days of the third card being submitted. Details of the new handicap allocation will be posted on the appropriate Handicap notice board.

In exceptional circumstances a player’s handicap can be restored immediately if they have been unable to return 3 scores due to injury or illness. Any player in these circumstances should write to the General Manager with the details requesting reinstatement.


Away Scores

Scottish Golf Limited (SGL) now has the Central Database of Handicaps (CDH) fully operational; however, there are several clubs still to complete their registration to the database.  For the clubs who have registered, all players with a handicap have been allocated their own unique CDH identification number. Turnhouse has registered and members can obtain their own CDH number by requesting a handicap certificate on the touch screen. Members can then access the SGL CDH system for information regarding their own handicap by entering their own CDH number and a password.

When a player with Turnhouse as his/her home club plays away from Turnhouse, at a club who are registered on the CDH system, in a qualifying competition, his/her score will be automatically reported back to Turnhouse.

The club hosting the qualifying competition will send the relevant information regarding the CSS calculation, gross score and any clause 19.8 reductions for all players who participated in the event, including away players, to the SGL CDH for the central database to be updated.  The CDH will then broadcast the information to the home clubs for all away players.  When the CDH information is received at Turnhouse, the handicapping system will prompt the handicap secretary to apply all the away scores notified and check everyone’s updated handicap record. Players can view any changes on the CDH.

If you play away from Turnhouse, in a qualifying competition, please check with the hosting club, as to whether the competition results will be notified to home clubs via CDH. If so, the away score will be reported back to Turnhouse,

For clubs not registered on CDH, away scores may be reported back via the proprietary system used by the club hosting the competition; however, there is no guarantee that this will be the case. Ongoing evidence suggests that some away scores are not being sent back to Turnhouse by any electronic means. Therefore, we would ask that all players continue to report all their away scores back to Turnhouse GC. This will ensure that all handicaps are correct and kept up to date.

You can report your score on the Away Scores notice board (for ladies, in the away scores diary) or by e-mail via the Club website.

We will advise members when there is no longer any need for individuals to report their away scores.


Supplementary Scores (Previously Extra Day Scores)

A Member may return a Supplementary Score for handicapping purposes in compliance with the conditions set out below.

21.1 Supplementary Scores apply to all Handicap Categories (subject to 21.4 below).

21.2 A Supplementary Score may be returned at any Affiliated Club of which the player is a Member.

21.3 An acceptable score for Supplementary Score purposes is any authenticated score under Competition Play Conditions in compliance with the conditions listed in this clause and played over either:
(a) an 18-hole Measured Course in either Stroke Play or Stableford format; or
(b) a Designated Nine-Hole Course in a Stableford format.

21.4 A Member is limited to a number of Supplementary Scores in each year as detailed in below:
(a) subject to (c) below, Category 1 players may only return Supplementary Scores during the period 1 September to 31 December and only to the extent necessary to ensure that the minimum requirement for Qualifying Scores under Clause 25 is met. Category 1 players may only return Supplementary Scores over 18 holes;
(b) any number of Supplementary Scores may be returned annually by players in Categories 2 to 6;
(c) a Union has the discretion to permit Category 1 players with handicaps in the range 2.5 to 5.4 to return Supplementary Scores in a calendar year. Such scores may only be returned at the player’s Home club within that Union’s jurisdiction. Scotland directs that Category 1 players within this handicap range may take up this discretion. England, Ireland, and Wales make no such direction.

(d) A Category 1 player has an additional dispensation when they commence the calendar year without a ‘Competition’ status. They may submit Supplementary Scores at any time of the year, but only in sufficient numbers to regain the ‘c’ status (i.e. a maximum of 3).

21.5 There is no limit to the number of Supplementary Scores returned in a week.

21.6 A player intending to return a Supplementary Score is required to signify his intention prior to commencement of play in the manner determined by the Affiliated Club.

21.7 A Competition Scratch Score is not calculated and adjustments to handicap, in accordance with Clause 20.6 for 18-hole scores, shall be made in respect of the Standard Scratch Score.
For nine-hole Supplementary Scores adjustments to handicaps shall be made in accordance with Clauses 22.5 to 22.9.

21.8 Stroke Play returns are subject to Stableford/Nett Double Bogey Adjustment in compliance with Clause 19.

21.9 The Supplementary Score must be recorded in the Player Handicap Record.

21.10 If a player who has registered for a Supplementary Score subsequently does not return a card an increase in handicap of 0.1 must be applied.

21.11 Returns may be subject to action under Clause 23 B if malpractice is suspected.

21.12 When Supplementary Scores are returned at an Away club the Member:
(a) must register his/her intent to play in the manner directed by that club;
(b) must return the card to the Away Club; and
(c) must ensure that the score is returned to his/her Home Club, taking a copy or duplicate card if necessary.

21.13 When a Member returns a Supplementary Score at an Away Club that club:
(a) must retain the card as for cards submitted by Home players;
(b) should, if the club’s ISV software so permits, enter the score into the system and return it to the Home Club via the CDH; and
(c) shall assist the Home Club, if necessary, in confirming whether the player has
discharged his/her responsibilities in ensuring that all Supplementary Scores fromAway clubs have been returned.
Note: In submitting Supplementary Scores, players need to ensure that they are not in breach of Rule 7 (Practice) of the R&A Rules of Golf. A club committee may apply the Note to Rule 7-1 and allow a Supplementary Score to be returned following the playing of a stroke play round earlier in the day.