Dear Members




As far as we are aware, England Golf has now completed the transfer of our course and playing data to its WHS platform and, therefore, I can formally confirm that we are ready to begin to fully use WHS from golf re-start on Wednesday, 2nd December.


Shaun’s note last Friday gave you some helpful tips about checking your own WHS account, raising any outstanding error queries direct with WHS (copying in the Handicap Committee), and downloading and using the WHS App (MyEG). Whilst competitive golf does not start until Thursday 10th December, you might also want to ‘practice’ using your new Handicap Index when playing social golf with your friends over the coming days.


To help you remember how to calculate your Course Handicap from your Handicap Index, and then calculate your Playing Handicap, I have attached again WHS Newsletter Issue 7 which sets out the process in detail.  However, in summary:


Step 1 Ascertain your Handicap Index from your WHS account


Step 2 Convert your Handicap Index to your Course Handicap, by choosing the tees you are playing from that day and referring to the Course and Slope Rating Board on the wall outside the Pro Shop


Step 3 Convert your Course Handicap to your Playing Handicap for that round by applying the mandatory handicap allowance to your Course Handicap. The Playing Handicap Calculator Tables on the noticeboard in the atrium will help you with this last calculation.




Remember the most common handicap allowances to apply to your Course Handicap are:

  • Individual stroke play (such as medal or Stableford) = 95%
  • Pairs stroke play (such as 4BBB) = 85%
  • Individual match play (such as a singles knockout) = 100%
  • Pairs match play (such as a 4BBB knockout) = 90%


We have produced 5 separate Playing Handicap Calculator Tables for you to use:

  • 95%, 90% and 85% for an 18-hole round
  • 95% and 85% for a 12-hole competition round (when it is necessary, as usual, to also calculate 2/3rds of your Course Handicap because of the shorter course)


As well as being displayed in the atrium, copies of the Playing Handicap Calculator Tables will also be available in the Pro Shop, and via the dedicated WHS tile on the members pages of the club website. For ease of reference, they may also be accessed by clicking here.


Finally, some of you may have noticed that handicap certificates and the list of members’ handicaps on the club website are still showing pre-WHS data. This is due to be rectified shortly.




Tony Walker                                                    

Chair of Golf                                                    


30th November 2020

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