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Handicapping of Conforming Social Scores

Handicapping of CSS (Conforming Social Scores)

Summary of the new CSS (Conforming Social Scores) Regulations

The new handicap system will permit a social score to be used for
handicapping, but only if the following conditions are met:

• The player’s home club must have chosen to allow the use of social scores.

• The player must have nominated prior to starting a round that it is to count for handicap purposes.

• The scoring format must be Stableford.

• The player must have a Marker throughout their round.

• The player must abide by the Rules of Golf.


In designing the new regulations, Golf Australia has been particularly mindful of the following key points:

• The extensive consultation program around the new handicap system yielded strongly expressed views from some clubs that they should be permitted to handicap social rounds. With member retention and attraction in mind, it is very important to some clubs to be able to provide more flexible offerings for golfers who are not able/wanting to play in regular competitions.

• Other clubs strongly expressed the view that they should not be obligated to handicap social rounds.

• It is a key objective of GA to have a handicap system that is sufficiently flexible to cater for those affiliated golfers who wish to play but not in formal competitions. This will facilitate greater participation.

• It is also a key objective of GA that policy be sufficiently broad to cater for the great diversity of Australian clubs, club environments, and competition and administrative challenges.


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