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IMPORTANT: Service Update
Dear More Leisure Member,
Following the announcement by the NI Executive on the 17th December, all of the Council’s Leisure facilities including golf will close from the 24th December for a period of 6 weeks.
Membership fees will continue to remain suspended until at least March 2021 and this will remain under continuous review.
Members can continue to avail of the More Live programme. Classes will continue to be available on-demand throughout closure with access available through the website. In addition, a Fitness Class workout plan is available to help you to stay on track with your fitness goals. Simply Click here to download the programme to get started.
Should you have any questions regarding this email please contact More@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk.
Head of Leisure
You are reminded of the following Club Rules.
Not Honouring Time-Slot
Following the decision made at the AGM on 5th December 2006 to change the Time Sheet from a weekly to a monthly basis, the Committee has amended the penalty for a member not honouring his time-slot to the following:
Failure of a Club Member to honour his Club time-slot twice in a rolling calendar month will result in that Member’s right to book a Club time-slot in Home competitions on the next posted Time-Sheet (MONTHLY) being suspended.
Cancellation of time-slots will be acceptable up to 7.00pm on the THURSDAY immediately preceding the weekend of the competition.
Monthly Timesheets (March 2014)
Please note that if you are unable to use your competition tee-off time you must remove your name from the timesheet before 7pm on the Thursday prior to the competition (this will allow other members to book the slot). You can remove your name in person or contact reception and ask a member of staff to remove your name on your behalf. You cannot remove another members name without permission and Centre staff have been asked not to remove another members name at your request.
Time Sheet Conditions of Use
ALL Members booking a slot on the Club Time Sheet must enter the Club Competition. Failure to adhere to this condition will result in the withdrawal of the Member’s right to enter the Club Competition or use a slot on the Club Time Sheet the following Saturday.
From the beginning of December, members are requested to return their scores no later than 7pm on the day of the competition.
Removing your name in a timely manner is especially important at this time as our Club Slots are oversubscribed and it is important to give others the chance to rebook the slot being vacated.
FAO: Members of Affiliated Golf Clubs
Re: World Handicap System
On November 2nd, the World Handicap System (WHS) will come into effect in Ireland alongside the other Home Unions of England, Scotland and Wales.
While the previous CONGU Handicapping System was an incremental one, the WHS is an averaging system based using the best 8 of the last 20 scores on your record.
This new system will provide maximum enjoyment for all by enabling all golfers, from anywhere in the world, to play and compete with others on a fair basis.
At this point, all handicap records are in the process of being transferred to the new WHS system, which will replace Golfnet. Here are some things you will need to consider in preparation for the new system.
Do I need to do anything to transfer my handicap to the new WHS?
No, your handicap records will be automatically transferred and your club has been given access to the WHS platform in advance.
As the site comes online, which is likely to be during the afternoon or early evening on 2nd November, you will be able to create a new WHS system account. You will do this using your eight-digit CDH number and 4-digit PIN, both of which are printed on the rear of your GUI/ILGU Member Card. This will allow you to view your handicap index and further details of where to create this account will be shared on November 2nd.
If your PIN is missing from the back of your card, you can look it up on Golfnet or ask your Handicap Secretary to get it for you from Golfnet.
If you have lost your card then your club must order a new card for you.
What if my handicap has changed significantly?
It is likely that your handicap index will change from your current CONGU handicap. This change is not an exact science as the data from an old system (CONGU) has been used to calculate new WHS Indices. While this has been done as accurately as possible, there will be some anomalies.
The Handicap Index you view on November 2nd will fluctuate as you begin to submit eligible scores under the new system.
However, if you feel that your handicap index is significantly inaccurate there is a recommended process to follow:
Your club knows you and your playing ability. In the vast majority of cases your club will be able to make an adjustment to your Handicap Index and resolve the situation for you quickly. It must also be noted that this transition has been a huge effort for your club Handicap Secretary/Committee, all of whom are volunteers. We ask that you consider this workload when asking for your query to be addressed.
The process of accurately assigning scores to courses/tees has been challenging. Scores from the old system were never linked with a course/set of tees. So, we’ve had to apply a set of rules to try to map scores to courses in the new system. Whilst this process has worked for the vast majority of scores, there are some scores that have been assigned to courses/tees other than those played on the day. In cases where this has a material effect on the calculation of the WHS Index, we’re working with your Handicapping Committee to apply a fix. Please bear with us over the coming weeks, while we complete this process.
How do I use my new WHS Handicap Index?
Golf Ireland have provided Course & Slope Rating tables to all golf clubs. These tables should be positioned in clear locations around the club making it simple for golfers to find prior to beginning their round.
You simply have to choose the tees you are playing off that day and cross reference your Handicap Index on the Course & Slope Rating table to ascertain your Course Handicap. Different tees on the same course could have varying slope ratings. Your Course Handicap determines the number of strokes you give or receive off the tee set you intend to play from.
Then, depending on the format you are playing (singles, fourball etc.) you will apply a handicap allowance to your course handicap which will present you with your playing handicap.
For example: The recommended handicap allowance for individual stroke play events is 95% which means a player could have a course handicap of 15 but a playing handicap of 14.
More information on the World Handicap System can be found at www.golfnet.ie/whs
Communications & Academy Manager
Golfing Union of Ireland
Note: This is for clubs in the Republic of Ireland. Other clubs copied for information.
FAO: All members
Statement from GUI and ILGU
4.45pm Wednesday 21st October 2020
Following intensive engagement over the past 48 hours, we have been informed this afternoon by Sport Ireland that, very regrettably golf clubs must close under the new level 5 restrictions.
Essential course maintenance is permitted to continue under level 5. We have sought clarity on the issue as to whether ranges/practice facilities can remain open for exempted activities. We will update clubs on this as soon as possible.
FAO: All members, handicap committee, staff
To assist in spreading the messaging about the World Handicap System, I have prepared a podcast which will take listeners through the most relevant parts of the system and it should help understanding ahead of the launch on 2nd November.
I would appreciate it if you could copy and paste the message below and send it to all your members and post it on your social media channels.
The World Handicap System starts on 2nd November. We encourage you to listen to the podcast below which has been prepared by the GUI and ILGU.
Check out www.golfnet.ie/whs for more info. #WHS
Communications & Academy Manager
Golfing Union of Ireland
FAO: All Members and Handicap Committee
Thank you for your help so far in getting the message out there about the World Handicap System which arrives in Ireland on 2nd November 2020.
Don’t forget that everything your members need to know about WHS is available at www.golfnet.ie/whs and we encourage you to let your members know about this resource. We have a Frequently Asked Questions document, presentations and the Rules of Handicapping book available for download.
Attached are six more graphics which you can use on your social media channels, club website and internal club newsletters to all members.
STATEMENT FROM THE IRISH LADIES GOLF UNION AND GOLFING UNION OF IRELAND IN RELATION TO GOLF IN COUNTY DONEGAL UNDER LEVEL 3
25th SEPTEMBER 2020
Following the Irish Government’s announcement in relation to increased restrictions due to COVID-19, golf clubs and golfers located in County Donegal must adhere to the following:
Golf Ireland will issue guidance early next week in relation to Levels 1-3 and how each one impacts on clubs and golfers alike.
To: Club Communication Officers
FAO: All members, handicap committees and staff
With six weeks left to go before the new World Handicap System comes into effect, we have put together some educational resources for your members to access. These can be found at www.golfnet.ie/whs and we will be providing clubs with content for use in their internal publications and social media outlets over the coming weeks.
Please let your members know about this as WHS represents the biggest change to the handicap system for over 30 years.
At www.golfnet.ie/whs you can find the Rules of Handicapping booklet, frequently asked questions, explainer videos, guidance from the R&A and CONGU and more.
More communication from us will follow in due course. Below is a copy of the media release issued today.
Golfing Union of Ireland
World Handicap System Set for November Launch
Golf Ireland, the GUI and ILGU today confirmed that the World Handicap System will come into effect in Ireland from 2nd November, replacing the current Unified Handicapping System (CONGU).
The World Handicap System, the rollout of which commenced in January, unifies six different handicapping systems into a single system and will:
Over the coming six weeks, an education campaign will begin to help golfers in Ireland learn and adapt the new handicap system. This will be undertaken through the Golfnet website, on social media, through club communication officers, direct mail and with GUI and ILGU media partners in Irish Golfer.
Speaking about the launch, Mark Kennelly CEO of Golf Ireland said: “The World Handicap System transforms how golf handicaps are calculated and the new system should make the process of obtaining and administering handicaps much simpler. It’s a modern, progressive and more equal way of ensuring that we provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability.”
The new system will feature the following: