To obtain a Handicap at Douglas Valley Golf Club you will be required to complete 3 rounds of 18 holes played under the R & A Rules. You will need to be accompanied by another golfer who will sign your scorecards. Once completed they need to be handed in at the Golf Shop to be verified. The Committee will then calculate your new Handicap which will be posted on the Club Notice Board outside the Golf Shop. This will be updated at the beginning of each week.

The way in which your Handicap will increase or decrease is by playing in Club Competitions and when your score is above or below the buffer zone.

If you’d like further information on the Rules of Golf go to www.randa.org

The Central Database of Handicaps (CDH) was introduced in 2009 to assist Golf Clubs in the administration of their Member’s Handicaps and in particular in the transfer of qualifying scores back to the player’s home Golf Club.

The CDH has in excess of 1800 Golf Clubs and approx 750,000 men and women registered on the system.

The key principles in the operation of the system is that each home Club Member, with a CONGU handicap, is assigned a CDH lifetime ID number. This number will allow other clubs to both confirm the individual’s Membership of a Golf Club as well as their exact Playing Handicap. This is particularly useful in terms of entry into Open Competitions and the increasing number of clubs operating online entries.