THE new slope system will come into play on Thursday 23rd of January. Golf Link will be offline from Monday 20th to Thursday 23rd of January to allow for the installation of the new software required. Players will not be able to access their handicaps in this time.
This means that the competitions on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd will still run on old handicaps. The match committee prepared listings of the last recorded handicaps for use by members.
In the slope system every member will have a Golf Australia Handicap (ie the one on golflink) and a “playing handicap” will have to be determined for each competition by applying a formula. To save individual golfers the tricky calculation ready reckoners have been prepared for all four courses played on at Jamberoo (Mens and Ladies Blue and White) and will be on display at the golf shop and in a folder near the computer in the golf shop. In preparation for the change-over we have already put up the ready reckoners.
You may notice that your Golf Australia handicap (ie the handicap given on Golflink) may be slightly different from your old handicap. Don’t panic as everybody in Australia will have their scores from the last 12 months recalculated to determine the new Golf Australia handicap. Every course in Australia has been rated according to their difficulty against set criteria and when you play at other courses the playing handicaps will recognise this. So playing a course that is considered more difficult will give you extra shots on your handicap at that course and if the course is rated easier than Jamberoo then you will play off a lesser handicap.
So recapping, from Thursday, players will need to look up their Golf Australia handicap on Golf Link before each comp (so just use the club computer in the golf shop which will give the Golf Australia or Golf Link handicap) and use it to determine their playing handicap for the course they are playing on for the round.
From Thursday the 22nd, when entering your score after a round the computer should automatically indicate to you the correct playing handicap in the handicap box which you can use as a check.
(New GA Handicaps are scheduled to be available online on Golf Link from 7pm Thursday)