How do I know what my new Handicap Index is?
Your handicap Index can be found on 
Golf Ireland; your Clubv1 app and on Howdidido

NOTE: You may have been familiar with the website Golfnet. This site is no longer being updated and going forward a new site called Golf Ireland will be used. It is recommended that all members create an account on Golf Ireland.

How to create an account on Golf Ireland: 
Log on and create and account. You will need your GUI/ILGU number and your 4 digit pin number to open the account. If you do not know your pin you can contact Mary Cleary

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30th October 2020 (ILGU): The World Handicapping System - What you need to know

To: All Golfers
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?
Don’t panic!
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:
1. Members should first address their query to their Handicap Secretary/Committee.
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.
2. If the Handicap Secretary/Committee cannot answer the query, the Handicap Secretary should forward it to the ILGU Handicap Advisor or GUI Handicapping Convenor/Branch Office.
3. If the Handicap Advisor/Convenor/Branch cannot answer the query it should be forwarded to for the attention of the National Handicap Committee.
4. If necessary, Golf Ireland will refer the query to the WHS Committee.

?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

WHS - World Handicap System

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.  
Listen here 

At 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.
Alan Kelly, Communications Manager, Golfing Union of Ireland

World Handicap System Set for November Launch

  • Biggest changes to handicap system in over 30 years  
  • Golfers of all abilities will be able to compete on a fair and equal basis
  • Club members encouraged to learn more about the new system
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:
  • enable golfers of different abilities to play and compete on a fair and equal basis, in any format, on any course, anywhere around the world;  
  • be easy to understand and implement, without sacrificing accuracy; and   
  • meet the varied needs and expectations of golfers, golf clubs and golf authorities all around the world and be adaptable to suit all golfing cultures.
Following transition to the WHS, all Handicap Index calculations will be consistent for all players, making a Handicap Index directly comparable  to all other players around the world.

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:
  • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer's handicap is more reflective of potential ability
  •  A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a  new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds.
  • A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System, already successfully used in more than 80 countries
  • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player's performance each day
  • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation
  • A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only)
  • A maximum handicap index limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game
A secure login area on the Golf Ireland website (which will replace Golfnet) will allow club members login to view their playing history and a smartphone app will be launched in early 2021.

Alan Kelly
Communications & Academy Manager
Golfing Union of Ireland

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