Handicap Guide for New Members
New to golf?
If you would like to play competitive golf either at New Mills or any other golf club, you will need to obtain a Handicap Index.
What is a Handicap Index?
A Handicap Index allows you to play golf on an equal footing with everyone else who has a handicap, regardless of your ability or the course you play on.
How to obtain a Handicap Index
To obtain a Handicap Index you need to play and record scores from a total of 54 holes. This can be from any combination of 9 or 18-hole rounds (for example, 3 x 18 holes, 6 x 9 holes etc).
Each scorecard must say it is ‘for handicap’ and show your name, the date and the gross score for each hole. Your card should be marked by a responsible person and both yourself and your marker should sign the card.
The card should then be given to the Club Professional
Once you have submitted cards covering 54 holes, these scores will then be made into 3 x 18-hole scores to allow a Handicap Index to be calculated. This will be based on your score for the lowest 18 holes, minus 2 shots.
Your Handicap Index will be calculated by computer using the WHS (World Handicap System), operated by England Golf. You will be given a unique CDH (Central Database of Handicaps) number which will stay with you for life.
Once you have a Handicap Index you can submit more scores for handicap, either by playing in a competition or by playing a general play round.
How to develop your Handicap Index
Your Handicap Index will continue to develop until you have 20 scores recorded. The more cards you submit, the quicker you will get a fully developed handicap index that is a more accurate reflection of your ability. For fewer than 20 scores your Handicap Index will be calculated as follows:
3 scores: lowest score -2
4 scores: lowest score -1
5 scores: lowest score
6 scores: average of lowest 2 scores -1
7 or 8 scores: average of lowest 2 scores
9-11 scores: average of lowest 3 scores
12-14 scores: average of lowest 4 scores
15-16 scores: average of lowest 5 scores
17-18 scores: average of lowest 6 scores
19 scores: average of lowest 7 scores
20 scores: average of lowest 8 scores
From then on, your newest score will replace the oldest score on your record and your Handicap Index will be re-calculated based on the lowest 8 scores on your current record.
Before playing a round of golf, you will need to convert your Handicap Index to a Course Handicap. This will change from course to course, depending on the difficulty of the course. When you play on a more difficult golf course, your Course Handicap may be 2 or 3 shots higher, or lower when you play an easier course. Handicap Index conversion tables are available online and at all courses to enable you to calculate your Course Handicap. At NMGC, when you sign in to play a competition or pre-register to play a general play round for handicap purposes, your course Handicap will appear on the sign-in screen, alongside your handicap index.
When playing in a competition, your Course Handicap may be further adjusted depending on the type of competition you are playing in. For example, in a singles stableford or stroke play competition your Playing Handicap will be 95% of your Course Handicap. Your Playing Handicap will be given to you by the competition organiser or will show on the sign-in screen or HDID when you sign in to play a competition.
New Mills Golf Club – Useful Information and Guidance for New Members
Where do I look on the NMGC website?
Men’s, Ladies, Seniors and Juniors sections
Membership categories, fees, playing rights
Course etiquette and dress code
Taking care of the course
Use of trollies and buggies
Health & safety
Social events and catering
Tuition and equipment
Visitors and green fees
Competitions, Handicaps, General Play Rounds & Social Golf
Where do I look on the NMGC website?
BRS Golf is a website that allows you to book a tee time at NMGC.
A BRS Golf App is also available for download on Apple and Android devices.
Please contact the Professional to obtain your user ID
HowDidiDo (HDID) is a website that gives you information about NMGC competition fixtures & results. You can sign in to competitions and enter your score.
A HowDidiDo App is also available for download on Apple and Android devices.
Please contact the Professional if you have any queries regarding HowDidIDo.
Entering a competition
Handicap guide for new members
Playing a general play round for handicap
World Handicap system (WHS)