Information for Members


Information on the Slope Handicapping System:

Please find set out hereunder a general summary of information supplied by Golf Australia concerning the introduction of the new ‘slope’ handicapping system.

  • The new slope system will commence on the 23 January 2014.
  • Golf Link will go off line on 20 January 2014 to allow for the adjustment of all handicaps.  This will be done by using the slope system over member’s last 20 rounds.
  • Slope ratings for all courses will be released in September 2013.
  • Slope ratings will vary considerably from course to course, for example the slope rating off white makers at Leonay will be 113, Penrith 120, Richmond 124, and Stonecutters Ridge 127.
  • Slope ratings will range between 155 (highest for hardest courses), and 55 (lowest for easiest courses) with the neutral rating being 113.
  • All players will still have a Golf Australia (GA) Handicap, e.g. 18.4
  • Before playing in any competition players must work out their Daily Handicap. Hopefully this will be done by computers at all respective clubs.
  • Members must play off their daily handicap and not their GA Handicap.  It is the player’s responsibility to make sure he/she plays of his/her daily handicap.
  • Member’s Daily Handicaps are worked out by taking their G.A. Handicap (i.e. 18.4) and multiplying it by the slope rating on the course that they are playing. (i.e. 128).  That sum is then divided by the Neutral Slope Rating which is 113.  That will give the member his/her daily handicap.
  • Daily Handicap = GA Handicap x Slope Rating divided by Neutral Slope Rating (i.e. 113)
  • As indicated earlier, the daily handicap must appear on the score card and that is the player’s responsibility.
  • Score cards will show course rating and slope rating
  • E.g. Men white           71        Men white slope 120.
  • All scores must be converted to stableford points before being sent to Golf Link for handicapping.  This is to give a fairer indication of how a player played on the day.  For example, in a stroke round a player could have 17 on one hole, and that does not give a clear indication of how he/she played on the other 17 holes.
  • Daily Scratch Rating (D.S.R.) will appear on player’s records at Golf Link, but that will have not affect results of competitions already completed.
  • The DSR can not vary by more than 4 above or 3 below the scratch rating.
  • The DSR is worked out by Golf Link from millions of cards already submitted and the overall scores recorded during specific competitions. 

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