Every golfer wants to know what their real playing ability is but if you don’t belong to a golf club, how do you obtain a golf handicap certificate?
We asked the team at the TheSocialGolfer.com to explain what they offer the golfing nomad…
How to obtain a golf handicap certificate…
Firstly, let’s set the record straight, a CONGU (The Council of National Golf Unions) recognised handicap is the ONLY official way to get a golf handicap certificate.
However, in many ways, this is expensive, as it requires you joining a golf club, which can cost you upwards of £600 – £2000 per year!
Secondly, a much more affordable option is to join an online golf club like The Social Golfer (TSG)…
The Social Golfer has its own bespoke Golf Handicap Tracking system, which invites you to submit three of your most recent scorecards, following which it will then produce you an official TSG Golf Handicap Certificate.
Thereafter, we recommend members post their scores after EVERY round to maintain their current playing standard.
Our system takes into account both your Gross Score and the SSS (Standard Scratch Score) of the Course and adjusts your playing ability accordingly.
How to obtain a golf handicap certificate – Is it robust and accurate?
We recently surveyed our members who are club members with a CONGU handicap and compared them with their TSG handicap and a resounding 100% of those asked, said their handicap on The Social Golfer was LOWER than their Club handicap!
How to obtain a golf handicap certificate – Are TSG Handicap Certificates accepted at Clubs and in Open Competitions?
Since our launch in 2010, we have never heard of a club refusing our golf handicap certificate either in the UK or Worldwide.
However, whilst some Open Club competitions and Golf Society Days will request a CONGU certificate, many clubs are recognising that with club membership on the decline in recent years, that an online handicap is more than an adequate replacement.
Furthermore, with Club handicaps only requiring you to submit three scorecards per year (total), the TSG handicap system, calculates your ‘actual’ playing standard after every round.
A golf handicap certificate with The Social Golfer costs £24.99pp*
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*correct at the time of going to press.