Nomads to get official handicaps

Lincoln Quaker

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Been posted on this forum several times Glynn, you really want me to post it all again? (I know i am on the other side of the fence to 95% of this forum on this)

Do you really think everyone is going to leave Woodhall Spa because they can get a cheap handicap from EG leaving them with no members?

Its not about promoting membership, why should handicaps be about promoting memberships and the preserve of members only clubs?
I am not worried about Woodhall Spa, the top clubs will be OK, its the smaller clubs that I fear for.

I understand the need for a nomadic handicap, I just dont agree with it.
 
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I think EG realise this but were really left with little option.

As to treating Independent Golfers as 2nd class citizen that will be up to clubs to decide as they will have to balance it against where there may be a marketing opportunity and not reducing the benefit for being a member.
Is this just an EG thing or are other authorities like SG doing this I wonder?
 
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How do 'nomads' update their handicaps? Via the app? If so, can't they just put in whatever score they want?
EG are working on several “safety “ features, GPS location, time delays before score entry, verification by outside source etc, an ongoing project.
Remember, it was just a meeting, I no nothing more than what was outlined in meeting, I have not had sight of the letter sent to clubs.
 
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Surely if there's a market for this
Then clubs only have themselves to blame
For not being forward thinking enough to dream up some form of membership that may have drawn this particular type of player into a new type of membership category that made it attractive enough to attach themself to a club

Golf clubs are notoriously averse to change and moving with the times
This possibly being another case in question
 

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We can all do that.
Not really.
We have to pre-register either on the App, which obviously has time data, or in the shop/office prior to playing.
We then have to either
A. return a completed scorecard signed by player and "marker" (witness is more exact) or,
B. upload score, electronically sign to say it's true AND upload scorecard signed by player and marker/witness.

Option B is exactly the same as comps have been running since June.

There is no question of "putting in any score you want" if it's run properly.
 

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Not really.
We have to pre-register either on the App, which obviously has time data, or in the shop/office prior to playing.
We then have to either
A. return a completed scorecard signed by player and "marker" (witness is more exact) or,
B. upload score, electronically sign to say it's true AND upload scorecard signed by player and marker/witness.

Option B is exactly the same as comps have been running since June.

There is no question of "putting in any score you want" if it's run properly.

There doesnt have to be for nomads handicaps either, the risk of both should be almost exactly the same
 
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Here in the South West I know of one Club that charges £1 per annum membership plus the County and EG affiliation fees. For that you get a handicap, entry to their competitions (on paying a green fee), the County Card which gives you discounted golf nationwide, insurance from EG etc.. There is also one in my county that charges £36 per annum including county and EG affiliation fees. Neither of these Clubs, which anyone can join from anywhere in the UK, are overwhelmed by nomadic golfers despite the attractiveness of the offering.This new EG scheme will have to go some to beat these deals and I am sure there are equivalent ones elsewhere in the country.
 
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Here in the South West I know of one Club that charges £1 per annum membership plus the County and EG affiliation fees. For that you get a handicap, entry to their competitions (on paying a green fee), the County Card which gives you discounted golf nationwide, insurance from EG etc.. There is also one in my county that charges £36 per annum including county and EG affiliation fees. Neither of these Clubs, which anyone can join from anywhere in the UK, are overwhelmed by nomadic golfers despite the attractiveness of the offering.This new EG scheme will have to go some to beat these deals and I am sure there are equivalent ones elsewhere in the country.
Offering county cards at those prices is IMO not on and I would love to know the clubs.
 
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R&A strategy is sensible, get the admin right, and no problem.



Opens are already "balloting" out players based on handicap level. Ok - in scratch Opens its been that way for years. If you run an open that isn't "selling out" you'll be glad of the extra bodies. If it is one that sells out every year, will clubs give priority to "members?" They might.

The "Fun" will happen after this has run for a little while. If lots of "nomads" cry foul if they are getting bounced from Opens, it will be interesting to see what happens.
I have little confidence they can handle this professionally based on my experience, I had an EG account before WHS switch 2nd week of November I could not log to date that can not solve the issue, very busy I'm told, doing what I ask there's no golf, the problem is Dot.Golf in NZ and there is a time difference, and so it goes on. Shambolic
 
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