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Competitions & Events

By completing an entry form (available from your club secretary, or downloadable from the Glasgow Golf Union website) and post it, along with your entry fee and a SAE for confirmation of your start time, to the Competitions Convener whose address can be found at the bottom of the entry form. Entries received after the closing date for the competition may still be accepted if there are spaces available.
Entry to some competitions is restricted by age and/or handicap. Details of these are given on the flyer advertising the competition. In addition, your ‘Home Club’ i.e. the club which handles your handicap must be affiliated to Glasgow Golf Union. Even if you are a member of a club in Glasgow as well as your Home Club your entry will not be accepted unless you are applying to enter an ‘Open Competition’ of which Glasgow Golf Union runs two viz: - The Glasgow Open Amateur Championship and the Open Youths’ championship.

You must also have a current CONGU valid handicap and for all competitions must supply your Centralised Database of Handicaps (CDH) number, if your club has registered, so that a note of your score can be sent to your Home Club and your handicap updated.
All Glasgow Golf Union competitions are ‘Qualifying Competitions’ and, as such, count for
 handicapping alterations where applicable. Failure to return a card will result in a ‘No Return’ being sent to your Home Club with a corresponding increase in your handicap of 0.1. If however you return a card which contains one or more holes for which a score has not been recorded then the ‘net double bogey’ correction will be applied before any handicap alterations are made.
Your entry money will not be refunded.
You will be disqualified from competing and your entry money will not be refunded.

SSS & Handicap

Preferred Lies may be used during the period from 1st October to 30th April, if required. Outside the specified period consent of the Union must be obtained to enable Qualifying Competitions to take place. When Preferred Lies are in operation a Local Rule as identified within Appendix 1, Part B, 4c of the Rules of Golf must be displayed.
When a Club considers adverse conditions warrant an extension of the Preferred Lies period to all or part of the course representation should be made by the Greens Committee or other agreed body within the Club to the Local Area Authority (GGU). In the majority of cases the Union will conduct an on-course inspection before authorisation is granted.
A Club does not have the authority to run competitions where handicaps can be reduced but not increased. When a competition is declared “non qualifying” handicaps can neither be reduced nor increased.
Yes, subject to the Club having a designated Nine-Hole Standard Scratch Score issued by the Scottish Golf Union. Note -Only players in categories 2, 3 and 4 may return Nine- Hole scores for handicap purposes.
Individual members can access the CDH only when they have been advised of their unique CDH ID number from their home club who first must register the club with the CDH. The individual player can then access and register on the CDH on the SGU website. (
Individual can access exact and playing handicap information online. Ensures all Player Scores are recorded on their individual handicap record. When all Clubs are registered, will remove need to report away scores to “Home Club”. Note – Players should continue to report Away Scores during 2013 or until advised that CDH is fully operational within all Clubs.
The player should select as his Home Club for handicap purposes the one at which he plays most frequently in Qualifying Competitions. He should also inform all other Clubs where he is a member of his choice of Home Club. The Home Club selected has control over the player’s handicap and issues his CDH number. Note – To be able to participate in G.G.U. “closed competitions” the Player’s Home Club must be affiliated to The Glasgow Golf Union.
Yes, the G.G.U. SSS and Handicap Committee will be happy to offer advice and guidance on suitability of local rules for use within individual member Clubs or queries on the Unified handicapping System controlled by CONGU. Contact should be made in the first instance to the Hon. Secretary by email. (
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