The new World Handicap System (WHS) will be launched in Scotland, and the rest of GB and I, on 2nd November 2020 and over the next two weeks, Scottish Golf will focus on the key features of WHS, helping golfers across Scotland better understand the new system for handicapping ahead of its launch. This is the first of two editions that all 575 of our affiliated clubs will receive over the next two weeks. These will provide you with access to tools and resources aimed at supporting member education at your club. In our first week, you will find information below on how you can access a suite of social media graphics, along with a key messages toolkit that you are encouraged to share on your club's channels. Read more here


With little over two weeks to go until the new World Handicap System comes into play in Scotland, we welcome you to our fifth WHS Weekly Newsletter. In this week's update, we have further information for all affiliated clubs in Scotland that will help ensure you are prepared for the start of WHS on 2nd November 2020. As with previous versions of our newsletter, this week's update will follow a similar pattern. At points, there may be some repetition but it is important all clubs are familiar with the latest updates on Venue Information, CDH Cleansing and the list of approved ISVs in Scotland. This week, we also have additional information on our new golfer education campaign and how your club can get involved. It is important that all affiliated clubs familiarise themselves with our WHS Readiness Document that was issued to all affiliated clubs in August. This can can be accessed here and will take you through the key steps to ensuring your club's smooth transition to WHS come November. Read more here

In this week's Club Newsletter, we bring you details of our next Zoom Panel Call aimed at giving clubs more information on the Government's new Kickstart scheme. Following a successful Zoom Call on WHS for Golfers, we bring you details of how you can watch this back and encourage all clubs to share this with their membership ahead of November 2nd. We also have a final reminder for club officials about your Annual Membership Information return and the current Scottish Golf Board vacancies. Read the full newsletter here

Following our latest update on 8th October, Scottish Golf has been in ongoing dialogue with our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government to seek further clarity on the licensing of premises and how this might impact our affiliated clubs.

We have today received confirmation that individual premises will need to act in accordance with the current guidance in place based on their existing license. As the type of license can vary from club to club, we would encourage all clubs to make contact with their local authority and environmental health team who will be able to further advise on the type of license your clubhouse has.

Scottish Golf would like to remind clubs that the current guidance is as follows and that all clubs should adhere to the restrictions in place in their local area:

Pubs and restaurants in five Scottish health board areas - Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley - must shut to all but takeaway customers. In these areas, licensed cafes can remain open from 6am to 6pm but must not sell alcohol.

In other parts of Scotland not mentioned above, pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes can operate 6am to 6pm but cannot serve alcohol indoors during that time. These premises can sell alcohol outdoors until 10pm.

Rules on gatherings remain the same with a maximum of six people from two households permitted. Thank you for your ongoing understanding during these challenging times.

Scottish Golf is delighted that members of Scottish Golf affiliated clubs are once again being given the opportunity to play some of the country’s most famous Open and Scottish Open Championship venues at preferential green fee rates. With support from Muirfield, Prestwick, Royal Troon and Castle Stuart, proceeds from all tee-off time sales will go towards the development of junior golf in Scotland.

Due to the popularity of these offers, a ballot system will be in operation, so to make sure you are in with a chance of enjoying a memorable golfing experience, register your details on one or more of the courses below via the relevant online forms before 5pm on Friday 23rd October. What if I’m successful in the ballot? 

You are limited to one application per course, with the option of selecting multiple dates, giving you the best chance of success in the ballot. Booking is subject to the terms and conditions set out by each club and Scottish Golf. Read more here

Following the First Minister’s latest update in Parliament on Wednesday 7 October, Scottish Golf has been in dialogue with our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government to obtain further clarity about the new national restrictions being implemented across Scotland and how these might impact private member clubs.
On-course golf activities can continue under our current Phase 3 Guidance, with up to four players from four different households allowed to participate together. There are no changes to access to toilet facilities, locker rooms or professional shops which can continue to be utilised provided all appropriate measures, such as use of face masks, increased sanitation are adhered to. 

The key changes that apply to all golf club, are the hospitality restrictions which apply to private members clubs across the country. These are summarised below and are effective from 6pm on Friday 9th October 2020:  Full details can be read here

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