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HNA Newsletter - August 2016

This month we look at some interesting statistics from the handicap system and remind golfers that they can log onto their personal profile on the system at

Playing to your handicap?

How often should we play to our handicaps? Well, since the handicap system uses only 96% of our 10 best scores, it is expected that male golfers play to, or better than, their handicaps approximately once in every five rounds as per the table below. You can look at your own scores on the system to see how you compare with this national average from the last year.

In the same way, golfers are expected to only shoot an exceptional score – which is a handicap differential (gross score - minus standard rating) of three or more shots below their handicap – once every 20 rounds, which is why the system penalises golfers if they have two exceptional rounds in their last 20.

The table below shows the average percentage of times golfers had an exceptional score over the last 12 months.

Entering scores online

Do you know that you can log onto your personal profile on the handicaps website ( using the exact name and number as it appears on your handicap card? You can then change your log on name and number to one that is shorter and easier to remember. This revised name and number can then also be used to log onto the terminal at any club, to record a score, if you have left your card at home.

If you want any assistance with this or any other issue with your handicap or log on, then please don't hesitate to email us at or phone our call centre on 086 000 1945 and we will gladly assist you.

Quote of the Month

“Actually, the only time I ever took out a one-iron was to kill a tarantula. And I took a 7 to do that.” ~ Jim Murray

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