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the responsibilities of the player

The Responsibilities of the Player

In order to comply with the requirements of the World Handicap System Rules of Handicapping, a player is expected to:

  1. Act with integrity by following the Rules of Handicapping and to refrain from using, or circumventing, the Rules of Handicapping for the purpose of gaining an unfair advantage.
  2. Have only one Handicap Index from a single scoring record, which is managed by the player’s home club in accordance with the Rules of Handicapping.
    Note: This Handicap Index will apply elsewhere, including at all other golf clubs of which the player is a member.
  3.  Ensure each golf club of which they are a member knows the details of:
    • All other golf clubs that they are a member of, and
    • Which golf club that they have designated to be their home club.
  4. Ensure that, prior to playing a round in an authorized format of play, they:
    • Know their current Handicap Index,
    • Inform the Handicap Committee or the Committee in charge of the competition of any discrepancies with their Handicap Index and provide details of any outstanding scores yet to be submitted or posted to their scoring record,
    • Know the holes where handicap strokes are to be given or received, and
    • Record their correct handicap on the scorecard in a stroke-play competition.
  5. Attempt to make the best score possible at each hole.
  6. Where applicable, ensure all acceptable scores are submitted for handicap purposes, including scores from outside the player’s home jurisdiction. Acceptable scores should be submitted:
    • Before midnight on the day of play, and
    • In the correct chronological order.
  7. Submit acceptable scores to provide reasonable evidence of their demonstrated ability.
  8. Provide any new golf club with the full details of their previous playing history, Handicap Index held, memberships and any other information relevant to their golfing ability.
  9.  Play by the Rules of Golf.
  10. Certify the scores of fellow players.


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