Club News


Devan and crew have finished the rebuilding of the tees on #13 and #14. I would like to thank the volunteers who came out on Wednesday morning to lay the turf. Fortunately the weather co-operated, and we beat the expected snow. Special thanks to Jack Soare for marshalling the troops for this project. Volunteers included Bear Leavens, Kieth Kriz, Jackson Wood, Dave Handy, Don Price, Brian Sutherland, Bob Murray & Casey (who kept watch for maurauding squirrels and pesky birds), John Rimmer, Dale Benedetti, Jim Jellis, Tom Proud, Dan Kinney, Leo Marche, Les Stevenson, and Richard Allen. Photo credits go to Dave Handy.

I encourage members to go for a walk to see the new views, a vast improvement in teeing area, options for tee placement, and ease of maintenance; part of our overall strategy to make some necessary improvement to the golf course every year that we can. Please stay off the steeper slopes as they will be slippery, and, if wet, the turf will move easily.

Len Mosher


A Message From Your Handicap Committee

Creston Golf Club June 14, 2013

With the recent tournament and match play competitions, the Handicap Committee has become aware of some problems with the posting of scores for handicap purposes. What Is Fair Handicapping? To quote the RCGA Handicap Manual: “Fair handicapping depends upon full and accurate information regarding a player’s potential scoring ability as reflected by a complete scoring record. Every player must be responsible for returning all acceptable scores……” This includes stroke play scores, match play scores, tournament scores, “away” scores, and incomplete rounds. The handicap system makes golf unique among major games. If you are always striving to shoot the best score you can, the handicap system will work, and you can have a fair match with any other player, regardless of his or her ability. Handicapping can only be fair if it reflects your CURRENT playing ability. Scores should also be posted in a timely manner, ideally as soon as the round is completed. Excuses we’ve heard: “It was a match; he was out of the hole and conceded it before we got to the green.  I can’t post a score with a birdie that I didn’t actually make”. Correct Answer: No, under the handicap rules you should post your “most likely score”.  (For example, if you are a 12 handicap, and this incident happened on the 11th handicap hole, you would score a bogey).  This is largely common sense. This also applies to incomplete rounds. Under the handicap rules, if you play 13 or more holes, you should post a score for 18 holes. On our course, if you were an 11 handicap (man) but ended the round on hole 14, you would score: par, bogey, bogey, bogey for the last 4 holes (the 16th, 2nd, 4th and 8th handicap holes). If you were an 11 handicap (woman, you would score: par, bogey, par, bogey, for the last 4 holes (the 14th, 4th, 12th, and 6th handicap holes). Clear as mud, right?  If you study this example, it will become clear. If you play 7 to 12 holes, you should post a nine hole score. If you usually only play nine holes (after work, for example) it’s important to post those nines to accurately reflect your current playing ability. “We don’t play by the same rules down South, so my scores shouldn’t count up here.” Answer: The Rules of Golf apply everywhere you play. There may be local rules that may be in use, but you should still post your score. This is fair to both you and your opponents in a competition. “We play at much easier courses when we’re away, so my handicap wouldn’t be the same as here, so I don’t post those scores.” Answer:  All regulation courses are rated with both a “course rating” and “slope” to make them comparable in difficulty under the handicap system. “Course rating”, is a measure of the relative difficulty of a course for a scratch golfer.  “Slope” is a measure of the difficulty of a course for a bogey golfer compared to a scratch golfer. These two measures result in comparative equity amongst golf courses. The system is not perfect, but is constantly improving as courses are re-evaluated by golf’s governing bodies. The Internet Will Help You: The internet has made this a lot simpler than it used to be. You can look up most courses when you post your score, and, if the course is not listed, you can input the name, rating, and slope for any course that’s rated. That information is usually on the scorecard. “It’s winter. Our course is closed, so I can’t post my scores.” Answer:  While it’s true that you can’t post scores for local play when we are not in our “active season”, you can post scores from anywhere in the world whose season is still active.  With the internet, you can post scores anytime, from anywhere. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can keep your scores and dates to post when you come home, on the golf course computer. “I go for every shot when I play a casual round of golf, but I play more cautiously in a tournament.” Answer:  This is patently unfair to your competition in a tournament. If you use one style of play to establish your handicap, but another to compete under the handicap system, you are simply cheating. The goal of a round of golf is to shoot the lowest score you’re capable of on the day for the round. Playing other games within this framework is fine, but should not completely trump the ultimate goal. “I don’t post my bad scores, especially in tournaments, because I can play much better”. Answer:  You’re only cheating yourself, and tournaments are probably never fun for you. “Equitable Stroke Control” Finally, in reviewing the tournament scores, it is evident that many golfers still don’t understand “Equitable Stroke Control”. “Equitable Stroke Control” is the maximum number of strokes you are allowed to take on a hole for handicap purposes. It applies to all scores you post, including tournament scores. That’s right, if you’re a 19 handicap and take 11 strokes on hole number 2, you can only take a 7 for handicap purposes (you keep the 11 in your tournament score, but not in the score you post on the computer). Equitable Stroke Control changed last year and we now use the same system as the USGA: Course handicap                           Maximum strokes you may take on any Hole 9 or less____________________2 over par (double bogey) 10 – 19________________________________7_________ 20 – 29________________________________8_________ 30 – 39________________________________9_________ 40 and over____________________________10________ For more information than you ever wanted to know about handicapping, go to the Golf Canada website and click on the “rules and handicap” tab, then “handicap manual”. For questions concerning handicap issues, your Handicap Committee is: Cherie Baker Leslie Harbison Len Mosher Brian O’Keefe & Don Price

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