Captain’s Update – Golf Course Re-rating

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Hi all,

It is with great pleasure that I write this Captain’s report as it seems we have turned the corner on COVID 19 and heading in the right direction. Still in no way back to normal capacity or operations but fingers crossed we do not experience a second wave in our region.

I would like to thank the members for their support and adherence to COVID 19 guidelines through these difficult times. Our plan was always to do what was recommended by Golf NSW, Dept of Health, and State Government guidelines. Even when some of the social distancing rules seemed strange or contradictory, we as a club stuck to the guidelines and I thank you for it.

The unexpected upside of it all is the demand for golf. We have been experiencing large numbers in our weekend fields close to the 200 mark. You will have noticed that we have gone back to a two tee start which will hopefully speed up the pace of play. I have received numerous reports of slow play, please be mindful of our fellow members and keep up the pace of play ‘Ready Golf’.

Change of Handicaps Effective as of 1st October

Andrew Robb- Manager, Game Development, Rules & Handicapping from Golf NSW recently had the opportunity to run a statistical review of the course ratings for Queanbeyan Golf Club. As agreed at the Match Committee meeting and Board meeting, we have decided to implement these changes as recommended.

Why did Golf Australia run the review?

  • When the new course rating process started in 2014 the plan was always to review course ratings every 5 to 10 years, at the time this was going to be a massive exercise of sending physical rating teams out around the country again as happened in the lead up to 2014.
  • Over the last 2 years Golf Australia have had a statistical review process developed and approved by both the USGA and the R&A to replace the need for a physical re-rating of the golf course.

How does the process work?

  • Using actual round data held within golf link a statistical review of the current course rating in undertaken, comparing actual scores with score expected by the handicapping system
  • A revised course rating is then determined, and we communicate this to the club for consideration.
  • NOTE: not all scores are used in the statistical review
    • Only scores by our members who also play away from home and score by visitors to our club are used. This is done so that players who only ever play at home are specifically excluded as the process needs to be able to compare performances and ratings for home and away rounds.
  • Data used is from January 2014 until the present.

Course Rating Review

  • The review of the course Rating for Queanbeyan Golf Club has been performed; the results are as follows:
    • Men’s Blue Tees
      • Decrease the scratch rating by 1, down from 72 to 71
      • Increase the slope rating by 1, up from 131 to 132
      • This is indicating that for all handicaps the course is playing 1 stroke easier than the current rating and that at the same time the higher handicap players are slightly under-represented in the distribution of scores.
    • Men’s Yellow Tees
      • Decrease the scratch rating by 2, down from 71 to 69
      • Decrease the slope rating by 1, down from 129 to 128
      • This is indicating that for all handicaps the course is playing 2 strokes easier than the current rating and that at the same time the higher handicap players are slightly over-represented in the distribution of scores.
    • Women’s Red Tees
      • Increase the scratch rating by 1, up from 74 to 75
      • Decrease the slope rating by 6, down from 131 to 125
      • This is indicating that for all handicaps the course is playing 1 stroke harder than the current rating and that at the same time the higher handicap players are slightly over-represented in the distribution of scores.
    • Adopting these changes will result in a more balanced distribution of scores in line with the expectations of the World Handicap System

Please note that GOLFLINK will be down for October 1 whilst the changes are implemented. We have been advised that this change will be an easy transition, however if you experience any issue, please be patient with us and let myself or Jake in the Proshop know so we can rectify.

The Course is starting to jump out of the ground and BK and his team have a lot of work on their hands, particularly with their preparation for the upcoming Major Club events. Please be mindful and repair pitch marks on the greens even if you did not make them. They have put a lot of hard work into our greens during the recent renovations.

Upcoming Club Events: –

Please keep these events in mind with Entry’s For Club Champs to be available in the coming weeks.

November 1st – Lennock Volkswagen Phillip VW Scramble

November 14th/15th/21st/22nd – Men’s and Women’s Club Championships

November 28th – Queanbeyan Cup

December 5th – Mixed Foursomes Championships

December 19th – Christmas Hamper


Keep Safe
Josh Crockett
Captain Queanbeyan Golf Club

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