From 1 April 2022 the stroke indices for the White, Yellow and Red courses will be changing. The new stroke indexes are shown below.
Why change? The course current stroke indexes were set under the CONGU handicap system and, although they have served the club well over the years, they do not reflect the difficulty of holes or the most recent WHS rating of the course.
England golf set up a service to review courses current stroke indexes and compare them to the WHS rating of each hole and its severity. Each hole is given a ranking according to its difficulty. Under the new system the course is still divided into two nines with the front nine receiving odd stroke indexes and the back nine even. Each nine is then sub-divided into groups of three holes (triads) with each of those holes receiving a low, medium, and high stroke index. The lowest stroke index hole (1 or 2) on each 9 should be in the middle triad (holes 4, 5 or 6 on the front 9 and holes 13, 14 or 15 on the back 9). However, if no hole is ranked within the lowest 6 holes then it is moved into an adjacent hole at the end of the first triad or the beginning of the third triad on each 9. Hence why stroke index 1 for the men is hole 5 and hole 3 for the ladies. Further rules are applied using the triads to determine the stroke index for each hole.
Following these guidelines should achieve the two main goals of the Stroke Indexes, which are:
• In general, to give players handicap strokes on the more difficult holes.
• To provide an even distribution of stroke index allocations throughout the round so that players receiving strokes will have the opportunity to use a higher proportion of these strokes before a match result has been decided.
The proposed changes have now been approved by the Section Committees and the Management Committee. New cards have been ordered along with new signage.