Golf Terms explained

  • General Play – enables you to submit scores for their WHS Handicap Index from any course at any time – you can even decide to do this on the day. If the round is not part of a club competition, this is known as a called a General Play Round or Casual Round.
  • Local Rules – These allow the Little Hay Golf Club Committee to defines some rules which are necessary to meet the requirements of the course.
  • Match Play –  a scoring system in which a player, or team, earns a point for each hole in which they have bested their opponents. In match play, the winner is the player, or team, with the most points at the end of play.
  • Slope Rating – This indicates the difficulty of the course and is used to adjust how many strokes a player is awarded at the start of a game.
  • Stableford – a scoring system based on scoring points based oon the number of strokes taken at each hole. Unlike traditional scoring methods, where the aim is to have the lowest score, under Stableford rules, the objective is to have the highest score.
  • Stroke Play – a scoring system in which the total number of strokes is counted over one, or more rounds, of 18 holes.
  • The R & A – Together with the USGA, The R&A governs the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions while sharing a commitment to a single code for the Rules of GolfRules of Amateur Status and Equipment Standards.
  • WHS Handicap Index – designed to welcome more players, to make golf easier to understand and to give all golfers a handicap which is portable all around the globe.