After Further Review: Let Them Play Golf Alone

This is what I have found to be the best write-up and critique of Golf Canada’s policy decision regarding handicap scoring for rounds played as a single. Intelligent. Insightful. Well written.

Golf Is Mental

If you play golf, and nobody is there to see it, did it still happen?

November 23, 2015 was a day of reckoning for many golfers who play under the United States Golf Association (USGA). This was the day they announced handicap rule changes that would be implemented for the 2016 season.

The change that caught most of the attention was the one regarding unaccompanied rounds. For the 2016 season, a player cannot go out by themselves to play 18 holes under the Rules of Golf, and post that score to their handicap. Social media exploded, mostly with criticism.

November 24, 2015 was a day golfers in Canada rejoiced. With a series of two tweets, Golf Canada announced they would not be adopting Section 5-1e of the USGA Handicap System Manual, and that scores made while playing alone will continue to count for handicap purposes.

Golf Canada received a lot of praise for this…

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