Golfers across the island of Ireland can now pre-register and enter scores from general play rounds at any rated course via the Golf Ireland App.
The new App, developed by Golf Ireland in conjunction with the introduction of the new World Handicap System, is available to all members of affiliated golf clubs who hold a WHS Handicap Index. The App allows golfers to enjoy the flexibility of recording scores for handicap purposes from either 9-hole or 18-hole social rounds played in accordance with the Rules of Handicapping. Golfers can also view their handicap index and playing record as well as follow and communicate with friends.
Mark Kennelly, Chief Executive of Golf Ireland said: “Golf Ireland is committed to ensuring that golf is accessible, modern and forward looking. Following the launch of the new World Handicap System in November last year, the Golf Ireland App will support the golfing community to get the most out of the game.
“The App is simple to use and will allow scores to be easily added to a player’s record from general play rounds at any rated course on the Golf Ireland platform making it possible to build a more complete and accurate record of a golfer’s actual playing ability.”
Once a player has downloaded the app and activated their account, they can pre-register a round at, or near, the venue of choice and then input a score by using the ‘Enter Score’ function and following the step-by-step instructions.
Protecting the integrity of the handicap system is a key consideration and geo-location technology will ensure pre-registering the intent to post a score can only be done in close proximity to the course where the round will take place. A time lag also operates from the point where intent to play a round is registered to the stage when a score can be accepted and a golfer’s final score must be verified by a playing partner who has witnessed the round and who is a member of a club affiliated to Golf Ireland.
To download the app, simply search for “Golf Ireland” in the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android) and select the version with the Golf Ireland logo. Once downloaded, golfers will need to log in to access their account using their MyGolf membership number and password. If not done so already, golfers will first need to register an account on the MyGolf section of the Golf Ireland website at www.golfireland.ie/signup
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