Monday, November 30, 2020


The draw has been updated for the Festive Tri-Am on Wednesday 9th December 2020.



Anne Robinson

Mary Hardie

Pauline MacEwan


Vivien Howe

Pat Pennel

Alison Templeton


Denise Cowan

Rosemary Ogilvie

Chris Minto


Sheila Biggart

Louise Cooper

Morag Cunningham


Anne Judge

Eunice Muir

Kate Scott


Karen Binning

Eleanor Cannon

Eileen Walker


Lilias Snodgrass

Helen Abram

Carol Reid


Mary Craig

Gillian Donaghy

Vicky Rennie


Marion Munro

Sally Smyth 

Anne Gordon


Agnes Williamson

Rosemary Reedie

Senga Nixon


Pamela MacKenzie

Karin MacKenzie

Joy McLeod


1) We have been allocated a "slot" on the Wednesday morning, so there is now no need for team captains to book a time for their group - these have already been reserved and can be viewed using the "My Tee Time" function on the Scottish Golf App.

2) The competition will be played over Holes 1-12 in Stableford WALTZ format ("1-2-3")
This means 1 score to count at hole 1, 2 scores to count at hole 2, 3 scores to count at hole 3, then back to 1 score to count at hole 4..... and repeat.

3) Handicap allowances will be the same as for individual Stableford (95%) as each player's stableford points are relevant at a hole. Calculate this for each player by 
     Handicap Index x 129/113 x 95% (as clubhouse closed for the lookup tables).
Note: the Handicap shown for each player on the App on entry to the competition is their Course Handicap ie 100%, so you need to multiply this by 95%. 

4) Play on the Green Course - use green stroke index and take strokes on Holes 1-12 where you would get them if you were playing a full round.

5) One player from each team please mark your points on a scorecard and send a photo at the end of your game to me. (Scoring for the Waltz Tri-Am is not possible using the phone App)
Scorecards (prepared by Joy) with handicaps included will be left in the Starters Hut for each team).

6) It's Christmas! (nearly 😉). Take a selfie of your team on the 1st tee in your Festive Attire and send this with your scorecard to mark the occasion (expect this to appear here on the blog!)

7) Enjoy yourself!

If there is very bad weather on the morning of Wednesday 9th Dec, a post will be put here on the blog by 8.45am with contingency plans.

Any cancellations or late entries, please contact me.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020


Despite the fact that the weather or covid restrictions could scupper our plans, we are going ahead in optimism and arranging a competition for Wednesday 9th December in place of the usual Christmas competition and lunch.

Note there will be no organised lunch afterwards, though players will be able to stay for drinks/lunch afterwards if they wish in the usual way, assuming the clubhouse is able to open for hospitality at that time. (EDIT - clubhouse will be closed under Tier 4 restrictions).


Enter from now until the end of November using the VMS App. (The App will be used to collect entries but scoring on the day will be by card).

Draw will be done Monday evening 30th November and posted on the blog. Teams of 3 as far as possible.

We have been allocated a ladies "slot" between 9.30am and 11.10am.

The competition will be Tri-Am format, open to all playing members including Associates and will be over 12 holes

Further instructions to follow once the draw is made.

Thursday, November 05, 2020


The new WHS appears to have introduced the need for maths and calculators before we play golf. However, there is an easier way. Lookup tables should be available to keep everyone right.

Unfortunately, revised information on the Slope Ratings for our courses was received from Scottish Golf after our initial stationery had been ordered. Consequently, the information available in the hallway may not be correct for ladies.

I have therefore prepared 2 documents (one for the Red Course and one for the Green Course) that I will pin up on the main noticeboard on the left hand wall as you enter the Ladies Locker Room, which you can all consult as necessary.

The documents are basically tables which you refer to along the lines of the Greensomes Stroke Allowance sheets we used to have.

Find your Handicap Index by looking down the left hand column and move across to find the stokes you should receive for each type of play.

Monday, November 02, 2020


Your new Handcap Index can now be found on the Scottish Golf App by clicking on the "More" tab (three dots at bottom right hand side of home screen), then under "My Handicap" and "My WHS Index"

Sunday, November 01, 2020


The new World Handicapping System (WHS) comes in tomorrow, 2 November 2020. Hopefully you will all have been able to read about it over the last few weeks, including the Scottish Golf "Bite-size" posts that Morag has shared here on the blog. The data conversion has been a massive task and there are bound to be some anomalies but here are the main things to keep in mind:

1) Don't panic!

2) You can find your "projected" new Handicap Index - and from tomorrow your new Handicap Index - on the Scottish Golf App.

3) All other things being equal you would expect your new Handicap Index to be LOWER than your current handicap.
This is because your Handicap Index is NOT the number of strokes you will receive when playing at Ranfurly Castle. 
Your Handicap Index will be multiplied up using the course Slope Rating to work out your Course Handicap.
From the most recent certification from Scottish Golf, the ladies' Slope Rating for the Red Course is 130 and the Green Course is 129.
Therefore your Course Handicap will be found by multiplying your Handicap Index by 130/113 (ie 1.15) for the Red Course or 129/113 for the Green Course.
Example: Handicap Index 20 = Course Handicap 23 for the Red Course and 22.8 for the Green Course.
(Further complication involves taking a percentage of this Course Handicap depending on what type of competition you are playing eg 95% for an Individual Strokeplay competition such as a Medal, but I'm not putting all that detail in here now).

4) There are definitely some errors, in that the historic CDH data used to calculate everyone's new Handicap Index is not 100% perfect. This has been admitted and explained by Scottish Golf. 
For example, my own projected Index omits 2 of my scores from 2019 (ironically the 2 that were run by Scottish Golf at the medal finals!) and some of the scores do not have the Red/Green course distinction correct. However, the outcome is broadly in line with what I would have expected.

I suggest that if your Index is broadly in line with what you would have expected, we will all need to just accept this. Some errors may be corrected over the next few weeks by data refinement and others will sort themselves out in due course as we enter future scores.

5) However, if your projected Index is MARKEDLY different from what you might expect eg Current Handicap 32, projected Handicap Index 10 or vice versa, please let me know. This will require further investigation and correction.

I'm sure that after some initial adjustment (change is hard!) we will all get used to this new system and come in time to prefer it to the "up 0.1" CONGU system.