Originally Posted by Fairway_CY
Mine is both current and official. I update it when I get a revision.
Regarding the use of the handicap system... say when you will, but I've played in both flat out net tournaments and in flighted tournaments. Both are fun and both give anybody an opportunity to win. The system works as long as actual scores are posted using the posting guidelines. Trouble comes of the system when someone posts false scores or 'forgets' to post their 82 when all the other scores are upwards of 92.
I've seen the sandbaggers and I've seen the vanity handicappers. Both are equally frustrating. Either way... the system, as it's designed, works well, IMO.
Unflighted net may work, but it doesn't work well, particularly for low handicap players. Here is the reason.
You have a 17.9 index posted. Unless you are the strangest bogey golfer I ever met, you get a lot of fluctuation in your scores. You have the room to easily post something 3 or 4 strokes under your handicap just by keeping the ball in play better one day that on another. You also have a lot of room to improve.
Both of those factors work against a 4 handicapper in the field of a large unflighted net comp. He is going to be much more consistent and the likelihood of his posting a score 4 strokes under his handicap is minimal. If there are 20 golfers who play at bogey or worse, and 10 low single digit handicappers, one or the other of the bogey players is going to win 10 times out of 10. The single digit player has almost no chance to shoot the exceptional score which at least one of the bogey golfers is certainly going to shoot.
Even as a 10-13 handicapper, I often shoot in the 70's. I just don't do it often enough to get my handicap below 10. If I'm playing a 3 or 4 handicap, I have a fair chance to beat him head to head at net. If there are 20 players at my level, against 20 at his, on any given day one of the those in my group is going to post a score which would require the single digit to shoot gross par or better to beat. Even if he posts a net 4 under par, one of those higher handicappers is as likely to post 5 under and still beat him.
And the disparity gets much greater as the high handicaps get higher. I've seen (even done it myself when I was a bogey golfer) a high handicapper shoot 10 or 12 strokes under his handicap, not sandbagging, just exercising the variability that a high handicapper lives with all of the time. The low capper simply can't compete with that.
That is an unavoidable shortcoming of the handicap system, and really there is nothing which can be done to change it. For that reason, in a large field with a significant handicap spread, flighting is mandatory if it is to be a fair competition, and players will only compete within their flights. If it is desired to determine an overall winner (as in a club championship), then the top players in each flight of the stroke competitions should be played off at match play, which is what the handicap system is really designed for anyway.