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To add a new course, select the New Course tab. If you have not yet added any courses, this tab will be selected by default when you log in.
To add the new course, enter the name, Standard Scratch Score, and Slope Index (if applicable) and the Pars and Stroke Indexes for each hole. You may wish to copy the information from a course that has already been created by one of your friends. Any courses that belong to any of your friends will appear in the drop-down list box next to the text "Populate form with course information from". This will not create the course, it will just fill the form with the existing course's details so that you can make any amendments necessary.
The drop-down list box next to the text "Add a new course for" allows you to choose whether you will be adding this course for yourself or for one of your friends. See Adding and Deleting Friends.
When you are happy with the course details, click the Update button. If there are no errors, the course will be added and you will be taken to the Courses screen where you will see that the course has been added to your course list.
You have the option to specify the tees you are using at a given course. If you wish to add another tee for the same course, go to the "Edit Course" page for the relevant course, and follow the instructions in the information box above the "Tees" field.
You will be taken to the "New Course" screen and can amend the course for the new tee details before clicking the "Add Course" button. This will create a second version of the course with the new tee information.
Note that if you simply change the tee value on the "Edit Course" page, this will not create a new tee for the same course - instead it will just change the existing tee value for that course.
To add a nine-hole course, enter holes 1-9 and the system will duplicate these to holes 10-18.
If you enter a stroke index for the nine entered holes, the system will calculate the stroke index for the duplicated holes automatically. See the table below for an example:
Original HoleOriginal Stroke IndexCalculated 18-Hole Stroke IndexDuplicated HoleCalculated 18-Hole Stroke Index
To edit an existing course, select the Course tab and click the edit icon next to the course you wish to edit.
A page will appear showing the course details. Make any changes and then click the Update Course. You will then be returned to the Courses page.
If you have a friends list containing one or more players who have granted you access to their account and they have the same course (by name, location and tees) as the one you are updated, you can cause the update to happen to their course as well. To do this, ensure that the Update Friends Courses Where Applicable checkbox is selected. Note that this checkbox will only appear if you are editing your own copy of the course.
To delete a course, select the Course tab and click the delete icon next to the course you wish to delete. You will be prompted to enter the word 'delete'. This is to make certain that you are aware that you are about to delete all the course and round information recorded for this course.
To add a new round, click on the new round icon next to the course on which the round was played, or use the 'New Round' button while viewing previous rounds for the relevant course.
A score must be entered for each hole. If a hole was not played, you should enter a dash ('-'). If a hole was forfeited, you should enter an 'x'.
There are a number of optional fields that may be used while entering a new round:
NotesThis field can be used to add any notes, excuses or boasts you would like to make about the hole played. When adding a round for the first time, these notes will be saved after clicking the Add Round button. If you are revisiting and editing an existing round, the notes will save automatically without using the Add Round button to save the whole round.
PuttsThe total number of putts taken.
Drive YardageThe initial drive yardage from the tee.
Fairway HitYou may optionally choose to indicate whether or not you hit the fairway from the tee. If left blank, this will not be including in your statistics report. The fairways hit statistic is not applicable to par three holes.
BunkerYou may indicate here whether or not you found yourself in a bunker during the hole. As above, the statistic will not be used in your report if left blank. To indicate a greenside bunker as opposed to a fairway bunker, ensure that you enter a Y or N value for the sand save field.
Sand SaveIf you found yourself in a greenside bunker you may indicate here if you managed to achieve an "up and down" out of the bunker (one shot out of the bunker followed by a sunk putt - the score for the hole is not relevant).
PenaltiesThe number of penalties, if any, incurred during the hole.
To edit a round, bring up the rounds for a particular course (by clicking the course name on the Courses tab, or by selecting the course from the drop down list on the Rounds tab) and click the edit icon next to the round you wish to edit.
A page will appear with the round details. You may now make any changes and click the Update Round button. You will be returned to the Rounds tab.
To edit a round, bring up the rounds for a particular course (by clicking the course name on the Courses tab, or by selecting the course from the drop down list on the Rounds tab) and click the delete icon next to the round you wish to edit.
You will be asked to confirm your request before the round is deleted. If you click cancel, no action will be taken.
You can access your history at a course in one of two ways:
  • By clicking the course name on the Courses tab.
  • By selecting the course from the drop down list on the Rounds tab.
Both methods will take you to the same screen where you will see a table containing the course details and showing all the rounds you have recorded at that course. A key to some of the column headings in this table is given below:
  • Fr = Front Nine
  • Ba = Back Nine
  • To = Total
  • Ha = Handicap for this round
  • St = Stableford score (based on handicap entered for this round)
  • Fa = Number of fairways hit (if recorded)
  • Pu = Total number of putts (if recorded)
There are four rows at the bottom of the table that give interesting information on your performance at the chosen course:
  • Average shows the average number of strokes taken on each hole
  • Average Over is the Average for the hole minus the par
  • Best shows a theoretical best round based on the best score achieved on each hole
  • Your Stroke Index shows how difficult each hole is based on your own performance at the course. The lower the stroke index, the harder the hole has proved to be for you in the past.
To compare your friends' rounds with your own for a particular day, click the compare icon next to the round on the "rounds" tab page.
On the Friends tab, you may maintain a list of other Golfing Record users in whom you have an interest.
To add a user to your list of friends, enter their name and click the Add Friend button. The user will be added to the list.
Alternatively, if your friend does not yet have an account, you can create one for them by clicking the link to the right of the Add Friend button.
In order to create an account for a friend, you will need to know your friend's email address (if they do not have an email address, you might consider creating one for them at one of the free email providers like Hotmail.
If you create their account in this way (by clicking the link from the Friends page), you will automatically be added to their friends list, and they will be added to yours. You will be given update access to their new account by default.
Your friend will receive an email notification of the account creation.
Please note that in order to add a friend to this list they must have an account of their own. The name that you will be adding is the username of their account. If your friends do not have accounts, or do not have frequent access to the Internet, you may wish to create accounts on behalf of your friends and grant yourself update access to each of them. If you use the correct email address for your friends' accounts, they will receive an email when the account is created containing their username and password.
To remove a friend from the list, click the delete icon next to the friend's name.
Anyone on your friends list may view your golfing history at Golfing Record. If you wish, you may allow anyone on the site to view your details by de-selecting the Allow Only Friends To View Your History option on the Site Settings tab.
You may also grant anyone on your friends list access to Update your account. You can see what level of access a friend has to your account on the Friends tab in the Access To Your Account/Click To Toggle column. The access level will either be Update or View. By clicking in this column, you will switch the access level from one to the other.
When a friend has Update access to your account, they may maintain your golfing history for you (although they are not allowed to delete courses). This will be useful if you play regularly with the same group of friends and one person wishes to take responsibility for maintaining the record.
If you have been given Update access to another account, you can perform the following actions to maintain their account:
  • Add a new course by selecting a friend from the drop down list on the New Course tab.
  • Add a new round. When adding a new round, you are given a drop down list containing any of your friends who have the same course on their account.
  • Edit a course. Beware this option because updating a course only updates the course details for THAT user. In an imminent site update, Golfing Record will provide an option to synchronise course details between friends.
  • Edit a round. When viewing the rounds for one of your friends, click the edit icon next to the round you wish to edit.
The Statistics tab page gives you a summary of your performance between two dates of your choice.
Two items that may require some additional explanation are:

Strokes By Par

This breaks down the number of birdies, pars, bogeys, and so on, that you have made for each par type. Within each category there are two columns. The first column shows the exact number of times you are achieved that result (i.e. 12 birdies on Par 3 Holes), while the figure on the right shows the cumulative total (for example, 45 Pars on Par 3s would also include the 12 birdies).

Percentage By Par

This is similar to the above table but instead breaks down the percentage of birdies, pars, bogeys, and so on, that you have made for each par type. Again, there are two columns for each category, with the second column being the cumulative totals.

The handicap calculation

Golfing Record can calculate your handicap in a number of different ways. The system used determines the maximum number of strokes that may be considered for each hole.
Capping the number of strokes on each hole helps to make your handicap resemble your potential scoring ability. As an example, if you make 17 pars but make 20 strokes on one of the holes, it clearly makes no sense consider all of those 20 shots when calculating the handicap.
When using the Strict system, the holes with stroke indexes 1-10 are capped at double-bogey and the remaining holes are capped at bogey. That is to say that if you shoot three over par or more on any of the 10 most difficult holes (according to stroke index), the hole will be counted as having been a double bogey for the purposes of calculating the handicap. On the eight easiest holes, any scores of four over par or more will be limited to just three over.
Using the Standard system, all holes are capped at double-bogie. The other available systems also limit all eighteen holes to the same maximum cap. The table below shows the capping for each systems.
USGA EstimationNo capping except when using Equitable Stroke Control (see below)Online services cannot offer official USGA handicaps. Handicaps calculated under this system are estimates only. Official United States Golf Association (USGA) handicaps can only be given out by authorized USGA clubs.
World Handicap SystemThe World Handicap System introduced in 2020This is the new World Handicap System introduced in 2020.
StrictBogey (Double Bogey on stroke indexes 1-10)Max handicap 28 - Standard men's CONGU® handicap. While Golfing Record will estimate your CONGU® handicap, official CONGU® handicaps are only allocated to players who are members of clubs or organisations affiliated to a National Union/Association or CONGU® and authorised by CONGU® to utilise the Unified Handicapping System (UHS).
StandardDouble BogeyMax handicap 36 - Standard women's CONGU® handicap.
RelaxedThree OverA Golfing Record handicap that allows a maximum theoretical handicap of 54. Although such a handicap is unlikely, this allows scores of three over par to have an influence on the handicap.
Very RelaxedFour OverA Golfing Record handicap that allows a maximum theoretical handicap of 72. Although such a handicap is unlikely, this allows scores of four over par to have an influence on the handicap.
MaximumTen OverA Golfing Record handicap that allows a maximum theoretical handicap of 180. This system results in your handicap being roughly an average of the number of shots over par across your ten best recent rounds including any disaster holes.

Equitable Stroke Control

Using the USGA estimation system, you can choose to include Equitable Stroke Control. Using this system will cap each hole based on your handicap for that round.
NOTE: When using ESC, if you do not specify a handicap for a specific round, your handicap will be taken to be zero and all holes on that round will be capped at double bogey.
The cappings are as follows:
HandicapHole Cap
<=9Double Bogey
Once these adjustments have been made, the calculation is performed as below.
  1. For each of the last 20 rounds played, the course's Standard Scratch Score (or total par where SSS is not known) is subtracted from the total number of strokes taken (after the adjustments detailed above).
  2. If the course has a slope index, each of these scores is then divided by this number and multiplied by 113. A slope index is usually found on American golf courses, although it is becoming increasingly used also in the UK.
  3. The ten best scores are kept and the others are discarded. If ten or fewer rounds have been recorded, then no rounds are discarded. When using USGA estimation, the following table applies when fewer than twenty rounds have been played:
    Rounds PlayedRounds Used
    5-61 lowest
    7-82 lowest
    9-103 lowest
    11-124 lowest
    13-145 lowest
    15-166 lowest
    177 lowest
    188 lowest
    199 lowest
  4. The sum of all the counted rounds is then multiplied by 0.96 which is designed to give a slight advantage to better players.
  5. The handicap is calculated by taking this number and dividing by the number of counted rounds.

Changing the Handicap System

To change the handicap for yourself or one of your friends, use the drop down list on the Handicap tab. This will show the handicap calculation based on the new system and, if you have permission to update the account, will make the new system the default for that player.
The column headed 'st' in the scores table shows the Stableford score for the round. Stableford points are awarded per hole based on a combination of your handicap and the number of strokes taken for the hole.

Scores for the scratch player

Before factoring in the handicap adjustments, here are the scores that are awarded to a zero handicap (scratch) player.
In the case of the scratch player, two points are awarded for a par plus one point for each shot below par; a bogie scores one point; a double-bogie or greater receives no points.

Handicap adjustments

Your handicap is used to give you extra shots on certain holes. For example, a player with a handicap of 10 would get an extra shot on the 10 hardest holes (the holes with Stroke Index 1 to 10), while a player with a handicap of 20 would get an extra shot on all 18 holes plus another extra shot on the hardest two holes (Stroke Indexes 1 & 2).
The extra shots you receive are used to modify the par of the hole before applying the scoring as described for the scratch player.
For example, a player with an extra shot on a par 4 hole would be scored as if the hole were a par 5; a player with two shots on a par 4 hole would be scored as if the hole were a par 6. Scores based on a player's handicap are referred to as the net scores.

Updating your email address and password

To update any of your personal details, use the My Details tab page.

Choosing your site preferences

The Site Settings tab page provides two options:

Allow Only Friends To View Your History

Selecting this option will prevent anyone who is not on your friends list from viewing your scores.
With the release of our new web application, you can now enter your scores for you and your friends and even create new courses as you walk round the golf course!

You'll save time by having your group's Stableford scores already calculated before you reach the bar and your scores will be automatically uploaded to your GolfingRecord account.

Quick Start

To access the mobile site, simply visit on your mobile device. All you need is a WebKit-enabled mobile browser such as those found on iPhone and Android handsets, or the Iris browser for Windows Mobile. It is rumoured that a WebKit-enabled browser will also soon be available for BlackBerry devices.

Enter your GolfingRecord login information and click the Submit button in the top right corner.

You will notice more main menu options appearing soon but in this first release you have just one choice: Manage Rounds.

On the following page you have the option to create a new round or to browse and edit existing rounds.

Creating a new round

When you create a new round you can either select from a list of courses that you have previously created (this list will also include any of your friends' courses), or you can elect to create a new course.

If you decide to create a new course, you will be taken to a form where you can enter the name of the course (the other information on the form is optional). Once you have saved the course name, click the Select Golfers link to choose which players will be included in this round.

If you have created a new course, you can modify the hole information (par, distance, stroke index) on the same page as you will use to enter each golfer's score. Naturally, once you have entered the information for one golfer, you won't need to do it for everyone else!

Whether you have created a new course or are using an existing one you will be asked to select which golfers are playing. Click the name of each golfer to select them - you will notice that their name moves to the top of the page where, if you click it again, you can deselect them.

Once all the golfers have been selected click Finish Adding Golfers.

You are now ready to start entering score and, if necessary, course information.

To review or enter information for a hole, you can simply click the link for the hole in question, or you can select the Next Incomplete Hole link which will take you to the next hole for which at least one of your group has not had a score entered.

If you are the sole golfer in your group, you will be taken directly to the score entry form, but if there is more than one of you, you will be asked to select a golfer first.

On the score form, enter the number of strokes taken. You can click the par icon to populate the strokes field with the current par of the course, which can then be modified by the plus and minus icons.

If you need to update any course information such as par, distance or stroke index, you can scroll to the bottom of the form and enter the information.

All your changes will take effect once you click the Save and Return link.

You will also notice on some pages a View Round Summary link. This will take you to a page which will show you the current scorecards and Stableford scores of each golfer in your group. You can use the Edit This Round link to return to editing individual holes.
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