The Brabazon and PGA National golf courses have handicap limits of 24 for males and 32 for women and kids. The Derby golf course has no handicap restrictions.
Golfers who desire to play the Old Course must adhere to severe handicap requirements. Both men and women have a handicap limit of 36. At the time of play, all golfers must present a current handicap card or certificate. There are also no pre-bookable golf times available on Saturdays, and the Old Course is closed on Sundays.
The only way to get around this rule is to become a permanent resident of Scotland. You can apply for a passport that will allow you to travel to and from Scotland, but not while you're playing there.
A beginner has a course handicap of 41 or more; an intermediate has a course handicap of 25 to 40; and an advanced junior golfer has a course handicap of less than 25. (Junior course handicaps are often determined from the front tees and are based on course ratings and slope ratings.)
The choice of handicap depends on your age, experience, and goal in golf. A young person who is just starting out should be given a higher handicap so that he or she will be able to have some fun while still being challenged by the game.
As you get better at golf, you can lower your handicap by learning how to play better courses. The lower your handicap number, the easier it is to beat. This isn't necessarily a bad thing! As long as you aren't getting too used to losing games, then you're going in the right direction.
In general, men's golfers tend to have lower handicaps than women's golfers because there are more men's amateur clubs around than there are women's clubs. The men's game is also much more popular than the women's game so there are more opportunities for men to learn the game and improve themselves.
Amateurs with low handicaps have the advantage over professionals because they can choose the courses they want to play. Professional golfers usually have to play the same sets of courses over and over again.
Golfers must input a minimum of 90 holes (or five 18-hole rounds) of scores to obtain a handicap under the current handicap system. The new method has reduced that number to 54 holes, with any combination of 18 or nine-hole scores allowed.
The old system used an individual's average score over several attempts to determine his or her handicap. The new system uses a player's score on each attempt at match play to calculate a rating, which is then used to assign a handicap.
Under the old system, players rated 100 points and below were classified as low handicappers; those between 101 and 110 were medium handicappers; and those above 111 were high handicappers. The new system reduces this range to 45 points and below being low handicappers, 46 to 50 being medium handicappers, and above 51 being high handicappers.
In addition to the reduction in the number of shots required to qualify as a low handicapper, the new system also requires that you score at least 15% under your handicap to remain at that level. This means that even if you have a high handicap, you can still compete against people with lower ones.
There are two types of handicaps: numerical and functional. Under the new system, both types are calculated using the same formula.
While handicap certificates are not required, all courses are of championship quality, thus we ask that all players be of competent skill and respect the abilities of other golfers.
The best way to learn how to play is by playing with others who know the game well. The instructors at Celtic Manor will be more than happy to help beginners get started, so come and try out some of our short courses for free before you decide on your main course choice.
If you already have a handicap score, this will be verified when you arrive at the venue. If it turns out that your rating is higher than what we have on file, then you will be asked to submit it upon registration.
There are no special accommodations or access issues needed at Celtic Manor. However, if you have any specific needs, such as a large-scale disability, please let us know before you come along. We're here to provide one, great experience for everyone involved.
Celtic Manor has several categories of courses to choose from. Whether you're looking for a challenge or just want to have fun, there's sure to be something for everyone.