Central Database of Handicaps (CDH)
Scottish CDH Now Live
CDH UPDATE (November 2011)
Centralised Database of Handicaps – Now Live!
Once golf clubs receive their 2012 handicapping software updates this process will accelerate with affiliated clubs being offered the opportunity to upload directly to the live CDH. Some handicapping software providers plan to provide their client clubs with step-by-step guidance to enable club to easily administer their own uploads to the CDH.
In addition, once clubs have uploaded to the CDH, please click on the related document to view the SGU/SLGA step by step guidance on how clubs can:
Prior to uploading, we would strongly encourage clubs to consider cleansing out their handicapping databases before uploading to the CDH thus removing any resigned members and/or those members who have unfortunately passed away, to avoid allocating CDH Unique ID numbers that will not be used. Also, to ensure that all club members have access to the benefits provided by the CDH, we would urge clubs to ensure that every golfing member is present in the handicap software at the club.
To recap the CDH will deliver the following benefits to clubs and individual golfers:
Benefits to Golf Clubs
Benefits to Individual Golfers
CDH UPDATE (July 2010)
We are currently putting finishing touches to the CDH services and will soon be ready to begin uploading club data. Clubs will be invited to upload in a controlled manner taking into account the time of season and allowing time for any necessary trouble shooting (this is not expected to be significant). In readiness for uploading, clubs are requested to do 2 things:
1. Wherever possible, ensure that as many of your members as possible have a full date of birth on your club handicap software so that this will upload to the database (see Q&A for more information about why we need date of birth).
We will provide regular updates over coming weeks which will include detailed instructions and background information.
CDH UPDATE (March 2010)
As presented at our SGU Club Seminars at the end of 2009, the development of the Scottish/Welsh CDH is now reaching its final phases.
We are now in the final stages of development. All CONGU® licensed independent handicapping software providers (ISVs) have been offered the opportunity to test their data interface with the Scottish/Welsh CDH platform. To date (18/03/10) three ISVs have completed testing and their feedback on this process has been excellent. We have worked together with the CONGU® licensed ISVs to simplify the interface process, providing these positive results. Once ISVs have completed their testing and software adaptations, which we are urging all to do as soon as possible, ISVs will then in a position to support their clients, our affiliated golf clubs, in processing their initial upload of data onto the CDH.
We plan to start uploading member data onto the CDH over the next few months, in conjunction with affiliated golf clubs and their respective ISVs. This process will be supported by GolfBox to assist the successful upload of data into the database and this will continue throughout 2010. Therefore, the CONGU® Unified Handicapping System requirement (Clause 8.10) for individual players to return all their 'away' Qualifying Scores remains key in ensuring that players master handicap records are complete and we would appreciate you reminding members of this requirement details of which can be accessed at www.scottishgolf.org/go/handicapping/player-obligations. We will shortly be inviting affiliated golf clubs to provide their member data, as previously intimated, for upload to the CDH. The data that will be requested is:
Some golf clubs may not hold some of these data fields, however, it is important that the initial upload provides as much of this data as possible. Once received, the data will be reconciled using our best endeavours, to ensure that any members of the same name and those in membership of more than one golf club are only allocated one unique lifetime CDH ID number. Implementation of the CDH is intended to assist clubs and their handicap administrators by automatically returning player's 'away' scores to their 'home' golf clubs, ensuring the integrity of the CONGU® Unified Handicapping System's application. The data will also allow the governing bodies to analyse demographic and participation trends within golf, informing our decisions of where to best invest our resources to develop the game and importantly encourage growth in golf club membership.
Regarding compatibility between the Scottish/Welsh CDH solution and the EGU's CDH, all respective parties involved have legally contracted to adopt the same data transfer protocols between club and CDH within our final solutions. We have also agreed that the governing bodies will work together with our IT companies and the CONGU® licensed ISVs to manage any future development of our respective CDH solutions, in a consistent manner. This enables the transfer of scores across the whole of mainland UK, facilitating cross border golf scenarios and the returning of 'away' scores to the 'home' club of the player, irrespective of which country the 'home' club is located in.
We would like to reiterate some of the original and fundamental principles of the CDH being developed:
As referred to above, a comprehensive list of benefits that the CDH will provide for individual golfers, golf club handicap administrators, Areas/Counties and National Unions/Association is available in the Related Documents section for your information and future reference.
Any queries should be referred to either Kevin Weir on Tel: 01334-466489 Mob.: 07769-671181 or Andy Salmon on Mob: 07825-671466.