President Obama has now appointed a Golf Czar. The identity of the newly appointed czar is still unknown but announcements were just made of major rule changes to the game of golf. These changes are expected to become effective March 2010 and may be retroactive in southern States. This is only a preview as new rules, regulations and legislation are still being finalized. Here are a few basic changes:
- Below 10 – greens fees will be increased by 35%
- Between 11 and 18 – no increase in greens fees
- Above 18 – player will receive a $25 check for each round of 18 holes.
Dollar amounts placed in bets will be as follows:
- For handicaps below 10, an additional $10 will be assessed
- For handicaps between 11 and 18, no additional amount
- For handicaps above 18, players will receive the total amount in the pot even if they do not play.
The term “gimme” will be changed to “entitlement” and will be used as follows:
- For handicaps below 10, no entitlements
- For handicaps from 11 to 17, entitlements for putter length putts
- For handicaps above 18, if the ball is on green, no need to putt, just pick it up.
These entitlements are intended to bring about fairness and, most importantly, equality in scoring.
In addition, a Player will be limited to a maximum of one birdie or six pars in any given round. Any excess must be given to those fellow players who have not yet scored a birdie or par. Only after all players have received a birdie or par from the player actually making the birdie or par, can that player begin to count his pars and birdies again.
The current USGA handicap system will be used for the above purposes but the term ‘net score’ will be available only for scoring those players with handicaps of 18 and above. This is intended to ‘redistribute’ the success of winning by making sure that in every competition, the above 18 handicap players will post only ‘net score’ against every other player’s gross score
These new Rules are intended to CHANGE the game of golf. Golf must be about Fairness. It should have nothing to do with Ability.
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