Bin it the moment the results appear in the computer, or keep it in a locked safe forever? We look at the guidance for retaining scorecards

A humble pencil and a piece of card – for many of us it’s still the go-to way to record our adventures on the course.

There may be a digital push these days, but whether it’s putting in a general play score, or fashioning 18-holes of competition play, there are plenty of clubs that opt for a traditional method when it comes to recording our numbers.

If your club avoid using apps, or they just want physical evidence of the digits you’ve punched into the computer after your rounds, then you’re literally going to be signing your name.

Depending on how many people play in competitions, and how busy the season is, clubs can quickly rack up enough bits of paper to warrant a sizeable trip to the recycling centre before too long.

So how long should they keep hold of your golf scorecards? Do they need to stay tucked away in drawers for years, or can they be disposed of as soon as the competition committee is happy a result is final?

There is surprisingly no mention in the Rules of Handicapping as to how long scorecards should be retained.

But, in their latest guidance document on the rules and the World Handicap System, CONGU, who administer handicapping in the UK and Ireland offered clubs some definitive guidance.

They advise that “where physical scorecards are used, they need to be retained for a maximum of one year (effectively until the current year Annual Review has been completed)”.

Does your club have golf scorecards dating back to the dawn of time, or do they get rid too quickly? Is keeping them for a year sensible? Let me know with a tweet.

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Steve Carroll

A journalist for 23 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former captain and committee member, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the national Tournament Administrators and Referee's Seminar. He has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying and the PGA Fourball Championship. A member of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. Steve is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 3-Wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Hybrids: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Irons: TaylorMade Stealth 5-A Wedge Wedges: TaylorMade Hi-Toe 54 and 58 Putter: Sik Sho Ball: TaylorMade TP5

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