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From the Clubhouse: Have clubs got to grips with golf’s controversial handicap scheme?

In this episode of the From the Clubhouse podcast, Steve Carroll and Tom Irwin discuss the increasingly popular iGolf system and its impact on club membership
 

Just mentioning the words “independent golfer” is enough to send some of your clubs into a sweat.

But England Golf’s iGolf scheme now boasts some 30,000 subscribers and the initial fury that greeted the plan to give players who were not members of a golf club an official handicap has all but subsided.

Have golf clubs, though, really got to grips with nomadic players and the benefits they can bring?

In this week’s From the Clubhouse podcast, in association with TaylorMade Golf, Steve Carroll and Tom Irwin get into a wide discussion about independent golfer schemes – considering how they originated and evolved, how they work, and their potential pros and cons.

We ask whether independent golfers have had an impact on golf club membership, and whether it’s time for clubs to go further as the sport negotiates a cost of living crisis.

Let’s get stuck in…

Now listen to our views on independent golfers in the From the Clubhouse podcast, in association with TaylorMade Golf

What do you think? Are you an independent golfer? Do you enjoy having an official handicap and what is your relationship with golf clubs? Should you be allowed into competitions? Let us know with a tweet.

For more information on the independent golfer scheme in England, visit England Golf’s iGolf website.

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Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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