Counties are now starting to send out their notices for the 2015 affiliation fees. Numbers for England Golf are based on the headcount from June 30th 2014. Most counties base it on January 1st 2015. Now the message coming out from counties is that you only have to pay for England Golf and a county at the player’s Home Club for handicapping purposes.
- Is that a concession that if the golfer doesn’t want a CONGU handicap he has no home club for handicapping purposes and no fee need be paid?
- And when is the Home Club rule taken? Is it June 30th 2014, or January 1st 2015, or the date you collect the money or the date you pay it? It’s a real dilemma!!
- Fortunately members’ clubs are equally miffed at the rules. The one that they object to is county secretaries who asked for a headcount in July or August and insist on a full list of club members’ names.
As usual England Golf hasn’t thought it out properly. Counties can pick up the pieces!
By contrast, Scotland is far clearer. “The SGU recognises that some individuals are members of more than one affiliated club. However, as the Annual Affiliation Fee is a charge made on affiliated golf clubs and not on individuals, the Annual Affiliation Fee is therefore calculated on all Adult Male Playing Members at each club”.
Typical of the Scots – TIGHT but RIGHT!