There are 6 worldwide bodies governing handicaps. I think apart from CONGU, the rest of them are all quite similar to each other. I think people are confusing the GUI here with CONGU, as my reading is that it will be CONGU administering the local rules.
I like the CONGU rules for obvious reasons, but I'm happy to give the benefit of the doubt to the new system. Particularily when I read things like "factoring in memory of demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control”. I'm sure it will come out in the wash what that is actually supposed to mean, but my guess is it means that there will be certain restrictions in place and we are unlikely to be able to jump handicaps by submitting a few poor scores.
The fact is Americans play mostly casual golf and I'm not really sure what the rest of the world do, but I think it is mostly the same.
We play mostly competitons.
Nothing I've read suggests that either situation has to or indeed is likely to change, all it means is that if you play a casual round, it should count and I've no quams with that. Obviously it stands to bring its flaws, such gimmes.
regarding managing the handicaps, i dont see why it cant be done through computers, play your round, pump your score into the computer and stick your card in the box, just like you do for any comp. algorithms can be run in the background to do all the necessary checks agains historical scores etc.
people will always be out there who try and cheat the system and no matter what you do, they will still be there. most of us are honorable and we really cant legislate for the cheats.
i play off 11, my best handicap ever. ive been a member in greystones for almost 30 years. twice i have shot +10 as my best score around the course. only twice in 30 years! however i am now also a member in castleknock and last year i shot a +5, +6 & a +9 (along with a lot of other terrible scores
) I've had similar scores over the years on other courses (not a lot of them, but a few). But i cant play to 11 in greystones or anywhere near it, ever. Point being, not all courses are equal and while your handicap might be 11 on one track, it could be quite easily a 14 on another or possibly an 8 on another.
So bring in a slope index for golf courses is a really brilliant idea, and something that makes sense. The weather thing is something I think we already have here with CSS but the yanks dont have that when they are playing casual golf. it will be interesting to see how that is rolled out for casulal golf.
Solutions will be established to finda a happy medium for a interclub comps.
I would like to see handicap categories unified though. Intermediate might be 10-18 at one club and 12-17 in the next and that is just silly. sure clubs can have their own divisions when it comes to in house club comps based on their membership criteria.
lastly, distances. while they are at all these changes, i wish they would decide that all courses need to represent the same distances, some courses its yards, some meteres, some to the front, some to the middle. some have blue flags for pin at back and some have yellow, some have red flags to the middle and some have red flags at the front. how easy would it be to make a change to have all this kinds of stuff unified at every course around the county or even world for that matter.