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Birdie Handicap Committee - Pattaya

Category: Birdie Updates

Handicap Committee Structure

Each Thailand golfing area (Pattaya, Bangkok, Phuket, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Korat) will have elected members to join the handicap committee based on the following criteria:

  1. How actively involved they are in the golf environment in their province
  2. Their understanding of golf rules and the handicapping rules set out in Birdie

Functions and Purpose  

The Handicap Committee functions to ensure that all members of the Birdie Handicapping System comply. The role of the Handicap Committee in fair and equitable competition is critical. Players throughout the club depend on the committee to:

  • Know the Birdie Handicap System
  • Communicate the System to the players
  • Faithfully apply the System

The Birdie Handicap System makes the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling golfers of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis. In particular, the system requires that:

  • All acceptable home or away scores are correctly posted for peer review
  • Penalties are applied for players failing to return scores or who do not observe the spirit of the Birdie Handicap System.
  • Handicap indexes of any player whose handicap does not reflect his potential ability are reduced or increased accordingly.
  • The Handicap Committee shall reduce or withdraw the handicap index of players who do not return all acceptable scores, or otherwise do not observe the spirit of the Birdie Handicap System. Players who have their Handicap Index withdrawn become ineligible for competitive play.

In addition the Committee will also be able to disqualify a player for serious misconduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game

Appeal Process

Any action taken by the Handicap Committee may be appealed to the committee in writing. Anyone who is temporarily unable to play golf to his potential due to illness, injury, disability, or other valid reason may request that the committee withdraw his handicap index temporarily or assign a temporary handicap index.

Peer Review

Peer review provides a reasonable and regular opportunity for members of Birdie to access and inspect scoring records and Handicap Indexes for all members. This peer review process may and should be utilized by each Birdie member, as well as the Handicap Committee, as follows:

  • Ensure that scores are accurate
  • Review and attest score cards
  • Review monthly scoring records and handicap indexes

The current handicap committee for Pattaya and surrounding area are as follows:

Andre Coetzee from the Outback Golf Society

Neil Carter from the Bunker Boys Golf Society

Gordon Duncan from the Phoenix Gold members club

Chris Watson from the Pattaya Hooters Golf Society


You can get in contact with any of these guys via 




Birdie - Golf Courses in Thailand BIRDIE Team Saturday, 31st March at 04:21 PM


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