Congu issued new guidelines last year regarding the methodology of

calculating and then allocating the stroke index to each hole.

Paramount is the even spread over the 18 holes, for example if there

is a handicap difference of 10 you cannot get 3 shots in a row.

They advocate allocating all the odd numbers to the longer 9

in our case the front nine and the even numbers to the back 9.

The lowest stroke indices should be as near the middle of each 9

as possible and holes 1, 9, 10 and 18 should be ranked in the

middle, ie Stroke indices 9,10, 11 and 12 so that there is no

discernible advantage to either the lower or higher handicapper.

If you are still with me this is how it is going to work out;

Hole           New Stroke Index           Old Stroke Index

1                          9                                       15

2                         17                                      14

3                         5                                        6

4                         1                                        2

5                        13                                      12

6                         7                                       7

7                        15                                      9

8                         3                                      4

9                        11                                     18

10                      12                                     8

11                       6                                      1

12                      2                                       3

13                     16                                     17

14                     14                                     10

15                      8                                      11

16                     18                                     16

17                     4                                       5

18                    10                                     13

One or two slightly strange allocations but it does comply with the Guidelines

and it makes it more even handed between the higher and lower handicapper.

Therefore if I am receiving 10 shots from Alan Dickson I better make sure I make

it to the 18th !!!!

Cheers