England Golf says that iGolf will provide a path for the approximately 2.3 million golfers in England who are not currently members of golf clubs to score points, calculate course deadlines and track their performance in the same way that club members below do the new World Handicapping Scheme. introduced by England Golf to England’s 1,800 golf clubs and 630,000 club members last year.
As an English golf initiative, the revenue generated by the platform will be reinvested in the work being done nationally to grow the game at all levels, support clubs and the wider golf community.
To sign up for iGolf, golfers must sign in www.englandigolf.co.uk to get started, pay their subscription, download the My EG app and enter verifiable scores to get a handicap index. Golfers who were previously club members will, where possible, restore their handicap index through their iGolf subscription.
“IGolf is an exciting progress for the amateur game in England, and we believe it will help protect the future of our sport. This new platform will help us connect with a large part of the golfing public that we have not reached before, and provide a new way to grow the country across the country, ” said Jeremy Tomlinson, the English golf, said.
‘If people have a measure of performance in any activity, they naturally want to do more to improve. By delivering an official performance to non-club members via a WHS handicap index, we can break down many of the barriers to using the game. Our primary goal is to encourage play, increase the connection between non-club members and their local facilities, and give avid golfers a clear path to club membership should they choose to make this progress. Through iGolf we can try to bring in more revenue in the sport, and specifically for our 1,800 affiliated golf clubs and facilities in England. ”
Although iGolf is a new form of subscription, England Golf says it was not designed as a replacement for club membership. The organization believes that iGolf can form an important path to membership by encouraging increased play among the wider golf audience, as the non-club members in the golf population experience more courses and the benefits of regular play and practice.
To maintain the integrity of handicaps, a system of checks and scales has been incorporated into the iGolf platform, while teaching about the rules and etiquette of golf is also woven into the program.
Golfers can go to www.englandigolf.co.uk to find out more about iGolf and the World Handicap System.