Handicap System Lite Beta Release 4 Out soon! Expected release date will be June 18th.
What’s new in Handicap System Lite…
- All problems reported by testers have been fixed, including the date problem the program was having. Now no matter what time zone you are in, score dates will post correctly, including our customers in New Zealand.
- You can now have multiple rosters. Especially important for large organizations that need to break their membership into different segments. Includes different landing web pages for each roster.
- A new group item was added. A player can be in any number of groups. You can also filter your views so you see only golfers in a particular group. Groups can be named anything you wish.
- Now up to 10 miscellaneous text fields to track anything you wish. Was 5.
- Numerous interface improvments were added. We have worked hard on making the interface “standard” across all forms.
- New sample email templates, so you can quickly email your members login information.
Next we start on Handicap System Lite Beta 5.
What will be new in Beta 5?
- Add capability for your members to enter their scores over the web “by hole” rather that just by “total score”.
- Integration with optional Website Builder and Signup Solutions.
- Reports, reports, reports. Reporting features will be added.
- 50 golfer cap will be removed. System will be able to track any number of golfers.
- Data import module…so you can import players and courses from other software, including current customers that may wish to migrate from the “desktop” Handicap System version to this “web” Handicap System version.
- Plus any other suggestions that beta testers provide.
Participating in a golf tournament away from your home club? Travelling to play different golf courses? Moving to a new area or joining a new club? These are all great reasons to have a golf handicap card.
Golf handicap cards are credit-card size cards with your name, home course handicap, issuing golf club/association, USGA Handicap Index and last 20 scores. An effective date is also included. Taking your handicap information with you keeps the game of golf competitive and fun. Many clubs and golf tournaments insist on a golf handicap card as verification of your current handicap.
GolfSoftware.com’s Handicap System software prints golf handicap card labels which are ready to be placed on a wallet-sized plastic card. You can print labels for your whole group on a regular basis or for an individual when needed. Our price for the labels &/or plastic cards includes taxes and shipping. 250 labels sell for $12.95. (500 for $19.95, 1000 for $34.95 or 2000 for $59.95) Blank, white plastic wallet-size cards are 0.15 each. You can order online or by phone at 1-919-460-7424 or 1-800-697-9989.
The USGA’s Equitable Stroke Control is part of their Handicap System. You cannot calculate a valid USGA Index and course handicap without using Equitable Stroke Control or ESC.
“Equitable Stroke Control“ (ESC) is the downward adjustment of individual hole scores for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player’s potential ability. ESC sets a maximum number that a player can post on any hole depending on the player’s Course Handicap. ESC is used only when a player’s actual or most likely score exceeds the player’s maximum number based on the table in Section 4-3.
Our Handicap System software automatically uses Equitable Stroke Control when a player’s actual gross hole scores are entered. Alternatively, a player’s adjusted gross score total can be entered. You can see what role Equitable Stroke Control plays in the calculation of an Index and course handicap as well as the Equitable Stroke Control chart at “Golf handicap formula explained step-by-step.”
See our golf handicap software, Handicap System…
Here at GolfSoftware.com we are starting development on our next generation of the Golf Handicap System software. I will be posting twice a month with updates on our progression with the new software.
We are literally starting from scratch with this new Handicap System product. As opposed to updating/adding new options to the existing product, we are producing a NEW product. Why? Simply put, our goal is to have two types of Handicap System products.
- “Desktop” Handicap System (the current software)
- “Internet” Handicap System (next generation)
If you are a current Handicap System user reading this blog, you may be thinking, “Why change the Handicap System…it works fine as is?”. Fear not, we will continue to sell and support our desktop version.
But why an “Internet” version?
- Desktop version requires golf organizations with multiple administrators (who are at different locations) to pass the updated database back and forth via an awkward backup/restore process. Internet version will completely eliminate this.
- Desktop version requires users to perform a “synchronization” to update information to the web. Internet version will completely eliminate this.
- Desktop version does not allow for “dynamic” websites because the “active” database is not on the server…only the “synched” database which may not be completely up to date. Internet version will completely eliminate this.
- Desktop version must be installed on any computer that needs to administer it. Users are also responsible for maintaining version changes and updates. With the Internet version you will simply log in and go.
- Desktop version has the database on the local drive so the user is responsible for backing up and maintaining database integrity. This is automatic with the Internet version.
- Internet version will provide many other options simply not possible in a desktop version. Option to share data with other golf groups, social networking , shared course libraries, shared reports, shared views, etc.
More details in the next blog.