Course & Playing Handicaps

Course Handicap

  • Course Handicap is the number of handicap strokes a player receives before Handicap Allowances, on a specific course and a specific set of tees, as determined by the Slope Rating  [1]
  • There will be tables on display where you can look up your Course Handicap  [2]
  • There will also be apps available for your phone
  • It is Course Handicap that is used to determine Net Par and Net Double Bogey adjustments in calculating Adjusted Gross Scores and in assessing scores for Unplayed Holes

Handicap Allowance

  • Handicap Allowance is the percentage of Course Handicap specified for a particular format of play and/or specified in the Terms of the Competition  [3]

Playing Handicap

  • Playing Handicap is the Course Handicap adjusted for any Handicap Allowance. It represents the actual number of strokes the player gives or receives for the round being played. The calculation shown in [4] uses the exact Course Handicap (nearest 0.1). It is anticipated that this will change to use the rounded Course Handicap (nearest 1).     29/10/20 It's been confirmed during the Summer that the Playing Handicap calculation will use the rounded Course Handicap, so NOT as shown in image [4].
  • It is Playing Handicap that is used to determine Competition Results.

The Process

  • Before starting a round, if they wish to submit a qualifying score, the player must register their intention to enter a Competition or submit a Social Score in the Pro Shop and establish their Course Handicap and Playing Handicap for the particular set of tees being used
  • Scores must be submitted as soon as possible after the round and before midnight on the day of playing, which is when their Handicap index will be re-calculated  [5] [6]

9 Hole Handicaps

When submitting a 9 hole score :-

  • 9 hole Course Handicap = [ Handicap Index / 2 ]  x  [ 9 hole Slope Rating / 113 ]
  • 9 hole Playing Handicap = [ 9 hole Course Handicap ]  x  [ Handicap Allowance ]