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GHIN Handicap System

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Understanding Equitable Stroke Control (ESC):

Equitable stroke control (ESC) is the downwards adjustment of individual hole scores for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player’s potential ability. ESC sets up 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 his or her maximum number based on the table below but it applies to all scores for handicap purposes including tournament scores. There is no limit to the number of holes in which a player may adjust his or her score.

EQUITABLE STROKE CONTROL TABLE

Course Handicap                              Max Score on any Hole

9 or less                                                    Double Bogey

10 through 19                                           ( 7 is the Most )

20 through 29                                           ( 8 is the Most )

30 through 39                                           ( 9 is the Most )

40 or more                                                ( 10 is the Most )

UNFINISHED HOLES and CONCEDED STROKES: (Section 4-1)

If a player starts but does not complete a hole or is conceded a stroke, that player shall record for handicap purposes the score he or she most likely would have made. The most likely score consists of the number of strokes already taken plus, in the player’s best judgment, the number of strokes that the player would need to complete the hole from that position more than half the time. This number may not exceed the player’s Equitable Stroke Control limit, defined in Section 4-3. An “X” on the scorecard should precede this most likely score.

PLAYING FROM DIFFERENT TEES: (Section 3-5)

When competing from different tees, the golfer playing from the tees with the higher course rating receives extra strokes, which are added to his or her already determined course handicap. Strokes are determined by the rounded-off difference between the two Course Ratings. If “Sally” plays from the forward tees (red), where the Course Rating is 70.1 and her Course Handicap is 20, and Snoopy plays from the back tees (blue), where the Course Rating is 72.1, and his Course Handicap is 13, Snoopy receives two additional strokes. (The difference between the two Course Ratings is 72.1 – 70.1 = 2) Snoopy’s handicap is then adjusted to 15 while Sally’s handicap will remain at 20.

POSTING A SCORE WHEN A COMPLETE ROUND IS NOT PLAYED (Section 5-2)

-      If 13 or more holes are played, the player shall post an 18-hole score.

-      If 7 to 12 holes are played, the player shall post a 9-hole score.

In either case, scores for unplayed holes shall be recorded as par plus any handicap strokes that the player is entitled to receive (a net par) on the unplayed holes.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Golf Shop regarding handicapping/posting procedures.  As a reminder, all scores are to be posted by the golf staff. Please return a scorecard to the golf shop every time you play.

To access the website: http://www.ghin.com