Handicap Committee Updates 2019

Posting Scores for Holes or Rounds Not Completed
Thursday (Ladies Day) Play
If you pick up on ANY hole during a Ladies Day Event, you have removed yourself from the day’s game.  Record your score with an “X” followed by your most likely score not to exceed your ESC or “max.”

Stroke Play or Match Play
There are a few circumstances under which you may not complete a hole once started or may not complete a round once you have started.  Examples:

  • A hole is “conceded” before it is finished or not completed because you decided to “pick up”
  • A match is completed before the 18th hole and one or more holes remain unplayed
  • Play is suspended due to weather

Please calculate and record your scores as follows:
Play started on a hole but not completed:  Record an “X” and your MOST LIKELY score for that hole given the strokes you have already hit and where you lie.  Example:  If the hole is conceded on the green where you lie 3, and you most likely need two putts, record a X5.

Play has not started on a hole and the hole will not be played:  Record an “X” and the score as par plus your handicap for that hole.  Example:  If the hole is a par 5 and your handicap would give you two “pops” for that hole, record the score as an X7.  If the hole is a par 3 and your handicap would NOT give you a “pop” for that hole, record an X3.

Note:  “Most Likely Score” represents the score you would get from the place you pick up greater than 50% of the time.  Example:  If you lie 3 and pick up from 40 yards off the green and you most often take a chip and two putts from 40 yards, you would add three strokes and record a score of X6.

Commonly Asked Questions 
When should I use MOST LIKELY SCORE? The ONLY time you use MOST LIKELY SCORE is when you have started but not completed a hole.

How do I calculate MOST LIKELY SCORE? MOST LIKELY SCORE represents the score you would get greater than 50% of the time you faced similar circumstances.
Example:  I lie 3 on a green and I have conceded the hole my opponent.  I two putt most of the time so I would record an X5.
Example:  I lie 4 about 40 yards from the green and suspend play due to lightening.  Most of the time, it would take me one chip and two putts from 40 yards so I record a X7.

How many holes must I play to record a round? You must complete 7-12 holes to post a 9 hole round. You must complete 13 holes to post an 18 hole round.  (Note:  record unplayed holes as par plus your handicap for that hole)

What is ESC or “max”? The ESC, Equitable Stroke Control, or “max” is the maximum score you can take when posting your score for handicap purposes.  Example:  I played the hole in 9 strokes but my ESC is 7 strokes so, for handicap posting, reduce the 9 to a 7.

When calculating my course handicap, must I use full handicap index including decimal points? Yes, the ONLY time you round up or down is after the calculation.
Example: 17.1 (Handicap Index) x 125 (Slope Rating) divided by 113 = 18.9; round to 19.  This player’s ESC allows a maximum of 7 strokes. 17.7 (Handicap Index) x 125 (Slope Rating) divided by 113 = 19.58; round to 20.  This player’s ESC allows a maximum of 8 strokes.