Equitable Stroke Control – ESC

Calculating Course Handicap
A player’s Course Handicap is determined by multiplying a Handicap Index by the Slope Rating of the course played and then dividing by 113.  The resulting figure is rounded off to the nearest whole number (.5 or more is rounded upward).

Equitable Stroke Control – also known as “max”
ESC is used when a player’s actual or most likely score exceeds a maximum number, based on the table below, for the player’s Course Handicap from the tees played.

If your course handicap is a 19, the maximum score you can post on ANY hole is a 7.  Note:  this is for posting purposes only, not for your actual score.

Pole Creek Ladies Course Ratings
Meadow Ranch Red 125  Gold 134  White 146
Ranch Ridge Red 127  Gold 141  White 149
Meadow Ridge Red 125  Gold 140  White 148

Example Calculation
Playing Meadow/Ranch from the Red Tees with an Index of 17. (17.1 x 125)/113 = 18.91 rounded to 19; 19 is your course handicap and your ESC is 7.
Note:  Make sure to use the rating from the courses you will play AND make sure to include all decimal points from your Handicap Index.

Applying your handicap in a match play/handicapped event (How many “Pops?”)
Match Play Example:  Player One has a course handicap of 24; Player Two has a handicap of 14.  Player Two “gives” Player One ten strokes (24 minus14).  Player One gets a stroke on the top 10 handicap holes as reflected on the scorecard.

Player Versus the Course Example:  Player One has a course handicap of 24.  Player One gets a one stroke “pop” on every hole and a second stroke “pop” on the first 6 handicap holes per the scorecard.  Player Two has a course handicap of 14.  Player Two gets a one stroke “pop” on the first 14 handicap holes per the scorecard.

Use the Colorado Golf Association App to help you calculate Course Handicap! 

Download the free app for your Android or Apple device by entering the key word GHIN and search Google Play (formally, the Android Market) or the iTunes Store. The logo of the app is above!