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GUIDELINES FOR HANDICAPPING


USGA Handicap System

1.

It is obligatory to follow this system, as it enables a player to play on any course with a fair handicap

Course Rating

2.

It evaluates the playing difficulty of a course, and is expressed as strokes taken to one decimal place. It varies with the colour of the tee being used. It is allotted by the IGU. The DGC Course Rating is 73.9 from Red Tees

Slope Rating

3.

It is also a measure of the relative difficulty of a course for players who are not scratch golfers compared to the Course Rating .It varies with the colour of Tees being used and is allotted by the IGU. The Standard USGA Slope rating is 113. The DGC slope rating is 128 from both Red and White Tees for ladies.

Adjusted Gross Score

It is the players gross score adjusted against USGA rules for unfinished holes, conceded strokes, holes not played, or not played under the Rules of Golf or Equitable Stroke Control (see para 7 below).

USGA Handicap Differential

5.

The formula is:-

Adjusted Gross Score – Course Rating X 113

Slope Rating

For the purposes of deriving the USGA Handicap Index, 20 latest cards are considered , out of which the 10 lowest are taken into account. Exceptional tournament scores over the preceding 12 months are also taken into account if they form a part of the 20 latest cards .(see para 14 below).

Equitable Stroke Control(ESC)10.

ESC is the downward adjustment of the individual hole scores for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a players potential ability. It sets the maximum number of strokes for a hole (irrespective of its being a par 3,4 or 5) depending upon a players handicap. See table below :

EQUITABLE STROKE C0NTROL
Course Handicap Maximum Number
On Any Hole
9 or less Double Bogey*
10 through 19 7
20 through 29 8
30 through 39 9
40 or more 10
USGA HANDICAP INDEX
The Handicap Index is derived by multiplying the average of 10 lowest handicap differentials by 0.96It is worked out to one decimal place, discarding other decimal digits eg 12.83 or 12.86 will be 12.8
See chart below on the working of USGA Handicap Index of a player.
Date
Adjusted
Score

Course
Rating
Slope
Rating
Handicap
Differential
3/21/97 90 70.1 116 19.4
3/12/97 91 70.1 116 20.4
2/24/97 94 72.3 123 19.9
2/20/97 *88 70.1 116 17.4
1/18/97 89 70.1 116 18.4
1/17/97 *90 72.3 123 16.3
1/16/97 *91 72.3 123 17.2
12/12/96 91 70.1 116 20.4
12/10/96 91 70.1 116 20.4
11/8/96 86 68.7 105 18.6
11/4/96 90 70.1 116 19.4
11/1/96 *92 72.3 123 18.1
10/24/96 *85 68.0 107 18.0
10/16/96 *78 68.7 105 10.0
10/12/96 *82 70.1 116 11.6
10/2/96 *84 70.1 116 13.5
9/14/96 94 72.3 123 19.9
9/5/96 93 72.3 123 19.0
9/4/96 *89 72.3 123 15.3
9/1/96 *88 70.1 116 17.4
* 10 scores with lowest handicap differentials
Average = 154.8/10= 15.4Handicap Index =15.4

Course Handicap

It indicates the number of strokes a player receives from a specific tee at the course being played. It is determined by converting the USGA Handicap Index to a Course Handicap by the formula:-

USGA Handicap Index X Slope Rating

113

See Table below for conversion of Handicap Index to Course Handicap in the Ladies Section of DGC
Conversion Table For Ladies Section of DGC
Handicap
Index
Course
Handicap
Handicap
Index
Course
Handicap
+3.5 to +3.1 +4 18.9 to 19.7 22
+3.0 to +2.2 +3 19.8 to 20.5 23
+2.1 to +1.4 +2 20.6 to 21.4 24
+1.3 to +0.5 +1 21.5 to 22.3 25
+0.4 to 0.4 0 22.4 to 23.2 26
0.5 to 1.3 1 23.3 to 24.0 27
1.4 to 2.1 2 24.1 to 24.9 28
2.2 to 3.0 3 25.0 to 25.8 29
3.1 to 3.9 4 25.9 to 26.7 30
4.0 to 4.8 5 26.8 to 27.5 31
4.9 to 5.6 6 27.6 to 28.4 32
5.7 to 6.5 7 28.5 to 29.3 33
6.6 to 7.4 8 29.4 to 30.2 34
7.5 to 8.3 9 30.3 to 31.0 35
8.4 to 9.1 10 31.1 to 31.9 36
9.2 to 10.0 11 32.0 to 32.8 37
10.1 to 10.9 12 32.9 to 33.7 38
11.0 to 11.8 13 33.8 to 34.6 39
11.9 to 12.7 14 34.7 to 35.4 40
12.8 to 13.5 15 35.5 to 36.3 41
13.6 to 14.4 16 36.4 to 37.2 42
14.5 to 15.3 17 37.3 to 38.1 43
15.4 to 16.2 18 38.2 to 38.9 44
16.3 to 17.0 19 39.0 to 39.8 45
17.1 to 17.9 20 39.9 to 40.4 46
18.0 to 18.8 21
When playing on a course other than the DGC it will be the players responsibility to convert the Handicap Index of the DGC to a course handicap based on the slope rating of the course being played.
Exceptional Tournament Scores
Any tournament score within the last 12 months, or within the players 20 score cards.counts.A players Handicap Index may be reduced when a player has a minimum of two eligible tournament score differentials that are at least 3 strokes better than the players USGA Handicap Index.
i. Example: A player with a USGA Handicap Index of 17.6 has three eligible tournament scores in his record. His two scores, which produce the lowest tournament score differentials are 82 and 83. They were made on a course with a USGA Course Rating of 70.6 and a Slope Rating of 130.
Tournament Score -- Course Rating: 82-70.6 = 11.4
Difference x 113: 11.4 x 113 = 1288.2
Result/Slope Rating: 1288.2/130 = 9.9
Lowest Tournament Score Differential: 9.9
2nd Lowest Tournament Score Differential: (83-70.6)x113/130=10.8
17.6
Second Lowest Differential: -10.8
6.8
Since 6.8 is greater than 3.0, continue.
ii. Average the two lowest tournament score differentials. (9.9 + 10.8)/2=10.35 iii. Subtract that average from the player’s Handicap Index. 17.6-10.35=7.25
Using the number derived in step (iii) and the total number of tournament scores in the player’s record, enter the Handicap Reduction Table below to determine the amount the player’s Index is to be reduced.
Value derived from step (iii) above Number of Eligible Tounament Scores
2 3 4 5-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 > 40
3.0 to 3.4 * * * * * * * *
3.5 to 3.9 * * * * * * * *
4.0 to 4.4 1 * * * * * * *
4.5 to 4.9 1.8 1 * * * * * *
5.0 to 5.4 2.6 1.9 1 * * * * *
5.5 to 5.9 3.4 2.7 1.9 1 * * * *
6.0 to 6.4 4.1 3.5 2.8 1.9 1 * * *
6.5 to 6.9 4.8 4.3 3.7 2.9 2 1 * *
7.0 to 7.4 5.5 5.0 4.5 3.8 3 2.1 1 *
7.5 to 7.9 6.2 5.7 5.3 4.7 3.9 3.1 2.2 1
8.0 to 8.4 6.8 6.4 6 5.5 4.8 4.1 3.2 2.2
8.5 to 8.9 7.4 7.1 6.7 6.2 5.7 5 4.2 3.3
9.0 to 9.4 8.1 7.8 7.4 7 6.5 5.9 5.2 4.4
9.5 to 9.9 8.7 8.4 8.1 7.7 7.3 6.7 6.1 5.4
10.0 to 10.4 9.2 9.0 8.8 8.4 8 7.6 7 6.4
10.5 to 10.9 9.8 9.5 9.4 9.1 8.7 8.3 7.8 7.2
11.0 to 11.4 10.4 10.2 10 9.7 9.4 9.1 8.6 8.1
11.5 to 11.9 11.0 10.8 10.6 10.4 10.1 9.8 9.4 8.9
12.0 to 12.4 11.5 11.4 11.2 11 10.7 10.5 10.1 9.7
12.5 to 12.9 12.1 11.9 11.8 11.6 11.4 11.1 10.8 10.5
13.0 to 13.4 12.6 12.5 12.4 12.2 12 11.8 11.5 11.2
13.5 to 13.9 13.2 13.1 12.9 12.8 12.6 12.4 12.2 11.9
14.0 to 14.4 13.7 13.6 13.5 13.4 13.2 13.0 12.8 12.6
i. Example:
Value from Handicap Reduction Table: 5.0
Handicap Index -- Table Value: 17.6-5.0=12.6
Handicap Index: 12.6

9 Hole/14 Hole Cards

9 Holes- Two successive nine hole cards, irrespective of the order of play of holes (front or back 9) will constitute one 18 hole card.

14 Holes. A 14 hole card is automatically computed into an 18 hole card, taking the players handicap into account.
 


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