Handicap Study Guide

Curriculum for all ages

*Review the content below to be prepared for your Handicap Quiz!

 

How many scores do I need to post to get a Handicap Index?

A player needs a minimum of five, 18 hole scores to calculate a Handicap Index. If a player has at least five but fewer than 20 scores available, the Handicap Index will be computed as follows using the specified number of differentials:

Score Available = Scores to be used
5 or 6 = Lowest 1
7 or 8 = Lowest 2
9 or 10 = Lowest 3
11 or 12 = Lowest 4
13 or 14 = Lowest 5
15 or 16 = Lowest 6
17 = Lowest 7
18 = Lowest 8
19 = Lowest 9

 

SLOPE RATING: 143

 

SCGA/USGA HANDICAP INDEX COURSE HDCP SCGA/USGA HANDICAP INDEX COURSE HDCP
+3.5 to +2.8 +4 19.4 to 20.1 24
+2.7 to +2.0 +3 20.2 to 20.9 25
+1.9 to +1.2 +2 21.0 to 21.7 26
++1.1 to +0.4 +1 21.8 to 22.5 27
+0.3 to 0.3 0 22.6 to 23.3 28
0.4 to 1.1 1 23.4 to 24.1 29
1.2 to 1.9 2 24.2 to 24.8 30
2.0 to 2.7 3 24.9 to 25.6 31
2.8 to 3.5 4 25.7 to 26.4 32
3.6 to 4.3 5 26.5 to 27.2 33
4.4 to 5.1 6 27.3 to 28.0 34
5.2 to 5.9 7 28.1 to 28.8 35
6.0 to 6.7 8 28.9 to 29.6 36
6.8 to 7.5 9 29.7 to 30.4 37
7.6 to 8.2 10 30.5 to 31.2 38
8.3 to 9.0 11 31.3 to 32.0 39
9.1 to 9.8 12 32.1 to 32.7 40
9.9 to 10.6 13 32.8 to 33.5 41
10.7 to 11.4 14 33.6 to 34.3 42
11.5 to 12.2 15 34.4 to 35.1 43
12.3 to 13.0 16 35.2 to 35.9 44
13.1 to 13.8 17 36.0 to 36.7 45

 

13.9 to 14.6 18 36.8 to 37.5 46
14.7 to 15.4 19 37.6 to 38.3 47
15.5 to 16.1 20 38.4 to 39.1 48
16.2 to 16.9 21  39.2 to 39.9  49
17.0 to 17.7 22 40.0 to 40.4 50
17.8 to 18.5 23
18.6 to 19.3 24

 

 

How do I establish an Index?

Once a player has posted 5, 18-hole rounds a Handicap Index will be calculated. You can also establish an Index by posting 10, 9-hole scores. This can be any combination of 9-holes played, they do not have to come from the same course. Until the golfer has established a Handicap Index, the golfer should use the maximum Index allowable in order to post their Adjusted Gross Score. The maximum Index for a male golfer is 36.4 and 40.4 for female golfers.

How do I use my Index and figure out my Course Handicap?

Using the Slope chart to the right, we want to find the Course Handicap for the golfer playing a course where the back tees have a Slope Rating of 143. If the golfer’s Handicap Index is 11.2 find that number in the range 10.7 to 11.4. This means the Course Handicap would be a 14. If the Handicap Index were 16.3, you would find the number in the range 16.2 to 16.9 and would play to a 21 handicap from that set of tees.

The easiest way to determine your Course Handicap for the tees you will be playing is to use the Slope tables at the back of the Southern California Golf Association Directory of Golf. Other places to determine your Course Handicap is the Slope Conversion Charts at the golf course. Or visit the Handicap Index Lookup feature on the SCGA.org homepage. Enter your member number to bring up your scoring file and under the tab C.H. Calculator, enter the Slope for the tees you will be playing.

EQUITABLE STROKE CONTROL

 

18-HOLE COURSE HANDICAP MAXIMUM ESC 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

 

How do I use my Index and figure out my Course Handicap?

The golfer always posts the Adjusted Gross Score. In order to adjust, the player must use the Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) Chart. Based on the player’s Course Handicap for the set of tees which were played, the golfer would reduce any individual hole scores, which exceeded their maximum allowable, based on ESC.

For example, a golfer has a Course Handicap of 13 which means the maximum they can post on any individual hole is a 7. If the golfer’s total gross score (all strokes counted) for the day is 100 but they scored an 8 on one hole the player would adjust that individual hole score to a 7 and post a 99 for handicapping purposes.

Total Gross Score 100
Minus any adjustments – 1
Posted adjusted gross score 99

Score posting is now easier than ever! After completing a round, you can post your score at the course, at home on scga.org, or on your cell phone.

Let’s get started with how to post at the golf course:

 

Do you have a smart phone? The following features are available on the new SCGA mobile site that can be accessed at mobile.scga.org:

  • Score Posting
  • Golf Course Directory/Driving Directions
  • Handicap Index Lookup
  • Rules of Golf Search
  • Course Handicap Calculation