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Playing Handicap and Handicap Allowance

 

Playing Handicap

The EGA Playing Handicap is the number of handicap strokes a player receives for a specific set of tees at the course being played. The playing handicap is calculated from the EGA Handicap, the Course Rating (CR) and the Slope Rating (SR).
The handicap strokes are awarded per holes² depending on the Stroke Index (abbreviation on scorecards: SI, HCP or HDCP) of a particular hole. The Stroke Index of each golf hole is defined as the difficulty of one hole in comparison to other holes on the same course. They are numbered from 1 to 18 (9 for 9-hole courses). Stroke Index = 1 is the hardest hole and Stroke Index = 18 is the easiest hole.

 

Handicap Allowance

The Handicap Allowance is the number of handicap strokes a side (player or team) receives (or gives) in a handicap competition. It is the percentage of the playing handicap determined by the Committee in charge of the competition. Handicap allowances in a handicap competition must be laid down by the Committee in the conditions under which the competition is to be played.

Handicap allowance of player

Handicap allowance of team

The EGA recommends that the following handicap allowances apply in the following forms of play:

  • Singles – The player receives 100% of his playing handicap.
  • Four-ball (Better-ball) – Each partner receives 90% of his playing handicap.

For some competitions the Committees determine handicap allowances as 75% or 50% of the playing handicap.

For handicapping (i.e. handicap adjustment), all qualifying scores must be converted to Stableford points based on a Handicap Allowance of 100% of EGA Playing Handicap.

 

 

Handicap Allowance of the Team

The handicap allowance of the team is the number of handicap strokes the side receives (or gives) in a handicap competition. Handicap allowances in a handicap competition must be laid down by the Committee in the conditions under which the competition is to be played. Usually it is the percentage of the partner’s playing handicaps.

The EGA recommends that the following handicap allowances apply in the following forms of play:

  • Foursomes – The side receives 50% of the sum of the playing handicaps of the partners.
  • Greensomes – The partner with the lower playing handicap receives 60% of his playing handicap and the partner with the higher playing handicap receives 40% of his playing handicap. Both figures are added.

Since a scramble is not played under the principles of The Rules Of Golf, it will not be found in the EGA Handicap System. However, one recommendation of USGA seems to work well:

  • Texas Scramble – The partner with the lower playing handicap receives 35% of his playing handicap and the partner with the higher playing handicap receives 15% of his playing handicap. Both figures are added.

Our experience asserts that two formats are fare:

  • Sum of 60% of the lower playing handicap and 15% of the higher playing handicap, or
  • Sum of 50% of the lower playing handicap and 25% of the higher playing handicap.

For some Scramble competitions the Committees determine handicap allowances of the side as 75% (37/37) or 50% (25/25) of the sum of the playing handicap of the partners.

 

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update: January 2017

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