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Course Handicap and Playing Handicap

 

Course Handicap

The Course Handicap in WHS (World Handicap System) is the number of handicap strokes a player receives for handicap purposes for a specific set of tees at the course being played. The Course Handicap is calculated from the Handicap Index, 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.

 

Playing Handicap

The Playing Handicap is the number of handicap strokes a side (player or team) receives (or gives) in a stroke play handicap competition. It is the percentage of the Course Handicap determined by the Committee in charge of the competition. The Handicap Allowance in a handicap competition must be laid down by the Committee in the conditions under which the competition is to be played.
The handicap strokes are awarded per holes² depending on the Stroke Index of a particular hole.

Playing Handicap - player

Playing Handicap - team

WHS recommends that the following Playing Handicaps apply in the following forms of play:

  • Singles – The player receives 95% or 100% of his Course Handicap.
  • Four-ball (Better-ball) – Each partner receives 85% or 90% of his Course Handicap.

For some competitions the Committees determine Playing Handicap as 75% or 50% of the Course Handicap.

For handicapping purposes (i.e. handicap adjustment), all acceptable scores must be adjusted basing on 100% of Course Handicap.

 

NOTE:
The difference between the CONGU countries (UK and Ireland) and other countries (Rest of the World ) is the approach to a par-based adjustment (Course Rating minus Par) in the calculation of the Course Handicap. CONGU countries do not apply this adjustment, while other countries use the CR and par values in the formula.

 

 

Playing Handicap of the Team

The Playing Handicap of the team is the number of handicap strokes the side receives (or gives) in a handicap competition. Playing Handicaps 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 Course Handicaps.

WHS recommends that the following Playing Handicaps apply in the following forms of play:

A scramble is not played under the principles of The Rules Of Golf, but WHS recommends the following solution:

 

ATTENTION:
The calculator below is not yet prepared for GB&I players (“Course Rating Minus Par” effect applied). It will be adapted  and modified soon.

 

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update: March 2020

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