HANDICAP INDEX: is a number that represents a player’s ability and can be taken and played with on any golf course around the world. It is calculated from the best eight rounds from a player’s last 20 scores. Players can see their current Handicap Index on the HowDidIDo app, or the new England Golf app.
COURSE HANDICAP: is the number of strokes a player will receive for a specific set of tees on the golf course being played. It is calculated by multiplying your Handicap Index by the Slope Rating and then dividing by 113, then rounding to the nearest whole number. Alternatively, you can refer to the attached Course Handicap tables.
PLAYING HANDICAP: represents the total number of strokes each player will receive in the competition. For a Singles Stableford competition (eg Winter Sweep), the allowance is 95% of Course Handicap, and for a Betterball bogey competition (eg Olivers), the Allowance of 90% of Course Handicap for each player.
In a singles stableford, their PLAYING HANDICAP is 95% of the COURSE HANDICAP. So, their COURSE HANDICAP of 26 becomes a PLAYING HANDICAP of 25 (26 x 0.95 = 24.7 , rounded to 25).
SOME USEFUL ATTACHMENTS
- Winter Course Rating tables to help you work out your Course Handicap. These are also available in the Pro Shop, in the Locker Room, and by the first tee.
- Handicap Allowance Table: which shows the handicap allowance used for various types of rounds
- Course handicap Allowance table: which works out your Playing Handicap for the competitions we play in winter.