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Golf Handicap System
  • The handicap system is now called the World Handicap System.
  • Scores must be posted immediately after completing a round of golf.
  • Scores can be posted from your phone, or any mobile device using the My MGA App. Your GHIN number is required to use the App. Please email the pro shop if you need your GHIN number.
 
KEY CHANGES TO THE HANDICAP SYSTEM:
 
  • Frequency of Revision of a Handicap Index: Daily. It is very important to post your score immediately after completing your round for complete accuracy due to the playing conditions calculation.
  • Playing Conditions Calculation: This is an automatic calculation and not done by the player. The playing conditions calculation (PCC) determines whether playing conditions on the day differed from normal conditions to the extent that an adjustment is needed to compensate. It is a daily statistical procedure that compares the scores submitted by players on the day against expected scoring patterns.
  • Maximum Hole Score: Net Double Bogey is the maximum score any player can take on a given hole.
Example: Hole number 1 is a par 5 and the 3rd handicap hole. If you have a course handicap of 21, you would take a 9 (Double bogey plus 2 strokes). If you have a course handicap of 2, you would take a 7 (Double bogey plus 0 strokes).
 
  • When a Hole is Started but not Completed: When a player starts a hole but does not hole out for a valid reason, the player must record their most likely score or net double bogey, whichever is lower, as appropriate for the situation and depending on the format of play.
  • Posting a score with an incomplete round: To submit a nine-hole score, a player must play 7 to 13 holes. When 14 or more holes are played, the score submitted qualifies as an 18-hole score. For holes not completed, you must take a score that equals par plus whatever strokes you would get on that particular hole.
Example: If you would typically get 2 shots on the 17th hole which is a par 4, you would take a 6.
 
  • Calculation of a Handicap Index: Calculation is based on the best 8 of the player’s most recent 20 score differentials.
  • Limit on Upward Movement of a Handicap Index:
      Soft Cap: The soft cap is triggered when the difference between a player’s newly calculated Handicap Index   and their Low Handicap Index is greater than 3 strokes. When a calculated Handicap Index is greater than 3 strokes, the value above 3 strokes is restricted to 50% of the increase,
      Hard Cap: The hard cap triggers to restrict the amount by which a player’s Handicap Index can increase, after application of the soft cap, to no more than 5.0 strokes above their Low Handicap Index.
  • Limit of an Exceptional Score (ESR):
When a score differential is 7.0 strokes below a player’s Handicap Index at the time the round was played, an Exceptional Score Reduction will take place. If the score differential is between 7.0 and 9.9 strokes below their Handicap Index, a -1.0 reduction will be applied to the player’s most recent 20 score differentials.
If the score differential is 10.0 strokes or better than their Handicap Index, a -2.0 reduction will be applied to their most recent 20 score differentials.