Handicap

Keep track of you Handicap with SCGA

The USGA Handicap Systemâ„¢ enables golfers of all skill levels to compete on an equitable basis. The USGA Web site offers links to The USGA Handicap System manual, the USGA's handicapping equivalent of The Rules of Golf. The current version of the USGA Handicap System went into effect on Jan. 1, 2012, and the next revision will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Any modifications to the system are noted on the USGA Web site. Visit the USGA's Web site to read the current manual.

An update on score posting

In recent weeks, some SCGA members have encountered periodic difficulty in attempting to post their scores, especially when posting as a guest at a computer physically located at a golf course. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused for you. While those issues seem to have been resolved, and score posting via all products is operational, please click here if you are still experiencing any technical issues. Please note that you always have additional score posting alternatives via a smartphone app, or via the internet, if your club allows internet score posting. Click here to learn more about these options.

Handicap Hints

Did you miss a recent handicap article in FORE Magazine? Refer to our library of past articles below to read, print out to post or email to your friends.

Title Format
GHIN: Coming to the SCGA Digital FORE
The Handicap System and Tee It Forward: A Perfect Match Digital FORE
Pick up for Pace Digital FORE
Constantly Evolving Digital FORE
No “Winter Rules” in Sunny SoCal Digital FORE
Improving Service Levels to Members Digital FORE
Incomplete holes, conceded strokes and other wrinkles Digital FORE
Back to Basics Digital FORE
Far From Home ... But Still Posting Digital FORE
A Little Accounting Digital FORE
USGA Handicap System Celebrates a Birthday Digital FORE
Exceptional Tournament Play Digital FORE / PDF
Searching for the truth about the provisional ball Digital FORE
The SCGA and Junior Golf Clubs - A Winning Combination Digital FORE / PDF
Measuring Up Digital FORE
Fluctuating Indexes Digital FORE
The Handicap Index Hot List Digital FORE / PDF
Handicap Scores Digital FORE / PDF
All You Need to Know About SCGA Online Score Services PDF
Get to Know Your Club Digital FORE / PDF
On the Road Again: Score Posting with GHIN is Now Easier While Traveling Digital FORE / PDF
New Look to SCGA Online Score Posting Digital FORE
New Look to Golf Course Posting Screens Digital FORE / PDF
Handicap Stroke Hole Allocation Digital FORE / PDF
The Handicap Committee: Who are They and What Do They Do? Digital FORE / PDF
Peer Review: It’s Everybody’s Responsibility! Digital FORE / PDF
When Not to Post a Score Digital FORE / PDF
Properly Posting for Handicap Purposes PDF
Handicap Index Reductions PDF
Playing from Different Tees PDF
Get to Know Your Club’s Handicap Chair PDF
Nine-Hole Scores: Do I Have to Post? PDF
Back to Basics Digital FORE
Far From Home ... But Still Posting Digital FORE
A Little Accounting Digital FORE
USGA Handicap System Celebrates a Birthday Digital FORE
Exceptional Tournament Play PDF
Moving on Up Page 51
The SCGA and Junior Golf Clubs - A Winning Combination PDF
Measuring Up PDF
Nine-Hole Scores: Do I Have to Post? PDF
Handicap Index Reductions PDF
Get to Know Your Club's Handicap Chair PDF
All You Need to Know About SCGA Online Score Services PDF / Digital FORE
Peer Review: It's Everybody's Responsibility! PDF / Digital FORE
Playing from Different Tees PDF
On the Road Again: Score Posting with GHIN is Now Easier While Traveling PDF / Digital FORE
New Look to Golf Course Posting Screens PDF / Digital FORE
Properly Posting for Handicap Purposes PDF
Handicap Stroke Hole Allocation PDF / Digital FORE
The Handicap Committee: Who are They and What Do They Do? PDF / Digital FORE
When Not to Post a Score PDF / Digital FORE
Get to Know Your Club PDF / Digital FORE
Handicap Scores PDF / Digital FORE
The Handicap Index Hot List PDF / Digital FORE

Did you Know?

Scores from any course may be posted on any posting computer in Southern California.

If you have an R after your Handicap Index (i.e., 13.7R) it means your Handicap Index has automatically been reduced due to exceptional tournament scores under Section 10-3 of the USGA Handicap System.

If you have an M after your Handicap Index (i.e., 13.7M) it means the handicap committee has modified your Handicap Index under Section 8-4c of the USGA Handicap System.

Once you have completed 13 holes, you can post an 18-hole score.

For handicap purposes, if you start a hole but do not complete it or are conceded a stroke, record your most likely score.

Equitable Stroke Control must be applied to all scores, including tournament scores, for handicap purposes.

What do you mean by that??

Reduction vs. Restricted

The letter "R" after a Handicap Index is due to a "Reduction" from the USGA Handicap System, Section 10-3. This reduction is an alternate calculation of a Handicap Index for players with two or more eligible tournament scores. Restricted is the misnomer.

Par Plus vs. Net Par

Par Plus is the terminology used by the USGA to describe how to post a score for a hole that is not played or not played under The Rules of Golf. The score recoded for that hole for handicap purposes must be par plus any handicap strokes that player may be entitled to on that hole. This hole score, when recorded, should be preceded by an "X". Net Par is the misnomer.

Handicap Index vs. Course Handicap

These terms describe two different things. The Handicap Index is a number with a decimal point (i.e. 14.2) used to indicate a measurement of a player's potential ability on a course of standard playing difficulty. It is derived from a player's score differentials which are derived from a calculation using the adjusted gross score, the Course and Slope Rating of the course played and the USGA standard Slope (113). The Course Handicap indicates how many handicap strokes a player receives from a specific set of tees being played. The Course Handicap is determined by taking the Handicap Index and applying it to a Course Handicap Table.

Modified vs. Reduced

If you have an M after your Handicap Index (i.e., 14.7M) it means the Handicap Committee at your club has modified your Handicap Index under Section 8-4c under the USGA Handicap System

If you have an R after your Handicap Index (i.e., 8.3R) it means your Handicap Index has automatically been reduced due to exceptional tournament scores under Section 10-3 of the USGA Handicap System.

Both are deemed a Handicap Index.