New Handicap rules for 2020...
• MAJOR CHANGES:
o Minimum number of scores for a handicap is 54 holes
combination of 9 or 18)
o Playing conditions and handicap index update daily and you
must post daily. Reason for this is if the conditions of the course were
harder or weather was bad the system will automatically adjust indexes for
any scores posted that day. Back dating the post will not give you the
o No more T- Scores. You will see “C” for competition and “N” if
you just posted 9 holes until you post a second 9.
o Soft and Hard Cap to Limit Upward Movement – 50% of: Soft
Cap: 3 stroke index increase. Hard Cap: 5 stroke index increase over 12
month rolling period. Maximum 5 in all cases.
• MAXIMUM SCORE FOR HANDICAP PURPOSES – NET DOUBLE BOGIE
o PAR PLUS 2 PLUS POPS (Par 4 where you receive 1 stroke
(pop) = 4+2+1 = 7)
• LEARN TO POP A SCORECARD
You will need to learn to pop a scorecard so you can post correct maximum
score when you play at other courses or not playing on a regular play date
at Graeagle. Regular play dates at Graeagle will already have your pops
posted to the score cars. We can discuss how to pop cards at the first
• HANDICAP COMMITTEE – Janis McCreary and Renee Miller. Can
adjust your Index to ensure it reflects your demonstrated ability. Any
adjustment recommended would be ratified by the NCGA. Examples of
need to adjust could be a surgery, illness, or improper posting.
• COMPETITION COMMITTEE – The max handicap is now 54. For the
purpose of tournaments, the committee may:
o Set maximum limit for play within the Terms of Competition
o Set handicap allowances for various forms of competition based
on new recommendations from the USGA. Example: Single Stroke Play
with large group or low net over the field– 95%, or two best ball 85%.
Recommendations have changed from prior.
o Set maximum index for entry (Ex: We had set max of 45 for the
Invitational in the past)
• HOME CLUB – Multiple Club Members will be required to designate
Home Club who will be responsible for handicaps. The first of the year it
will be assigned for you based on where you play the most. You will be
able to request change.
(The following is quoted from the magazine GOLF FOR WOMEN, May/June 2005,
The USGA developed a “course rating” system for courses in America. This rating
assesses a course’s playing difficulty based on what a scratch golfer would shoot
under normal conditions. Most ratings are around par (72). If a rating is 74.6, the
course will play a little tougher; if it’s a 68.7, your day will be a bit easier. The
“slope” indicates an average player’s potential scoring ability on the course. The
lowest slope rating is 55 (an easy course), and the highest is 155 (very difficult).
A golf course of standard difficulty as defined by the USGA, has a slope of 113.
Because golf courses vary in difficulty, the USGA establishes two numbers for
every golfer: a handicap index and a course handicap. When people ask your
handicap, it’s really your index they’re asking about. (This is the number with a
decimal point that the computer spits out after you post each score.) The index is
based on the best 10 of your most recent 20 scores and expresses your potential
This is the number of strokes allotted to you for the particular course you’re
playing, based on its relative difficulty. Your index and the slope of the tees you
play from determine your course handicap. Most pro shops have a chart that
does the conversion for you. Or you can simply multiply your handicap index by
the slope and divide that number by 113. For example, if your index is 26.4 and
you’re playing from the tees with a slope of 120, your course handicap is 28 (26.4
x 120 )[divided by] 113). The average golfer plays to her or his course handicap
25 percent of the time and plays a few strokes over it most of the time.
Plan to attend opening Meeting in May
for complete review by Handicap