WHS - Acceptable Scores

Acceptable Scores for Handicap Purposes

It is anticipated that it will be mandatory for all Singles Competition Rounds in Authorised Formats be should submitted for handicap purposes, subject to clarification about rounds played with Winter Rules in operation (see slide 2).

Scores from team competitions and match play will not be acceptable in England initially, although this may change based on feedback from other jurisdictions that include those formats

The recommendation from England Golf is that scores from regular organised social events (Roll-ups) in authorised formats are submitted


Players are required to register their intention to submit a score from general (non-competition) play before commencing the round (see slide 3). The process for Puckrup Hall specifically will be notified in due course.
Scores submitted from general play are called Social Scores and are similar to the current Supplementary Scores.

Minimum Number of Holes

Scores may be submitted over 9 holes or 18 holes.

All 9 holes must be played to submit a 9 hole score. Two 9 holes scores will be combined to produce one 18 hole score on the Scoring Record.

An 18 hole score will count as long as 10 or more holes have been completed.  Holes not played are recorded as Net Par or (Net Par + 1), depending on the number not played (see slide 4).

Adjusted Gross Score

For handicap purposes a big score on any hole is reduced to Net Double Bogey, using the player's Course Handicap. Holes started, but not completed are also recorded as Net Double Bogey (see slide 5).

Score Differential

The Adjusted Gross Score is compared with the Course Rating and is "de-sloped" to give the Score Differential for the round, which is added to the player's Scoring Record (see slide 6).

Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC)

Determines if course and weather conditions on the day differed from normal to the extent that they significantly impacted players’ performance

Calculated using all scores submitted on the course that day, as long as 8 or more golfers with a Handicap Index of less than 36 and a fully developed Scoring Record  played.

It is conservative in nature and can increase the Adjusted Gross Score by 1 in easy conditions or decrease it by 1, 2 or 3 in difficult conditions (see slide 8).

9 Hole Scores

Your 9 hole Score Differential is calculated as shown below: [ 113 / 9 hole Slope Rating ]  x  [ 9 hole Adjusted Gross Score - 9 hole Course Rating - (0.5 x PCC) ]

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