Society Handicaps

The following rules will apply to handicaps following a competition.

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How We Calculate the Golf Handicap

Your score is compared to the SSS (Standard Scratch Score) with playing handicap

The Gross Score less existing handicap SSS then provides the basis of the golf handicap system.  A negative value is playing below your handicap and positive would indicate above your handicap.

The following golf handicap categories are widely used to provide the basis of handicap reductions and increases :

Category Handicap Range Buffer Zone Reduction per Shot Increase per Round
1 0.1 – 5.4 +1 -0.1 +0.3
2 5.5 – 12.4 +2 -0.2 +0.3
3 12.5 – 20.4 +3 -0.3 +0.3
4 20.5 – 28.0 +4 -0.4 +0.3
5 28.1 – 36.0 +5 -0.5 +0.3

Working example;

  • Determine the Rounds Net Score. e.g. Gross Score – Current golf handicap
  • Determine what Category this Golfer falls into based on current handicap.
  • If Net Score is greater than Golfers Category Buffer Zone then simply add 0.3 to Golfers Handicap
  • If Net Score Ranges from 0 to Buffer zone handicap is then unchanged.
  • If Net score is negative then for each shot less than 0, the Golfers Handicap is reduced by the amount specified by the category he/she is currently in.