WHS 3: Handicap Index

  • Handicap Index is a measure of a player's demonstrated ability calculated against the Slope Rating of a golf course of standard playing difficulty
  • It represents a golfer's playing handicap on a course with a Neutral Slope Rating of 113
  • It is calculated as a rolling average of the lowest 8 from the last 20 Score Differentials 
  • Each time a new score is submitted the average of the lowest 8 from the last 20 is re-calculated, which may or may not lead to a change of Handicap Index
  • There are additional safeguards to ensure that a player's handicap does not rise too quickly when a player is going through a spell of poor form

Low Handicap Index (LHI)

  • A player's lowest Handicap Index during the last 12 months is used as an Anchor Point to limit increases in Handicap Index
  • Soft CAP: Potential increases of Handicap Index to a figure greater than (LHI + 3) are limited by half the amount over three, e.g. 5 is limited to 4,  6 is limited to 4.5, etc.
  • Hard CAP: The maximum that the Handicap Index can increase to is (LHI + 5).

Exceptional Scores

  • An adjustment to the Handicap Index after a very low score has been posted
  • A reduction of -1 for scores between 7 and 9 below Handicap Index 
  • A reduction of -2 for scores 10 or more below Handicap Index
  • The reduction is applied to the last 20 scores on the Scoring Record and drops off gradually over the next 20 rounds.

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New Handicaps

A New Player's Handicap Index is initially allocated at 2 less than the best of the Adjusted Gross Scores from 3 x 18 hole cards submitted. Cards can be submitted as 6 x 9 hole or some other combination. Subsequent Handicap Index calculations change as more scores are entered:

  • 3 scores: lowest score -2
  • 4 scores: lowest score -1
  • 5 scores: lowest score
  • 6 scores: average of lowest 2 scores -1
  • 7 to 8 scores: average of lowest 2 scores
  • 9 to 11 scores: average of lowest 3 scores
  • 12 to 14 scores: average of lowest 4 scores
  • 15 to 16 scores: average of lowest 5 scores
  • 17 to 18 scores: average of lowest 6 scores
  • 19 scores: average of lowest 7 scores
  • 20 scores: average of lowest 8 scores

Transition Handicaps

Player's that already have a current CONGU Handicap will be allocated an initial Handicap Index when the new system comes into effect as described on the Transition Handicaps page.

Keith,   I know that I spoke to both yourself and Steve Elway on the day, but I just wanted to send you another communication about my experience last Friday.   I have played at Gloucester for about 30 years now and the course is in the best condition that I have ever seen it. I know that you have faced various challenges over the last two years or so but you and your team are to be congratulated for the hard work and effort that you have clearly put in. The other Minch Captain's that I played with thought exactly the same. I addition to the course, the food and service in the bar area was excellent and the chap clearing away the dirty dishes from the tables was most efficient! The whole experience was first class.   Thanks again and please pass on my sentiments to your staff.   Best regards,   Trevor Lee 2015 Captain MGC
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