Greetings from The Freeport Club!
We hope you enjoyed and found our prior emails regarding the new World Golf Handicap email informative and helpful! We would now like to get into some more specific topics directly related to your individual handicap and real-life scenarios that you may encounter on the golf course. Stay tuned for additional emails regarding the new World Handicap System as we prepare for another golf season.
How will this new system impact my handicap?

1. I see that my Handicap Index may change under the World Handicap System. Why?

Your new Handicap Index in 2020 is based on the modernized Rules of Handicapping and more responsive to good scores by averaging your eight best scores out of your most recent 20. In most cases for golfers in the U.S., it will change less than one stroke. So, if you notice that your Handicap Index is different in January despite not having played, this is why!

2. Someone asks me what my handicap is when we’re standing on the first tee. What do I tell them?

Start with your Handicap Index! This drives everything. Your Handicap Index forms the basis for your Course and Playing Handicap.

Slope Rating and now Course Rating and par are used to determine your Course Handicap, which represents the number of strokes you’ll need to play to par.

Your Playing Handicap is the actual number of strokes you give or receive for the round being played. It is typically the same number as your Course Handicap. The exception is when a term of the competition applies, such as a handicap allowance used for equity in certain formats of play.

3. I read that there is a new Course Handicap calculation that includes Course Rating and par. What does that mean for me?

Now that Course Handicap is tied to Course Rating and par (historically it has represented the number of strokes needed to play to the Course Rating), your Course Handicap will vary more from tee to tee than it did in the past.

For you to play to your handicap, your target score for the day will be par plus Course Handicap.

4. I play in a group where we all play from different tees. Do we still have to make a Course Handicap adjustment when we play?

Under the current system, a Course Handicap adjustment is required when players compete from different tees since each set of tees has a different Course Rating. Under the Rules of Handicapping, your Course Handicap factors in both Course Rating and par – meaning an adjustment is only necessary when par is different – which will be far less likely!

5. Let’s say I have a Course Handicap of nine and the second-ranked Stroke Index hole is a par four. I hit my drive out of bounds and continued to struggle on the hole so I picked up. Will I be able to post a score for handicap purposes?

Whenever the format of play allows, you are encouraged to pick up once you’ve reached your maximum hole score for handicap purposes – which is a Net Double Bogey.

Net Double Bogey = Double Bogey + any handicap strokes received on a hole.

Using the scenario above, your maximum score for handicap purposes is a seven, so in this case, you would submit a score of seven for that hole.

If you were to pick up on a hole before reaching Net Double Bogey, then you would record your Most Likely Score as long as it does not exceed your Net Double Bogey limit.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us in The Shop with any questions.

The Freeport Club is proud to be World Golf Handicap Certified, and we look forward to seeing you on the course!