What is the Course Handicap in Golf?

With the new World Handicapping System (WHS) now widely established, what are the definitions of the new golf terminology e.g Course Handicap?

1. As you travel from club to club, using different tees, your Handicap Index will be converted into a Course Handicap for the day.

e.g If you are an 18.1 Handicapper and you decide to play South Essex GC, off the Yellow Tees, your Course handicap will be 21.

2. Then, after your round, you are required to enter your Gross scores into the TSG Handicapping System.  Upon entering your Gross scores, the system will ‘adjust’ them to the Maximum Score allowed on each hole 

e.g Gross Score + 2 shots + Handicap Allowance for that hole. This is calculated using the Stroke Index on each hole. 

In turn, your Adjusted Scores are then converted to a Score Differential by using the Slope & Rating of the course played.

Handicap table

For competition purposes, TSG limits the maximum Stableford allowance to a 36.0 Handicap e.g your Course Handicap will never give you more than 2.0 shots per hole.

Finally, as we continue to update all the Slope & Ratings at each course, on each tee, please note, if your course is not listed in our database, members can click on the REQUEST TSG TO UPDATE SCORECARDS AT THIS COURSE link.

The TSG team will add the requested course details within 24 hours.

Happy Golfing!

By Ian Mullins