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Handicap Regulations - Posting Scores

  1. Post your 18-hole and 9-hole scores for all eligible rounds, whether at Grover or away. (Playing alone is not eligible for handicap consideration.) Do so immediately after completing play if possible. Use the Handicap Score Book in the clubhouse, GHIN mobile, and/or GHIN.com. Do not withhold unusually high or low scores, unless a high score is occasioned by a temporary medical condition. If you post your score online with the GHIN Mobile app or on GHIN.com, put a check mark next to your score in the handicap book so the handicap chairman knows he does not need to enter your score for you.

  2. Enter a “C” (Competition) with your score if the round was played as part of a major tournament (Qualifiers, Club Championship, etc.) or a public tournament. Do not enter a "C" for regular weekly tournaments. Members playing only nine holes (league or otherwise) should enter an "N" with their scores.

  3. In reporting Away scores on the sheets provided for this purpose, include your name, the name of the course, the tees used, and both the rating and the slope from these tees. For new and/or out of town courses it is helpful if you also place your scorecard in the pocket of the handicap book. If you post your score online with the GHIN Mobile app or on GHIN.com, put a check mark next to your score in the handicap book so the handicap chairman knows he does not need to enter your score for you.

  4. Incomplete rounds: record as 18-hole scores if you have played at least 13 holes, as 9-hole scores if you played 7-8 holes. Take your score for each missing hole to be par plus the number of strokes to which your handicap would entitle you to. A player with a handicap of 15, for instance, would take a bogey on un-played holes rated 1 through 15, a par on holes rated 16-18. Holes played alone must be treated as un-played holes for handicap scoring.

  5. Incomplete holes: if you have “picked up” for any purpose, your score on the hole for handicap purposes is that which you are most likely to have made if you finished the hole. If you picked up on the green from one foot away, for example, assume that you would need one putt; from 12 feet away, assume two putts.

  6. Maximum score per hole: For handicap purposes the maximum score you can record on any hole is “Net Double Bogey”. Net Double Bogey is calculated as Double Bogey for the hole plus the number of handicap strokes you are allowed on the hole. For example, a player with a handicap of 10 can post a maximum score of Double Bogey Plus 1 on holes rated 1 through 10 and Double Bogey on holes rated 11 through 18. Likewise, a player with a handicap of 22 can post a maximum score of Double Bogey Plus 2 on holes rated 1 through 4 and Double Bogey Plus 1 on holes rated 5 through 18. If you enter hole-by-hole scores in GHIN, it will automatically apply the “Net Double Bogey” maximum for you!

    In tournament rounds, you should not apply the Net Double Bogey maximum hole score to your tournament card. Apply it only to your handicap score.

  7. For more information or to learn more about the World Handicap System, visit usga.org/whs


How is your handicap calculated (in brief)?

  • Each golfer's 20 most recent scores are included in the calculation

  • A determination of the "best" 8 out of each golfer's most recent 20 scores is made (the 8 best with course rating and slope considered)

  • Scores may be adjusted by USGA if playing conditions were significantly worse than normal on the date the round was played or if you post a competition score significantly lower than your normal scores

  • The 8 "best" scores are then processed to arrive at a USGA Handicap Index

  • New members will get an initial handicap if they have at least 3 scores

  • The USGA Index is then used to calculate your handicap for the course you are playing.



Handicap Reports

Click to go to GHIN.com
Click to view USGA Handicap Indexes and Current BGC Grover Handicaps Sorted By Member Name
Click to view USGA Handicap Indexes and Current BGC Grover Handicaps Sorted By Handicap Index
Remember that the handicap list in the clubhouse is the official handicap document for club tournaments!
Click to view last 20 scores used in handicap calculations

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