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WVMC Golf Club - Valley Center, CA

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Handicap Index and Course Handicap info is sourced from USGA and USGA references.

Basic Handicap System™ Concepts

Key Premises

The purpose of the USGA United States Golf Association Handicap System is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis. Two key premises are:

  • Each player will try to make the best score at every hole in every round.
  • The player will post every acceptable round for peer review (including rounds that are not completed beyond the 13th hole and holes where the player picked up the ball).


How to Determine Number of Strokes to Post

  • If a player picks up on a hole, the score to post for that hole is the number of strokes already taken plus any penalty strokes plus the number of strokes, in the player's judgment, to complete the hole from that point. The total number of strokes is not to exceed the ESC Equitable Stroke Control® maximum for that hole.
  • For holes not played, the number of strokes to record are the number of par strokes plus any handicap stokes the player is entitled to based on the Course Handicap.
  • The table on the following page depicts the Equitable Stroke Control Table. The maximum number of strokes to post on a hole depends on a player's course handicap.