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Course Rating: a course rating is the evaluation of the playing difficulty of the course for scratch golfers under normal course and weather conditions. The rating is based on yardage and other obstacles to the extent that they affect the scoring difficulty for the scratch golfer. Course rating is expressed as the number of strokes expected taken to one decimal place.
Slope Rating: is the number which indicates the relative playing difficulty of a course for bogey golfer compared to scratch golfers. It is calculated by taking the difference between the Bogey and Course Ratings multiplied by a constant factor, expressed as a whole number between 55 and 155. A golf course of standard relative playing difficulty has a slope rating of 113.
Bury St Edmunds Main Course: White Course Rating 72.3 Slope Rating 133 / Yellow Course Rating 71.2 Slope Rating 129 / Red Course Rating 74.2 Slope Rating 134
Bury St Edmunds Greene King 9 Hole Course: White Course Rating 61.4 Slope Rating 103 / Red Course Rating 61.6 Slope Rating 98
For further information: https://www.whs.com/articles/2019/course-slope-rating.html
Handicap Index: This is a measure of a player’s 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 and 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 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: A player’s lowest Handicap Index during the last 12 mnoths is used as a point to limit increases in the Handicap Index.
Soft Cap: Potential increases of Handicap Index to a figure greater than (LHI + 3) are limited by half the amount over three, eg: 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.
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 scorecards submitted. Cards can be submitted as 6 x 9 or other combinations submitted to the Pro Shop. Subsequent Handicap Index calculations change as more scores are entered.
|3 scores||Lowest score – 2|
|4 scores||Lowest scores – 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|
Course Handicap & Playing Handicap: A course handicap is the number of handicap strokes a player receives before Handicap Allowances, on a specific course and from a specific set of tees, as determined by the Slope Rating. There will be tables on display where you can look up your Course Handicap 18 Hole Course Slope Rating & 9 Hole Slope Panel. It is the Course Handicap that is used to determine Nett Par and Nett Double Bogey adjustments in calculating Adjusted Gross Scores and in assessing scores for un-played holes.
Course Handicap: is determined by multiplying their Handicap Index by the Slope Rating and dividing by the Neutral Slope Rating of 113.
Playing Handicap: is the Course Handicap adjusted for any Handicap Allowance. It represents the actual number of strokes the player gives or receives for the round being played. Playing Handicap is used to determine Competition Results.
Handicap Allowance: is the percentage of Course Handicap specified for a particular format of play and/or specified in the Terms of the Competition, for further information follow the link https://www.whs.com/articles/2019/playing-handicap.html
Acceptable Scores for Handicap Purposes: it is anticipated that it will be mandatory for all Singles Competition Rounds in authorised formats be submitted for handicap purposes, subject to clarification about rounds played with Winter Rules in operation. The recommendation from England Golf is that scores from regular organised social events such as Swindles and Roll-ups in authorised format are submitted.
Pre-registration: players who book a tee time and register on their App before they commence play will register their intent to submit a scorecard, those players who do not have the App are required to register their intention in the Pro Shop to submit a score from general (non-competition) play before commencing the round. Scores submitted from general play are called Social Scores and are similar to the Supplementary Scores.
Minimum Number of Holes: Scores may be submitted over 9 holes or 18 holes. All 9 holes must be played to submit a 9 hole score. Two 9 hole scores will be combined to produce one 18-hole score on the Scoring Record. An 18 hole score will count as long as 10 or more holes have been completed. Holes not played are recorded as Nett Par or (Nett Par +1), depending upon the number not played.
Adjusted Gross Score: for handicap purposes a high score of any hole is reduced to Nett Double Bogey, using the player’s Course Handicap. Holes started, but not completed are also recorded as Nett Double Bogey.
Score Differential: the Adjusted Gross Score is compared with the Course Rating and is “de-sloped” to give the Score Differential for the round, which is added to the player’s Scoring Record.
Playing Conditions Calculation: https://www.whs.com/articles/2020/playing_conditions_calculation.html determines if course and weather conditions on the day differed from normal to the extent that they significantly impacted player’s performance. Calculated using all scores submitted on the course that day, as long as 8 or more golfers with a Handicap Index of less than 36 and a fully developed Scoring Record played . It is conservative in nature and can increase the Adjusted Gross Score by 1 in easy conditions or decrease by 1, 2 or 3 in difficult conditions. For more information https://www.whs.com/articles/2020/acceptable_scores.html