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Angel Yin
July 24, 2014

Playing a nine-hole round of golf is not only a fun way to stay connected to the game we all love, it is also very easy to post for Handicap Index purposes.

Each golf course that has 18-hole Course and Slope ratings also has the same for each of their respective nines. These can be found in the USGA Course Rating and Slope Database (link). In order to determine a nine-hole handicap, a player simply takes his or her Handicap Index, cuts it in half, and applies that number to the respective nine’s slope rating to determine their nine-hole handicap for that course. Golf courses have Handicap Index tables posted on site, and they can also be calculated using the USGA’s Course Handicap Calculator (link).

Players who are really crunched for time will be glad to know that nine-hole scores can be posted for handicap purposes after playing as few as seven holes. If a player needs to end their time on the course after seven or eight holes, they can simply use the “par-plus” method to compute a nine-hole score. This is done by taking par for the hole(s) not completed and adding a stroke or strokes if they were entitled to them according to their nine-hole handicap. For instance, if a player’s nine-hole handicap is 8, and they only played eight holes, they would add a bogey to their score if the hole they didn’t complete was one of the eight toughest handicap holes on that nine. They would record a par if the hole was the easiest, or ninth hardest, on that side.

The official regulations and procedures for posting a nine-hole score can be found in Section 10.5 of the USGA Handicap Manual.  (Link) In addition, the answers to many of the most common inquiries regarding the USGA Handicap System can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (Link) section of the USGA’s Handicapping page.

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