Handicapping FAQs

Section 3

Players Competing From a Different Course Rating™ or Tees

Q.  When players are competing from a different Course Rating or tees, why do you make a second adjustment to Course Handicap™? Can a club choose to ignore Section 3-5/9-3c of the USGA Handicap System manual?

A.  A player’s Course Handicap is based on the number of strokes needed to compete with other golfers from that specific set of tees. A Course Handicap is determined purely from the Slope Rating® of the set of tees being played. Because each set of tees has a different Course Rating, this difference needs to be accounted for when players are competing against each other from different tees.

For a more detailed explanation of this adjustment, please refer to our Playing from Different Tees brochure .

A club cannot choose to ignore Section 3-5/9-3. For more information regarding this subject, please visit the USGA Position Paper on player’s competing from different tees.

Please visit Sections 3-5 and 9-3c of the USGA Handicap System manual for further reference.