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Posted: 11/17/2011

A popular format of play amongst weekend golfers is a “Sixes” competition. The competition consists of three separate six-hole competitions, usually in which a different format of play is applied for each of the six holes. The step-by-step procedure for calculating a Course Handicap for a Sixes competition is as follows:

A popular format of play amongst weekend golfers is a “Sixes” competition. The competition consists of three separate six-hole competitions, usually in which a different format of play is applied for each of the six holes. The step-by-step procedure for calculating a Course Handicap for a Sixes competition is as follows: 

Step 1:  First, the 18-hole allocation table must be re-allocated to produce three separate 6-hole handicap allocation tables. The 18-hole allocation table can be used as a guide. 

 For example, let's say the holes were allocated as follows: 

 

 

 

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6   7 8 9 10 11 12   13 14 15 16 17 18
18-Hole Allocation 7 11 17 13 1 15   5 3 9 10 4 18   14 16 2 6 12 8
Sixes Allocation 2 3 6 4 1 5   3 2 4 5 1 6   5 6 1 2 4 3

 

 


Step 2:  Since a Course Handicap gives a player the number of strokes to play down to the USGA Course Rating over 18-holes; each Course Handicap must then be divided by 3 to determine a Course Handicap for 6 holes. This will be the player’s “sixes” Course Handicap. If the result produces a decimal, the result must be rounded to the nearest whole number(e.g., a player with a Course Handicap of 10 will have a “sixes” Course Handicap of 3 (10 / 3 = 3.3 = 3)).
 

Step 3:  Finally, each player must apply the appropriate handicap allowance to their “Sixes” Course Handicap according to the format of the competition.   

For example, if the format of the first six holes is a Four-Ball Stroke Play competition, men would receive 90 percent of their “sixes” Course Handicap and women would receive 95 percent of  their “sixes” Course Handicap. (Section 9-4b (ii)) 

If the second six holes are played under a Pinehurst format, the lower-handicapped player would receive60 percent of their “Sixes Course Handicap” and the higher-handicapped player would receive 40 percent of their “sixes” Course Handicap. (Section 9-4b (vii)) 

If the final six holes are played in accordance with a Foursome format, the two players receive 50 percent of their combined “sixes” Course Handicap as calculated in Step 2. (Section 9-4b (VI)) 

Players then receive strokes based on the “sixes” handicap allocation table as modified in 

 Step 1. 

If you should have any questions regarding the USGA Handicap System, please feel free to contact the USGA Handicap Department at, hdcpquestions@usga.org. 

“The USGA Handicap System” manual is available to view online at http://www.usga.org/Rule-Books/Handicap-System-Manual/Handicap-Manual/ 

   

   

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