3.1 Maximum Hole Score for Handicap Purposes

3.1a Before a Handicap Index Has Been Established

For a player submitting their first scores to obtain an initial Handicap Index, the maximum score for each hole played is limited to par + 5 strokes (see Diagram 3.1a).

3.1b After a Handicap Index Has Been Established

For a player with an established Handicap Index, the maximum score for each hole played is limited to a net double bogey, calculated as follows:

Par of the hole + 2 strokes + Any handicap stroke(s) that the player
receives on that hole*

(*or minus any handicap stroke(s) that a plus handicap player gives back on that hole.)

(See Diagram 3.1b.)