Appendix E: Stroke Index Allocation

The Rules of Golf state: β€œThe Committee is responsible for publishing on the scorecard or somewhere else that is visible (for example, near the first tee) the order of holes at which handicap strokes are to be given or received.” (See Rules of Golf, Committee Procedures, Rule 5I (4)).

It is recommended that a stroke index allocation be applied over 18-holes, split into six triads with each hole ranked on its playing difficulty relative to par. The difficulty of each hole can be determined objectively using hole-by-hole data provided from the Course Rating procedure as follows:

Scratch Value + Bogey Value – (2 x par)

For example, on a par 4 hole where the Scratch Value is 4.2 and the Bogey Value is 5.3:

4.2 + 5.3 – (2 x 4) = 1.5 over par

The recommended methodology and procedures for determining a stroke index allocation within the six triad structure, designed to accommodate both stroke play and match play formats, is as follows:

These recommended procedures support the guidance contained in the Rules of Golf, Committee Procedures, Rule 5I (4).


Stroke Index Allocation for 9-Hole Play

The strokes received in a 9-hole format of play on an 18-hole golf course should be taken in ascending order from the published stroke index allocation for 18 holes. Alternatively, the Handicap Committee may consider amending the stroke index allocation from 1 to 9, relative to the ascending order of the published stroke index allocation for 18 holes.

For plus handicap players, where they are required to give strokes back to the course, this commences on the hole with the highest published stroke index allocated for the 9 holes or, if the Handicap Committee has amended the stroke index allocation from 1 to 9, at the hole with stroke index 9.

Sample Stroke Index Allocations

Example 18-hole stroke index allocation

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Stroke Index

7

15

5

11

1

13

3

17

9

8

16

6

12

2

14

4

18

10

When a Committee decides to amend an 18-hole stroke index allocation to create a 9-hole equivalent:

Example of an amended front nine 9-hole stroke index allocation

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Stroke Index

4

8

3

6

1

7

2

9

5