Rules of Handicapping FAQs

Course Handicap and Playing Handicap

Q. How do I calculate my Course Handicap and Playing Handicap?

A. A Course Handicap is calculated using the following formula, but a mobile app or Course Handicap table at the course will do the math for you:

Course Handicap = Handicap Index x (Slope Rating / 113) + (Course Rating – par)

This number is rounded to the nearest whole number when applying net double bogey or net par adjustments. Otherwise, the unrounded result is retained and used to calculate a Playing Handicap.

Playing Handicap = Course Handicap x handicap allowance.

The result is then rounded to the nearest whole number. (Rule 6.1 and 6.2, Rules of Handicapping)