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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 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)