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Rules of Handicapping FAQs

9-Hole Scores

Q. When establishing a Handicap Index®, how are 9-hole scores treated?

A. To establish a Handicap Index, a player must play and post a total of 54 holes, which can be made up of 9- and/or 18-hole scores. The use of expected score does not come into play until a golfer plays and posts 54 individual hole scores.

Once the player has posted scores from a total of 54 holes and an expected score can be determined for the player, an 18-hole Score Differential™ will be calculated for each 9-hole score and displayed within their scoring record. At this time the player will have established their initial Handicap Index.