Adjustment of Hole Scores
What is my maximum hole score for handicap posting purposes?
If you have an established Handicap Index®, the maximum score for each hole played is limited to a net double bogey, equal to double bogey plus any handicap strokes you are entitled to receive based on your Course Handicap™.
For example: A player with a Course Handicap of 15 receives one handicap stroke on holes with a stroke index of 1 through 15 on the scorecard.
On a par 4 hole with a stroke index of 10, the player’s maximum hole score is 7. Double bogey (6) + 1 handicap stroke = 7.
For players posting scores initial scores to establish a Handicap Index, the maximum hole score is limited to par + 5. (Rule 3.1, Rules of Handicapping)