## Calculating handicap

**Adjusted Gross Score (AGS)**is used to enter into calculation.**Adjusted Gross Score**is to adjust each hole downward to net double bogey. That means, for handicapping purposes, a player can have up to Par, + 2 (strokes) + any handicap strokes received on that hole. For example, if a hole is a par 5 and a player receives 1 stroke on the hole. For handicapping purposes, the hole score is limited to the par 5 + 2 (strokes) + 1 (handicap strokes received on hole), 8.- Each hole where a player shoots higher than net double bogey must be adjusted downward to net double bogey. The number of strokes a golfer receives is determined using their full, unrestricted
**Course Handicap.** **Course Handicap**formula: Course Handicap = Handicap Index x Slope Rating / 113 + (Course Rating – Par)**The Course Handicap**is rounded to the nearest whole number.- There are two exceptions: when a player doesn’t yet have a
**handicap Index****and**when a player’s**course handicap**is more than 54.

-If a golfer does not yet have an Index, each hole is adjusted to par + 5 strokes, if something higher is shot. That means, if someone shoots a 9 on a par three hole, for handicapping purposes the score is adjusted down to 8 (3 + 5).

-If a player’s handicap is above 54, for handicapping purposes, each hole is adjusted down to (par, + 5), if they shoot a higher score than that. - The example below shows a scorecard for George. On hole 9, a par 5, he shot a 9. For handicapping purposes, the maximum allowed is an 8 (Par + 2 + handicap stroke of 1 = 8). For handicapping purposes, his hole 9 score is reduced to 8 and his total Adjusted Gross score is reduced from 87 to 86.

- Once the AGS is determined, using AGS in a formula to find the
**handicap differentials.** **Handicap Differential**= (Adjusted Gross Score – Course Rating) x 113 ÷ Slope Rating. (playing conditions calculation (PCC) may take place primarily due to weather and/or course set up.- Table below shows how differentials are used in calculation of Handicap Index.

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