Huntington Seniors Golf Club

Handicap Process


Handicaps - General

The Huntington Senior Citizens Golf Club (“the Club”) participates in the USGA Handicap system (GHIN) through it's affiliation with the Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA) and provides each member of the Club with a USGA handicap revision twice each month during the season. These handicaps are posted on the Bulletin Board at Crab Meadow and on the Handicaps web page on the web site.

Using the Handicap

During club handicap competitions, players enter their Adjusted Handicaps on the scorecard and then subtract handicap strokes from their gross scores to arrive at net scores. Higher handicap players subtract more strokes than lower handicap players, resulting in closer competition.

Calculating your Adjusted Handicap

The process of determining your Adjusted Handicap for an event consists of the following 3 steps:

Step 1 - determine your Posted Handicap for the tees being played (this is found on the Handicap Sheets posted on the Bulletin Board and on the web site). Posted handicaps with an L suffix, must be reduced to the maximum allowed, i.e 46 for Ladies; 41 for Men (White tees), 39 Men (Silver tees)

Step 2 - modify the Posted Handicap determined in Step 1 above, using the event Handicap Allowance, identified on the Tournament Schedule to the right of the tournament name. (This number is the percentage of the Posted Handicap that is allowed for a particular tournament; e.g. M90% means men use 90% of their Posted handicap). There is a conversion chart on Bulletin Board and web site that converts values.

Step 3 - adjust the result from Step 2 for difference in Tee Course ratings as follows:

a) Men playing from White tees - no adjustment

b) Men playing from Silver Tees - subtract 3 strokes from the handicap calculated in Step 2.

c) Ladies playing in a mixed event (men & women)- add 2 strokes to the handicap calculated in Step 2.

d) Ladies playing In an all-ladies event - no adjustment.

Entering Handicap Information on Scorecard

The Adjusted Course Handicap can be used for both total round and individual hole scoring, depending on the tournament. In the Tournament Schedule on the web site, weekly event names preceded by a "#" apply individual hole handicaps to determine the score for that hole. All other weekly tournaments just subtract the Adjusted Course Handicap from the 18 hole Gross score to arrive at the Final Net Score.

To make scoring easier during a round that uses individual hole handicaps, it is recommended that the scorecard be marked with the handicap stroke allocation for each hole as described below. Refer to the sample scorecard for your event, by clicking on the event name in the Tournament Schedule.


If your Adjusted Course Handicap (ACH) is:

Calculate this value (N)


Handicap for holes with handicap ratingnote 1 less than or equal to N

Handicap for holes with handicap ratingnote 1 greater than N

less than or equal to 18



1 stroke/hole


19 to 36

N=ACH minus18


2 strokes/hole

1 stroke/hole

greater than 36

N=ACH minus 36


3 strokes/hole

2 strokes/hole

Notes: 1) handicap rating used must be for the tees being played


Example 1: Adjusted Course Handicap = 15

Hole Handicaps 1 to 15, subtract 1 stroke

Hole Handicap 16 to 18, no strokes

Example 2: Adjusted Course Handicap = 23

N Calculation: 23-18 = 5

Hole Handicap Rating 1 to 5, subtract 2 strokes

  Hole Handicaps Rating 6 to 18, subtract 1 stroke.

Example 3: Adjusted Course Handicap = 39

N Calculation:39-36 = 3

Hole Handicap Rating 1 to 3, subtract 3 strokes

Hole Handicaps Rating 4 to 18, subtract 2 strokes

Reporting Scores - Event and Handicap

During a round, each player enters his/her Gross Score for every hole on the scorecard. The event is scored based on these scores. Submitting a valid scorecard in the container on the Bulletin Board at Crab Meadow inputs your score for the event, but you still have to enter your score into the GHIN system for handicap purposes. Scores can be entered at the computer, located just outside the Pro Shop at Crab Meadow or online at

Equitable Stroke Contol

When entering your scores into the GHIN system you must adhere to a set of rules called Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) which provides a maximum allowable score on a hole based on your posted handicap.

Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) Table

If your posted handicap is

max allowable hole score

9 or less

Double Bogey

10 to 19


20 to 29


30 to 39


40 and above


When reporting scores for handicap purposes, if there are any holes for which the score exceeds the (ESC) limit for your posted handicap, you must adjust your reported score to agree with the table value.

Uncompleted Holes and Incomplete Rounds

a) Uncompleted Hole

If a player does not finish a hole or is conceded a stroke, record the most likely score for handicap purposes. A most likely score is the number of strokes already taken, plus in the player's best judgment, the number of strokes needed to complete the hole from that point more than half the time.

b) Incomplete Round

For rounds with 7 to 12 holes played post a nine hole score and for rounds with 13 or more holes played, post an 18 hole score. The un-played holes should be scored with a value of Par + number of handicap strokes that are allotted for the holes.

Example: Unplayed hole   Par= 4, Handicap Allocation = 2

Score entered = 4 + 2= 6

What Scores must be reported

Members are required to report scores, using Equitable Stroke Control, for all rounds played on USGA rated courses when play is in-season at the course being played. The only exceptions are rounds not played in accord with the rules of golf, e.g., alternate shot or scramble, etc. and rounds played alone.  During our off-season (November 16 through March 31), a member who plays golf in another area of the country where the Ghin system is active at the time, must report those scores.