1. How the system works
The Hong Kong Golf Club follows the World Handicap System (WHS) which includes the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System. The World Handicap System stipulates as one of its conditions that a scorecard should be submitted on every occasion a golfer plays 7 holes or more. If a player only plays 7-13 holes, a 9 hole score will be recorded. Once another 9 hole score is recorded, they will be combined for an 18 hole score for handicap purposes. If a player plays 14 or more holes, an 18 hole score will be recorded. Any holes that have not been completed must be posted as Net Par, i.e. the par of the hole plus any handicap strokes received.
Handicaps are calculated based on the average of the lowest eight Score Differentials of the twenty most recent scores, and rounded to the nearest tenth.
A Score Differential is the difference between the players adjusted Gross Score, the Slope Rating and the Course Rating of the course on which the score was made. In addition, a Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC) will be included to account for any abnormal course or weather conditions. The PCC adjustment ranges from -1.0 to +3.0.
A scorecard submitted for handicap purposes must be certified by a player in the same flight. If the player is a Member, their account number should be clearly under their signature. Alternatively, scores can be inputted via the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) Golf Handicap Information Network (GHIN) mobile app, which can be downloaded from the Apple iOS App Store and Google Play Store, or via the Kiosk located outside the Men’s Main Changing Room at Fanling.
The maximum hole score for handicap purposes is Net Double Bogey. When a player enters the score using the GHIN app, we recommend the player uses the hole-by-hole function, as this will automatically apply this for the player.
If a player starts but fails to complete a hole, they shall, for handicap purposes only, record the most likely score as Net Par.
An Exceptional Score Reduction (ESR) is applied automatically in the following situations. If the Score Differential is between 7.0 and 9.9 strokes better than Handicap Index, an ESR (-1.0) will be applied to the Handicap Index. If the score is 10.0 or more strokes better than Handicap Index, an ESR (-2.0) will be applied to the Handicap Index.
Each time a players Handicap Index updates, the new value is compared to the players Low Handicap Index from the past year and if a 3.0 stroke increase takes place, a Soft Cap will slow additional upward movement by 50%. If a 5.0 stroke increase takes place (after the Soft Cap is applied), a Hard Cap will prevent any additional upward movement.
2. How to obtain a handicap
A Handicap Index will be issued to a player after three 18-hole scores are submitted and a revision takes place.
A Handicap Index is calculated from the lowest Score Differentials in the scoring record. If a scoring record contains fewer than 20 Score Differentials, the table below is used to determine the number of Score Differentials to be included in the calculation and any adjustment that may apply. Round the result of the calculation to the nearest tenth.
|Number of Score Differentials in scoring record||Score Differential(s) to be used in calculation of Handicap Index||Adjustment|
|6||Average of lowest 2||-1.0|
|7 or 8||Average of lowest 2||0|
|9 to 11||Average of lowest 3||0|
|12 to 14||Average of lowest 4||0|
|15 or 16||Average of lowest 5||0|
|17 or 18||Average of lowest 6||0|
|19||Average of lowest 7||0|
|20||Average of lowest 8||0|
Your index is based on a slope index of 113 which is the average stroke index of all golf courses rated by the WHS. This allows portability of a player’s Handicap Index on any golf course worldwide, and its use removes the need to indices of your home course or courses.
If the golf course is rated and sloped under the WHS system, you are able to convert your index to produce a particular handicap for the course and the tees you are playing. With this system charts are displayed on the first tee for men and ladies for each set of tees. For instance a man playing the championship tees on the Eden Course with an index between 14.6 to 15.4 will have a handicap of 17. If a golf course is not rated and sloped under the WHS system, your handicap will be as follows: your index is calculated to one decimal point and indices of 0.4 or less should be rounded down and 0.5 above rounded up, e.g. indices of 5.9, 16.3, 23.5 give course handicaps of 6, 16, 24.
Post Score Cards
Members can post scores after finishing their round by:
(1) logging into www.GHIN.com then enter their email address or GHIN number and password
(2) through the GHIN mobile App
(3) through the Kiosk located outside the Fanling Men’s Main Changing Room
Please contact the Membership Office for detailed procedures.