Scorecard Example and Posting Scores

Score Card Example & Posting Scores

  • The following information needs to be on cards that are turned into the clubhouse.

  • Need name, actual handicap of course you are playing on. Not index.

  • (It is important because depending on course slope rating, it may change the amount of strokes allowable

based on ESC) Circle Tees playing from and date it.

Member Tip: Acceptability of Scores -

To Post or Not to Post

Fair handicapping depends upon full and accurate information regarding a player's potential scoring ability as reflected by a complete scoring record.

The following are acceptable scores and must be posted for handicap posting purposes:

  • Post scores when at least seven holes are played (7-12 holes are posted as a 9-hole score; 13 or more are posted as an 18-hole score). Holes not played are posted as par plus any handicap strokes to which the player is entitled.

  1. Post scores made in an area observing an active season

  2. Post scores made under The Rules of Golf.

  • Post scores on all courses with a valid USGA Course Rating™ and Slope Rating®.

  • Post scores in all forms of competition: match play, stroke play, and team competitions where players play their own ball.* Check with the committee to see if the score is posted as a tournament (T) score.

  • *This does not mean holes physically completed (seeSection 4-1 of USGA Handicap Manual)

  • Post scores played under the local rule of "preferred lies."

  • Post scores when a player is disqualified from a competition but still has an acceptable score for handicap purposes (e.g. failure to sign a score card).

The following are unacceptable scores for handicap posting purposes:

  • Do not post scores when fewer than seven holes are played.

  • Do not post scores made on a golf course in an area which an inactive season established by the authorized golf association is in effect (e.g. Wisconsin in December).

  • Do not post scores made when a majority of the holes are not played in accordance with the principles of The Rules of Golf.

  • Do not post scores when the length of the course is less than 3,000 yards for 18 holes (or 1,500 yards for nine holes).

  • Do not post scores when, as a condition of the competition, the maximum number of clubs allowed is less than 14, or types of clubs are limited as, for example, in a competition that allows only iron clubs.

  • Do not post scores when scores are made on a course with no USGA Course Rating™ or Slope Rating® (e.g. on a foreign golf course that has not been licensed by the USGA to utilize the USGA Course Rating System™).

  • Do not post scores when a player carries or uses non-conforming clubs or uses non-conforming balls or tees.

  • Do not post scores when artificial devices (as defined under Rule 14-3) are used during the execution of a stroke (e.g. towel placed under the arms during the execution of a stroke).

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Information from the United States Golf Association