Need help with your handicap?

Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) is the downward adjustment of individual hole scores for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player's potential scoring ability. ESC sets a maximum number that a player can post on any hole depending on the players course handicap. ESC is used only when a player's actual or most likely score exceeds the maximum number allowed based on the table below.

Course Handicap Maximum Number On Any Hole
9 or less 2 over - Double Bogey
10 through 19 Max score of 7 on any hole
20 through 29 Max score of 8 on any hole
30 through 39 Max score of 9 on any hole
40 & over Max score of 10 on any hole

ESC discourages sandbagging and promotes speedy play (if you are at your max, you can remove yourself from the competition for that hole and count your max). If you do this, simply notify your playing mates, pick up your ball and if you want, put your ball down by the green and chip and putt for practice.

Please remember to enter your adjusted score into the computer using the Equitable Stroke Control after each game. If you aren't sure how to do this, just ask one of the more experienced players in the Club. They'll be happy to help you.

This information on ESC and other golf information can be found on the Royal Canadian Golf Association website.


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