Handicap Posting

Online Handicap Posting

Dear Golf Association Member:


Welcome to the Golf Association and Golf Handicap Program at Hanging Rock Golf Club. We hope you will enjoy the Golf Program and be an active participant in the Club Tournaments.


As required by the United States Golf Association, the Handicap Committee at Hanging Rock Golf Club undertakes activities to ensure that all Members understand the USGA Handicap System and that all scores are posted.


As part of our duties we will be monitoring the posting of scores on selected days, and follow up with those who fail to post. Golfers failing to post scores will have a score of two shots lower than their previous recorded low round. Equitable handicaps are the life of the Club and any manipulation or lack of integrity concerning handicap policies and procedures is a serious matter.


To properly monitor the Equitable Stroke Control, the committee is required to have the actual scorecard from the day to be monitored. Therefore, at the handicap posting station there will be a box to drop your scorecard in. Please include on the scorecard the first and last name beside the player's score. For golfers without a handicap, you will be required to post five scores to receive a valid USGA Handicap. For golfers with an existing handicap, please give your scoring records from your previous Club to the Golf Shop staff so that they can be posted. After one month of posting scores you will receive a handicap sticker to be placed on your new VSGA handicap card.


If you have any questions, please ask the professional staff in the golf shop and they will be happy to help you. 


The Handicap Committee

Equitable Stroke Control

18 Hole Handicaps   9 Hole Handicaps  
Course Handicap Maximum Hole Score Course Handicap  
9 or less Double Bogey 4 or less  
10 through 19 7 5 or less  
20 through 29 8 10 through 14  
30 through 39 9 15 through 19  
40 or more 10 20 or more  

The USGA System
Handicap Indexes established under the United States Golf Association (USGA) Handicap System are the backbone of amateur golf. They enable all golfers at Hanging Rock Golf Club to play equitably with one another and, with the help of the USGA Slope system, to play away from home with equal ease and equality.
The Handicap System of the USGA has seven (7) key elements:
1.      An 18-hole score must be posted for all rounds of 13 holes or more, even if you pick up on some holes.
2.      An 18-hole score also must be posted when you play two consecutive 9-hole rounds.
3.      Posted scores must be reduced when you have an unusually high number of strokes on any hole. This procedure is called Equitable Stroke Control (ESC).
4.      Tournament scores must be identified by a "T" when they are posted.
5.      Your Handicap Index will automatically be reduced if your tournament scores are consistently better then your scores in informal play.
6.      Each Club must have a Handicap Committee to supervise the system and ensure that all scores are posted.
7.      The Handicap Committee must adjust the index of those players who do not post all their scores or ignore the basic handicap rules.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Each month, the computer print-out shows my "Home Handicap" and my Handicap Index. Why do I need to know my Handicap Index?
A. Under the Slope System, your stroke allowance varies, depending upon the course and the tees you play. The number of strokes you receive depends upon your Handicap Index and the Slope Rating of the course and tees you play. So, unless you know your Index you will not be able to determine the number of strokes to which you are entitled. For your convenience, the computer prints out the number of strokes you are entitled to when you play your "Home" tees. For Men, this is normally the Middle (White) tees, and for Ladies the Forward (Red) tees. Even at Hanging Rock, you are entitled to different number of strokes when playing from a set of tees other than the Home tees.
Q. Are we responsible for posting scores 12 months out of the year?
A. Yes. The "active season" for posting scores has changed in 2010 in Virginia.  You are now required to post scores 12 months out of the year. There is no longer an "in-active" season.
Q. When I play more than 13 holes but do not finish the round, how do I calculate my 18-hole score?
A. There are three 3 steps to the calculation:
1. Total the strokes you used on the holes you played, remembering to use Equitable Stroke Control.
2. Add to that total the total par for the holes you did not play
3. Then add the number of handicap strokes to which you are entitled on the holes you did not play
Q. When I "pick up" on a hole, how do I score it?
A. Record the most likely score you would have if you had finished the hole (remember to use Equitable Stroke Control).
Q. When I play a course in a foreign country, do I post that score?
A. Maybe. The USGA has licensed the Golf Associations of Canada, Mexico, and several other countries to use the Slope System. Therefore, if the course you play has a Course and Slope Rating, the score should be posted. If you are in a country not using the Slope System, the score should not be posted.
Q. When I play a course that does not have a USGA Course and Slope Rating, do I post that score?
A. No.
Q. Are we responsible for posting our score or is the golf staff responsible?
A. You are responsible for posting your own score. When posting a score there are two items you need to post: 1. Your adjusted ESC score and the tees you played (blue, white, gold, or red). If you are posting an away score then you must include the course and slope rating from the tees you played at that course. And remember your scorecard with your first and last name must be included when posting a score.
Q. Is it acceptable for rounds played with golf clubs and golf balls that do not conform to the Rules of Golf to be posted for handicap purposes (i.e. Callaway ERC II driver)?
A. The USGA's long-standing policy is that scores made using non-conforming clubs or balls are not acceptable for handicap purposes. (The USGA provides a list of non-conforming driving clubs and balls within the Equipment section of its web site at www.usga.org.)
Q. "Mulligans" are a relatively frequent occurrence on the golf course but are they recognized under the Rules of Golf?
A. No, but the USGA Handicap System doesn't want to eliminate a round that has seventeen holes of valid scores if a "mulligan" was played on a single hole. So, for handicap purposes, the hole score made with the mulligan is tossed out and replaced with a hole score that is not considered out of the ordinary for the player, based on his Course Handicap. The player's score becomes par, plus any handicap strokes the player should receive, on the hole(s) in question. A player with a Course Handicap of eighteen receives a stroke on every hole, so that particular player's hole score would be par plus the one stroke, or a bogey.
Q. Is the use of a electronic distance measuring device (i.e. Bushnell range finder) contrary to the Rules, namely Rule 14-3 (Artificial Devices and Unusual Equipment)?
A. A policy allowing the posting of scores for handicap purposes tied to the use of these devices has been in place since 1994. At that time, the player really had no practical choice whether to use these devices since many golf carts had mounted versions that a player could not turn off. Over time, hand held devices started to appear and players had a choice whether to use such a device or not. However, the USGA determined that it would be impractical for handicap purposes to differentiate between scores made with cart-mounted versus hand-held devices. Thus, scores made with both types of devices are acceptable for handicap purposes.
Q. Are preferred lies or winter rules acceptable for posting of scores under the Rules of Golf?
A. The use of preferred lies or winter rules is not endorsed nor interpreted under the Rules of Golf. But a local rule denoting the existence of such a practice is included in the Rules of Golf for the benefit of local Committees faced with adverse course conditions. Scores made under preferred lies or winter rules will be posted for handicap purposes unless a club's Handicap Committee determines that conditions are so poor that such scores should not be posted.