Acceptable Scores for Handicap Purposes
- All 9 hole and 18 hole individual competition rounds in Medal, Stableford, Par/Bogey and Maximum Score formats must be submitted for handicap purposes, subject to the competition being played to the Rules of Golf on a golf course with a current Course Rating and Slope Rating.
- Scores from team competitions and match play are not currently acceptable in England, although this may change based on feedback from other jurisdictions that include those format
- Players are required to register their intention to submit a score from General (casual) Play before commencing the round. You should do this by signing in on the My England Golf app.
- See the Terms of Competition, Appendix J for more information about Acceptable Scores
Minimum Number of Holes
Scores can be be accepted for handicap purposes when a round is not fully completed if there is a valid reason why some holes are not played, such as:
- Fading light or bad weather
- Player injury or illness
- A hole being declared out of play for maintenance or reconstruction
- When a competition has been arranged over less than 18 holes.
9 Hole Scores
- All 9 holes must be played to submit a 9 hole score.
- 9 hole scores are scaled up to an 18 hole score by adding Net Pars for the remaining holes, plus one additional stroke, i.e. the equivalent of 17 points in Stableford format.
18 Hole Scores
- 10 or more holes must be played to submit an 18 hole score.
- If 10 to 13 holes have been played, the first hole not played is recorded as (Net Par + 1) and the remaining holes as Net Par.
- If 14 or more holes have been played, the holes not played are recorded as Net Par.
- The player's Course Handicap (not Playing Handicap) is used when determining Net Par.
Adjusted Gross Scores
- For handicap purposes a big score on any hole is reduced to Net Double Bogey.
- Holes started, but not completed are also recorded as Net Double Bogey.
- The player's Course Handicap (not Playing Handicap) is used when determining Net Double Bogey.
- The adjusted scores for each hole and scores for any holes not played are summed to give the Adjusted Gross Score for the round
Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC)
The Playing Conditions Calculation is similar to the CSS adjustment under the old CONGU system
- It determines if course and weather conditions on the day differed from normal to the extent that they significantly impacted players’ performance
- It is calculated using all scores submitted on the course that day, as long as 8 or more golfers with a Handicap Index of less than 36 and a fully developed Scoring Record played
- It is conservative in nature and can increase the Adjusted Gross Score by 1 in easy conditions or decrease it by 1, 2 or 3 in difficult conditions
- It is factored in to the Score Differential calculation
You can view more about Acceptable Scores in the following videos: