WHS 2: Acceptable Scores

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

  • See the Terms of Competition, Appendix J for more information about Acceptable Scores


Players are required to register their intention to submit a score from General (casual) Play before commencing the round.

Please notify the Pro Shop before you play.

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.

Score Differential

  • The player's Adjusted Gross Score is compared with the Course Rating and is "de-sloped" to give the Score Differential for the round

  • A woman playing the Red tees at Mapperley (Course Rating 72.4, Slope Rating 128) has an Adjusted Gross Score of 90. Her Score Differential is:

     Score Differential  =   [ 90  -  72.4 ]  x  [ 128 / 113 ]   =  15.5

  • A man playing the Yellow Alternate tees at Mapperley (Course Rating 68.3, Slope Rating 120) has an Adjusted Gross Score of 90. His Score Differential is:

     Score Differential  =   [ 90  -  68.3 ]  x  [ 120 / 113 ]   =  20.4

  • The Score Differential is added to the player's Scoring Record and used to calculate their new Handicap Index.


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

You can view more about Acceptable Scores in the following videos:

Acceptable Scores: Overview

Acceptable Scores: Net Double Bogey

Acceptable Scores: PCC Calculation

Acceptable Scores: Key Features
Ignore the reference to “Active Season” which is not applicable in England

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