Definitions

Course Handicap

Local Course Handicap

Playing Handicap

Tournament HandicapIndividual Formats

Excuse My Bad

Individual Skins

Individual Stroke

Nassau

Stableford

Three-Hole SkinsTwo-Man Team Formats

Alternate Shot

Better-Ball

Chapman or Pinehurst

Razzle Dazzle

Scramble

Shamble

TotalFour-Man Team Formats

Best-Ball

Best-Balls or 2 Best Balls

Cha-Cha-Cha

Easy as 1-2-3

Irish Rumble

Lone Ranger

Scramble

Shamble

Square-Ball

Italicized terms below indicate they are defined in theRules of Golfor theRules of Handicapping.

: the number of handicap strokes a player receives, beforeCourse HandicapHandicap Allowancesare applied, from a specific set of tees as determined by theSlope Ratingand the difference betweenCourse Ratingandpar. It is derived from hisWHS/USGA Handicap Indexwith the formula:

Course_Handicap = Handicap_Index x Slope_Rating / 113 + (Course_Rating - par)

TheCourse Handicapis rounded to the nearest integer when its value is used in evaluating adjustments of the maximum hole score for handicap posting. It is used in full precision when evaluating thePlaying Handicap.

: aLocal Course HandicapCourse Handicapderived from a Local Handicap Index which is calculated using the WHS formula except it is based only on postable club tournament scores using fewerscore differentials:

No. CSGC Rounds

Differentials Used

Multiplier

1-4

lowest 1

90%

5-7

lowest 2

95%

8-9

lowest 3

98%

10 most recent

lowest 4

100%

: ThePlaying HandicapCourse Handicapadjusted for anyHandicap Allowances(e.g., 85%) or Terms of the Competition. It represents the actual number of strokes the player gives or receives for the round being played and is usually rounded to the nearest integer.

: same as Local Course Handicap unless the member has fewer than 10 Local rounds, in which case it is the lesser of his Local Course Handicap and hisTournament HandicapWHS/USGA Course Handicap.

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Excuse My Bad — 100% Handicap AllowanceScoring variant of Individual Stroke: each player's worst hole-scores (relative to par) on the front and back nines will be dropped. The order of finish is determined bynet score relative to par(not total net score) because par for each player will vary (from 62 to 66) depending on the hole scores that are dropped. Tie scores will be retained because the tie breaking method assumes the hole layout is the same for all players.Individual Skins — 100% Handicap AllowanceSkins are won by the player with the lowest net score on each hole within his flight. The value of each skin is the purse divided by the total number of skins, with no carry-overs. Flight sizes are adjusted downward to reduce the number of ties (and increase the number of skins).Individual Stroke — 95 or 100% Handicap AllowanceEach player receives ahandicap allowanceof 100% of his Tournament Handicap unless the field (or flight) is large (30 or more players), in which case thehandicap allowanceis 95%. The player's tournament score is his total number of strokes minus hisPlaying Handicap.Nassau — 100% Handicap AllowanceScoring variant of Individual Stroke: the low net scores (and ties) for the front-nine, back-nine and total will place.Stableford — 100% Handicap AllowanceEach player receives ahandicap allowanceof 100% of his Tournament Handicap, distributed over 18 holes according to the Stroke Index allocation for the course. His net score on each hole determines the number of points awarded for that hole, using a point-schedule based on net score relative to par (birdie, par, bogey, etc.) The player's tournament score is the total number of points. The point schedule depends upon the type of Stableford (Standard, Modified, Point-Par, etc.).Three-Hole Skins — 100% Handicap AllowanceEach player receives a handicap allowance of 100% of his Tournament Handicap, distributed over 18 holes according to the course Stroke Index allocation. This event consists of 6 three-hole games. The net scores for each hole are collected in groups of three where the low triplet score wins a "skin"; tie triplet scores share a skin.Return to top

Alternate Shot — 100% Handicap Allowance — Non-PostableAlso calledFoursome Stroke Play. Two partners form a side and each side plays one ball. The partners decide which player is to tee off on the odd-numbered holes and which from the even-numbered holes. The partners play alternately from each teeing ground and alternately during the play of each hole. The team handicap allowance factor is T = (A + B) / 2 where A and B are their Tournament Handicaps. The team handicap may be rounded to the nearest integer or rounded to the nearest 1/10th to reduce the number of tie scores. The team score is the total number of strokes minus the team'sPlaying Handicap.

Better-Ball — 85% Handicap AllowanceAlso calledFour-Ball Stroke Play. Each player receives ahandicap allowanceof 85% of his Tournament Handicap. The team score is the sum of the net better-ball scores for each hole which are determined by each player'sPlaying Handicapand theStroke Indexfor each hole.Chapman or Pinehurst — 100% Handicap Allowance — Non-PostableIn Chapman or Pinehurst stroke play, two players play as partners, each partner plays from the teeing ground and plays his partner's ball for the 2nd shot. After the 2nd shot, partners select the ball with which they wish to score and play that ball alternately to complete the hole. The player whose 2nd ball wasnotchosen plays the 3rd shot. The teamPlaying Handicapis T = 0.6 x A + 0.4 x B, where A and B are the low and high Tournament Handicaps for the players, respectively. ThePlaying Handicapay be rounded to the nearest integer or rounded to the nearest 1/10th to reduce the number of tie scores. The team score is the total number of strokes minus the teamPlaying Handicap.Razzle Dazzle — Handicap Allowance varies — Non-PostableThis format is a combination of three formats: holes #1-6 are played as an Alternate Shot format, holes #7-12 are played as a Two-Man Better-Ball format and holes #13-18 are played as a Two-Man Scramble .Scramble — 100% Handicap Allowance — Non-PostableEach player hits and the team selects the position from which they play from next, continuing until the ball is holed. The Committee may stipulate the minimum number of tee shots used by each player. The teamPlaying Handicapis calculated with the formula: T = 0.35 x A + 0.15 x B, where A and B are the low and high Tournament Handicaps for the players, respectively. The team handicap may be rounded to the nearest integer or rounded to the nearest 1/10th to reduce the number of tie scores. The team score is the total number of strokes minus the team'sPlaying Handicap.Shamble — 85% Handicap Allowance — Non-PostableThis format is played like a 2-Man Better-Ball except after each player hits from the tee the team selects the ball position from which they will both play from next. Each player then plays his own ball from that point on until holed. Each player'sPlaying Handicapis distributed over the 18 holes according to theStroke Indexallocation for the course. The team score is the sum of best-balls for each hole.Total — 100% Handicap AllowanceEach player plays his own ball and receives aReturn to tophandicap allowanceof 100% of his Tournament Handicap. Players must complete each hole and have a valid net score (no pick-ups). The team score is the sum of the net strokes for both players.

This format can also be played with Stableford scoring, in which case a player need not finish a hole if his stroke count exceeds a net bogey.

Best-Ball — 75% Handicap AllowanceEach player plays his own ball throughout the round and receives a handicap allowance of 75% of his Tournament Handicap. In order to determine net scores for each hole, Playing Handicaps are distributed over the 18 holes according to theStroke Indexallocation for the course to determine net hole-scores for each player. The team score is the sum of all the single lowest net scores for each hole.Best-Balls — 85% Handicap AllowanceEach player plays his own ball throughout the round and receives a handicap allowance factor of 85% of his Tournament Handicap. In order to determine net scores for each hole,Playing Handicapsare distributed over the 18 holes according to theStroke Indexallocation for the course. The team score is the sum of the two lowest net scores for each hole.Cha-Cha-Cha (w/Stableford Scoring) — 85% Handicap AllowanceEach player plays his own ball throughout the round and receives a handicap allowance of 85% of his Tournament Handicap. The team score on the 1st hole is based on the lowest net score, on the 2nd hole it is based on the two lowest net scores and on the 3rd hole it is based on the three lowest net scores. The "1-2-3" scoring is repeated for the remaining holes. In order to determine net scores for each hole,Playing Handicapsare distributed over the 18 holes according to theStroke Indexallocation for the course. The team score is the sum of the 1, 2 or 3 sets of Stableford points for each hole.

Easy as 1-2-3 — 85% Handicap AllowanceScoring variant of a 4-Man Best Balls format. All players play their own ball. The team score is the total of the single best ball on par 3 holes, the two best balls on par 4 holes and the three best balls on par 5 holes.Irish Rumble (w/Stableford Scoring) — 85% Handicap AllowanceThe Irish Rumble has many forms, but here it is played like a 4-Man Best Balls tournament except it is scored by counting the single best ball on holes #1-6, the two best balls on holes #7-12 and the three best balls on holes #13-18. The team score is the sum of the Stableford points of the best ball(s) on each hole.Lone Ranger — 85% Handicap AllowanceOn holes 1-8 and 10-17, one player in the group is assigned to be the "Lone Ranger". On the 1st hole, the player in position 1 in the pairings will be the Lone Ranger; on the 2nd hole, the player in position 2 in the pairings will be the Lone Ranger; on the 3rd hole, the player in position 3; and on the 4th hole, the player in position 4. The cycle then repeats through holes 5-8 and again on holes 10-17. The team score on these holes will always include the Lone Ranger's ball as well as the best ball of the other three players. On the 9th and 18th holes the two best balls of all players will be used for the team score. Each player plays his own ball, with an 85%handicap allowance.Razzle-Dazzle — Handicap Allowance varies — Non-PostableThis format is a combination of three formats: holes #1-6 are played as a Four-Man Best-Ball format, holes #7-12 are played as a Four-Man Alternate-Stroke format and holes #13-18 are played as a Four-Man Scramble.Scramble — 100% Handicap Allowance — Non-PostableEach player tees off on each hole and the team selects one of the four ball locations from which to play next and each player plays from that location, continuing in this way until a ball is holed. The Committee may stipulate a minimum number of tee shots be used for each player. The teamPlaying Handicapis calculated with the formula: T = 0.25 x A + 0.20 x B + 0.15 x C + 0.10 x D, where A, B, C and D are thePlaying Handicapsfor the players, ordeed low to high. The teamPlaying Handicapmay be rounded to the nearest integer or rounded to the nearest 1/10th to reduce the number of tie scores.Shamble — 75 or 85% Handicap Allowance — Non-PostableThis format can be scored by counting the best-ball (with a 75%handicap allowance) or two best-balls (with an 85% handicap allowance). All players hit from the tee then the team selects the ball position from which they will all play from next. Each player then plays his own ball from that point on until each ball is holed. Each player'sPlaying Handicapis distributed over the 18 holes according to theStroke Indexallocation for the course. The team score is the sum of the net best-ball (or two net best-balls) for each hole.

Square-Ball — 85% Handicap AllowanceEach player plays his own ball throughout the round and receives aReturn to tophandicap allowanceof 85% of his Tournament Handicap. ThePlaying Handicapsare distributed over the 18 holes according to theStroke Indexallocation for the course. The team score is the sum of the net "square-ball" and the low net of the remaining three balls. The player "in the square" rotates A, B, C, D for holes #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 and holes #10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17. On holes #9 and #18 the two net best balls from all the players are counted. The team score is the sum of the two balls scored for each hole.