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# When handicapping a golf tournament...

Posted on 6/11/24 at 6:25 am
Posted on 6/11/24 at 6:25 am
and players are using two different sets of tee's

For Example - The Island.

We will have a majority of our group playing from the gold tees but a few will tee off from the greens.

What is the proper way to calculate? Is there an additional "penalty" subtracting the course rating?
Posted on 6/11/24 at 6:31 am
You shouldn’t be using the index alone. Strokes are determined by course/tee handicap. The GHIN app can do this for you. For example, someone could be a 4.3 index but will be a 3 from the one-up tees because the rating at those tees is 70.8 with a slope of 125. So for the tournament, that player is a 3, not a 4. The same player would be a 5 or 6 from the tips.
Posted on 6/11/24 at 6:34 am to
Correct, we do use their index to calculate the course cap. But is there an additional penalty to apply?
Posted on 6/11/24 at 6:46 am
The only difference would be depending on the game played. A scramble uses a small percentage of the hdcp, a best ball a little more, stroke play full.

The index is important in that it’s a basis for the course/tee handicap but should not be used otherwise. There are situations where a higher handicap could be giving strokes to a lower one based on the tees. A 6.5 playing the grays as a 2 would be giving a 3.0 four strokes if he’s playing the tips as a 6. That should make the game fair as long as no one is sandbagging.

And your course handicap should be what determines your flight, not your index. Using the same example, a 6.5 playing as a 2 from the grays would dominate their flight if they were paired with other 6.5 handicaps playing golds.
This post was edited on 6/11/24 at 6:49 am
Posted on 6/11/24 at 7:24 am to

I just love to play and left the scoring to the pro on the tournaments we put on...
Posted on 6/11/24 at 7:40 am to
Not a scramble - individual stroke play.
Posted on 6/11/24 at 7:49 am
Just use the GHIN app. It will do all of that for you under handicap calculator, and you can adjust the percentage of handicap applied as needed
Posted on 6/11/24 at 7:51 am
GHIN will automatically do it for you

Just enter each player and the tees they are playing from and it adjusts it. Say a player is a 12 from the whites and moves to the senior tees, it will auto adjust his handicap to a 5 or 6.

You can manually do it but if theyre on GHIN it does it for you.

Posted on 6/11/24 at 8:30 am
Check out Squabbit app, we use it for all of our golf trips/matches. Just put names and GHIN there, it does the rest. You can play all the different types of game. Live scoring as well. There are others (I'm sure some better ones) but this one has been good for our trips.
Posted on 6/11/24 at 9:02 am
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What is the proper way to calculate? Is there an additional "penalty" subtracting the course rating?

Sounds like inviting ell_13 on the trip might be the best course of action so he can do all calculating and you guys just focus on the playing
Posted on 6/11/24 at 2:28 pm to
quote:

You shouldn’t be using the index alone. Strokes are determined by course/tee handicap. The GHIN app can do this for you. For example, someone could be a 4.3 index but will be a 3 from the one-up tees because the rating at those tees is 70.8 with a slope of 125. So for the tournament, that player is a 3, not a 4. The same player would be a 5 or 6 from the tips.

GHIN is easy.

Put in each player.
Plug in tee.
Gives a course handicap based on index, course rating and slope.
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