2018 Rules

Toot Hill Golf Course 3

Handicap Rules

New Entrants

New members of HAGS may be expected to play off of three quarters of their confirmed handicap in their first event. They may also not play off of a handicap higher than 24 in their first event. After the first event in complete the Handicap Committee may agree to allow the player's handicap to increase. Exceptions to these rules can only be granted by the Handicap Committee.

Maximum Handicap

The majority of players' handicaps are capped at the standard 28, however with a number of rookie players amongst our members we allow some players to temporarily play off of handicaps of up to 54. It is no longer the case that if a player's handicap drops below 28 that they cannot go above it again. Exceptions to this rule will be at the discretion of the committee.

Handicap Changes

For the 2018 season H.A.G.S. will be using a new handicap-adjustment system, based loosely around the two different systems we've used previously.

To get started, you will need to know what handicap category you fall into, take a look at the table below:

Handicap Categories

Category H'cap range Unit value
1 0.1 - 5.4 0.1
2 5.5 - 12.4 0.2
3 12.5 - 20.4 0.3
4 20.5 - 28.4 0.4
5 28.5 - 54.0 0.5

Adjusting your scorecard

This year, players that finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd in any event will see their handicap adjusted:

Position Units Adj.
1st Place −5 units
2nd Place −3 units
3rd Place −1 unit
2nd Bottom +1 unit
Bottom +2 units

Adjustments have also changed for the number of stableford points achieved in an event:

Points Adj.
34 + −1 unit every shot over 34
31 to 34 No change
27 to 30 +1 unit
23 to 26 +2 units
19 to 22 +3 units
15 to 18 +4 units
11 to 14 +5 units
10 or less +6 units

Examples

Thomas plays off of 19.2, scores 39 pts and finishes 2nd:

Handicap Changes
Thomas's unit value 0.3
(Stableford Units + Position Units) * unit value = H'cap adjustment (-5 + -3) * 0.3 = -2.4
New Handicap calculated 19.2 - 2.4 = 16.8

Aaron plays off of 31.0, scores 34 pts and finishes 1st:

Handicap Changes
Aaron's unit value 0.5
(Stableford Units + Position Units) * unit value = H'cap adjustment (0 + -5) * 0.5 = -2.5
New Handicap calculated 31.0 - 2.5 = 28.5

Ben plays off of 33.0, scores 24 pts and finishes 8th out of 15:

Handicap Changes
Ben's unit value 0.5
(Stableford Units + Position Units) * unit value = H'cap adjustment (-2 + 0) * 0.5 = -1.0
New Handicap calculated 33.0 + 1.0 = 34.0

Lee plays off of 17.0, scores 15 pts and finishes 2nd bottom:

Handicap Changes
Lee's unit value 0.3
(Stableford Units + Position Units) * unit value = H'cap adjustment (+4 + 1) * 0.3 = +1.5
New Handicap calculated 17.0 + 1.5 = 18.5

Luke plays off of 22.5, scores 8 pts and finishes bottom:

Handicap Changes
Luke's unit value 0.4
(Stableford Units + Position Units) * unit value = H'cap adjustment (+6 + 3) * 0.4 = +3.6
New Handicap calculated 22.5 + 3.6 = 26.1

Ratty plays off of 6.0, scores 44 pts and finishes 4th:

Handicap Changes
Ratty's unit value 0.2
(Stableford Units + Position Units) * unit value = H'cap adjustment (-10 + 0) * 0.2 = -2.0
New Handicap calculated 6.0 - 2.0 = 4.0