Course Handicap Calculation

Course Handicap Calculation

The Course Handicap calculation converts a Handicap Index to the number of strokes a player requires to play any golf course with a Course Rating and Slope Rating. This allows portability of a player’s Handicap Index wherever they play. The Playing Handicap calculation enables equity amongst players of all handicap levels within different formats of the game. A Playing Handicap is calculated by applying the appropriate handicap allowance to a player’s Course Handicap. For formats of play where a handicap allowance of 100% is adopted, the Playing Handicap will be the same as the Course Handicap. 

Course Handicap = Handicap Index x (Slope Rating/ 113) + (Course Rating-Par) 

Course Handicap - For handicap purposes, a Course Handicap is used to determine the number of strokes that a player receives (or gives) on any golf course and for the correct application of net par and net double bogey adjustments. 

(Note: the calculation of Course Handicap eliminates the old USGA Handicapping System rule, 10-3 of the need to make adjustemnts to Course Handicap for golfers playing different tees. The new calculation of Course Handicap incorporates Course Rating and Par, where now golfers competing from different tees have the course rating included in Course Handicap Calculation) 

Playing Handicap - For equity purposes, the Playing Handicap calculation determines the number of strokes each player gives or receives, to ensure that all players can enjoy a fair and equal game when playing with or competing against one another. Click here for handicap allowance recommendation chart.

Enter your handicap index (expressed with a decimal) and the slope of the course you are playing and click calculate to see your course handicap.  If you are playing an MGA member course, you can use our course specific handicap calculation tool.
18-Hole Handicap Index
Course Rating
Slope Rating
Handicap Allowance

Note: If determining a 9-hole Course Handicap, type in the 18-hole Handicap Index. Next type in the 9-hole Course Rating, 9-hole Slope Rating and 9-hole Par before selecting "Calculate". A 9-hole Course Handicap will be calculated from the 18-hole Handicap Index when the Course Rating is between 20.0-45.0.

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