Minnesota Golf Association

Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) Procedure

Before turning in scores for handicap purposes, all players are responsible for adjusting their scores in accordance with Equitable Stroke Control (ESC).

Here's how to apply the ESC Procedure:

1. Use a Course Handicap Table or complete the following calculation to 
convert your USGA Handicap Index to a Course Handicap for the course you are going to play. CH= Current USGA Handicap Index multiplied by the Slope Rating of the course being played, then divided by 113. Round the total to the nearest whole number (.5 or more is rounded upward).

2. Use the chart below to look up the maximum score you can post on any hole based on your Course Handicap.

3. If you do not complete a hole, write down the score you most likely would have made. If you do not play a hole or do not play a hole under the Rules of Golf, write down par plus the handicap strokes you would receive on that hole. Such scores should be preceded by an "X." Do not write down your maximum score for an incomplete hole unless your probable score exceeds your maximum score.

Adjust Your Scores with Equitable Stroke Control

Course Handicap
Course Handicap
Maximum Score
Posted on Any Hole
9 or less 4 or less Double Bogey
10 through 19 5 through 9 7
20 through 29 10 through 14 8
30 through 39 15 through 19 9
40 and above 20 and above 10

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