System Used By The Royal League
The Royal League
uses the USGA
brief, the player's 10 best scores from his previous 20 rounds are used
to calculate the handicap. The handicap formula also takes into account
the difficulty of the course. Finally, equitable stroke
is used. This mandatory procedure reduces high hole scores for
in order to make handicaps more representative of a player's potential
The maximum handicap for Royal League competitions is 27.
For more details on the USGA Handicap formula click here.
Gaining and maintaining
Royal League handicap
- Players can gain a Royal
League handicap by submitting
scorecards from Royal League competitions. While qualifying for a
handicap players are not eligible for prize money but have to pay
- As long as all scores
are entered, including those
rounds played outside of the Royal League, a player's Royal
League handicap remains valid.
- If a player does not
enter all scores that player must requalify for a Royal League Handicap
as outlined in item 1 above.
- The handicap calculator
on the website is a service to Royal League members, not a general
service for those players wishing to hold a USGA certified handicap
- Players residing in
Chiang Mai are required to compete in a Royal League Thursday
competition at least once per month throughout the year. That means the
low season as well as the high season. If players are not prepared to
commit to that schedule they should not make an application to gain a
Royal League handicap. If you are traveling, injured, have unavoidable
work commitments or are taking a break from the game, notify the
organisers via the contact function on the website if you cannot
achieve your obligation of one competition round per month. Those
players who fail to play once per month and have not notified the
organizers will be deleted from the handicap calculator. Once deleted
from the handicap calculator, players will have to reapply and
re-qualify for a Royal League handicap. This means paying another
200bt, submitting five scores in Thursday competitions, paying the
120bt competition fee and not being eligible for prize money, apart
from low gross, until a handicap has been reestablished.
- Players may only re-qualify once. If you lose your membership status after re-qualifying,
you will not be allowed to qualify again nor will you be allowed to play as a guest.
- Those players residing
in Chiang Mai for a part of the year will be subject to the one competition round per month provision and conditions as detailed above, for the period of their residence.
- In order to qualify for the Little Man event, a player must play at least 1 non-Little Man Thursday in the previous month. If a player elects to play on the Little Man Thursday without having qualified, they will not be eligible for prize money or the Little Man title that month, but the round will count towards qualifying for the following month's Little Man
- The organizers seek the cooperation of all players
in conforming to the conditions detailed above, especially concerning
the commitment to participate in one Thursday, Royal League
competitions, each month, year round.
Questions About Your Handicap
Golf Digest, January, 1986, pages 44-45
We answer your most-asked queries, with the help of Dean Knuth, the
USGA's Director of Handicapping
post scores from match play events? If so, how do I handle putts that
have been conceded and holes where I have picked up?
Submit all scores played under the principles of the Rules
of Golf, including those shot in match play. Conceded putts are
considered holed. If you think you would not normally make a conceded
putt, putt out, or add one stroke(most likely score), or apply ESC,
whichever score is lower.
I turn in scores on courses other than my own? What about nine-hole
Submit all scores, along with the USGA Course Rating and
Slope Rating for each course you play. Combine nine-hole scores and
post them as 18-hole scores too--even if played at different courses
with different ratings. Nine-hole scores no longer must be
I play 27 holes in one day, may I choose the 18 I want to record?
Post the first 18 holes as a score and then combine the next
nine with your previous or next nine, whatever the case may
men and women play together, should we allot strokes based on the men's
handicap holes or the women's?
Men are allotted strokes according to men's stroke allocation
(handicap holes), women according to women's. Even if a woman is
"playing off" the man's ball, she should receive strokes according to
women's stroke allocation.
we play "winter rules," do the scores count?
If the course is "in season", post scores played under
winter rules, unless the club specifically has declared not to do
I have to take scores from my Northern club with me when I go South for
Yes. Take your last 20 scores along with the Course and
Slope Ratings of the courses on which they were played, and post them
at your club in the South. (If there is insufficient room on the sheet,
give them to your handicap chairman). You must also take your last 20
scores from the South back North with you. I there is a handicap
network service available to you, you can have the routing to multiple
clubs done automatically for you.
when I figured out how the handicap system worked, the USGA added the
Slope System. What can it accomplish that handicaps and course ratings
The Slope System is a refinement of the USGA Handicap
System. It adjusts a player's handicap to the course he's playing.
That's necessary because Course Ratings are based on an expert's game.
An expert's score should approximate the ratings. On a difficult
course, a poorer player's score tends to rise more than the difference
in Course Ratings between that course and an average one. Just how much
more is what the Slope System measures.
can a man and a woman with identical handicaps play even, when the man
is able to hit the ball 50 to 75 yards farther?
Forward, or women's, tees are meant to alleviate most of
this inequity, but the differences between men's and women's course
rating systems require that the golfer playing from the highest-rated
tees(usually the woman) add the rounded-off difference in Course
Ratings to her handicap. If the women's Course Rating is 75.2 and the
men's Course Rating is 70.1, for example, the woman receives an extra
a grandfather an my young grandson and I like to play the front tees.
When we record our scores, should we use the women's course rating?
No. The women's Course and Slope Rating is based on a
female player's proficiency. Regional and State golf associations have
issued men's Course and Slope Ratings for most forward tees. If they
have not, the club can use a correction table from the USGA Handicap
on scores in our senior league, we're getting strokes on the wrong
holes. What can we do?
Section 17 of the USGA Handicap System manual (available
from the USGA for $5.00) recommends collecting 200 scorecards from your
lower-handicap (0 to 8) members and comparing hole-by-hole averages
with a similar collection from your average-handicap (20 to 28)
members. Re-rate the holes based on the average differences between the
scores of the two groups on each hole. The largest differences indicate
the lowest-handicap (toughest) holes; the smallest differences the
highest-handicap (easiest) holes. Do not make either the first or the
18th hole the No. 1 handicap hole. Usually the odds are on the front
and the evens are on the back-nine. This system works best for match
play. For team stroke play, the traditional system of assigning shots
according to a hole's difficulty (primarily length, with consideration
given to obstacles) is best.
is the USGA Handicap Formula?
(Go to: http://www.usga.org and select Handicapping, then select the
USGA Handicap System manual. See Section 10.)
Equitable Stroke Control. How do I figure it if I don't yet have a
Equitable Stroke Control is the USGA's system for limiting
your maximum score on any one hole so that your handicap reflects your
true proficiency. It is the first line of defense against sandbagging
because it prevents a golfer from deliberately recording a high score
on one hole. A player with a Course Handicap of 9 or less can post up
to a double bogey on any hole. 10-19 handicappers can have a maximum of
7 on any hole, 20-29 an 8, 30-39 a 9 and 40 or more a max of a 10. A
player without an established USGA Handicap Index uses the maximum
Handicap Index of 36.4 for men, or 40.4 for women, converted to a
Course Handicap to determine his maximum number.
long are my scores good for? When is it too late to submit them?
Scores are good as long as they are in the golfer's scoring
record of last twenty scores. Tournament scores are good if they are
either made in the last 12 months, or are in the record of last 20
scores. Always post scores as soon as possible.
do we compute our club's Most Improved player?
There is more than one method. The USGA recommends that you
add 12 to a players beginning Handicap and divide this by 12 plus the
player's ending Handicap to determine the improvement ratio. The club
member with the highest improvement ratio is "most improved". Golf
Digest uses a slightly different method: Multiply a player's beginning
handicap by 2 and multiply his ending handicap by three. Subtract the
second figure from the first. The difference is the player's
improvement rating. The player with the highest improvement rating is
match play, should we use the difference between the lowest
handicapper's strokes and the other players' to determine how many
strokes each player gets for the round, or should all players take all
strokes as they appear on the scorecard?
The USGA recommends
that the lowest handicapper play with no handicap strokes and the other
players receive strokes equal to the difference between their course
handicap and his. To allot strokes to each player according to his full
handicap without playing off the low player gives an unfair advantage
to the lowest-handicap player.
my match goes to sudden death, do I still get strokes?
Yes, according to the handicap stroke holes on the scorecard.
I play my real handicap or my "trend"--what I believe it will be as
soon as my most current scores are processed?
Play your official USGA Handicap. It does not change until
the new handicap report is posted on a revision schedule established by
the state or regional golf association. "trend" is for information only
and should not be used for play.
- I belong
to a men's club at a public course. How do I get a USGA Handicap?
organization of golfers who 1)play together regularly, 2)personally
post scores at a public area at the club, 3)have committees to
supervise golfing activities--including a handicap committee to make
sure that the USGA Handicap System is followed, 4)has by-laws--can
issue USGA Handicaps to its members, just by following the USGA
Handicap System Manual. Write to the USGA for sample club by-laws and
for information on how to form a club. Remember that peer review must
exist. That means that members have to have a reasonable and regular
opportunity to play golf with each other, as well as review scores
posted and the handicap committee has to have a reasonable opportunity
to provide its necessary peer review oversight requirements.