Policy: Handicaps

HANDICAP & RULES POLICY of the Charbonneau Men’s Club

As of December 2018

The purpose of the USGA Handicap System is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling golfers of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis. The system provides fair Course Handicaps for players regardless of ability, adjusting a player’s USGA Handicap Index up or down as his game changes. At the same time, the system disregards scores that bear little relation to the player’s potential ability and promotes continuity by making handicaps continuous from one playing season or year to the next.

A basic premise underlies the USGA Handicap System, namely that every player will try to make the best score he can at each hole in every round he plays, regardless of where the round is played, and that he will post every acceptable round for peer review.

A committee of members, chaired by a director from the Board of Directors, will be responsible for educating the members of the club regarding handicaps and rules, as well as resolving any questions or disputes by the members.

  • A handicap and rules committee of at least three members will be appointed to ensure that the full intent of the handicap system is followed.
  • All rounds are to be played according to the rules of golf. All rounds played during the active season, and played under Preferred Lies, will be posted.
  • The Charbonneau Men ‘s Club has decided to post scores using the GHIN computer system in the Pro Shop Club Room, or the online GHIN system via a PC/phone/pad app.
  • All eligible scores must be posted to your score history.
    1. Scores from other courses should be recorded at the club where you played within two weeks.
    2. Each golfer is responsible for adjusting their own scores for Equitable Stroke Control and how to adjust hole scores for not finishing either a hole or a completed round.
    3. If a player fails to post an acceptable score as soon as practicable after completion of the round, the Handicap Committee should post the score and/or a penalty score and Ratings equal to the lowest handicap differential in the player’s scoring record.
  • Peer Review: The responsibility rests on all of us to keep each other honest! Please point out to your fellow players when they are not observing either the Rule of Golf or the Handicap System. Do not hesitate to contact a member of the handicap committee if a player refuses to abide by the proper procedures.
  • As stated in the USGA Handicap Manual, the Handicap Committee has the responsibility for ensuring that a player ‘s USGA Handicap Index reflects his ability. Therefore, it may be necessary to make adjustments to a member ‘s Handicap Index (by way of a modification up or down for a determined duration or attach penalty scores due to the following:
    1. Improving faster than the system can react
    2. Numerous away scores changing index
    3. Temporary disability
    4. Failure to post scores
    5. Player manipulating round by posting erroneous scores, stopping play after 12 holes to avoid posting scores, repeatedly playing more than one ball to avoid posting, not adjusting hole scores under Equitable Stroke Control, deliberately reporting more or fewer strokes than actually scored, or deliberately taking extra strokes to inflate a score.

If it is necessary to attach a penalty score, it will be denoted as a “P” score on a member ‘s score history and the member will not be notified.

  • Three “P” scores within a thirty-day period will result in a modification letter being written to the member, to enable him to explain the “P” scores. If the member does not respond, or if his explanation is unsatisfactory, his Handicap Index will be reduced by two strokes for a thirty-day period.
  • If a member repeatedly fails to meet his responsibilities and thereby does not observe the spirit of the USGA Handicap System, the Handicap Committee shall withdraw the member’s Handicap Index.

A USGA Handicap Indexis established according to the USGA Handicap System, Section 3, Article 3-4:

  • The maximum Handicap Index is 36.4 for men and 40.4 for women
  • A USGA index of 36.4 will result in a local (Charbonneau Golf Course) handicap of 33

However, local handicaps higher than the USGA system, may be set by this committee; denoted by the letter “L” for local assigned handicaps.