Frequently Asked Questions

Handicapping can be a difficult subject to grasp. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive about handicapping.

How do I establish a Handicap Index?

  • First you will need to join the Utah Golf Association and select a home club.
  • New members may start posting scores right away and can even back-date their scores if they have old scorecards laying around.
  • Those with an 18-hole Handicap Index need to post 5 18-hole rounds and wait until after the 1st or 15th of the month (whichever is sooner), before their Handicap Index will be established.
  • Those with a 9-hole Handicap Index need to post 5 9-hole rounds and wait until after the 1st or 15th of the month (whichever is sooner), before their Handicap Index will be established.


How is my Handicap Index Calculated?

  • Your Handicap Index formula is based on the best Handicap Differentials in a player’s scoring record.
  • If a player’s scoring record contains 20 scores, the best 10 Handicap Differentials of the most recent 20 scores are used to calculate the Handicap Index.
  • As the number of scores in the scoring record decreases, the percentage of Handicap Differentials used decreases.
  • Click here to view the USGA Handicap Formula and try to calculate it yourself.


What is Equitable Stroke Control and how do I adjust my scores?

  • ESC is an adjustment of individual hole scores (for handicap purposes) in order to make handicaps more representative of a player’s potential ability. ESC is applied after the round and is only used when the actual score or the most likely score exceeds a player’s maximum number. ESC sets a limit to the number of strokes a player can take on a hole depending on Course Handicap™. Apply ESC to all scores, including tournament scores. Below is the maximum number a player can take:



What does the “R” next to my Handicap Index mean?


How do I delete an incorrect score?

  • If you have a score that was posted incorrectly and needs to be changed or deleted, please email handicapping@uga.org or call the UGA main office at 801-563-0400 and we will correct the issue for you.


How do I post a score from an unrated tee?

If a USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating from a selected set of tees are not available for the appropriate gender, the player may apply the following procedure on a temporary basis:
  • Locate the nearest set of rated tees for the appropriate gender
  • Determine the yardage difference between the set of tees being played and the rated set of tees
  • Using the following table, find the range that includes the yardage difference:

  • Add the resulting table values to the ratings of the nearest set of tees rated for the appropriate gender if the unrated tees are longer than the rated tees, or subtract the resulting values if the unrated tees are shorter than the rated tees.
  • For full examples of posting from an unrated set of tees see section 5-2g of the USGA Handicap Manual: CLICK HERE