Principle of the Rule:
A score for handicap purposes should not be overly influenced by one or two bad hole scores that are not reflective of a player’s demonstrated ability. In addition, incomplete scores and/or scores where a player did not hole out on every hole can provide reasonable evidence of the player’s ability and can be used for handicap purposes.
Rule 3 covers the circumstances where scores may be acceptable and how these hole scores should be adjusted.
For a player submitting their first scores to obtain an initial Handicap Index, the maximum score for each hole played is limited to par + 5 strokes.
For a player with an established Handicap Index, the maximum score for each hole is limited to net double bogey, calculated as follows:
Par of the hole + 2 strokes + Any handicap stroke(s) that the player receives on that hole
The player’s full, unrestricted Course Handicap should be used for all applications of net double bogey adjustments. For this procedure the Course Handicap is rounded to the nearest whole number (see Rule 6.1a/b).
There are various circumstances that may result in holes not being played, for example, due to:
A score may only be used for handicap purposes if, among other things, the round has been played over at least the minimum number of holes required for either a 9-hole or an 18-hole score to be acceptable.
Where the minimum number of holes has been completed which is less than 9 or 18 holes, and the reason for a player not playing a hole is valid, the player must scale up their score to produce either a 9 or 18-hole score.
If the reason for a player not playing a hole, or holes, is considered invalid, the Handicap Committee may consider applying a penalty score.