The Handicap Committee plays a vital role in the successful administration of a player’s Handicap Index and is equipped with tools to intervene when the calculated Handicap Index is no longer reflective of the player’s demonstrated ability.
Used appropriately, these tools are designed to ensure that players are treated fairly and consistently from golf club to golf club.
The Committee in charge of the competition also plays an important role in setting appropriate Terms of the Competition for all participating players.
Conducting a Handicap Review. The Handicap Committee should conduct a review of a player’s Handicap Index using the procedures set out in Appendix D.
Any adjustment to a player’s Handicap Index resulting from a handicap review must:
National Associations have discretion to introduce further requirements.
In a situation where a player fails to submit a score from an authorized format of play in a timely manner, the Handicap Committee should investigate the reason and take appropriate action.
The Handicap Committee, or Authorized Association, should withdraw the Handicap Index of a player who deliberately or repeatedly fails to comply with the player’s responsibilities under the Rules of Handicapping (see Appendix A).
Reinstatement of a player’s Handicap Index will be required after a player’s Handicap Index has been withdrawn for a period of time.
To determine the level of Handicap Index at which the player is to be reinstated, the Handicap Committee may wish to consider:
It is strongly recommended that, after a player’s Handicap Index has been reinstated, the Handicap Committee should monitor the player’s Handicap Index closely over subsequent rounds and, where required, make appropriate adjustments.
The Committee in charge of a competition may set a maximum limit for play within the Terms of the Competition. For example, the Committee can set:
For the purpose of updating a player’s Handicap Index after a competition where the Committee has set maximum limits, the player’s full, unrestricted Course Handicap should be used for the calculation of their adjusted gross score.
For ease of competition administration purposes, the Committee in charge of a multi-round competition played during the same or consecutive days must determine within the Terms of the Competition whether a player’s Handicap Index will remain unchanged for the duration of the competition. It is strongly recommended that the Handicap Index remains unchanged between such rounds.
The Committee in charge of a competition may reserve the right to: