Course Handicap and Playing Handicap - POSTER
As it was under the USGA Handicap System, your Handicap-Index will compute to a Course Handicap at any course that you play. You can find this out before you play on the handicap computer or the GHIN mobile app. It will vary based on the slope rating of the course so your Course Handicap will be higher at more difficult courses and lower at easier courses. Under the USGA Handicap System, it was common for Course Handicap values to change very little from tee to tee. Beginning in 2020 under WHS, Course Handicap values will change much more from tee to tee, as they will represent the number of strokes to play to Par rather than Course Rating. Shifting the number of strokes to play against Par will be more intuitive when playing from different tees.
Your Playing Handicap is your Course Handicap adjusted for any handicap allowances or Terms of the Competition. For some events, the Terms may state that players only recieve a certain percentage (80%, 85%, etc.) of their Course Handicap.
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