San Clemente Men's Golf Club - Rules

January - 2020

New Rules That Affect Your Game

A handicap system has been created between the USGA and the R&A which allows you to compete equitably anywhere in the world whether it is Dublin, Ohio or Dublin, Ireland; Arkansas or Africa. Currently there are six different systems around the world and as of January 1, 2020 they all have the same grading system.

The most important responsibility for all players, moving forward, is to post a score the same day it was played. The new WHS will adjust indexes the day after a round is posted, so please post all rounds the day they are played. You are reading this right, your handicap index will be adjusted the day after each round you post and no longer twice a month. Any player failing to post a score on the same day that it was played will be contacted by the handicap committee and asked to complete the posting.

Additional changes:

  • Handicap indexes will be based on your best 8 of your last 20 scores, not 10 of 20 like before.
  • Highest score you can post on any hole will now be “net double bogey” (Par + 2 + any dots).
  • “T” (Tournament) scores no longer exist in the new system.

Please note, northern areas are currently in “inactive” season until April 1, 2020. What does this mean? It means that any round played in a region that is “inactive” (cold and not conducive for play) cannot be posted. For example, the Chicago District is “inactive” from November 1 – March 31 each year. On the other hand, when you travel to Florida, Arizona, California, Mexico or any other “active” region this winter, all golf rounds there must be posted.

Don’t have a handicap? Now is the time to do so as it will be easier to get one. A player can establish a handicap with just 3 scores now, previously at least 5 were needed. Beginners are encouraged to establish a handicap now and use it as a measure of one’s improvement. And 9-hole scores do count.