After the completion of a competition round, a player has to submit their scorecard as soon as possible in order for their Handicap Index to be updated. Preferably, scores should be posted on the day of play and before midnight, as this will be when a player’s Handicap Index will be updated.
In order to verify a score and for it to count towards a player’s Handicap Index, it must be played:
- In accordance with the Rules of Golf
- In an acceptable format of play
- With at least one other person
- On a course with a current Course Rating and Slope Rating
Acceptable formats of play for submitting a score towards a player’s Handicap Index include:
|Pre-registered general play ‘social’ scores, both 9 and 18 holes, whether played home or away|
|All individual competition rounds, both 9 and 18 holes, whether played home or away|
Non-Acceptable formats of play for submitting a score towards a player’s Handicap Index include:
|Scores from four-ball better ball competition|
|Other match play events|
|Team competitions e.g. Texas Scrambles, foursomes etc.|
For golfers playing in recreational rounds with friends, either in teams or pairs, even when there is no intention of submitting a score for handicap purposes, they will still need to calculate their Course Handicap prior to their round.