Questions by Members

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Q I noticed that i have a hcp of 20.4 now which doesn't make sense when I played my last round at hcp 23 and had 35 points.  If I had had 40 points or something that would have made sense.

Your USGA Handicap Index is 20.4 - this is not your course handicap
The above shows course handicap for blue tees for BB, Handara, Nirwana and NKG  (L-R) under the original system which was done manually
You will note that your HCP Index has in fact you have gone from 20.0 to 20.4 
Raffles Golf Bali follows the USGA Handicapping system. Full details on how the system works can be found at

As we have had to change over to the new system the rounds prior to 01 January could not be integrated due to data corruption.
All have been allocated their handicap index from the old system recorded as their starting handicap index of the 1st January 2013

Q What happens to our Golflink Handicap - Do we play off our official Golflink handicap - some are different?

A   One of the difficulties is that Australia is still not sloped and Raffles, & indeed Indonesia follow the USG system for handicapping.

All members with Raffles get a Raffles USGA Handicap Index - this is displayed on your personal page

Australia is meant to be there already but has not got there yet.

The Europeans use this as well however they use the Stableford scoring system as a method of implement the Equitable Score Control which is what we are doing.

Equitable Stroke Control, or ESC for short, keeps an exceptionally bad hole from changing a Handicap Index too much and sets a maximum ESC number that a player can post on any hole depending on that player’s Course Handicap. For handicap purposes, after the round, a player is required to adjust hole scores (actual or most likely) when these hole scores are higher than the maximum ESC number. All scores, including tournament scores, are adjusted for ESC.  A player can adjust for ESC on any number of holes—there is no limit.

Q What is a slope rating and how is different from the course rating?

A Slope rating® is a measurement of the difficulty of a golf course for bogey golfers relative to the course rating.

Course rating tells scratch golfers how difficult the course will be; slope rating tells bogey golfers how difficult it will be.

In other words a USGA Course Rating tells the best golfers how hard a golf course actually plays where as the USGA Slope Rating indicates how much harder the course plays for "regular" golfers.

The minimum slope rating is 55 and the maximum is 155 (slope does not relate specifically to strokes played as course rating does). The slope rating for a golf course of average difficulty is 113.

Like course rating, slope rating is calculated for each set of tees on a course, and a course may have a separate slope rating for certain tees for women golfers.


Q How does Raffles give me my USGA HCP Index from the Australia Golf Link Exact Handicap?

A We take your exact handicap and round up and down in accordance with USGA  recommendations and use that as the Course Handicap for NKG Blue tees for me and NKG Red Tees for Ladies and look up what the USGA Index would be 
ie: if your index is 14.4 then your playing handicap at NKG is 14 of Blue Tees then your index would be this give and possible index of 12.0 to 12.8 - we take mid way between the two and use a starting USGA Handicap index of 12.4

Q  We dont have slope here in Australia,.  What is slope and how is it determined.

A  The USGA Course Rating System™ is the standard upon which the USGA Handicap System™ is built. It affects all golfers in the calculation of a Handicap Index®. Players "play to their handicaps," when their net scores (gross score-handicap strokes) equal the USGA Course Rating™.   

The USGA Course Rating System takes into account the factors that affect the playing difficulty of a golf course.  There are a number of definitions that need to be understood Scratch Golfer, Bogey Rating, USGA Course Rating, Bogey Golfer, Slope Rating. 

Definitions need to be understood to apply the following Factors used in determine a slope rating such as; Effective Playing Length, Roll, Elevations, Dogleg/layup, Prevailing Wind, Altitude, Topography, Fairway, Green Target, Recoverability and Rough, Out of Bounds and extreme rough, Water Hazards, Trees, Green Surface and Physiological. 

As the process to rate a course is long and complex please follow the link to get a full explanation of what is used to determine the course and slope ratings


Q   Posting a Score When a Complete Round is not Played

If 13 or more holes are played, the player must post an 18-hole score. If 7 to 12 holes are played, the player must post a nine-hole score. In either case, scores for unplayed holes must be recorded as par plus any handicap strokes that the player is entitled to receive on the unplayed holes.

Example: A player with a Course Handicap of 30 stops playing after 16 holes . Hole 17 is a par 4  and is the number 2 handicap index-stroke hole. The player will record 4 (par) plus 2 handicap stroke for an X-6 on hole 17. Hole 18 is a par 5 and is the number 8 handicap index -stroke hole. The player will record 5 (par) plus 2 handicap strokes for an X-7 on hole 18 (Note this equivalent to getting 2 stable-ford points)  Therefore for the handicapping process only; if you had recorded 28 points by end hole 16 you total stableford points at the end would record on your card 32. the gross score would be marked with a X