Posting Guidelines

Golfers must post only their “Adjusted” Gross Score. For posting purposes, the score on each hole can not exceed the maximum allowed, also known as Net Double Bogey. Net Double Bogey is PAR + 2 + Pops. So in the example below, a deduction is made to the gross score for the strokes that go over the max.

For example, on hole #1, the max is calculated as an 9 [4 (par) + 2 + 3 (pops) = 9]. This golfer scored a 10; but, for posting purposes, the score is an 9 after a 1 stroke adjustment. Under the World Handicap System, posting a number above the max is not allowed. In the video below, this golfer was able to deduct 4 strokes from the gross score of 129 to arrive at the Adjusted Gross Score of 125 to post. Click the scorecard to watch the video.

Golfers can calculate their Net Double Bogey score during the round and then post a single Total Adjusted Gross Score or post hole-by-hole and let the GHIN posting interface calculate the net double bogey max for each hole and the Total Adjusted Gross Score.

Golfers will be required to designate only one HOME course. The HOME course must be the course where most of the scores are played and posted. The HOME course is not necessarily where the golfer lives.

Golfers are encouraged to post their scores each day as the handicap index will be revised daily and players will want their scores included in the new Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC).

Here are some general guidelines on when to post and when not to. If this list does not cover your situation, contact the FWGA handicap chair for further guidance.

YES,  Post these scores
  • Scores from home and away courses.
  • Scores in all forms of play; match play, stroke play, even team competitions in which you are requested to pick up.
  • A score from two nines even if it’s the same nine, or nines from different days.
  • Score from a single nine. Each nine holes on a golf course has its own Course Rating and Slope Rating. Two nine-hole scores will eventually be combined to create an 18-hole score and be designated with the letter “C.”
DO NOT Post these scores
  • If you played fewer than 13 holes. (Remember you still have an acceptable 9-hole score.)
  • When you play in a competition limiting the types of clubs used, such as a one-club or irons-only tournament.
  • When an 18-hole course is less than 3,000 yards long.
  • When a majority of the holes aren’t played under the Rules of Golf, as in a “scramble.”
  • “Inactive season” scores. Caveat: If a round is played on a course that is observing an inactive season, that score is unacceptable for handicap purposes. However, if a member whose golf club is currently observing an inactive season plays at a course observing an active season, that score must be posted. Please visit Sections 6-2, 8-3c, and Decision 6-2/1 of the USGA Handicap System manual for further information.
  • Playing two or more balls as practice at a small, local 9-hole course in lieu of going to the driving range. This is practice play and should be treated the same as practice at the driving range.

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