This question leads into an important concept in calculating your handicap, called Equitable Stroke Control (ESC). Sometimes you may have a bad hole-a really bad hole. You end up shooting a 100 because of a 13 on a par 3. Your handicap may actually rise, but your potential shouldn't change because of one bad hole. So when entering your score, we adjust it for this bad hole. Please note that this is not the same as saying you shot anything other than 100. That's what you shot. But when entering your score into MyScorecard, you adjust the score you enter downward according to the following table:
Maximum # of Strokes/Hole by Course Handicap
(9 or less - Double Bogey)
(40 or more, 10)
If you do not have a handicap yet, men should assume a handicap of 36, and women a handicap of 40, when using the table. To make things easier, your Course Handicap page will calculate your ESC, along with your course handicap, for each course your have played. Canadians take note, the maximums used for Canadian equitable stroke control are different. See the questions below for further information.