The Golf club has set the following parameters for calculating tournament handicaps following the advice of the USGA and GHIN.
1. The maximum playing or Course Handicap (CH) shall be 36 for calculating tournament net scores. The player’s full, unrestricted CH will be used for the calculation of their adjusted gross score for posting purposes.
2. The Handicap Index (HI) for the tournament shall be determined on the Thursday prior to the tournament.
3. If the tournament is played over consecutive days, the CH shall remain the same for both days.
4. The tournament committee reserves the right to adjust a player’s Playing Handicap if evidence that the player’s Handicap Index does not reflect their demonstrated playing ability.
There have been instances where a player or team of a determined playing handicap ends up in a flight that doesn't appear correct. The explanation is this:
In order to make all flights with a near equal amount of players, the flights are determined using the handicap index including decimal point of the players. The decimal is critical for tie breaking.
After the flights are determined, then the playing handicaps are applied. Remember, it is all about that decimal point when calculating playing handicaps. On top of that, if a player is eligible and plays from the gold tees, that further reduces the playing handicap, sometimes the adjustment can be 3-4 strokes. So, players or teams close to the flight cutoff points may appear out of place.
Let me know if you have any further questions.