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Golf Canada Handicap System

Golf Canada is the authoritative body for the purposes of establishing and maintaining a uniform handicap system for golf clubs in Canada in co-operation with the provincial golf associations. The purpose of the RCGA Handicap System is to make the game of golf more enjoyable for golfers by providing a means of measuring one's performance and progress and to enable golfers of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis.

With this system, each golfer establishes an "RCGA Handicap Index" which is a numerical measurement of a player's potential (not actual) scoring ability on a course of standard difficulty. The Handicap Index is calculated using the average of the best 8 of the player's last 20 rounds and updated with each new round played. The Handicap index travels with the golfer from course to course and is adjusted up or down depending on the length and difficulty of the course played, resulting in a "Course Handicap". The Course Handicap is the number of strokes a golfer receives from a specific set of tees at the course played and represents the number of strokes he would require to play equitably against a "scratch" golfer (a golfer with a Handicap Index of "0.0'). The more difficult the golf course, the more strokes the golfer receives and vice versa.

The relative difficulty of a golf course is determined jointly by the RCGA and the provincial golf association using the RCGA Course and Slope Rating System. Specially trained Course Rating Teams evaluate the difficulty of a golf course based on such variables as length and a number of obstacle factors (e.g. topography, bunkers, water hazards, severity of rough, etc…).

A new World Handicapping System has brought major changes to the handicapping system. 

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Players are asked to post all scores hole by hole online on the day that the round is played either on your home computer at or by using the Golf Canada app on your smartphone.

All KGC members require a LOGIN and PASSWORD to be able to access the Golf Canada Score Reporting centre online.


Contact Karen Saarimaki for more information.


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