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Skins game -- How does it work with handicaps?

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This year at our year end golf trip we want to play a round with a Skins game. We have different skill levels of golfers and have grouped them into flights (A, B, C) based on their handicaps. My question is how do you apply the handicaps for each flight to the game?

Example:

Flight A has
Golfer #1 Course Handicap: 7
Golfer #2 Course Handicap: 9
Golfer #3 Course Handicap: 10
Golfer #4 Course Handicap: 13

My thoughts:
Golfer 1 plays as a zero for the day
Golfer 2 gets 1 stroke on handicap holes 1 & 2
Golfer 3 gets 1 stroke on handicap holes 1, 2, & 3
Golfer 4 gets 1 stroke on handicap holes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6

Is that correct?
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Re: Skins game -- How does it work with handicaps?

Originally Posted by Rounders View Post
This year at our year end golf trip we want to play a round with a Skins game. We have different skill levels of golfers and have grouped them into flights (A, B, C) based on their handicaps. My question is how do you apply the handicaps for each flight to the game?

Example:

Flight A has
Golfer #1 Course Handicap: 7
Golfer #2 Course Handicap: 9
Golfer #3 Course Handicap: 10
Golfer #4 Course Handicap: 13

My thoughts:
Golfer 1 plays as a zero for the day
Golfer 2 gets 1 stroke on handicap holes 1 & 2
Golfer 3 gets 1 stroke on handicap holes 1, 2, & 3
Golfer 4 gets 1 stroke on handicap holes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6

Is that correct?
That's how I'd do it. Skins is sort of a bastardized match play event within a stroke round, so I'd apply the handicaps as you have listed them. The lowest handicap plays scratch and the others get the difference between his cap and theirs.
post #3 of 4

Re: Skins game -- How does it work with handicaps?

thats how I've dont it too, works OK, if the hanicaps are accurate and no one is sand bagging
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Re: Skins game -- How does it work with handicaps?

That's my preference as well.

A handicap is designed to provide assistance on those holes where the less skilled player needs it most. If you were to use a full course handicap for all players, the less skilled players wouldn't be getting any help on the holes that they really need it.
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