Originally Posted by rkim291968
I finally joined a golf club and am about to start turning in official scorecard. I am on a major slump and recently went from 12 to 17 handicap (unofficial). The way I am playing now, I am likely to turn in pretty bad scores to establish a high handicap index (> 17). I am told that works in my favor for tournaments which I am not very convinced.
As for turning in a scorecard, is there well known format that one must follow? Does someone has to attest it, date it, etc?
Good for you!
Most private clubs will have specific requirements..... Most will allow you to post the scores yourself, either at the clubhouse or on-line. Some will also have you drop your scorecard into a box that will allow for periodic and random review by the handicap committee. Generally you do not have to have individual scores attested to. Tournament scores will be.
If it's a non-private club, you just post at the clubhouse or on-line. If your club uses the GHIN system, and if allowed by the club, you can post directly on-line using a smart phone and the GHIN mobile app. Very convenient and quick. I usually have my score in before I have my first post-round beer.
Please ensure you're versed in adjusting your score for (handicap posting purposes only) under Equitable Stroke Control.....it's a vital component to keeping an accurate, official handicap.
4-3. Equitable Stroke Control
All scores for handicap purposes, including tournament scores, are subject to the application of Equitable Stroke Control (ESC). This mandatory procedure reduces high hole scores for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player's potential ability.
A handicap determined from scores to which ESC has not been applied may not be termed a Handicap Index.
ESC is used when a player's actual or most likely score exceeds a maximum number, based on the table below, for the player's Course Handicap from the tees played. (For nine-hole Equitable Stroke Control table, See Section 10-5c.)