|Course Handicap||Maximum Number|
|9 or less||Double Bogey|
|40 and above||10|
When players compete from different tees, or men and women compete against each other, section 3-5 of the USGA Handicap System Manual explains how handicaps must be adjusted to allow for a fair competition. Remember that the goal of handicapping a net event is that for all players to tie if all of them play exactly to their handicap. A handicap index is calculated based on how each player’s posted scores compare to the course rating and slope rating for each round they play. These may be from the same course and tees, or they may be on different courses, or the same course but different tees.
An easy way to see this, is to calculate your Target Score, which equals the course rating, plus your course handicap. Here’s an example: Player A has a course handicap of 10, a plays the front tees (rated 70.0). Player A should shoot 80 if they he(she) plays to his(her) handicap. Player B, also with a course handicap of 10, but playing from the back tees (rated 72.0), should shoot 82 if he(she) plays to his(her) handicap. If they are playing against each other, section 3-5 requires that Player B receive an additional 2 strokes (72.0-70.0). Those strokes would make Player B’s event handicap 12. If both players play to their handicap (Player A 80-10=70, and Player B 82-12=70), they will achieve the goal of tying. Without the adjustment, Player A will shoot net 70, and Player B will shoot net 72, giving Player A a 2-stroke advantage.