Equitable Stroke Control

(Excerpts from Golf Canada Handicap Manual 2012)

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.


Equitable Stroke Control


Course Handicap

Maximum Number on any Hole

9 or less

Double Bogey

10 through 19

7

20 through 29

8

30 through 39

9

40 or more

10

 

ESC is used when a player’s actual or most likely score exceeds a maximum number, based on the table, for the player’s Course Handicap from the tees played.

Example: A player with a Course Handicap of 6 has a maximum number of par plus two strokes (double bogey) for any hole. A player with a Course Handicap of 13 has a maximum number of 7 for any hole regardless of par. A player with a Course Handicap of 42 has a maximum number of 10 for any hole.

A player without an established Handicap Factor must use the maximum Handicap Factor of 36.4 for men, or 40.4 for women, converted to a Course Handicap, to determine a maximum ESC number. There is no limit to the number of individual hole scores on which an Equitable Stroke Control reduction may be made.

Example: A player with a Course Handicap of 23 has a score of 106, which includes individual hole scores of 9, 10 and 11. ESC reduces each hole score to the applicable maximum of 8. The player posts an adjusted gross score of 100 for handicap purposes ((9-8) + (10-8) + (11-8) = 6).