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Policies and Procedures

Maintaining proper handicaps and playing by USGA rules are fundamental elements of our club.  Remember to post all acceptable scores played during the active season (April 1st to October 31st in Wisconsin; other states vary) using Equitable Stroke Control ("ESC").  However, for Brown Deer Men's Golf Club group events scored using BlueGolf (the "Majors", Summer Classic, Spring Tour, Summer Tour and Fall Tour), the Committee will post all scores for the field.  If in doubt at an event, ask if your score will be posted or if you need to do so.     

The Handicap Committee within our golf club is responsible for administering the USGA Handicap System,
including the computation of each member’s Handicap Index.  The primary goal of the system and the Committee is to enable golfers of differing skill levels to compete on an equitable basis.   The committee will verify that scores are properly posted for handicap purposes and peer review and is authorized to adjust players' indexes as documented in the USGA Handicap Manual.


Members should be aware of the following policies and procedures:

Recent Updates

During 2016, the USGA announced changes to its handicap system:  USGA 2016 Key Handicap Changes

Note that scores when playing alone are no longer acceptable for handicap purpose.  Click here for more information: Playing Alone FAQ

Tournament Scores

Scores for rounds played during the following events are considered "Tournament Scores" (or "T Scores") and should be posted as such. 

"T Scores" to posted by Event Committees on your behalf:
  • BDMGC Majors (Mixer, Memorial, Jeff & Jeff, President's Cup, Eckhardt 2-Man Best Ball and the Wind-Up)
"T Scores" to be posted by you:
  • BDMGC match play rounds (Club Championship, Cup Matches and 2-Man Match Medal)
  • MCPLA, WPLA and other major competitive events (if posting is not done automatically for you)
USGA Handicap System
  • For additional information, see FAQ or the complete USGA Handicap Manual.
  • Try to make your best score on each hole at all times.
  • All "acceptable rounds" (see USGA Hcp Manual - Section 5), including 9-hole rounds, played during an active local season (April 1st to October 31st in Wisconsin; year-round in some clients) should be posted immediately using a computer at the course played, the WSGA web site or the WSGA app for iPhone / Android.  Note that scores played alone should not be posted (new for 2016).
  • Apply Equitable Stroke Control ("ESC") to all posted scores:

            Course Handicap     Maximum Score per Hole

            9 or less                              Double Bogey

            10 through 19                           7

            20 through 29                           8           

            30 through 39                           9     

            40 or more                               10

  • For holes not completed, record your "most likely score." This score must not exceed your maximum number under ESC.  Most likely score is a judgment based on each player's own game. It consists of the number of strokes already taken plus, in your best judgment, the number of strokes needed to complete the hole from that position more than half the time.   For example, if a 12-foot putt is given, nearly all players should assume a 2-putt.
  • If you fail to start a hole, you should assume a score based on your course handicap and the assigned difficulty of the hole.  For example, a player with a course handicap of 24 should assume as score of 6 on a par-4 rated the #2 handicap hole.
  • If you play at least 13 holes, you should post an 18-hole score.
  • If you play 7 to 12 holes, you should post a 9-hole score.
  • Handicap Indexes of each member will be updated on the 1st and 15th of each month.
  • Five posted scores are required to establish a handicap for competitive purposes in the club. A "trend" handicap may be used if a player does not have an official index yet.
  • Failure to post rounds may result in disciplinary action as determined by the Handicap Committee.
  • Effective June 1, 2017, the maximum handicap index for use in club competitions is 36.4 (which will convert to a higher course rating based on slope).
  • The Handicap Committee (comprised of the President, Handicap Chairman and Head Pro) has the ultimate authority and obligation to adjust a Handicap Index if it feels necessary to do so. 

Please direct any questions or concerns to our Handicap Chairman, Larry Lynch, at 414-531-9257 or llynch824@gmail.com.

Players Competing from Different Tee Boxes

A Course Handicap represents the number of strokes needed from a specific set of tees to play to the level of a scratch golfer, i.e., to the USGA Course Rating.  The calculation of a player's Course Handicap is based upon the player's Handicap Index and Slope Rating of the tees being played.   Since competitors from different tee boxes are playing to different benchmarks, an adjustment equal to the full difference in Course Ratings (with rounding) must be made for competitions to be equitable.  For complete details, see sections 3-5 and 9-3c of the USGA Handicap System Manual and guidelines for multiple tee competitions.  

Our BDMGC procedure is to reduce course handicaps for members playing forward.   Details are as follows:

  • Black tee Course Rating = 72.9
  • Blue tee Course Rating = 70.6
  • White tee Course Rating = 68.5
  • Course handicaps for white tee players competing against blue tee players are reduced by two strokes (70.6 - 68.5 = 2.1, rounded to two)
  • Course handicaps for blue tee players competing against black tee players are reduced by two strokes (72.9 - 70.6 = 2.3, rounded to two)

See below for an example:

  • Player A Black tee course handicap = 29
  • Player A Blue tee course handicap = 28
  • Player A White tee course handicap = 27
  • For events against a Blue tee field, Player A's handicap would be adjusted to 25 while playing from White tees
  • For events against a Black tee field, Player A's handicap would be adjusted to 26 while playing from Blue tees