Golf Handicap Formula for 9 Hole Rounds

By Don Patton

Many golf leagues have nine-hole competitions, either because there is a time limit, such as those set by after-work leagues, or because the participants want to play only half a round.

Options

There are two ways to handicap a nine-hole competition: Participants can adapt their regular 18-hole Handicap Index or they can use the USGA provision for nine-hole handicaps.

18-Hole Handicaps

If the players want ever to compete in 18-hole events, use of a regular Handicap Index is the best option. For nine-hole events, a regular Handicap Index is halved and then rounded up to the nearest tenth.

Nine-Hole Handicaps

If players never play 18-hole rounds, using nine-hole handicaps is much easier. They are computed and used solely for nine-hole events.

Computing Handicaps

Regular 18-hole Handicap Index is 96 percent of the average of the differentials from the lowest 10 of the last 20 rounds played, multiplied by 113 and divided by the course slope rating.

The nine-hole Handicap Index is calculated in exactly the same way, except using nine-hole scores and course ratings.

Course Handicaps

For both types of event and either type of handicap, the player's Handicap Index and the slope rating for the course are converted to a Course Handicap using the course handicap table.


About The Author

Don Patton has been writing since retiring as an engineer in 2006. He has written study guides, short stories, articles, and essays, and in 2009 was published in "Chicken Soup for the Golfers Soul; The Golf Book." He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of California Berkeley.

ACTIVITY FEED

nathan burns Scored 91 at Washington Yacht Washington, North Carolina

nathan burns Scored 89 at Cypress Landing Chocowinity, North Carolina

Robert Anderson just Went PRO!

Pablo Garcia Scored 96 at Sandpiper Santa Barbara, California

John Martin Scored 72 at Southern Oaks Burleson, Texas

View Activity Feed


Video of the Day
Bad Lie: Ball Below Feet Watch Video>>

Nearby Tee Time HOT Deals!

Saturday, Jun 24 to Thursday, Jun 29

Related Articles

Article Image Golf Course Clothing Etiquette

Team sports have uniforms. Individual sports, such as swimming or gymna...

Article Image When to Use What Golf Club?

From your first tee shot to your last putt, what club do you select for...

Article Image How to Speed up your Golf Play

Golf enjoyment for players, and profitability for courses, is dependent...

Article Image How to Dress Appropriately to Play Golf

Golf is a sport seeped in rich tradition. Dressing appropriately for th...

Article Image How to Stand When Hitting a Golf Ball

With their backs straight, knees flexed and heads steady, many beginnin...

View All Related Articles

Golf Equipment Tip of the Day

How Clubfitting Can Lower Your Golf Score
by Charlie Schroeder and Ryan M. Noll
"Welcome to Switzerland," a man in a white lab coat says as we near a door marked "R & D: Employees Only." Opposite this door, a guy is driving golf balls into a net about 10 feet in front of him. Off to his side, another man in a white lab coat is monitoring his progress on a computer screen, analyzing ball spin, launch angle, and a variety of other numbers and graphs. "We're a non-biased facility; we don't care what you play with," says John German, Supervisor of Fitter Operations for Hot Stix, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based golf lab that looks more like the set of CSI.