PICK UP BALL RULES FOR SCORING AND POSTING
Unfinished Holes and Conceded Strokes (Match Play, Best Ball, ect.)
Most competition scores are recorded both for competition and handicapping. The following rules are for recording scores for handicapping only.
When the players concede a hole, and not sinking the ball, the players should mark an "X" score which would be equal to how many strokes they have already taken plus how many strokes they estimate it would take to "hole out". On the scorecard they would mark X5 for a hole that they picked up after hitting 4 strokes and were within an estimated 1 stroke from putting the ball in the hole. The estimate is based on how many strokes it would take them to sink the ball 50% of the time. The X indicates that the score is for handicapping posting and not for competition.
If a player does not start and play a hole the player records "par plus handicap" on all unplayed holes. The player records that scores as an X score. A par 4 with 2 handicap strokes would be scored X6. THE PLAYER DOES NOT JUST “JUST” TAKE THEIR MAXIMUM nor in this case THE PLAYER DOES NOT EXCEED THEIR MAXIMUM WHEN SCORING THE HOLE. Again, The X indicates that the score is for handicapping posting and not for competition.
THE ONLY TIME A PLAYER “JUST” TAKES THEIR MAXIMUM, FOR HANDICAP RECORDING, IS WHEN THEY HAVE ALREADY REACHED OR EXCEEDED THEIR MAXIMUM ON A GIVEN HOLE. That score would also be scored with an X.
Below is a chart that tells what a players maximum strokes would be, based on their course handicap, and an explanation on how to adjust your scores for handicap reporting.
EQUITABLE STROKE CONTROL
HOW TO ADJUST YOUR SCORE
Equitable Stroke Control sets a maximum number that a player can post on any hole depending on the player’s course handicap.
For handicap purposes, you are required to adjust your hole scores (actual or probable) when they are higher than the maximum number you can post.
Post your score when you play at least 13 holes out of 18 holes or 7 out of 9 holes. On the holes you did not play, record a par plus any handicap strokes you would have received.
There is no limit to the number of holes on which you can adjust your score.
Adjust Your Scores with Equitable Stroke Control
18-Hole Maximum Number
Course Handicap Posted on any Hole
9 or less Double Boggy
10 through 19 7
20 through 29 8
30 through 39 9
40 or more 10
If you are out of a hole and pick up to speed up play, jot down the score you most likely would have made (probable score).