Association members must have a USGA handicap maintained at The Captains; the handicap season starts April 1st.

The USGA Handicap System enables golfers of differing abilities to compete against each other on an equitable basis.  Remember, you
only play to your handicap 25% of the time!

POST ALL SCORES  The handicap formula selects your 10 BEST rounds
out of the last 20; a few bad rounds have little impact on your handicap. 

SNOWBIRDS - POST WINTER SCORES  When you return to The Captains, post all scores* made in locations where the handicap season is active.
If you use the same GHIN # down south & at The Captains, the scores
will carry over.           
*You only need to post the last 20 scores

     If you complete: 13 or more holes - post an 18-hole score
                             At least 7 holes - post a 9-hole score

     For holes you don't complete: Post PAR + HCP STROKES you
     would've received on those holes.
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                      Unfinished Holes and Conceded Strokes

A player who starts, but does not complete a hole or is conceded a
stroke must record for handicap purposes the most likely score. The
most likely score may not exceed the player's Equitable Stroke Control
limit, defined in Section 4-3. This most likely score should be preceded
by an "X."

                    USGA 18-Hole Equitable Stroke Control

ESC: Used when a player's actual or most likely score exceeds a
maximum number, based on the table below, for the player's Course
Handicap from the tees played.

Your Course HCP          Max# on Any Hole (for hcp.purposes)
9 or less                         Double Bogey
10-19                                     7
20-29                                     8
30-39                                     9
40 or more                            10
NEW from the USGA 2016 Hcp. Manual...

          Playing alone and necessary peer review: ...scores made while
          playing alone will no longer be acceptable for handicap purposes.
          (Sec. 5-1: Acceptability of Scores)
          Anchoring and posting: ...a player who anchors the club while
          making a stroke during a round and fails to apply the appropriate
          penalty or an adjusted hole score (Section 4-2). Since the score
          would not be reflected as playing under the Rules of Golf, it
          would be unacceptable for handicap purposes.
          (Section 5-1: Acceptability of Scores)

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