SHWGC HOLE HANDICAP PROJECT
EXPLANATION OF THE PROCESS
With the reversal of the Front and Back Nine Holes of the Shadow Hills South Course, the SHWGC decided it would be a good time to review and, if indicated, update our Hole Handicap Allocations.
The committee (Sue Weiss and Karla Fuller) handled the data entry, mathematical evaluation and the preliminary hole handicapping. Oversight review and recommendations were provided by Grace Hutchings. The committee was guided by the USGA Handicap System Manual suggestions for Allocation of Handicap Strokes.
FROM THE USGA HANDICAP SYSTEM MANUAL:
The basic principle of allocating handicap strokes is to equalize the abilities of players at different handicap levels. A handicap stroke should be an equalizer rather than a winning stroke and should be available on a hole where it most likely will be needed by the higher-
1. Scorecards for golfers who played from the gold tees were collected from the 2016-
a. 956 sets of scores were used to do the analysis.
b. Over 298 lines of data were included for each of three handicap groups: 0-
c. The 0-
2. The data was evaluated using the three USGA recommended methods: Regression Method, Comparison Method, Relation to Par Method.
3. In addition to assessing the course using the USGA methods, several “common sense” and “course knowledge” techniques were used, especially for holes which were close:
a. Standard Deviation.
b. Length (distance) of hole and distance/stroke.
c. Number of times the score for a hole was >7 for each of the three groups of players.
4. The committee also took the recommendation from the USGA that the odd numbered Handicap Allocation should be assigned to the Front Nine.
Here is the resulting Hole Handicap Allocation recommended by the committee:
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