2023 Handicap Committee Guidelines

Dear Golf Member (and Social Member who wants to compete in events), please review the attached information which will guide you on how to maintain an accurate handicap. This attachment can also be found on the website under the GOLF heading.
An accurate handicap assures one of being a fair competitor and avoiding the "sandbagger" label.  And on the other end, if you let your ego allow you not to submit the poor rounds, you hurt only yourself since you will give up strokes when competing (even if it is a side bet in a round with a friend). With an accurate handicap, you would be expected to score lower than you GHIN handicap 20% of the time.
At the end of March, you will receive an email with a QUIZ - those who score 100% will be entered into a raffle drawing for prize(s).
And those who are lucky enough to be in a warm climate, don't forget to submit your scores.
Happy New Year, Your Handicap Committee

POSTING YOUR SCORE: The Club asks that each player posts his/her score after every round, whether 9 or 18 holes. LCC uses the USGA Golf Handicap Information Network (GHIN) to compute handicaps for rounds played on any course. Players should post scores within 24 hours of the completed round using one of these methods:

  • LCC Locations: Posting stations at the club are located in the Golf House and at the foot of the staircase leading to the Ladies’ Locker Room/Entrance to Mens’ Locker Room
  • Players may also post online at www.GHIN.com by signing in with your GHIN number.
    • You have to create an account if you have not done one here.
    • You can look up handicaps of any golfers in the GHIN system here.
    • For other GHIN questions consult this FAQ reference here.
  • Players may download the GHIN Mobile App, link their GHIN number to the mobile app, and post on the app at any time. The “GHIN Mobile” app is available in the Android and Apple app stores.
HANDICAP and INDEX: The purpose of the USGA Handicap System is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis. The System provides a fair Course Handicap for each player, regardless of ability, and adjusts a player's Handicap Index up or down as the player's game changes. Your Handicap at LCC is unique to the LCC facility and set of tees, while Handicap Index is portable from course to course, as well as from one set of tees to another set of tees on the same course. A player converts a Handicap Index to a Course Handicap based on the Slope Rating of the tees played.

Two basic premises underlie the USGA Handicap System, namely that each player will try to make the best score at every hole in every round, regardless of where the round is played, and that the player will post every acceptable round for peer review.

See the Golf Shop for any problems or questions related to posting your scores in the GHIN system.


DAILY REVISIONS- Handicaps will be updated at 1am daily instead of the 1st and 15th of each month. Club administrators will need to determine what handicap to use for large events. For example, a weekend Member-Guest may use handicaps from the Wednesday before in order to give time to print all the materials and scorecards.

PLAYING CONDITIONS CALCULATION- When scores are significantly higher or lower than expected on a given day based on the course rating and slope, the differentials of all players could be adjusted up or down to account for those conditions. This could be a day when bad weather causes scores to be higher, or when course setup causes scores to be lower. This is automatically done in calculation of the handicaps overnight. Only scores posted the day of play will be factored into the calculation, but scores posted after the date of play will still be adjusted.

HANDICAP INDEX CALCULATION- Previously, the lowest 10 of your most recent 20 score differentials formed the handicap index. In the WHS, it will be the lowest 8 of your most recent 20 score differentials. The average differentials are no longer multiplied by 0.96.

MAXIMUM SCORE TO POST- This USGA Rule (Section 4-3) requires that you review your raw score before posting and potentially make downward adjustments to that raw score before posting to the GHIN system. The maximum score you can post on any hole for 2020 is a Net Double Bogey.

COURSE HANDICAP CALCULATION- Section 3-5 (Competing From Different Tees) is no longer going to be a part of the WHS. Instead, when players compete from different tees, the difference between course ratings is included into the calculation of the Course Handicap.

THE RULE OF 54- In the new WHS, just 54 holes are needed to be posted to be issued a handicap index (90 was the number in the prior system.) Also, the maximum index for all golfers is 54.0 (previously was 36.4 for men and 40.4 for women.) Both of these make the system more inclusive for all golfers.

CAP- This is a new procedure which reduces or limits the amount by which a player's Handicap Index can increase when measured against the player's Low Handicap Index over the past 12 months. At no point can the player's index rise more than 5 shots above his/her lowest handicap index from the previous 12 months.
  • For more information on all 2020 changes please visit: www.whs.com.
  • For a link of Frequently Asked Questions, head for the USGA Web Site
  • The Club does have a Handicap Committee, a sub-committee of the Golf Committee that regularly audits peer score posting. Players not posting scores accurately may be subject to suspension of play in competition.