How the Handicap works

Golf Handicap

On joining The International Golfers Club you will be able to obtain a recognised golf handicap.

The handicap will be updated every time you play, all you have to do is email (as pdf or jpg file attachment) post or fax your signed card and we will update your golf handicap.

To obtain your initial handicap simply submit three cards, signed by your fellow player from a friendly social round OR a copy of your Platzreife certificate from your golf Professional or Tutor. A membership card showing your handicap will be sent to you. This is replaced annually on your renewal date but we do ask for a minium of 3 cards every year to maintain your correct handicap.  Typically initial handicaps for German or Swiss members is a 54 or 45 handicap which is the handicap issued by a Professional or golf tutor on the Platzreife Certificate

You will be able to check your golf handicap and your handicap history on our website as your efforts are recorded. As part of our service we will provide free handicap advice.

To calculate your initial golf handicap based on scorecards submitted

When you have submitted your first three cards, we take the 'average' of these cards to establish your initial handicap. This is calculated by taking the difference of the Gross score and the SSS off the yellow tees for each card.

For example, three scores of 88, 90 and 95 on a course with a SSS of 72 will result in an initial handicap of (16+18+23) = 57 divided by 3 = 19.  The maximum for overseas members is 54 for German based members, and 45 for Austria and Switzerland and there is no adjustment for high scores.  This is the same for ladies and men.

How do golf handicaps change?

 

  • Calculate a 'net differential' for each player. This is the difference between the player's net score (gross score less current handicap) and the SSS.
  • Use each player's net differential to adjust their handicap according to the following formula.

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Handicap of playerBuffer ZoneNet Differential below zeroNet differential above buffer zone
Category 1:
up to 5
0 to +1 Handicaps reduced by 0.1 for each stroke net differential is below zero Handicap increased by 0.1
Category 2:
6 to 12
0 to +2 Handicap reduced by 0.2 for each stroke net differential is below zero Handicap increased by 0.1
Category 3:
13 to 20
0 to +3 Handicap reduced by 0.3 for each stroke net differential is below zero Handicap increased by 0.1
Category 4:
21 to 28
0 to +4 Handicap reduced by 0.4 for each stroke net differential is below zero Handicap increased by 0.1
Category 5:
29 to 36
0 to +5 Handicap reduced by 0.5 for each stroke net differential is below zero Handicap increased by 0.1

Where the net differential is within Buffer Zone, no adjustment to handicap is made

What is a 'Buffer Zone'?

A player's 'Buffer Zone' is a range of scores returned in competitions where the player's handicap will not be changed. The buffer zone is different depending upon the player's handicap category.A player returns a score within his Buffer Zone when his Nett Differential is within specified limits.

Please note that these buffer zones are for maximum handicap of 28 for men and 36 for ladies.

Handicap of Player Buffer Zone

Category 1: Handicaps up to 5 0 to +1
Category 2: Handicaps 6 to 12 0 to +2
Category 3: Handicaps 13 to 20 0 to +3
Category 4: Handicaps 21 to 28 0 to +4
Category 5: Handicaps 29 to 36 0 to +5

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