Other Handicapping and Scoring Systems
When tournaments have many participants that do not have verifiable or established handicaps there
are some less precise, but fairly equitable, systems that can be used. Here are the most popular
Callaway Scoring System
After all scores are returned a chart (example below) is used to adjust the score. The last 2 or
3 (at the discretion of the committee) holes are not used to make adjustments.
- Double (2X) par is the maximum allowable score on any hole
- Find the player's gross score under "Adjusted Gross"
- Subtract the scores specified under "Handicap"
Half strokes are rounded up
- Final adjustment to score in the bottom row labeled "Handicap Adjustment"
Example: Tomás shoots a 98 and has one hole where he scores a 9 on a par 4. Therefore, Tomás's
adjusted gross score is 97 (the 9 is more than double par and must be adjusted down to an 8). We
find 97 in the row that specifies that the 3 worst scores shall be deducted from the score.
Tomás's worst 3 scores are the 8 (mentioned above), a 7 and a 6 (which total 21). The final adjustment
is to adjust the handicap allowance by the number in the bottom row that is in the same column as the
gross score from above. In this case we see a -1 in the bottom row under the 97, which means we must
reduce the handicap allowance by 1, which gives us 20. Subtracting 20 from the adjusted gross score of
97 we get 77. So Tomás's final score for the tournament is 77.
|73||74||75||½ of worst hole|
|81||82||83||84||85||1½ worst holes|
|86||87||88||89||90||2 worst holes|
|91||92||93||94||95||2½ worst holes|
|96||97||98||99||100||3 worst holes|
|101||102||103||104||105||3½ worst holes|
|106||107||108||109||110||4 worst holes|
|111||112||113||114||115||4½ worst holes|
|116||117||118||119||120||5 worst holes|
|121||122||123||124||125||5½ worst holes|
|126||127||128||129||130||6 worst holes|
||+2||Handicap Adjustment |
This chart is for par 72 courses (different pars use different charts). To calculate for different pars subtract the difference in the par from each score under "Adjusted Gross." For instance, if Par is 71 instead of
72 each score in the chart above would be decreased by one.
Peoria Scoring System
Prior to the tournament round the committee selects 6 "secret" holes (i.e., the competitors do
not know which holes). Typically these would be 2 par 3's, 2 par 4's and 2 par 5's on a par 72
course. After all scorecards are turned in the net scores will be determined by applying the
Allowance = total on the six secret holes X 3|
subtract par for the course
multiply by 80%
Net Score = Gross Score - Allowance
Example: John's gross score is 100. His total on the six secret holes is 34. Par is 72. So...
John's allowance = (((34 X 3) - 72) X 80%) = 24
100 - 24 = 76 (so 76 is John's final score)
Obviously, luck has a great deal to do with success under this scoring system.
- Double (2X) par should be the maximum score allowed on any hole
- Numbers should be rounded appropriately