Posting Scores & USGA Handicap Index FAQ

Every player is responsible for returning all acceptable scores, including tournament scores.

Scores made under the following conditions are not acceptable for handicap purposes and must not be entered into the player’s scoring record

Unacceptable Scores:
a.   When fewer than seven holes are played
b.   When made on a golf course in an area in which an inactive season established by the authorized golf association is in effect
c.   When the length of the course is less than 3,000 yards for 18-holes (or less than 1,500 yards for 9-holes)
d.   When, as a condition of the competition, the maximum number of clubs is less than 14, or types of clubs are limited as, for example, in a competition that only allows only iron clubs
e.   When scores are made on a course with no USGA Course Rating or Slope Rating
f.   When a player uses non-conforming clubs, non-conforming balls, or non-conforming tees
g.   With respect to Rule 16-3 (“The Rules of Golf”), when an artificial device or piece or unusual equipment is used during the execution of a stroke or when equipment is used in an unusual manner during execution of a stroke (See Decision 5-1e/2)

Note from the Club :

It is the player's responsibility to post an acceptable score as soon as practicable after the completion of a round.  If a player is found to have failed to do so, a Penalty Score equal to the lowest handicap differential in the player's scoring record will be posted.

For handicap purposes, posting of scores should be done immediately after the round has been played or as soon as practical prior to the next revision date, so that the scoring record is up-to-date. The following information must be indicated for courses not listed in MGK's handicap system. For listed courses, please follow the instructions in the online handicap system.

a.   Player’s name and identification number
b.   Date of Play
c.   Course Name
d.   USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating of the course played
e.   Adjusted gross score
f.   Score type for tournament or scores posted via the Internet

In order to make handicap more representative of a player's potential ability, all scores should be returned and recorded hole-by-hole into the Centralised Handicapping System (CHS).

Total adjusted gross scores may still be returned. However, when posting total adjusted gross scores, please take note of the Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) which limits the total strokes per hole for the purposes of calculation your handicap index.

A score is acceptable for handicap posting purposes regardless of whether a score card accompanies it.

All scores submitted to the Club by the 25th of each month will be computed on the next revision date. Latest official USGA Handicap Index records issued by Orchid Country Club can be viewed via the Singapore Golf Associations’ Centralised Handicapping System (CHS). You will be directed to a page to search for your Handicap Index using your club and name. Under 'Club', please select 'Orchid Country Club'. You may enter your full name too and click the 'Search' button.

For more information of Section 5 of The USGA Handicap System, please refer to the official USGA website ( under Handicapping.

Overview of Handicap Maintenance
Note: Click here to view the guide on obtaining an official Handicap Index.

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