Equitable Stroke Control

Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) is the downward adjustment of individual hole scores for the handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player's potential ability. ESC sets a maximum number that a player can post on any hole depending on the player's Course Handicap. ESC is used only when a player's actual or most likely score exceeds his maximum number based on the table below but is applied to all scores for handicap purposes, including tournament scores. There is no limit to the number of holes on which a player may adjust his score.

A Handicap Index determined from scores to which ESC has not been applied may not be termed an NCGA/USGA Handicap Index.


Course Handicap

Maximum Number On Any Hole

9 or less

Double bogey

10 through 19


20 through 29


30 through 39


40 or more


As an NCGA member, it is required of you to post all scores not played with the Club using ESC. We post and ESC all scores played with the Club.

Here is what you need to know before playing any course and prior to posting. First you need to know your Current NCGA Index. Go to www.ncga.org , type in your NCGA # this will show you your Index. Somewhere near the course computer is an Index to Handicap conversion chart that shows you what your course handicap is at the course you are playing. Using the ESC Chart above, make the proper hole score adjustments before you post your total score. Example: if you are a 30 through 39 handicap the most strokes you can count in your total will be 9 for any given hole whether it be a par 3, 4 or 5. In other words, if you had a 12 on a hole, before you post your total to the computer, subtract 3. In this example, any hole score more than 9 must be subtracted from the total before you post your total score. When using the course computer, just follow the computer directions. The best thing is to memorize the ESC Chart above, because if you play a course that has a high slope, your handicap may move to a different slot and you need to know how many strokes to adjust.

NOTE: According to the NCGA, a score shall not be posted to intentionally inflate an index. Any member found doing so, may be ejected from the Club. The CGC officers are obligated by the NCGA to check the posted score of the club members. Every member of the CGC is also obligated to monitor others for this practice and report them to the Club Handicap Committee (Officers). If we send a Member to represent our Club to an NCGA event, we want to be sure that we are not sending someone who does not understand or follow the posting rules. Worst of all the CGC does not want to send a representative that is found to be a CHEATER by the NCGA.