About the handicap system


A common problem in Jakarta with so many groups playing and how they handle handicapping, there is not always agreement on what handicap a player should be using.


With a high number of players in both organizations and in an effort to get more accurate handicaps for players the D.O.G.S. and Tee Set have merged handicap systems.  All D.O.G.S. and Tee Set rounds will automatically be posted to the system.


Rounds outside of D.O.G.S. or Tee Set in Jakarta area courses can be submitted to maintain accurate handicaps.  Members are encouraged to take advantage of this.  Please make sure they are signed and dated by you and your playing partner and send scanned copy to teesetcards@gmail.com

(Club ID is Jakartagolf, password is Wymer)

Some items of note:

  1. We play under USGA Rules

  2. The system in use is fully compliant with the USGA Handicap System™

  3. A minimum of five scores must be submitted to receive a handicap.  To have an accurate handicap index a player should have 20 scores submitted, of which the best 10 handicap differentials are used to calculate the Handicap Index.

  4. Maximum Handicaps are 36 for men and 40 for the ladies.

  5. To speed up the process of obtaining a handicap index you can provide valid cards from Jakarta area courses which will count towards the minimum of five cards.  Make sure there is a date, course, the tee box played and that it signed by the player and playing partner.

  6. Once a player's handicap has been established they are encouraged to continue to submit scores for non-D.O.G.S. games provided a scan of appropriately filled out and signed scorecard is sent to us.

If you would like to learn more about how handicaps are calculated please visit the USGA's website here.

New System (text borrowed from Tee Set)

The new global handicap system is being rolled out in 2020. It is not a one-shot exercise but a progressive roll-out where-by those unions, USGA and Australia Golf notably, which are already broadly in line with the new system will change over early in 2020 and those for which it is a more extensive process of change, notably the UK unions under the current CONGU system, will change over later in the year – around November from the latest announcements by the R&A.

Our handicap system provider, under the USGA system, has advised that the 2020 module will be compliant to the World Handicap System and so when we roll over to the new module, usually January each year, our handicaps will be recalculated under this new rules. The only major change which will be notable for us is that the handicap will become the average of the best 8 cards versus best 10 presently (for those with 20 counting cards) and handicaps will tighten slightly as a result.

There are also administrative caps on how quickly a handicap can rise and adjustments on the daily playing conditions which may impact the overall results of the group on a particular day versus the standard ratings for the course. These will be handled within the system and therefore require no additional work on our part. We do not know when other Societies and Clubs will change over but we expect it to be sooner rather than later since all largely follow the USGA process for which the January transition is slated.

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