Handicap Index® (HI)

The Handicap Index® formula is based on the best Score Differential(s) in a player’s scoring record. If a player’s scoring record contains 20 scores, the best 8 Score Differentials of the most recent 20 rounds entered are used to calculate the Handicap Index®.

Course Handicap™ (CH)

Course Handicap is the calculated handicap the golfer will use on the day, based on the tee they select on a specific course, including adjustment to Par.

Course Handicap™ Conversion Tables (CHCT)

These are tables displayed at the club to give the Course Handicap™ for a specific Handicap Index® for each of the Tees on the course.

Course Rating™ (CR)

Course Rating™ is the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for scratch golfers under normal course and weather conditions. It is expressed as the number of strokes taken, to one decimal place (eg. 72.5), and is based on distance and various obstacles to the extent that they affect the scoring difficulty of the scratch golfer.

Slope Rating™ (SR)

Slope Rating is the measure of the relative difficulty of a set of tees for a higher handicapped golfer when compared to a Scratch golfer. The Slope Rating™ is expressed as a numerical value where the lowest number is 55 and the highest is 155.


Handicap Differential = (Adjusted Gross Score – CR)  x 113/SR

Afrikaans terms

Handicap Index® = Voorgee Indeks (VI)
Course Handicap™ = Baanvoorgee (BV).
Course Rating™ = Baangradering (BG)
Slope Rating™ = Moeilikheidsgradering (MG)
Scratch golfer = Syfer Gholfer
Bogey golfer = Voorgee Gholfer
Red course, etc = Rooibaan, ens