Equitable Stroke Control

Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) is the downward adjustment of individual hole scores for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player's potential scoring 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. There is no limit to the number of holes on which a player may adjust his or her score.

For eighteen hole handicaps the ESC is as follows:

Course HandicapMaximum Score Posted on Any Hole
9 or lessDouble Bogey
10 through 197
20 through 298
30 through 399
40 and above10

For nine hole handicaps the ESC is as follows:

Course HandicapMaximum Score Posted on Any Hole
4 or lessDouble Bogey
5 through 97
10 through 148
15 through 199
20 or more10