Governing Rules: Play of golf at Pinewild Country Club is governed by USGA Rules of Golf and Local Rules which are published from time to time by the Club. The USGA want to be sure that every golf club that issues USGA Handicap Indexes does so consistently, so it requires those clubs to organize a Handicap Committee.



The Responsibilities of The Golfer include:

Obtaining an acceptable score made in accordance with the principles of the rules of Golf.

Posting all acceptable scores

Posting scores when at least seven holes are played (7-12 holes are posted as a 9-hole score; 13 or more are posted as an 18-hole score).

Posting scores made at home and away (with appropriate Course and Slope Ratings)

Posting scores in all forms of competition: match play, stroke play and team competitions where players play their own ball. Check with tournament committee to see if the score is posted as a tournament score

Posting scores as soon as possible after play. Sometimes this is impossible due to circumstances beyond the player’s control, in which case the player should post rounds played as soon as circumstances allow

Marking your scorecard as ‘UNPOSTED ROUND’ when you turn it in on those occasions when you know that your round of golf cannot be posted for handicap purposes

Adjusting the gross score for Equitable Stroke Control before playing


Equitable Stroke Control (ESC)

Equitable Stroke Control sets a maximum number of strokes that a player can post on any hole and is incumbent upon that player’s Course Handicap. For handicap purposes, a player is required to adjust hole scores (actual of most likely) when they are higher than the player’s maximum ESC number. There are no limits to the number of holes on which a player can adjust hole scores and a player must adjust all scores for handicap purposes, including tournament scores.



9 or less                                                    double bogie

10-19                                                                 7

20-29                                                                 8

30-39                                                                 9

40 or more                                                          10


Completed Holes

For handicap purposes, record the total number of strokes taken on each hole, however, do not record any score larger than the maximum allowable strokes (ESC).


Holes Started but not Completed

For holes that are unfinished or strokes that are conceded, post a score for handicap purposes by determining your ‘most likely score’. The ‘most likely score’ is the number of strokes taken so far and then adding the estimated number of strokes needed to finish the hole more than half the time (in the player’s best judgement). The scores should be preceded by an X when recorded on a scorecard. The final score should not exceed your maximum allowable strokes.


Holes Not Played

For any holes that are not played or not played under The Rules of Golf, post, for handicap purposes, PAR for the hole PLUS any handicap strokes that the player is entitled to receive on these holes. These scores should be preceded by and X when recorded on a scorecard.



The Responsibilities of the Handicap Committee include:

Publishing USGA Handicap Indexes and recent scoring records for all eligible players.

Reviewing official scoring records sent to PCC on behalf of transferring members or guest invited to compete in Club events.

Inspecting the records of golfers (on selected days) and the record of scores posted.

Inspecting the records of golfers (on selected days) who signed in to play, and identifying any player who did not post a score

Notifying each player whose score has been so identified as to the nature of the error and requesting that player to take remedial action by a reasonable date.

Monitoring compliance with these corrective actions and taking follow up action when necessary.