- How do I delete an existing round?
You cannot delete a round as a regular user for various reasons. If you have made an error entering scoring data for your round, you may correct it until it becomes a part of your scoring record on the next handicap revision date.
To modify a round in your scoring record or to completely delete a round, please contact your league administrators.
Administrators can delete an existing round (whether it has been incorporated into a handicap revision or not) by going to the administrator Bulk Score Entry page. Select the desired round from the
drop-down list at the bottom of the page, then change the golfer's name for the round to be deleted to <Delete Score>.
- Why can't I modify an existing round?
Regular users cannot modify existing rounds after they have become part of a handicap revision and been entered in your scoring record. Furthermore, imported rounds also cannot be modified. The reason rounds cannot be modified
after a handicap revision is because they have already been used to compute your handicap. If you realize that a mistake was made entering a score after it has become part of a handicap revision, please notify your league
administrators and they will be able to correct it for you. Any change in handicap caused by modification of a round in a player's scoring record will take effect at the next handicap revision.
- Why doesn't the course rating/slope match the course Web site/scorecard? Why can't I enter the correct rating/slope information?
We get our course rating/slope data directly from the USGA®. The course data is refreshed periodically (about once a month) to ensure accuracy. Courses are re-rated usually only once every few years, so our data is typically very
accurate. However, sometimes the USGA® data won't match the data provided by the course; reasons for this are numerous. The course may not want to throw away and re-print all their scorecards immediately to reflect a new rating
or most likely the updated ratings data has not yet been provided to the USGA® by the state golf association. We have asked the USGA® for guidance on which ratings data takes precedence, and they have unequivocally stated that
their data takes precedence over any other data source, including data from the course. For this reason, we have decided to not allow manual modifications of course rating data.
- Why doesn't a round I played appear in my scoring record?
A player's scoring record is defined as their twenty most scores that were used to compute their handicap. Thus, scores only become part of your scoring record after a subsequent handicap revision has been made. In the United States,
handicap revisions are made on the 1st and 15th of every month during your league's active season. Before a round becomes part of your scoring record it is considered to be in "peer review" (an informal process by which your peers
take a look at your scores and ensure that they match with your known playing ability). You can find these rounds on the Peer Review Scores page. Once twenty more recent rounds have been played, a round
will drop off your scoring record. The round still exists in our system and is used for stats, but will no longer be used to compute your handicap. You can view all your rounds played by clicking "Show All Rounds" at the bottom of the
Scoring Record page.
- Why is the total score displayed for my round different than what I expected?
In order to more accurately reflect a player's ability, the concept of Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) was introduced to the handicapping system. When you post a round, ESC is automatically applied for you during submission. What ESC
does is mitigate your "blow up" holes by reducing them to a maximum possible score based on your playing ability, taking course difficulty into account (Course Handicap). A regular gross score is just the total of the individual hole
scores as they appear on your scorecard. An adjusted gross score is the total of the adjusted gross hole scores with ESC applied; this is the value used for handicapping purposes. The ESC table is:
United States ESC:
|Course Handicap||Maximum Hole Score|
|<= 9||Double Bogey|
|Course Handicap||Maximum Hole Score|
- What do the score types (H, A, T, C, P, TM) mean? Which one do I select?
- Home (H): Use this score type when posting a round at your "home course". If your league doesn't have a home course then you should always use "A" as the score type.
- Away (A): Use this score type when posting a round played elsewhere than your "home course". If your league doesn't have a home course then you should always use this as the score type.
- Tournament Internet (T): Use this score type when posting a tournament score. Although your league may have a competition format at each outing, only a few special outings should be designated as "tournaments". Typically you
wouldn't post a score as a tournament score unless you are told specifically to do so by your league officers.
- Combined-Nines (C): This score type is not user-selectable. If you have an 18-hole handicap and you play two 9-hole rounds, they will automatically be combined into one 18-hole round for you with a score type of "C".
- Team Score (TM): This score type is not user-selectable. This is a proprietary score type used by Golf League Now to keep track of combined team scores played in team competitions. Team scores are stored only for record
keeping purposes and are not used for stats/handicapping. Only an administrator can post a team score. A good example of a team score would be team results from a scramble tournament format. In the case of a team competition
format that also has postable individual scores, such as a best ball tournament, league administrators should post a combined team score as well as individual scores for stats/handicapping purposes.
- When do I get an established handicap?
After five rounds have been posted, you are eligible to receive a handicap. Handicaps are issued/revised on the 1st and 15th of every month during your league's active season in the US. In order to receive an official USGA Handicap Index®
or RCGA Handicap Factor, your league must be licensed by the appropriate golf organization. Although the handicap you are issued by the software is calculated the exact same way, it can't technically be called "official" unless you belong to
a league licensed to issue official Handicap Indexes® or Handicap Factors.
- What is a Course Handicap?
A Course Handicap is your regular handicap adjusted for course difficulty. This is the handicap value actually used for handicap calculations because it takes into account course difficulty. As you might have guessed, a score of 84 is not the
same at all golf courses because some are much easier/harder than others. At a more difficult course, your Course Handicap will be higher than your normal handicap. Similarly, at an easier course your Course Handicap will be lower than your
normal handicap. The value used to determine Course Handicap is the "slope". The baseline slope is 113. Values above 113 mean the course is more difficult than average, values below 113 mean the course is easier than average.
- Why does my handicap for rounds posted display as 36.4?
At the time the round was posted, you did not yet have an established handicap. The USGA® states that players without an established handicap must play at the maximum possible handicap, which is 36.4 for men (40.4 for women, 9-hole maximum
handicaps are cut in half). The only thing this impacts is your ESC. Depending on the course difficulty, players without an established handicap will most likely have a maximum hole score of 9 or 10. This is slightly unfair for a skilled golfer
because their ability might be much better than a 36.4 handicap, and thus with an established handicap they would have a lower maximum hole score to minimize damage on blow up holes. But the reason ESC exists is because hole scores of 9 or 10
are extremely rare for a skilled golfer, so chances are that while establishing their handicap they most likely wouldn't have any hole scores that high anyway.
- I also have a GHIN® handicap, will my scores entered here be posted to GHIN® (and vice versa)?
Unfortunately GHIN® does not offer any way for other handicapping services to post scores to GHIN® or retrieve scores from GHIN®. We have contacted GHIN/USGA about this and have received no response from them. We do offer
administrator functionality to import a scoring record from GHIN®, but this tool is imperfect and prone to break when GHIN® changes their software so unfortunately it's not good for frequent score importing. However, there shouldn't be a
need to maintain multiple handicaps with multiple handicapping services. Golf League Now is a full replacement for GHIN® and for golf leagues authorized to issue Handicap Indexes®. The Handicap Index® issued by Golf League Now is every bit as valid as a GHIN® Handicap Index®.
If you really do want to maintain multiple handicaps, it will be up to you to cross-post all rounds played with your various handicapping services, including Golf League Now.
- Why do the outing results show different divisions than the "League Divisions" page?
If your league has the "Keep Divisions Balanced" setting enabled, then the divisions will be balanced for each outing. This setting also serves the dual purpose of re-assigning players to the correct division after handicap revisions. The "League
Divisions" page is a snapshot of what division everyone in the league belongs to. However, it usually doesn't make sense to keep players in the same division regardless of who shows up for an outing. If a bunch of players from "Flight A" are
participating, but only a few players from "Flight B", the best thing to do is rebalance the divisions so that half the participating players end up in "Flight A" and the other half in "Flight B".