Equitable Stroke Control (ESC)

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 So what exactly is this 'Equitable Stroke Control'?

Simply put, it is the maximum number of strokes you can POST for any given hole (par 3, par 4, or par 5) to the Handicap System (allowable by the USGA-United States Golf Association) for a person of your handicap.  

So, look at the chart below and find your handicap (new players start with 36).  Then look to the right and it tells you how many strokes you can post for any given hole (ex:  9 handicap player can post only a double bogey, never any higher for any hole).  So if a 9 handicap player has a triple bogey on #1, the most they can post on a Par 4 is 6.

When you fill in your Scorecard to be used for calculating your Handicap you must know what your Course Handicap (CH) is and then apply Equitable Stroke Control (ESC).  In case you did not finish all holes, or conceded holes you can post your "Most Likely Score" for that hole for handicap purposes.   

Anyway, by doing this you will end up posting your Gross Adjusted Score - how cool does that sound?! You're beginning to sound like a PRO!

 Here's the USGA ESC Chart when playing 18 Holes:    And here's the USGA ESC Chart when playing 9 Holes:
  18-Hole Course Handicap    Maximum Number Posted on Any Hole  
9 or less Double Bogey
10 through 19 7
20 through 29 8
30 through 39 9
40 or more 10
  9-Hole Course Handicap     Maximum Number Posted on Any Hole   
4 or less Double Bogey
5 through 9 7
10 through 14 8
15 through 19 9
20 or more 10

These figures are posted at the Handicap Kiosk in the Pro Shop.  Of course you can always ask the Eglin Golf Course team for help at any time. Alternatively you may click here to go to the ESC Rule page of the USGA Website - highly recommended reading for all players!

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