World Handicap System
Golf Ontario Education Series
Ever played golf in the rain? Or when it was so windy that no matter what hole you were on the wind was always coming right at you, possibly tossing your ball right back at you? How about a blistering hot day, high in humidity? Or on a beautiful day but after a storm left the course wet and soft? Did these conditions ever affect your game?
Well, the WHS now has you covered! It checks in just to see what the conditions were that you were playing in...... The Playing Conditions Calculation has been developed to make automatic daily adjustments to all scores posted on a given day for a given course. Let’s see what Golf Ontario has to say about the PCC.
Prior to 2020 there was no calculation or adjustment to account for abnormal course or weather conditions.
With the World Handicap System, when abnormal course or weather conditions cause scores to be unusually high, or low on a given day, a PCC will adjust Score Differentials to better reflect a player’s actual performance. The “PCC” is:
- An automatic procedure by the computation service that compares the scores submitted on the day against expected scoring patterns,
- Conservative in nature and applied in integer values, and
- Applied in the Score Differential calculation of all players – even those who submit their score(s) on a later date.
The WHS provides a mechanism that allows a better assessment of the difficulty of a course on a particular day:
- Golf is an outdoor sport with many factors that can impact scoring (weather, rough height, hole locations, etc.).
- A score of 90 made under challenging conditions could be a more impressive performance than an 88 under normal conditions – and incorporating a Playing Conditions Calculation allows this to be represented.
- This is one of the more modern features of the system, but a similar calculation has been used successfully in other parts of the world.
- The PCC is designed to be conservative, so if an adjustment is taking place 4-5 days a week, then the Course Rating may not be accurately representing the difficulty of the golf course.
- The ability to identify such courses will provide enhanced integrity to the system.
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To add to Golf Ontario’s explanation . . .
The PCC determines whether playing conditions on the day differed from normal conditions to the extent that an adjustment is needed to compensate. It is a daily statistical procedure that compares the scores submitted by players on the day against their expected scores.
The PCC requires at least 8 acceptable scores to be entered for that day to determine if an adjustment is required. If fewer than 8 players enter scores, there would be no PCC adjustment for our course that day because there’d be insufficient data about how the weather or course conditions or course set-up affected scores.
And the best part is that this is all done behind the scenes when you post your scores – there is nothing else to do! So, no excuses needed this year - you don't need to worry about the course conditions or only be a fair-weather golfer!
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Stay tuned for next week's lesson that explains just how responsive and up-to-date your Handicap Index can be.
Be patient, be kind and stay healthy.
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