Handicap Scoring and Ranking System

Our handicap system is designed to balance out the ranking table so that every player is on as close to even level (within about 20% from top to bottom) as possible. The reason for the maximum handicap is so that there is not an excessive advantage to anyone who is scoring high.
Calculated HC = In each season, your HC is calculated based on the method below.
Season HC = The HC applied to scores in each season.
Average HC = The average between your previously calculated HC and your previous average HC (if any). At the end of each season this will become the next Season’s HC.

Your handicap (for calculation purposes, each season) is determined based on the average of your best 5 scores on each course from the  and a Base Course Limit of 42.
This base limit was determined by working out the course score as “a third parred and two thirds birdied”. ie. 12 birdies and 6 pars, which equals 42. 42 is also the answer to life, the universe and everything 🙂
By using the following formula your HC is calculated:
HC = (YOUR AVERAGE – BASE LIMIT) * 0.8, with a maximum HC of 24
Example 1 (Player A):  54 – 42 = 12 * 0.8 = 9.6, rounded to an HC of 10
Example 2 (Player B): 61 – 42 = 19 * 0.8 = 15.2, rounded to an HC of 15
Example 3 (Player C): 72 – 42 = 30 * 0.8 = HC of 24
Example 4 (Player D): 86 – 42 = 44 * 0.8 = 35.2, adjusted to an HC of 24 (the maximum)
This handicap is then applied to your scores and the total average is adjusted. This allows players of all skill level to have a chance at the prize-winning spots as the adjusted scores will be much closer.
Note that every player will have their scores adjusted, as the system will create handicaps that are positive for everyone – so basically you’ll need to play at least as good as your own average or better to rank higher.
For example:
Player A has an HC of 10, Player  B is 15, and C and D are 24. These HC’s were from their best games of the previous season.
In the next season. Player A scores an average of 54 again, which gets reduced by 10 to 44. He played exactly the same as in the previous season and did not improve overall.
Player B scores an average of 58, 3 shots better overall that last season. This score is reduced by his HC of 15 to 43.
Player C also improves by 3 shots from 72 to 69. His HC is 24 so his score becomes 45.
Player D improves by 15 shots from 86 to 71. His HC is also 24 so his score becomes 47.
The table would then look like this.
1. Player B with 43
2. Player A with 44
3. Player C with 45
4. Player D with 47.
This essentially creates a table that ranks players that have scored well (Player A) higher, while at the same time rewarding players that have improved significantly against themselves (Player B) by ranking them above the others. Even though Player C improved, for him to actually beat the Player A he would have needed at least a 5 shot improvement. For Player D, he would have needed to drop 19 shots to beat Player A.
Their new HC’s for the following season would then adjust
Player A would stay at 10
Player B would go from 15 to 13
Player C would go from 24 to 22
Player D would adjust from 24 to 23.
In the following season these new HC’s would be used. For example, let’s say they each improve by 5 shots. The table would then rank as follows:
Player A – 49 – 10 = 39
Player B – 53 – 13 = 40
Player C – 64 – 22 = 42
Player D – 66 – 23 = 45
Because Players B, C & D improved last season their handicaps got lower. But in this season they did not improve their score as much as Player A, so he ranks higher as his score is better.
Once again, new HC’s are calculated for the next season.
Player A – 10 to 6
Player B – 13 to 9
Player C – 22 to 18
Player D – 23 to 19
As you can see, it is harder to improve your HC the better you get. This means you will need to play consistently well to keep your higher ranking position. If you start slacking off, you’ll lose position!