How to calculate a golf scramble handicap

Written by michael kozlowski
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How to calculate a golf scramble handicap
A scramble handicap can be applied to team matches. (Jacob Wackerhausen/iStock/Getty Images)

Scramble golf tournaments are a great deal of fun. Often, however, certain teams will be stacked with very good golfers. To help even the playing field, the organiser should implement team handicaps. This allows everyone a fair chance to be competitive if he plays up to his potential.

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Things you need

  • Calculator
  • Players' individual handicaps
  • Golf course slope
  • Team members list

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  1. 1

    Make a list of each team and its individual members. Determine each player's handicap index.

  2. 2

    Add the handicap indexes together for each team. Let's assume a four-man scramble and a team with the following individual handicaps: 7.5, 12.6, 18.1 and 20.2. The total handicap index is 58.4.

  3. 3

    Divide the total handicap index by four (amount of team members) to reach a team handicap of 14.6.

  4. 4

    Determine the slope of the course where the scramble is being played. This information is typically on the scorecard. Note that a course with multiple tee options will have a different slope for each set of tees. You must determine what set of tees all teams will be playing from. We will use a slope rating of 118 for our calculations.

  5. 5

    Multiply the team handicap (14.6) by the slope rating (118) to get 1,722.8. Divide the result by 113 for a team handicap of 15.2. Note that handicaps are rounded to the nearest tenth and course handicaps are rounded to the nearest whole number. In this example the team, the course handicap is 15.

  6. 6

    Use the team course handicap to determine how many strokes that team gets on the course. The strokes have to be divided among the holes, giving one stroke for each of the most difficult holes (hole difficulty/rating is listed on the scorecards). If a team has a course handicap above 18, it will receive additional strokes on the hardest holes.

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