Back in May of 2011 we published a post that described the difference between the calculations for USGA Index and RCGA Factor. Golf Canada, the governing body for golf in Canada, announced in early December a substantive change in its Equitable Stroke Control.
In its announcement Golf Canada says…
“The Royal Canadian Golf Association (operating as Golf Canada) has announced a notable change to the Canadian methodology for calculating a golf handicap as it relates to Equitable Stroke Control (ESC).
The RCGA Handicap & Course Rating Committee recently approved a change to the long-standing Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) method, bringing the Canadian methodology into equivalency with current ESC calculations employed by the United States Golf Association (USGA).”
The change will take effect on March 1, 2012.
The table below shows how the new Equitable Stroke control is different from the old.
| New RCGA ESC
|| RCGA ESC
|Course Handicap||Limit on any hole||Course Handicap||Limit on any hole|
|9 or less||Double bogey||Plus or scratch||1 over par|
|10 through 19||7||1 through 18||2 over par|
|20 through 29||8||19 through 32||3 over par|
|30 through 39||9||33 and above||4 over par|
|40 and above||10||n/a||n/a|