Handicap System upgrades

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Overview of some features added in the past few years.


Features 2006 2008 2009 2010 2012-2019
Industry-leading handicap management
Built-in report editor
Integrated "Internet Email" to easily send messages to one or many golfers
Internet Backup/Restore
Import points from Tournament Manager
Context-sensitive help
SignupSolutions integration (with Birdie or Eagle Package)
Import ASCII delimited data from other software (import names, scores, etc.)
Supports Windows 7
Supports Windows 8 and 10
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The "Windows only" Handicap System has been discontinued. It is replaced by the "Current Handicap System" version, which runs on any type computer, pad, phone, or device, including Windows computers.

Handicap System 2012-2019

Supports Windows 8, 8.1, and 10




Handicap System 2010

Added free Google tools integration to Website Builder

 Google's free tools (Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Groups, Google Picasa, Blogger and YouTube) now integrate with Website Builder to enable your golf group to enhance your website.





Handicap System 2009

Import Data from other programs

Handicap System can now import any type of ASCII text delimited data file. Most software programs and services let you export your data into a text file delimited by a comma, tab, spaces, or semicolon. For example, Microsoft Excel can export any sheet into a CSV (Comma Separated Value) text file, which Handicap System can import.  Handicap System imports most data it tracks...name, address, phone, handicap, scores, etc...


New SignupSolutions Integration

For those using SignupSolutions: Data from any online signup or registration sheet you create can now be imported with a few clicks of the mouse. SignupSolutions comes with the Birdie or Eagle Package.





Handicap System 2008

USGA Nomenclature Change

A local nine-hole handicap (one that is above USGA maximums of 18.2 for men and 20.2 for women) will now be indentified as an NL and not a J beginning in 2008. Handicap System now has this USGA nomenclature change built in.




Handicap System 2007

Integrated "Internet Email"

Internet Email lets you email one, many, or all your golfers with just a few clicks.

  • Templates. Internet Email automatically saves emails as templates for future use. No need to retype emails over and over again.
  • Form Letter Emails. You can build form letter emails, which automatically fill in personal data for each golfer in the mass email.

What Else

  • Internet Backup/Restore.
    Easily share data across the web and keep it safe. If you are sharing data with other administrators, this can now be done without the need to pass disks and emails back and forth. Simply click "Backup to Internet". The other administrator can click "Restore from Internet" to get the data on his/her machine.

    Plus, backup now automatically stamps the file name with the date and time. No more confusion finding the latest backup. In addition, if you have multiple modules, all modules can be backed up from one screen, with one click.
  • Import Points from Tournament Manager. For those that use Handicap System to calculate point quotas and also use Tournament Manager, points can now be transferred from Tournament Manager into Handicap System as scores for calculation of point quotas.
  • New Context Sensitive Help.  Need help with something? Click the button. Plus, most frequently asked questions are now just a couple clicks away. You also have direct access to the Online Forum (no login required).




Handicap System 2004

Built in Editor

New editor lets you edit any report, view, schedule or sheet. Reports and views can be altered, saved, printed, saved as HTML, and retrieved later with all changes saved. The editor works just like Microsoft Excel (spreadsheet program). Text can be inserted, deleted, and edited. Font size, style, type, alignment, etc. can be set to anything. Pictures can also be added. Background colors and font colors can be customized, too. Plus, rows and columns can be added, deleted, and resized. Copy, cut, and paste any text. Basically anything you can do in a spreadsheet can be done to a report, view, or sheet.





Handicap System 5.1 (2003)

Includes All USGA and RCGA Changes for 2002

The USGA (United States Golf Association) made several changes to the nomenclature used to designate certain types of scores and handicaps. If your organization needs to conform to exact USGA rules, this upgrade is vital.


A handicap automatically reduced for Exceptional Tournament Performance is now designated with an "R".


New Score Types indicate aspects of a score within a player's scoring record.


T = Tournament

A = Away

I = Internet

C = Combined Nine

P = Penalty

TI = Tournament Internet

AI = Away Internet

CI = Combined Internet Nine





Handicap System 5.0 (2000 - 2002)

Top 5 Requests

1. Custom Columnar Reports

Now you can create custom reports! Display almost any item, in any column, sorted in any fashion. Plus any number of report layouts can be created and saved for later use.


  • This means you can create almost any kind of columnar report. For example, assume you want to create a simple directory of players showing just name, email address, and phone number...this can be done. Or suppose you want a list of players with flight, name, index, handicap, low score for the season, high score for the season, and last 20 scores, sorted by flight and sub-sorted by name within each flight. Or perhaps you want a more detailed report that shows each player's name, the last score they shot (hole-by-hole), total gross, handicap for the round, and net score, sorted by net score to show standings low to high. It takes only a couple minutes to format such a report layout, which can then be saved and used at any time. Any number of report layouts can be created. Several sample custom reports have already been created for you to use.
  • Custom reports can be altered at any time...new columns added, edited and deleted.
  • Sort reports in any fashion. Reports can be sorted by up to three columns simultaneously. Assume you wanted a report to show flights, sub-sorted by gender, with handicaps low to high. Click the SORT button and set your report to sort first by flight, then gender, and finally handicap. Change the sorted order of a report at any time.
  • Almost any item related to the golfer can be displayed on custom reports. Plus many new items (not available in the "canned" reports) are available in custom reports. For example, you can now display the golfer's gender, email, work phone, group number, flight, history index, history handicap, calculated points (quota or Chicago), high and low for season, last score hole-by-hole, gross score, net score, plus many more. You can even create blank columns for check off lists, or "lined" sheets for posting sheets.
  • Filter out and display only the golfers you wish to show. Report only men, women, seniors, only golfers in specific flights or groups, etc. Plus you can show multiple flights or groups on one report for multi-flight sheets.
  • Column headers and report titles can be anything you wish. Plus you control column widths, row heights, font types, sizes and styles. Font sizes can be anywhere from 8pt to 72pt in size. Print on any size paper, letter, legal, etc. You can even print reports on a plotter and display on a billboard if desired.
  • Custom reports are in addition to the "Standard" reports. If you prefer the "old" reports they are all still available.

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    Design a report layout, save it, and issue a report using this layout at any time

2. Custom List Views

  • Just like custom reports, you can create any number of custom list views. The old Handicap System 4.x allowed only one view of your data (name, index, handicap, home phone, total scores, and group). Now you can create any list view you want. List views work just like custom reports, show any items, in any order, sorted in any fashion. It's simply how you view your golfer's information on the main screen. With two double-clicks of the mouse you can change from one view to another view. Ten sample list views have already been created for you to preview. They include:
  • Last 20 Scores - Shows each golfer's ID#, name, index, handicap, and last 20 scores.
  • Dues - Each golfer's ID#, name, amount due, due date, and due notes.
  • Many Course Handicaps - Shows each golfer's ID#, name, index, and handicap on 6 different courses/tees. (See sample screen below)
  • Addresses- Displays each golfer's, name, home address, and work address.
  • Most Recent Score hole-by-hole - Shows each golfer's ID#, name, last score shot hole-by-hole, the score total gross, handicap when score was shot, and net score (net = gross- handicap).
  • Handicap and Points - Each golfer's ID#, name, handicap, and point quota.
  • Plus many more.
  • And just like custom reports, the list view can be printed. In other words, you can create a custom view of information you want to view while entering data, and click PRINT at any time to send the view to the printer. Many organizations may find this is the only view/report they need. Note: If you prefer the "old" Handicap System 4.x view, it is still available. Remember you can create any type of view!

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    Design a list view layout. And use it to view your golfers

3. New Custom Data Fields

Custom fields let you track any information you want. Two date fields, five text fields, and five currency fields can be named anything you wish to track any data you need. These fields can appear on any custom report or custom list view. Also new Group Number (0 to 9), Flight (A to Z), and Work Address fields have been added to track additional information.

4. Display or Report up to Six Course Handicaps at Once

You can now show the golfer's "home" handicap on up to 6 different courses and tees at the same time. Display multiple home Handicaps on any list view or custom report (see the above sample list view).

5. Save Reports and Lists as HTML Files or to Microsoft Excel

Save any custom report or list view into a HTML file format or to an Excel Spreadsheet. HTML is the universal format for viewing on the web or transferring reports and data from one program to another. This means you can view/import into any program that supports HTML without losing any formatting.

  • Publish reports and lists directly to your website.
  • Pass reports to organization members. As long as they have a web browser, MS Word, MS Excel, or any program that reads HTML they can view the report. Most programs now support HTML.
  • Export data to any program. Simply build a custom report with only the items you wish to export, generate the report, and save as a HTML file for import into a database or spreadsheet program.


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Save this list view as an HTML file and view in your browser.

Easier To Use

  • ON LINE HELP is now provided! Press F1 and get help on any topic.
  • A simple mouse click on the golfer's Print column marks/unmarks the golfer to print.
  • Date entries include an optional pop-up calendar. Plus, you no longer have to enter the full date (month, day, and year) when posting a score. Just enter the day and/or month to change a date.
  • Many new options let you customize exactly how Handicap System appears and behaves...

    • Option to use alternating colors on the main list. Makes the golfer list much easier to read.
    • Option to highlight scores used for handicaps in color. Makes the scores list easier to read.
    • Option to use colors on the scorecard to indicate bogey, par, birdie, etc.
    • Option to display 9 hole handicaps with an "N" or without an "N".
    • Option to allow 9 hole scores to be posted with a "T" (indicates a tournament score).
    • Option to let the last course/tee entered to be used as the default for next score entry OR let your home course always be the default when entering a new score.
    • Option to let Handicap System validate any questionable score entry or allow any score entry.
    • Option to let Handicap System warn you if an incorrect rating and slope is entered.
  • Easier to understand calculation setups. The setup now shows a table which indicates the number of scores used according to how many scores are available. Also the table for ESC (Equitable Stroke Control) is displayed.
  • If an "R index" is calculated (because a golfer does much better in tournament play), Handicap System now shows the exact T scores that were used to calculate the "R index".
  • When adding a golf course, Handicap System allow you to immediately add a new set of tees.
  • After you add a golfer, the list is automatically re-sorted and the new golfer is highlighted.
  • Long names (up to 40 characters) for roster filenames. No more navigating through folders to save and load rosters.
  • Handicap System tightly integrates with Tournament Manager. No more searching through folders to find rosters and tournaments. Handicap System and Tournament Manager are installed in the same folder. Plus courses are now transferred from Handicap System to Tournament Manager. No more typing courses in twice!

More Functionality

  • Sort lists and reports by up to 3 items (used to be 2). And you control how each item is sorted A-Z, 1 to 9.
  • Standard reports can now be sent directly to an Editor, where text can be added, deleted, or altered.
  • You can automatically select golfers to print by flight, group #, or any custom data field you create.
  • Customized handicapping is MUCH more flexible. You can now specify the number of high or low scores to drop from any number of scores the golfer may have available. Plus, custom handicaps can now be based on up to the last 30 scores  (versus 20 previously).
  • Tees in the course library can be set to active or inactive. This is great for situations where you may have temporary greens and need to set a tee as inactive to reactivate at a later date.
  • The current handicap is now saved with each score entered, allowing you to edit an old score hole-by-hole with the ESC (Equitable Stroke Control) remaining valid for the golfer's score/handicap at the time the score was entered.
  • No more wasted labels. You can start printing handicap labels at any row and column, so you never waste a partially printed sheet.
  • Option to export scores to other programs such as Excel or Lotus 123. Export each score's date, course played, tee, rating, slope, adjusted score, hole-by-hole score, and handicap at the time the score was shot. You can then use this data to report what golfers have shot on a given hole, report information for your course to be re-rated, re-sloped, holes handicapped, ringer reports, etc. Option to export all scores a golfer has shot, the last 20 scores, or only scores after a certain date. Export only scores shot on a certain course or export all scores. Plus you can choose to only export scores entered hole-by-hole.
  • Plus dozens of other enhancements.

Handicap System 4.5 (1998)

Top Five Requests

1. Includes the USGA 1999 Equitable Stroke Control

  • The Equitable Stroke Control procedure of the USGA Handicap System was modified by the USGA Executive Committee, so that a player with a Course Handicap of nine or less can record a maximum score of double bogey on any hole. The new ESC procedure will be optional on a club-by-club basis in 1998, and it will become mandatory effective Jan. 1, 1999, for all golf clubs issuing USGA Handicap Indexes. Currently, ESC permits players with a Course Handicap of nine or less to post a maximum score of 6 on any hole. The remainder of the ESC procedure will remain unchanged. Players with Course Handicaps from 10-19 can record a maximum of 7 on any hole; for 20-29, an 8; for 30-39, a 9; and 40 and above, a 10. Equitable Stroke Control is the downward adjustment of unusually high individual hole scores for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player's potential ability.
  • The Exceptional Tournament Score Reduction Table has been revised for 1998.
  • Nine-Hole Handicaps can now be Official USGA Handicaps.
  • Non-Consecutive nine-hole scores can now be combined.

2. Transfer Golfers from One Roster to Another

You can now move or copy golfers (including scores) from one roster to another. Great for maintaining an "inactive" roster. When the golfer becomes active again, move him/her back to the active roster.

3. Option to Calculate a Handicap for just One Golfer

Need to calculate a handicap for just one golfer? Highlight the golfer and click the Calculate button.

4. Track Scores Since "Previous" Handicap Revision

Handicap System now tells you how many scores a golfer has had since the PREVIOUS handicap revision. Handicap System tracks the following: number of total scores a golfer has in the database, number of scores since the season start date, number of scores since the previous revision, and number of scores since the last revision.

5. Better Backup and Restore Utility

Handicap System automatically notifies you when it needs to make a backup. Option to automatically backup data once a month. The backup and restore utility is integrated into Handicap System, so you no longer have to exit the program to backup or restore data. Backups can be made to any drive, including network drives. If you move data from one computer to another you will love this new backup utility.


What Else

  • Handicap System is now year 2000 compliant. This means when you enter "00" for the year, it knows it is the year 2000, not 1900. Scores will sort properly and handicaps will be calculated flawlessly.
  • All International date formats are now supported. Dates can be displayed in any format ...mm/dd/yy, yy/mm/dd, etc. International number formats are also supported. Handicap System uses the Windows "Regional Settings" to determine how dates and number are displayed.
  • Utility to purge rosters of excess scores. Over time golfers accumulate more and more scores, using more and more disk space. This new utility gives you the option of removing excess scores, thus freeing more disk space.
  • Saves the last sort order of your roster. The next time you run Handicap System, the sort order remains the same.
  • Handicap System now automatically assigns the next sequential ID# when adding a new golfer.
  • If no starting handicap is entered, a max index of 36.4 for men and 40.4 women is used for ESC purposes.
  • Option to select golfers to print that do NOT meet the criteria specified.
  • The golfer's course handicap is displayed on the score entry screen for quick reference.
  • You can now type an "S" in the adjusted score box to view the score card.