New Scorecards and changes in the allocation of strokes.

Some have noticed the scorecards and the changes that have taken place on them. The biggest change is the stroke allocation on the cards.

Please be aware that the respective Golf Associations are arranging times to re-rate the course based upon ongoing changes. When this happens the course rating will change. In the meantime, consult a member of the professional staff if you have questions about posting scores or other rules and course related issues.

Below you will find the methodology and basis used to determine where handicap strokes should fall on the card. The “Discretion of the Committee” method is used at Stowe Country Club. There are two other methods available, both include the collection of hundreds of scorecards and effort from a handicap committee that is currently in the process of being rebuilt.

NOTE:  A few underlying principals/assumptions are at play in this process:
1.     The Allocation methodology is built around the playing of 9 hole matches
a.      Nassau games.
b.     Afternoon or evening “League” type activity where 9 holes is the norm.
2.     A lower score on a hole beats a higher score on a hole. 
a.      It is the score, not the score’s relationship to par that matters. 
A hole that takes on average 3.9 strokes to complete is “easier” than a score that demands 4.2 to complete, even if the 3.9 is on a par 3 and the 4.2 is on a par 5.  “Difficulty in making  par on a hole is not an effective indicator of the need for a stroke (see Section 17-5).” (17-1)
b.     Longer holes require more strokes to play and therefore more opportunities for a lesser skilled player to make a mistake and have need of the stroke being given by the more highly skilled player.  This leads to: “Generally the longer the hole, the greater the need for the higher-handicapped player to receive a stroke.”(17-1, a)

Ron Philo Jr.