Golf Handicap Calculator
Want to calculate what your golf handicap is? Use our free tool below!
- Enter the USGA Course Rating, Course Slope, and your 18-hole gross score. You need to enter a minimum of five of your most recent scores, and a maximum of 20
- When you are finished, click “compute handicap index at the bottom” and your index will be displayed below
What Does Your Handicap Mean?
Most golfers assume that your handicap (or index) is your average score. It’s really a measure of your potential playing ability. The point of the handicap as described by the USGA is to, “make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis.” Long story short, it allows golfers of different playing abilities to compete against one another on a more level basis.
Your handicap index compares your scoring ability to that of a scratch golfer – a player who has an index of zero. The two primary components are the course rating and the slope rating. The course rating is a measure of difficulty calculated by the USGA. Essentially, it is what a scratch golfer would shoot under normal playing conditions. Slope rating is a measurement of the relative difficulty of the course for players who are not scratch golfers. Taking these two numbers, and your score allows you to calculate your index.
Also, check out our article on what is considered a good golf handicap.
How to Calculate Your Course Handicap
A course handicap is the USGA’s measurement of the number of handicap strokes a player receives based on the course they are playing and the tee markers they choose.
The formula is as follows:
Course Handicap = Index x (Slope Rating of Tee on Course / 113)
For example, let’s say you had an index of 7.5 and playing a set of tees with a slope rating of 120. Your course handicap would round up to be an 8.
You can also use this tool from the USGA to calculate your course handicap automatically.
If you’re looking for ways to keep an official handicap index, check out this guide.
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DANNY LEMUS says
wow.. it’s a good calculator to measure golf handicap, I hope it’s a beneficial for all golfers. Thanks so much for your sharing.
Does this calculator save data input or do I have to reenter all data each time I use it? Can I enter more than 20 rounds?
DAVID jones says
How does it calculate tee position white/yellows
Roger Huggins says
When you give the formula for course handicap you left out the very important step of course rating minus par which is applied to in your example the course handicap 8. If the rating was 65.6 par 71 you would apply -5.4 to the 8 giving you a World handicap of 2.6 rounded up to 3
It’s just old. This was enacted by the USGA and other bodies in 2020. This is NOT accurate to what they do currently on the WHS system.
As Roger pointed out, missing CR – Par
RAVI REDDY says
that is great to see because i just started learning playing golf and thanks