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GHIN handicap index report Thorntree members' handicaps are calculated by GHIN, Golf Handicap and Information Network, which subscribes to the official USGA Handicap System.

Handicaps are revised on the first and fifteenth day of each month in accordance with the requirements of the Texas Golf Association.

You can lookup your course handicap at any time using the GHIN system computer located in the nineteenth hole or the one in the golf shop. You can also lookup your handicap index at and then use their online handicap calculator to convert the index to your course handicap. To use their calculator, you'll need to enter the slope that corresponds to the tees you play at Thorntree.

Slope Rating and Course Rating at Thorntree are:
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  • Championship - Gold tees: 144 - 74.9
  • Players - Mixture of Blue & Gold tees: 140 - 73.3
  • Members - Blue tees: 137 - 71.3
  • Regular - White tees: 128 - 68.1

    Here's the link to calculate your handicap at any course. You will need to know your handicap index and the slope of the course you are going to play. The slope at each course is dependent on the tees you play.

    Regardless of whether you play at another course or at Thorntree, be sure to enter your score for each time you play golf. You can do so using either the GHIN system computers at Thorntree or online at the GHIN website.

    According to USGA Handicap rules, you should enter an 18-hole score even if you play as few as 13 holes; or a 9-hole score if you play as few as 7 holes (7-12 holes are posted as a 9-hole score). See the information below to determine the score to enter for holes you didn't complete or didn't play.

    According to the USGA, if a player does not play a hole, the score recorded for that hole for handicap purposes must be par plus any handicap strokes the player is entitled to receive on that hole.

    Also according to the USGA, a player who starts, but does not complete a hole or is conceded a stroke must record for handicap purposes the "most likely score". A "most likely score" consists of the number of strokes already taken plus, in the player's best judgment, the number of strokes the player would take to complete the hole from that position more than half the time. The most likely score may not exceed the player's Equitable Stroke Control limit.

    ESC - Equitable Stroke Control table"Equitable Stroke Control" (ESC) is the downward adjustment of individual hole scores for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player's potential ability.

    ESC sets a maximum number that a player can post on any hole depending on the player's Course Handicap. ESC is used only when a player's actual or most likely score exceeds the player's maximum number based on the table shown to the left.

    Here are some useful links to USGA handicap information:

  • Competing from differen tees - there is an additional adjustment to handicaps when one players plays from the blue tees while another plays from the white tees. Link to USGA video explanation. Link to USGA text explanation.
  • The USGA Handicap System In Brief
  • All USGA handicapping publications
  • USGA Handicapping FAQs
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    Go to this page for more links to additional useful information.

    Definitions of Slope Rating and Course Rating
    USGA Slope Rating is a number ranging from 55 to 155 that represents the difficulty of a course for bogey golfers relative to the USGA Course Rating (which represents the difficulty for scratch golfers). Slope rating is not expressed in strokes, but, rather, is a ratio. The higher the slope, the more difficult the course plays for bogey golfers. A slope rating of 113 is considered average.

    USGA Course Rating is an evaluation of the difficulty of a golf course for scratch golfers. Actually, the number is an estimate of the average scores of the best 50-percent of rounds played by scratch golfers at the course being rated. Course rating is very easy to understand because it is expressed in strokes. A par-72 course that is easy might have a course rating of 68.9; one that is difficult might have a course rating of 74.5.

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