IESGA is using the new World Handicap System (WHS) for establishing course handicaps and flights.
The old USGA handicap system calculated course handicap:
Handicap Index (HI) multiplied by the Course Slope divided by 113 equals the Course Handicap (CH) or
HI x Slope / 113 = CH
The World Handicap System (WHS) calculates course handicap:
HI x Slope / 113 + ( Rating – Par ) = CH
Note: Course Rating minus Course Par is a negative number.
Course Handicaps will be lower in the World Handicap System. EXAMPLES:
Course White Tees Gold Tees
Downriver minus 3.0 minus 4.8
Esmeralda minus 3.1 minus 2.7
Meadowwood minus 2.3 minus 5.0
Liberty Lake minus 1.3 minus 4.6
Remember Course Handicap adjustments affect every player in every flight, so it’s a level playing field for everyone.
The flight you are in is determined by your adjusted IESGA index. “Adjusted” means to the course/teebox we are playing, and “Index” is what we keep for you as best 3 out of 5 scores and is computed out to one decimal point (i.e. 15.7). "Gross" handicaps are always rounded, and therefore an adjusted IESGA index of 17.7 will show as gross 18 handicap.
Using an index that goes out to one decimal point helps us put a more equal number of players in each flight since at certain "break points" we have too many 18 handicappers and need to break off the flight at 17.7 (as an example).
Please do not get upset if your gross handicap is the same or more than someone in a higher flight, because we are now placing flight D players on a moved up tee box. For example: if you have a 21 gross handicap and are in Flight C and someone with a 20 gross handicap is in Flight D. This is caused by the use of indexes and the fact that the D Flight is playing from the forward tees. Example: At Lewiston CC, the slope is 129 for the green tees and 117 for the brick tees. Flight D players with higher indexes end up with a lower gross handicap for that particular moved up tee box.
Also, if you have a GHIN handicap, when you finish the round, you are responsible for entering your ESC adjusted score to GHIN with the "Tournament" designation. We do not enter these scores for you.
We have had reportings of players not following the 2019 rule about maximum of 3 minutes searching for a lost ball. Some of you may think it is a "bad" rule or a rule that can be "ignored". This is tournament golf. We play by all the rules. Think of it this way - if player A takes 5 minutes and finds his ball in the fifth minute but player B abides by the rule of 3 minutes and doesn't find his ball, then player A has probably gained 2 strokes on the field. Not fair. Not good. Not honest.
Foursomes - it is your job to enforce your own players regarding all rules.