LCMGA Handicap System – The software system will be used to determine member handicaps.  ONLY organized LCMGA matches both home and away will be used in creating handicaps. New members with GHIN handicaps will be integrated into the LCMGA handicap system with their World Handicap System (WHS) handicap (adjusted for FOC course ratings) and will then have a valid LCMGA handicap.

Our handicap system is based on the WHS formula.  In order to have a “valid” handicap a player must complete 5 rounds.  The LCMGA Handicap calculations are used by the LCMGA’s handicap program inclusive of course Rating and Slope to establish a member’s Handicap and Handicap Index.

Members without a LCMGA handicap can participate in games, but cannot participate in awards, until they have completed a minimum of five (5) rounds to establish a valid handicap. They may contribute an amount determined by the LCMGA Board to participate in the “closest” to the pin (CTP) competition/awards.”


Maximum Handicap Index (36.4) – The WHS Maximum Handicap Index for men is 54.0, however, the LCMGA max limit is 36.4; a “Local Rule”.


Players Competing from A Different Course Rating or Tees – A course handicap represents the number of strokes needed from a specific set of tees to play to the level of a scratch golfer; i.e., to the USGA Course Rating. The calculation of a Course Handicap only includes a player’s Handicap Index® and the Slope Rating® of the tees being played.  The formula for all handicaps instituted by the WHS is the (Handicap Index x Tee Slope/ 113) + (Tee Rating – Par).  The new WHS formula provides for the mixed tee competition as the different Tee Ratings are taken into account.


Course Rating Difficulty Difference – The LCMGA plays White, White/Gold hybrid, Gold and Green tees.  Tees played is based on age or age plus handicap.

Fairways of Canton Rating / Slope / Par

White 67.8 122 73
While/Gold 66.4 119 73
Gold 64.2 116 73
Green 63.2 115 73


Adjustments are made automatically by the Handicap System software.


Selecting Which Tee Box to Play

Players may play from Blue, White or White/Gold without any age restrictions.  Designation must be made every January 1 and cannot be changed until the following January 1.


Gold Tee Eligibility – Any member turning age 72 during the calendar year or older may play from the Gold tee. Additionally, if your course handicap plus your age is 95 or greater, you are eligible to play Gold.

Green Tee Eligibility – Any member turning age 80 during the calendar year or older may play from the Green tee. 

Note:  Each January 1, you designate which tee you want to play for the entire year.  Moving back or forward based on the above restrictions will be allowed.  

Members may petition the Board for “special consideration” to move to the Gold or Green Tees.


Yearly Handicap Adjustment – On June 1st of the calendar year, all recorded scores that are one year or older will be deleted from the LCMGA handicap system. If an existing member does not have a total of 5 scores after this adjustment, they must fulfill the requirement of 5 scores to establish a handicap just like a new member.


Exceptional Score Handicap Adjustments –  The new World Handicap System has instituted an Exceptional Scoring Reduction and the LCMGA will be following this rule.

Rule Change for 2020: When a player submits a score that produces a Score Differential of 7.0 strokes or more below their Handicap Index, they will be subject to an Exceptional Score Reduction.

When the Score Differential is between 7.0 and 9.9 strokes below their current Handicap Index, a -1.0 reduction is applied to the most recent 20 score differentials. When the Score Differential is 10.0 strokes or more below their Handicap Index, a -2.0 reduction is applied to the most recent 20 score differentials.

Scores submitted after the exceptional score will not contain the -1.0 or -2.0 adjustment (unless they are also exceptional), which will allow reduction to gradually work itself out of a Scoring Record.


Limit of Upward Movement of a Handicap Index (Cap) 

Rule Change for 2020:

A “soft cap” and “hard cap” will be included within the Handicap Index calculation.

The soft cap will suppress the upward movement of a Handicap Index by 50 percent if a   3.0 stroke increase takes place within 12 months.

The hard cap will restrict upward movement if, after the application of the soft cap, a  5.0 stroke increase takes place within 12 months.

Reasons for Change: A new term, “Low Handicap Index” will be included within the Rules of Handicapping and will be made visible to players. This value will serve as the baseline for the soft cap and hard cap procedures.

A Low Handicap Index will be established once a player has at least 20 acceptable scores in their scoring record. At this point, the soft cap and hard cap procedures will begin taking effect.

A newly determined Low Handicap Index will be considered each time an acceptable score is submitted, and a Handicap Index is updated.

There is no limit on the amount by which a player’s Handicap Index can decrease, but the soft cap and hard cap will ensure that a temporary loss of form does not cause a player’s Handicap Index to increase to a level inconsistent with their demonstrated ability.

The automatic calculation will prevent extreme upward movement of a Handicap Index, as well as assist Handicap Committees as an anti-abuse safeguard.

When special circumstances exist, such as injury, the Handicap Committee will have the ability to override the soft cap or hard cap.

This procedure will favor the consistent player, as players who have significant volatility in their scoring history over a 12-month period will be impacted by it more often.

 Handicap Updates:

Handicap Updates by rule of the WHS is done immediately after entering scores.  The LCMGA will update the Handicap Index on a weekly basis on the weekend for play of the preceding week.