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Frequently Asked

Can I enter score cards from any golf course or only those that have special green fees with the Weekend Handicap?

Yes, you may enter cards from any course in New Zealand, however we encourage you to take advantage of the special rates from clubs that are on Weekend Handicap.

Category: General

Can I submit my score card into a machine on a New Zealand golf course?

No, our system is completely seperate from the NZG handicap. You have to sign-in and enter in your own scores here at

Category: General

Can my Weekend Handicap be used instead of a New Zealand Golf Handicap?

No, the New Zealand Golf handicap is the official handicapping system in New Zealand, the Weekend Handicap is for golfers who don’t have a handicap or for players who want to take advantage of the various deals that we have secured.

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Is my Weekend Handicap only for the weekend?

No, once you have a Weekend Handicap you can use it anytime, the Weekend Handicap is simply our trading name.

Category: General

Can’t you just give us a New Zealand Golf Handicap?

No, the current Slope System is exclusive to New Zealand Golf so we are not able to use any part of it. Our system is not a substitute for the NZG Handicap System, but it will produce acceptable results and is a reasonable system for handicapping the otherwise unhandicapped.

Category: Handicapping

My handicap seems to be based on only one round. Is this correct? Shouldn’t it be calculated over a number of rounds?

As per New Zeland and International rules, the handicap index is calculated using the average of the best 10 differentials of the player’s past 20. However, if a golfer has less than 20 rounds posted, the index is calculated according to the following schedule:

  • 5 or 6 rounds = lowest 1
  • 7 or 8 rounds = lowest 2
  • 9 or 10 rounds = lowest 3
  • 11 or 12 rounds = lowest 4
  • 13 or 14 rounds = lowest 5
  • 15 or 16 rounds = lowest 6
  • 17 rounds = lowest 7
  • 18 rounds = lowest 8
  • 19 rounds = lowest 9 

Category: Handicapping

What is Equitable Stroke Control?

ESC is the downward adjustment of individual scores for handicapping purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player’s potential scoring ability. ESC sets a maximum number that a player can post on any hole depending on the player’s Course Handicap.

Category: Handicapping

What is the Slope System?

The slope handicapping system, which came into effect into effect in September 2000, is administered by NZG.

Category: Handicapping

How is a nine hole round calculated?

Nine hole rounds may not immediately have any impact on your handicap. However, if there is another nine hole round in the system for you, the two will be paired together as if they comprised the two halves of an 18 hole round, which will then be figured into your handicap.

Category: Handicapping

What’s the story with Weekend Handicap Advanced Statistics?

If you’re the analytical type we have the option to record additional statistics with your round such as; club used from tee, whether you hit the fairway, greens in regulation and number of putts. These additional statistics are an excellent way to see where and when your game needs work.

Category: Statistics

What are the symbol definitions for Fairway Driving Accuracy?

Fairway Driving Accuracy is the amount of times you are able to hit the fairway with a tee shot. It doesn’t matter if you use an 3-wood, iron or putter. If it’s in the fairway after your first stroke, it counts as hitting a fairway. If you hit it out of bounds and then put your third in the fairway, that doesn’t count.

With the first three symbols in the list below, your drive is deemed to have hit the fairway. With the last four symbols your drive is deemed to have missed.

<   Hit fairway with pull or draw shot
>   Hit fairway with push or fade shot
|   Hit fairway with straight shot
<<   Missed fairway with hook
>>   Missed fairway with slice
^   Hit through fairway
.   Short of fairway

Category: Statistics

What is GIR?

GIR stands for Greens In Regulation. A green is considered hit in regulation if any part of the ball is touching the putting surface and the number of strokes taken is two or less than par. For example, if you hit the green with your tee shot on a Par 3 it’s considered a GIR.

Category: Statistics

How do I count number of putts?

Putts from the fringe do not count. If you holed it in from the fringe, you had 0 putts for the hole. Congratulations.

Category: Statistics