Choose Your Tee
RMGA Tee Selection Guidelines and Handicap Adjustments
Blues Whites Yellows
Course Rating 70.9 69.5 67.8
Difference from White Tees 1.4 ---- -1.7
Handicap Adjustment
(per USGA Section 3-5)
from Blue tee HDCP
from White tee HDCP
from Yellow tee HDCP
Handicap 17
or less
18+ 27+
Age Less than
Greater than
Greater than
Distance If you cannot reach Hole #1 in 2 shots, you should consider moving up a tee
Play the tee of your choice   Above are some recommended guidelines to help choose the tee best for you.
Peer Review   Ask your playing partners which tee you should play.  Get their acceptance.
RMGA Tournaments:  Whites: 60+ Age or 18+ HDCP
Blues: All others
RMGA Club Championship:  Whites: C Flight & Senior Flight
Blues: Champ, A, & B Flights

Almost all scores are acceptable because of the basic premise of the USGA Handicap System™ which states that every player will try to make the best score at each hole in every round, regardless of where the round is played, and that the player will post every acceptable round for peer review. Therefore, all of the following are acceptable scores: 

  • When at least seven holes are played (7-12 holes are posted as a 9-hole score; 13 or more are posted as an 18-hole score)
  • Scores on all courses with a valid Course Rating™ and Slope Rating®
  • Scores in all forms of competition: match play, stroke play, and team competitions where each player play their own ball
  • Scores made under The Rules of Golf
  • Scores played under the local rule of “preferred lies”
  • Scores made in an area observing an active season

Please visit Section 5-1 of the USGA Handicap System manual for further reference.

Why do I have to subtract strokes from my handicap?  

Players Competing From a Different Course Rating or Tees - USGA

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What tee should I play from?

Since it is hard to define a rule that will work best for everyone, RMGA allows players to play from the tee that will allow them to enjoy the game.

For RMGA Tournaments specific tees will be defined.

What are the most strokes that I can take on a hole?  Why so I have to adjust my score when I have a bad hole?

Section 4

Adjusting Hole Scores for Equitable Stroke Control (ESC)™

Q.  What is the current method for adjusting my hole scores under Equitable Stroke Control (ESC)?

A.  ESC is an adjustment of individual hole scores (for handicap purposes) in order to make handicaps more representative of a player's potential ability. ESC is applied after the round and is only used when the actual score or the most likely score exceeds a player’s maximum number. ESC sets a limit to the number of strokes a player can take on a hole depending on Course Handicap™. Apply ESC to all scores, including tournament scores. Below is the maximum number a player can take:

Course Handicap     Maximum Number

  • 9 or less             Double Bogey
  • 10-19                        7
  • 20-29                        8
  • 30-39                        9
  • 40 and above          10

Please visit Section 4-3 of the USGA Handicap System manual for further reference.

Section 3-5. Players Competing from Different Tees

a. Different Tees

Different tees usually have different Ratings. Because a USGA Course Rating reflects the probable score of a scratch golfer, the higher-rated course is more difficult, and the player playing from the set of tees with the higher USGA Course Rating receives additional stroke(s) equal to the difference between each USGA Course Rating, with .5 or greater rounded upward. The additional stroke(s) are added to the Course Handicap of the player playing from the higher-rated set of tees. (See Decision 3-5/1.)

Example 1: If men playing from the white tees where the men's USGA Course Rating is 69.5 compete against men playing from the blue tees where the men's USGA Course Rating is 70.9, the men playing from the back tees will add one stroke (70.9 - 69.5 = 1.4 rounded to 1) to their course blue tee) Handicap.Type your paragraph here.

RMGA Handicap Questions

Review all of the Hanidcap questions and answers below.  Ensure that you and your fellow golfers are following all of these rules.  Following these rules are essential to RMGA fundamentals and integrity.

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What scores are acceptable for handicap posting purposes?

Per USGA rules you are required to post all acceptable rounds of golf.  For RMGA members this includes:

  • 9 hole scores 
  • Away scores (This includes Janesville  Blackhawk 9 holes)
  • Winter scores in states with active season
  • Wisconsin Active Season - April 1 to October 31
  • Match play scores - If you pick up on a hole, record score that you would have reasonable made.