Handicapping

Selecting a handicap system to be used for competitive play by Pitch and Putt Clubs and courses is essentially a matter for the entity concerned. Systems vary in a number of ways. All add or deduct strokes depending on the player’s score above or below par in competitions, but the amount of the addition or deduction varies, as does the frequency of the adjustments that are made to the handicap and the way in which it is calculated. Some are manually operated and some computerised. Some enable players to enter their own scores, others require scores to be entered by a central authority – usually the club or entity concerned.

 Golf handicaps take into account the relative degree of difficulty of different course by use of a complex course rating system that would be difficult to replicate for pitch and putt and has therefore not been introduced.

Computerised handicapping systems of varying degrees of sophistication enable automated maintenance of handicaps, and include some that are specifically compatible with pitch and putt

There is, however, one system that originated in Catalonia (Spain) that in a modified format has been adopted by FIPPA as its recommended system for use in pitch and putt. This is relatively simple and provides for variable rates of handicap adjustment, dependent on the size of the handicap.  It may by automated and has been applied by some Australian courses. The main features of the system have been recommended by APPA for use by Australian course.

APPA has applied this basic system in setting up the APPA Course Handicaps system, which is explained here. It is used for all National and State-level championships and is operated by APPA.