What is Equitable Stroke Control (ESC)?

What is Equitable Stroke Control (ESC)?

Equitable Stroke Control is the downward adjustment of individual hole scores for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player's potential ability. ESC sets a maximum number that a player can post on any hole depending on the player's Course Handicap. ESC is used only when a player's actual or most likely score exceeds the player's maximum number based on the chart below.

All scores for handicap purposes, including tournament scores, are subject to the application of ESC. This mandatory procedure reduces high hole scores for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player's potential ability.

*A handicap determined from scores to which ESC has not been applied may not be termed a Handicap Index.

Course Handicap

Maximum Number on Any Hole

9 or Less Double Bogey
10 through 19 7
20 through 29 8
30 through 39 9
40 or More 10