This was posted in 2004, but should be helpful for determining handicaps:
As the summer golf heats up, the annual refresher on recording your scores and other key subjects for the Fall Classic are provided...
For the Fall Classic, a minimum of 10 documented, rounds is required. A few ground rules for the FC:
Two separate nine hole rounds can not be added to substitute one round of 18 holes. Players not completing the minimum 10 rounds, will have five (5) strokes deducted from their handicap as listed on the Handicap Tracker the night prior to the opening round of the FC.
NEW FOR 2004 FC - The Rules Committee voted for the 2004 season a maximum of +36 is allowed on rounds. For example, if the par is 72, Golfer A shoots a 110 (+38), the highest score Golfer A can record is 108.
If you have scores already in the tracker that are affected by this rule, please adjust. accordingly.
The reasoning - the USGA sets a maximum of 36.4 for mens handicap. Allowing scores higher than the max inflates a players handicap.
RULES OF GOLF
There are a few penalties that always generate questions; Out of Bounds, lost ball, and water hazards. Here is a summary of the three.
Out of Bounds (know by the code Oscar Bravo as JW calls it) is Stroke and Distance marked on the course by white stakes. OB always surrounds the perimeter of the golf course. The USGA does not recognize OB on the interior of a course, so if your ball is in the junk and it is not on the exterior boundary of the golf course, the ball is either lost or in a hazard... A lost ball is Stroke and Distance.
Stroke & Distance - ex. Ken hits a tee shot OB or into thick rough and cant find the ball. Ken then must re-tee and take a one shot penalty. He would be hitting his third shot (#1-Tee shot, #2-one shot penalty, #3-re-tee).
ex#2. Tim is hitting his second shot on a par5. He hits his shot into thick junk. He cant find the ball. This is a lost ball. He must go back and re-hit. Tim would be hit