EQUITABLE STROKE CONTROL (ESC)
Course Handicap Maximum Stokes On Any Hole
handicap = 9 or less max = double bogey
handicap = 10 through 19 max = 7
handicap = 20 through 29 max = 8
handicap = 30 through 39 max = 9
handicap = 40 or more max = 10
If your handicap for the course and the tees you are playing that day is 9 or less, then the maximum score is a double bogey (a 5 on a par 3 or a seven on a par 5). If your handicap is 10 thru 19, the maximum score is 7, regardless of what par is for the hole. A 17 handicap player records a maximum score of 7 for par 3s and for par 5s. Likewise, the maximum score for a player with a handicap in the 20s is 8 and the maximum for a player with a handicap in the 30s is 9.