Terri Migliaccio, PGA Professional Director of Player Development


Golf is definitely a challenging game for all who play it, even the best players in the world!

Next time you play do yourself a favor and mark your card as to what
YOUR PAR is on each hole. I will explain below, but a par 72 for 18
holes is for someone who has a playing handicap close to a Zero.

If your playing handicap is an 18, this means you can add one stroke to each hole for your par, based on your 18 handicap.

Hole 1 is a par 4 on the card, change that to a 5 for your par. Hole 2 is a
par 3 on the card, change that to a 4 for your par. Keep doing this for the 18 holes.

Each hole is assigned a handicap. On the card above you will see the
number 1 handicap hole for both men and women is number 3, this
means this is the hardest hole on the course. You will also see the 18th
handicap hole for men and women is number 16. This means this hole plays the easiest for both men and women.

If you have a playing handicap of 15 you will get add an extra shot to
your par for the first 15 handicap holes. If you happen to have a playing
handicap of 24, you will add an extra shot to par on all 18 holes and add
two extra shots to the 6 hardest holes! They would be holes, 3, 13, 7,
18, 1, and 15 for Men. As the card shows below. I inputted what
YOUR PAR would be based on your handicap of 24.

If you can do this a few times a month, you will see how well you are playing based on YOUR PAR.

Hope this helps you improve your game and your understanding of how the handicap system works!

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