The Callaway System of Handicapping

The Calloway System handicaps golfers on what they shot that day. It is useful in
handicapping a large range of Gross Scores into Net Scores where all levels of golfers
can compete equally.

The basics behind the Calloway are simple:

Based on what a golfer shoots that day, the Calloway System yields a handicap that
is based on an adjustment and a set number of holes to deduct from the score. The
scoring varies slightly from the “Official
USGA Callaway System
“, since we do not have any scratch golfers (yet).

The Calloway Chart gives you two pieces of information. 1) An Immediate Adjustment
and 2) the number of holes (score on that hole) off. Additionally, you may not take
off more than twice par for any hole and holes 17 and 18 may not be used.

Below is the Calloway chart.

As an Example, let’s say I shot an 81, my handicap would be = -2 (Adjustment) +
1 Hole off = -2 + 8 (worst hole par 4) = 6 for a net score of 81 – 6 = 75

Another example, worst holes were 9 on a par 5, and two 8’s on par 4’s, Gross Score
= 100. The Calloway handicap would be = 2 (Adjustment) + 2 ½ (Holes Off) = 2 + 9
+ 8 + (8/2) = 23 for a Net Score of 100 – 23 = 77

You can download the Excel file which I use for tourney’s by clicking below. (No
password required, simply press cancel if a dialogue box pops up)   – 
TIT_Results_Template.xls (No Macros)