Brief Introduction to GolfScoreMaster

I guess I'm what you might call an "occasional" golfer in that I am not a member of a club and tend to play sporadically at friends clubs or on municipal courses! My handicap has seen lows of around 16 (calculated by the software of course!), but it has also been as high as 32 on a bad day!! I tend to struggle to use both woods and irons in the same golfing season, in that I can practice with irons until I can hit a 3 iron 220 yards off the tea and nearly always find the fairway, but I then have no chance at all with a driver. So I start to practice with my driver and then as I start to improve with it, my longer irons start to go off! How can we win?? Anyway, I have developed this software as a means to monitor not just my own handicap as it "hopefully" improves, but also to help me out with regular society days that I always seem to end up scoring!! So GolfScoreMaster helps me record all my scorecards, including all my golfing friends', so that if someone tries to claim a suspiciously high handicap, I know how much they're trying it on!!


When you first try to run GolfScoreMaster on a new PC, the program will calculate and display a unique code for your PC. You should then come back to the Access Key page on this websiteand to obtain your own personal "acess key" for that code. This will be immediately displyed to you and also sent to you by e-mail (your spam filter permitting!) This access key is valid for only that PC. So if you install the software on another PC, a new code will be generated and therefore a new key must be obtained. A basic key may be issued free of charge and will remain valid for one year, after which time you will need to obtain another. You may prefer to obtain a PRO key, which will unlock the PRO features of the software and which will not expire, although a small fee may be payable to help contribute to the running of this site.

I hope you enjoy using the software. Please let me know if you have any problems using it at all. I have written the program to fit in with my brain patterns, which can be a little strange sometimes, so please feel free to help me to help you!

The Players Screen

An initial handicap is entered for each player and the running handicap will then be calculated from this value. When a new scorecard is created and a player is selected, that players running handicap is rounded and entered onto the card automatically. It can then be manually changed if desired! The Average handicap shown in this screen is the average of all the scorecards entered for a particular player in that year.

The Team number is used for tournaments, where players scores can be totalled up to give a total team score in terms of gross, stableford, net and net stableford points.

The Running Handicap

The Running handicap is the handicap that reflects the current ability of a player. Using the Start handicap as a base, it calculates a handicap using scores entered for each scorecard to date.

In GolfScoreMaster, handicaps are calculated from the total scores for each hole, but capped at 2 over par. That is, any score greater than double bogey will be considered simply as a double bogey. This gives a maximum possible handicap of 36 over 18 holes for any player. Short rounds of just 9 holes are doubled up for handicap calculation purposes and thus only complete "rounds" of 9 or 18 holes are included when calculating handicaps.

For added flexibility, each scorecard can be either included or excluded from the handicap calculations. This is achieved simply by clicking the "Is A Medal" tickbox on the scorecard screen. Only when this is ticked will that scorecard be included in the calculations.

There are two handicap calculations currently included in the software. The EGU system and the CONGU system. These can be selected from Tools/Preferences. Once you select a system, it is best to stick with it, unless you don't mind since the running handicaps being recalculated! Both systems use the cap of 2 shots over par on any hole and both systems use multipliers to reduce the players handicap by a factor of between 0.1 and 0.4 (up to 0.5 for CONGU) per shot when the handicap is falling. However, when the handicap is rising, the EGU uses 0.1

When a player's handicap is falling, both systems use a multiplier based on the players current handicap. For example, if a player shoots an 84 on a course with an SSS of 70, then the suggested handicap is 84 - 70 = 14. If this players handicap is currently 16, then this is a difference of 14 - 16 = -2. Hence a falling handicap. With a handicap of 16, this player falls into group 3 and hence a falling handicap multiplier of 0.3. The handicap will therefore change by -2 * 0.3 = -0.6

When a player's handicap is rising, then a multiplier of 0.1 is used under the EGU system for any handicap, so playing 4 above handicap would result in a rise of 0.4. Under the CONGU system, the handicap in this case would rise by just 0.1 (i.e. no multiplication takes place!). Also, under the CONGU system, there is a "Buffer Zone", within which a players handicap wil not change at all! See tables below;


Group Handicaps Falling x Rising x
1 0-5 0.1 0.1
2 6-12 0.2 0.1
3 13-20 0.3 0.1
4 21-28+ 0.4 0.1


Handicaps Falling x Rising ! Buffer
0.1-5.4 0.1 0.1 1
5.5-12.4 0.2 0.1 2
12.5-20.4 0.3 0.1 3
20.5-28.4 0.4 0.1 4
28.5+ 0.5 0.1 5

Note: the x means this is a multiplier, the ! means this is the actual rise

NOTE:Nine hole rounds are doubled up for handicap calculation purposes.


As there are different tees on most golf courses, facilities have been provided in GolfScoreMaster to enter data for three different tee types. Usually, these will be described as 'White' for competition tees, 'Yellow' for men's tees and 'Red' for ladies tees.

At least one course of data needs to be entered, because the par and stroke index vary according to the type of tees and these values are needed for handicap and stableford points calculations. Enter the data for each hole as defined on the course scorecard; Length in metres, PAR and Stroke Index (Note that the length is for information purposes only)


This is the section where you will input, amend and review all your scorecards. When inputting a scorecard, the Match name can be left blank and altered later if required, but can be used to group together a number of scorecards for use with the Match option, described later.

The date should be entered in the date field.

When selecting players onto scorecards, the program will select the current running handicap for that player. This, however, can be overwritten by simply typing in the required handicap. The system also works out whether a full 18 or a short 9 hole round has been played and therefore pro-ratas the players' handicaps accordingly for calculations. However, the full handicap that applied on the day of play will be displayed against each player.

The scores for all players on the scorecard should be entered. Once finished, the totals will be displayed, along with appropriate handicaps and net scores.

The Stableford option is used to show the Stableford points awarded for each hole on the scorecard. This obviously depends on both the stroke index (SI) and Par of the hole on the course in question. So make sure that all the course details have been entered before selecting this option.

The Stableford HC option is similar to the Stableford option, but it also takes into consideration the players handicap. It therefore shows the Stableford points for each hole on the scorecard, calculated after deducting the shot allowance for each player on each hole from the gross score.


The competition facility works by searching for all scorecards with the same Competition name. A unique Competition name should be input on a number of scorecards, then these scorecards are grouped together and calculated in the Competition screen. For example, you might be in charge of a golf society day, where 20 players record scores on 5 different scorecards. A league table of all scores in either gross, net, stableford or stableford order can be displayed and printed.

There is a "Main" Competition Name and an "Other" Competition Name. This is so that you can have two levels of competition, such as a Round 1 Saturday afternoon prize, a Round 2 Sunday morning prize and an Overall Weekend prize.


The graph function is a simple chart showing the running handicap over the period represented by the scorecards. The graph shows the performance of up to 6 players at once. More than this number causes the graph to become a little confusing.

Happy Golfing! Jon

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