ESC is an adjustment of individual hole scores (for handicap purposes) in order to make handicaps more representative of a player’s potential ability. ESC is applied after the round and is only used when the actual score or the most likely score exceeds a player’s maximum number. ESC sets a limit to the number of strokes a player can take on a hole depending on Course Handicap™. Apply ESC to all scores, including tournament scores. Below is the maximum number a player can take:
|Course Handicap||Maximum Number|
|9 or less||Double Bogey|
|40 and above||10|
Please visit Section 4-3 of the USGA Handicap System manual for further reference.