Adjusted Gross Score

Equitable Stroke Control (ESC)

Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) is a method of recording scores used to calculate a golf handcap. Its purpose is to avoid recording a very high score on an individual hole which might inflate the handicap calculation. Equitable stroke control is a sliding scale system, based on the difficulty of the course and current handicap of the golfer. It is used when a player’s actual, ore most likely score exceeds a maximum number.

There is no limit to the number of individual hole scores on which Equitable Stroke Control reduction may be made.


Course Handicap Maximum Number
4 or Less Double Bogey
5-9 7
10-14 8
15-19 9
20 and above 10