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What is the Playing Conditions Calculations?

Course Ratings are based on normal playing conditions, but the difficulty of a golf course can vary substantially from day to day, due to:

  • Course conditions,
  • Weather conditions, and/or
  • Course set-up.

The playing conditions calculation (PCC) determines whether playing conditions on the day differed from normal conditions to the extent that an adjustment is needed to compensate. It is a daily statistical procedure that compares the scores submitted by players on the day against expected scoring patterns. At the end of the day, if scoring is consistently higher for a requisite number of players, an adjustment is made to the differential for most players on the course that day. This is a new capability of the World Handicap System.