System 36 is a same-day/one-day golf handicapping system similar to a Callaway System or a Peoria System.
It allows golfers who do not have an official handicap to compete in golf tournaments and play for low-net titles or prizes.
This handicapping method is popular charity tournaments and in stroke and stableford formats when many
players do not have an official handicap. It has some limitations but helps provide a basic estimate versus pure guessing
what a handicap might be
and thus helps provides a more even playing field.
System 36 generates a new handicap estimate for each round that is played. To calculate a player is assigned handicap reduction points
for each hole as follows:
In essence, for everything better than bogey, the player receives precisely 2 points. For everything worse than a bogey, the player receives no points.
At the end of the round the points are added up and the total is subtracted from 36. The result is the estimate of that player's handicap for the round.
Estimating Your Handicap
When you have less than 5 scores, MyScorecard uses the System 36 method as one of the estimates to give you a preview of what your handicap will be.
While it does not replace an actual handicap, it does give you a range for where you will most likely fall once you reach the five-score threshold.