Effective February 8, 2016 the Hilo Municipal Golf Course will be closing holes 10 through 18 until work being done on these holes is completed. Upon completion of these holes, the front nine, holes 1 through 9, will be closed for reconstruction work. It will be at least three months before the entire golf course is again open for 18-hole play.
The question arises: How do we turn in our scorecards for handicap purposes?
According to the USGA and the Hawaii State Golf Association, golfers must keep track of their scores as usual. If playing only nine holes, the scorecard shall be turned in that day with the nine hole score. Once two nine hole scores are turned in, an eighteen hole score will be posted for that player's handicap, providing the nine holes were played on separate days. USGA rules disallow a golfer from turning in two nine hole scores that were played on the same day.
If playing eighteen holes, the golfer is required to choose one of the two nine hole scores to turn in. The choice is up to the golfer to select the nine holes to be scored. The golfer may select the the higher of the two scores if he so desires, however, only one nine hole score will count towards the golfer's handicap. When the next nine hole score is turned in by the golfer, his handicap will be posted accordingly. If the golfer fails to select a nine hole score to post, the handicap service will make the selection for the golfer and it will probably be the lower of the two scores.