Playing Conditions Calculation
When abnormal course or weather conditions cause scores to be unusually high or low on a given day, the Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC) will adjust Score Differentials to better reflect a player’s actual performance. The “PCC” is an automatic procedure by the computation service that compares the scores submitted on the day against expected scoring patterns. It is conservative in nature and applied in integer values (a range of -1 to +3). Also, it is applied in the Score Differential calculation of all players – even those who submit their score(s) on a later date.
PCC will provide a mechanism that allows a better assessment of the difficulty of a course on a particular day. Golf is an outdoor sport with many factors that can impact scoring (weather,rough height, hole locations, etc.).
A score of 90 made under challenging conditions could be a more impressive performance than an 88 under normal conditions – and incorporating a PCC allows this to be represented.
This is one of the more modern features of the system, but a similar calculation has been used successfully in other parts of the world.
PCC will also be used to identify if the Course Rating of a golf course needs to be reviewed by the local Authorized Golf Association.
PCC is designed to be conservative, so if an adjustment is taking place 4-5 days a week, then the Course Rating may not be accurately representing the difficulty of the golf course. The ability to identify such courses will provide enhanced integrity to the system.