The Golfer's Handicap


If you are going to be a golfer, you must get yourself a handicap. Period, end of story. It is your passport to the world of golf. And in spite of what you see online with the overwhelming number of handicap services, to be taken seriously in the United States you must have a handicap from a United States Golf Association sanctioned club. 

Now as ominous as that sounds it is really quite easy to find a USGA sanctioned club  and getting a handicap through it is equally easy to obtain. Odds are that the muni or public course you've been playing at has some type of inner-club league and for a small fee they will set you up and let you know what steps are necessary for you to take to get a legitimate golfing handicap. It they don't, ask around there anyway because some one knows where in your area to go. Just make sure that the course or club or whatever is sanctioned by either your state's golf association or the United States Golf Association.

There, now with that squared away there is one other thing about the golfing handicap system. It is not perfect. It has been discussed, cursed and praised. You will hate and love it at the same time. Find it utterly confusing and easy to understand both at the same time. 

But in a nutshell it's the system we've got, somehow it works out perfectly most of the time, and it will be changed, manipulated and re-done from now until doomsday. 

So do not consider that handicapping can be set right. Golf is an uncertain game and the play of the day for most amateur golfers depends as much upon moods and conditions as it depends on one's golfing skills.

A photograph of a United States Golf Assoc. golfing handicap card.
Official USGA Handicap card


To learn more about golfer's handicaps and the golfing handicap system, continue your search here........

(c) 1999 - 2024

Let's meet at the putting green|Hole 1 Handicap and Wager|Hole 2 Golf Tournaments|Hole 3 Golfing Excuses
Hole 4 Golf Etiquette|Hole 5 The Golf Course Architect|Hole 6 The Green keeper|Hole 7  Range rat|
Hole 8  Ball hawk
Hole 9 Golfing Partners
|Hole10 Golf Resorts|Hole 11 The Caddie|Hole12  Golf Rules|Hole 13 Golf course living
Hole14 Golfing Equipment|Hole15 Golfing Accessories|Hole 16 Golf School-Now what|Hole 17 The Golf Pro
Hole 18 Hall of Golf Champions|Hole 19 The grillroom