Friday, April 21, 2017

What is the purpose of the USGA Handicap System?

The purpose of the USGA Handicap System is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis. The System provides a fair Course Handicap for each player, regardless of ability, and adjusts a player's Handicap Index up or down as the player's game changes. At the same time, the System disregards high scores that bear little relation to the player's potential ability and promotes continuity by making a Handicap Index continuous from one playing season or year to the next. A Handicap Index is useful for all forms of play, and is issued only to individuals who are members of a licensed golf club.



Two basic premises underlie the USGA Handicap System, namely that each player will try to make the best score at every hole in every round, regardless of where the round is played, and that the player will post every acceptable round for peer review. The player and the player's Handicap Committee have joint responsibility for adhering to these premises.

New score posting procedures for 2017:
1) Hole-By-Hole Score Posting – all member home scores will be posted using the hole-by-hole method. This will help the Handicap Committee in several ways. Included is the ability to examine actual score data and potentially change the handicap ranking of each hole.

2) Who will post scores? The golf staff will post all home scores. This will eliminate standing in line waiting for the Kiosk to become available. It will also help the Handicap Committee ensure that all acceptable rounds are posted in a timely fashion, in a standardized way and can be made available for peer review.

3) Where should I turn in my scorecard? Please turn in your scorecard to the Golf Shop or Player Services Staff at the completion of your round (including nine hole or partial rounds). If you prefer to keep your scorecard, please ask the staff to make a copy of your scorecard. The copy will be submitted for score posting. Please clearly identify player names and tee played. Lastly, please inform the staff if you played a format that cannot be posted (Scramble, Alternate Shot).

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