Triangle, NC Chapter

Establishing & Maintaining a USGA Handicap

What is a Handicap?

A handicap is an indication of a player's ability. A specific formula is used to compute handicaps by factoring in a player's score and the difficulty of the course played.

Why would I want to have a Handicap?

A handicap allows players of different ability levels to compete with each other. For example, if a player with a 20 handicap has a score of 100, her net score is 80 (100 - 20 = 80) while a player with a 27 handicap and a score of 107 also has a net score of 80. Using handicaps helps to even the playing field, making the game more fun.

Handicaps also travel with you. If you play a course that is more difficult than your home course, your handicap will generally be higher and, on an easier course, will generally be lower.

When should I establish a Handicap?

If you are just learning the game of golf and spend the majority of your time taking lessons or practicing, then it may be too early for you to establish a handicap.

Once you start playing 9 or 18 hole rounds, you should establish your handicap.

How do I establish a Handicap?

LPGA AMATEURS provides a handicap service as a part of your membership through the end of 2020.  You then must enter a minimum of five 18 hole scores (total of 90 holes) to establish your handicap.

If you have questions about posting scores, contact chapter Handicap Chair at HANDICAP CHAIR to get started.  It's very easy, and can make your game even more fun! 

A verifiable USGA handicap index is required if you are planning to play in any of the LPGA AMATEURS national tournaments (Scramble, Stableford, individual Championship and Champions Cup) . Some of our weekend golf outings this year will also be handicapped events.
More information can be found by logging into your LPGA Amateurs account and choosing “My Handicap” or by posting a score and looking under the help menu.

The New World Handicap System Goes Online in 2020

On 1/1/20, the new Rules of Handicapping were introduced in the United States as part of the World Handicap System that will be adopted by countries all over the world.
The entire system will look very different. There will be a new user interface and a new way of posting. Here is a brief overview. We hope to have more information to our members this spring to help in this transition.
Maximum Score
Starting in 2020, the maximum score you can post on any hole is a NET DOUBLE BOGEY. In other words, the maximum score for each hole is double bogey plus any handicap stokes applied on that hole, based on your Course Handicap and the difficulty of that hole (holes are ranked by difficulty on the scorecard, from 1 to 18).” [Course handicap refers to the handicap of the player, and difficulty refers to the handicap of the hole].
POSTING - Hole by Hole Scoring
If you use the hole by hole posting option, the system will automatically calculate and make the adjustment for you based on the tees you selected. This is the recommended method for posting all scores. (You will put in your GROSS score on each hole and the software will calculate your maximum score per hole.)
POSTING - Total Score
If you post total scores only (9-hole or 18-hole), you will need to adjust each hole score on your own before posting. To do this, you must first determine your Course Handicap and then note on your scorecard where you receive strokes. Adjust any hole scores down to the maximum allowed and then total your score. You may use the Course Handicap Calculator found at and will need to know your Handicap Index, the Course Rating and Slope for the tees you played, and the Course Par . 
Handicaps Now Updated Daily
Your handicap index will update EACH DAY you post a score rather than twice each month. You should post your scores immediately after completion of each round and no later than midnight of the day you played. 
For more information about the World Handicap System and the new Rules of Handicapping go to the link below.

Questions? Email EMAIL LPGA AMATEURS or