What is a handicap?
A handicap is an "indication" of a player's ability, not an average of their scores. 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 a handicap?

A handicap allows players of different ability levels to compete with each other, whether simply for fun or in formal competitions. 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 7 handicap and a score of 87 also has a net score of 80. Using handicaps helps to even the playing field, making the game more fun.

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.

Where do I post my scores once I want to establish a handicap?

There are services called Authorized Golf Associations (AGAs) that provide this type of service. If you are a member of a golf club that is an AGA just ask for help in starting your handicap.  Fees for this are usually covered in your membership dues.

If I am not a member of a golf club and want to establish a handicap, what are my options? 

You can ask at any public course you play. Most are AGAs. There will be an annual fee for this service.

Another option is to join the Carolina E-Club through the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA). E-Clubs are Internet-based clubs for golfers who do not wish to join a traditional club. Registration is quick, easy, entirely online and can be completed within minutes. You can apply based on the geographic region of your residence, determined by zip code.  Follow this link to join https://www.carolinasgolf.org/join-eclub.  


Establishing a handicap is very easy and can make your game even more fun! 

Handicapping Made Simple

NOTE: A verifiable USGA handicap index is required if you are planning to play in any of the LPGA AMATEURS national tournaments (including Scramble, Stableford, Individual Championship and Champions Cup). Some of our weekend golf outings this year will also be handicapped events.



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