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Is there a quick way to calculate my handicap? Doesn't have to be 100% accurate, just a ballpark? Something that doesn't involve saving scorecards, analytics, calculating slope, and all the other bs. Just simple equation? Currently I'm a par-bogey golfer, not sure the number.

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Is there a quick way to calculate my handicap? Doesn't have to be 100% accurate, just a ballpark? Something that doesn't involve saving scorecards, analytics, calculating slope, and all the other bs. Just simple equation? Currently I'm a par-bogey golfer, not sure the number.

 

http://www.wikihow.com/Calculate-Your-Golf-Handicap

 

http://www.csgnetwork.com/golfhcapcalc.html

 

http://golf.about.com/od/handicaps/l/blhandicapincal.htm

 

This one is kind of handy: http://www.csgnetwork.com/golfhcapsingcalc.html

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Is there a quick way to calculate my handicap? Doesn't have to be 100% accurate, just a ballpark? Something that doesn't involve saving scorecards, analytics, calculating slope, and all the other bs. Just simple equation? Currently I'm a par-bogey golfer, not sure the number

@golfdrinker - I started to type out a response but then decided that this would be easier, enjoy:

 

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=free+golf+handicap+calculator

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@golfdrinker - I started to type out a response but then decided that this would be easier, enjoy:

 

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=free+golf+handicap+calculator

 

Or, just give your local state golf association $20 or so and get an official handicap for the year.  No calculations needed.....in fact, if it's GHIN based (and the vast majority are) you can simply enter your scores on-line and be done with it.

 

What's the point of "knowing the number", if the number isn't accurate, or recognized by anyone?  You're a pretty avid golfer or you wouldn't have come to this site, or care in the first place.  Do it right, and be done with it!

 

Welcome to the site!   :beer:

post #5 of 21
I use this site and it's free.

http://www.oobgolf.com/
post #6 of 21
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Thanks for all the input! The winning link here was - "http://www.csgnetwork.com/golfhcapsingcalc.html", thanks Lihu!

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Thanks for all the input! The winning link here was - "http://www.csgnetwork.com/golfhcapsingcalc.html", thanks Lihu!

 

I'm genuinely curious.....why not a "real" handicap?  Is it the $25?

post #8 of 21

Other perks come with belonging to ghin and whatever your state association is. I get special offers and invites to tournaments. We had access to tickets for the 2014 BMW before they were offered to the public. Though I am not impressed with the functionality you can also keep stats on ghin. But only because I've used better.


Edited by Dave2512 - 12/27/13 at 7:34pm
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I'm genuinely curious.....why not a "real" handicap?  Is it the $25?


Not a "real handicap" because I just want to golf. It's my vacation each time and I don't want to have to figure out the algorithms involved factoring course slope and review of past scorecards. I'm a par to boogie golfer, that's all. Not sure what the $25 your referring to is?

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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post

 

I'm genuinely curious.....why not a "real" handicap?  Is it the $25?


Not a "real handicap" because I just want to golf. It's my vacation each time and I don't want to have to figure out the algorithms involved factoring course slope and review of past scorecards. I'm a par to boogie golfer, that's all. Not sure what the $25 your referring to is?

The $25 is for a GHIN, but you might also need to pay another $60 $120 to join a club. Or much more for private clubs.

Just for fun, then you don't need to pay for an official handicap. You might be restricted from some tournaments.
post #11 of 21
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The $25 is for a GHIN, but you might also need to pay another $60 $120 to join a club. Or much more for private clubs.

Just for fun, then you don't need to pay for an official handicap. You might be restricted from some tournaments.

Just joined the Carolinas eClub for my county today!  http://www.carolinasgolf.org/join-eclub

 

Should have my login sent to me by this Monday so I can finally get my "official" handicap ;) The 22 I have here is just a guesstimate but with how I have been playing lately im assuming I will be closer to 19-20, but wont know for sure until after more rounds in Jan-Feb. 

 

@Lihu - just curious - if I paid the $35 to join a Carolina eClub, which they clarified get's me an official GHIN, its not necessary to join an actual course / club for handicap purposes, correct? Im just confused by the idea that I already paid to join the eclub to get a GHIN but "might also need to pay another $60-$120 to join a club" ? Thanks!

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The $25 is for a GHIN, but you might also need to pay another $60 $120 to join a club. Or much more for private clubs.

Just for fun, then you don't need to pay for an official handicap. You might be restricted from some tournaments.

Just joined the Carolinas eClub for my county today!  http://www.carolinasgolf.org/join-eclub

 

Should have my login sent to me by this Monday so I can finally get my "official" handicap ;) The 22 I have here is just a guesstimate but with how I have been playing lately im assuming I will be closer to 19-20, but wont know for sure until after more rounds in Jan-Feb. 

 

@Lihu - just curious - if I paid the $35 to join a Carolina eClub, which they clarified get's me an official GHIN, its not necessary to join an actual course / club for handicap purposes, correct? Im just confused by the idea that I already paid to join the eclub to get a GHIN but "might also need to pay another $60-$120 to join a club" ? Thanks!

 

 

It's just that a lot of people join a local club to get the GHIN.

post #13 of 21
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Just joined the Carolinas eClub for my county today!  http://www.carolinasgolf.org/join-eclub

Should have my login sent to me by this Monday so I can finally get my "official" handicap ;) The 22 I have here is just a guesstimate but with how I have been playing lately im assuming I will be closer to 19-20, but wont know for sure until after more rounds in Jan-Feb. 

@Lihu - just curious - if I paid the $35 to join a Carolina eClub, which they clarified get's me an official GHIN, its not necessary to join an actual course / club for handicap purposes, correct? Im just confused by the idea that I already paid to join the eclub to get a GHIN but "might also need to pay another $60-$120 to join a club" ? Thanks!

You're absolutely right. There's no requirement at all to join a physical club in order to obtain an official GHIN handicap.
post #14 of 21
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Not a "real handicap" because I just want to golf. It's my vacation each time and I don't want to have to figure out the algorithms involved factoring course slope and review of past scorecards. I'm a par to boogie golfer, that's all. Not sure what the $25 your referring to is?

 

The annual cost.

post #15 of 21
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Not a "real handicap" because I just want to golf. It's my vacation each time and I don't want to have to figure out the algorithms involved factoring course slope and review of past scorecards. I'm a par to boogie golfer, that's all. Not sure what the $25 your referring to is?

The annual cost.

For the "club" I joined, I think I read that the first year was $35 and every subsequent year was only $10. If true, good deal, IMO.
post #16 of 21
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You're absolutely right. There's no requirement at all to join a physical club in order to obtain an official GHIN handicap.

Another handicap ? Since I am not a member of a physical club, should I be recording all my scores as "away"? It gives the option for Home, Away, Tournament. 

I just entered my first score and put "home" (since its what I consider my home course, although im not actually a member). Was this the wrong thing to do? And if so, is it very important to rectify it? 

 

Thank You 

post #17 of 21
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Another handicap ? Since I am not a member of a physical club, should I be recording all my scores as "away"? It gives the option for Home, Away, Tournament. 

I just entered my first score and put "home" (since its what I consider my home course, although im not actually a member). Was this the wrong thing to do? And if so, is it very important to rectify it?

 

Thank You

 

You're fine entering those as your "home" course.  The only designation that matters are the Tournament scores.

post #18 of 21
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You're fine entering those as your "home" course.  The only designation that matters are the Tournament scores.

Thanks dood!

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