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I was reading up on USGA handicap system. Looks like you have to join a golf club to establish a USGA handicap. Do public courses offer this? I am wondering the process I have to go through to set this up. Right now I keep all my scores on a spreadsheet, but it would be nice to have it in the system in case I want to play in some amateur tournaments. 

post #2 of 15

Yes, pretty much every course offers it.  They have "Men's clubs" that you can join even at the local muni's.  Probably for as little as $30 or $40 for the year.  I get my handicap through a local public course for $40.  Of course, I also pay $200 a year to be in their "Players club" but I think at some courses you can just do the handicap service only if you want.

 

There are also online clubs you can join that aren't affiliated with any actual course.  Be careful, though, because I joined the one through golfsmith.com a few years back and it was a big hassle for tournaments.  Even though they say quite clearly that it's an "official usga" handicap, it didn't come with a GHIN number.  So whenever I tried to play in a tournament I had to go through the process of explaining that to the organizers where my handicap was from and I had to print out my card and show it to them, and they were still skeptical. ;)

 

With GHIN affiliated clubs, you just give them your name, or name and number, and they get everything they need from that.

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Yes, pretty much every course offers it.  They have "Men's clubs" that you can join even at the local muni's.  Probably for as little as $30 or $40 for the year.  I get my handicap through a local public course for $40.  Of course, I also pay $200 a year to be in their "Players club" but I think at some courses you can just do the handicap service only if you want.

There are also online clubs you can join that aren't affiliated with any actual course.  Be careful, though, because I joined the one through golfsmith.com a few years back and it was a big hassle for tournaments.  Even though they say quite clearly that it's an "official usga" handicap, it didn't come with a GHIN number.  So whenever I tried to play in a tournament I had to go through the process of explaining that to the organizers where my handicap was from and I had to print out my card and show it to them, and they were still skeptical. ;)

With GHIN affiliated clubs, you just give them your name, or name and number, and they get everything they need from that.

This. A lot of courses will offer specific USGA Handicap service, where basically you get the GHIN number and access to the computer, and that's it. Usually runs between $30-$60, and the USGA allows you to add past rounds if you have record of them so you can have an accurate handicap right away.

For example, when I had one two years ago, I went to this course: http://www.sassamontrace.com/rates/

Their USGA Handicap Services rate is $50. I paid that, they gave me the number (don't remember if I got it immediately or they emailed it to me - probably the latter), and then I was all set.
post #4 of 15

I was really thinking about joining my home course men's association. Then I hacked it up for four rounds straight to start the season and decided not to bother. 

 

At what point would it be worthwhile?

post #5 of 15
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Thanks for the information guys. I'll be signing up this Thursday!!! 

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Thanks for the information guys. I'll be signing up this Thursday!!!

Also, keep in mind that you don't have to start from scratch after Thursday to establish.  Keep all of the recent cards you have with their dates and you should be able to enter all of them.  That way you'll have a legitimate handicap (assuming you have at least 6 or 7 scores) in a week from Thursday!

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So do you have to keep track of when you go over the maximum allowable score on a hole, or does the program you input to do that for you?

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So do you have to keep track of when you go over the maximum allowable score on a hole, or does the program you input to do that for you?

ESC. The website will take care of that.
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So do you have to keep track of when you go over the maximum allowable score on a hole, or does the program you input to do that for you?

Over here, scga.org asks us to enter our adjusted 18 hole score, so we have to do it ourselves.  It doesn't have us input the scores hole-by-hole.  The golfsmith website I used to use, however, had to option to enter everything hole by hole if you so desired, and in that case, I'd hope that it would calculate it for you.  But I didn't do that, so I don't actually know.

 

Doesn't matter much though ... you're not going to have too many of those anyway. ;)

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So do you have to keep track of when you go over the maximum allowable score on a hole, or does the program you input to do that for you?

 

 

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ESC. The website will take care of that.

All the terminal software and any course I have used for inputting my score I had to enter the total score for 18.  I have never seen a system that permits you to enter scores by hole.  So you have to take care of subtracting strokes needed to comply with ESC.  

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All the terminal software and any course I have used for inputting my score I had to enter the total score for 18.  I have never seen a system that permits you to enter scores by hole.  So you have to take care of subtracting strokes needed to comply with ESC.  

Could be I'm remembering i incorrectly. I remember doing it hole-by-hole.
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Originally Posted by saevel25 View Post
 

I was reading up on USGA handicap system. Looks like you have to join a golf club to establish a USGA handicap. Do public courses offer this? I am wondering the process I have to go through to set this up. Right now I keep all my scores on a spreadsheet, but it would be nice to have it in the system in case I want to play in some amateur tournaments. 


You can join the Kittyhawk Men's Association to get an official handicap. MVGA also will get you in. By joining Gem City, I am now going to have an official HCap. If only I could find some time to play...

post #13 of 15
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Just signed up today, cost me $35 dollars. Should be getting an email in the next day or so with my number. Yay for being all official!!! 

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Could be I'm remembering i incorrectly. I remember doing it hole-by-hole.

By default on the GHIN site, it asks for your adjusted 18 hole score, however, if you want there is also an option to enter the score hole-by-hole.

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Just signed up today, cost me $35 dollars. Should be getting an email in the next day or so with my number. Yay for being all official!!! 

I've been official, but still 0 rounds posted. =[
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