I enjoy keeping an official HI using it as a gauge of my potential and of course to play the occasional $$ game. I am a relatively high handicap golfer and do not obsess over it, but I am pleased if I can knock a stroke off during the course of a season. I started playing golf seriously at age 40 with a weekly $$ game for about 10 years so I learned early that I needed the handicap to be accurate in order to be in the game.
Friends of mine have actually given me a bunch of clubs over the last few years.
@Jeremie Boop gave me a VRS driver. I don't like it as much as my gamer, but it's a good backup. Another fellow gave me a pretty decent Bobby Jones 3-hybrid after I bought a sand wedge from him.
As far as stuff from the courses I play, it's much slimmer pickings. I did get a Kittyhawk cap when I went to the Association meeting earlier this week.