In a golf club with regular tournaments and stuff sure, that stuff is important. And that's the type of game some people live for. Not me. I want to get better on my own and part of that for now means I don't keep a handicap. I record honest scores on my phone app and see a trending handicap. I don't even use that number in discussion and playing with other golfers 9 times out of 10. I'll rather just say "I shoot mid eighties usually, sometimes low sometimes high, on easier courses." But of course that's not in competition.
If I started worrying about a handicap, I believe I would certainly get worse before I got better. And I may lose some of the enjoyment of the game because I'm EXPECTING to get better, and would be disappointed if the number got higher.
It isn't new that Golfnow's prices sometimes are as high or higher than walk up prices. As always, buyer beware. When I use it, I always use the hot deals and play for around $10 / $15. I have went as far as to call the course and ask their prices before booking with Golfnow.
Lol, I'm almost there. If in a tournament, I place winning ahead of handicap thoughts, but otherwise, hcap is the most important thing to me as well, to my detriment at times.
Last weekend I knew a 77 was dropping off so I had to play very well to keep my HI from increasing too much. 30 mph winds didn't help but I went out and replaced the 77 with a smooth 91 and my handicap shot up .7 of a point. I've been depressed all week.
Thanks for the warning. I use it a lot when I'm looking for some place new. I'll be more careful on rate comparison next time.
I also use Golfzing which has much lower fees, but has many less courses.
I've noticed some of the locals (Oceanside Muni is one) putting up their own website. Maybe if you know where you are going to play,