USGA Approach to a Global Handicap

The USGA and R&A have been the stewards of the game of golf for a long time.  They both have started an initiative to develop a single World Handicap System for the game of golf.  There are currently 6 systems administered in the world, Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGO) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf association (AGA) and the USGA.  The USGA is working closely with the other handicapping bodies to benefit from their insights as they try to formulate a system that will be easy to understand and can be applied consistently on a global basis.  Until there are changes, the USGA has established a Club Compliance Checklist that each property that administers handicaps to its Members must adhere to.  There are 17 topics and I thought it would be a good thing to discuss at length, today will be the first 4:Blog Pic

  1. Meet the USGA definition of a golf club?
  2. Have a Handicap Committee composed mostly of Members and chaired by a Member?
  3. Make it possible for a player to record the correct USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating with each posted score from every set of tees?
  4. Require the posting of all acceptable scores?
  5. Require the use of USGA procedures to adjust hole scores before posting
  6. Require that nine-hole scores be posted?
  7. Insist that the Rules of Golf be followed?
  8. Follow the National Revision Schedule and posting season of the authorized golf association having jurisdiction in the region?
  9. Have a representative from the golf club complete an annual club compliance and education assessment?
  10. Perform computations and adjustments in accordance with the USGA Handicap Formula?
  11. Make current scoring records and a Handicap Index listing of all Members readily available for inspection by others?
  12. Reduce or increase a Handicap Index of any player whose Handicap Index does not reflect the player’s potential ability?
  13. Notify an authorized golf association when permanent changes have been made to the golf course so that the association can issue a new USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating?
  14. Include the letter “L” after local handicaps, which exceed the USGA maximum limits of 36.4 for men and 40.4 for women?
  15. Utilize the current USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating issued by an authorized golf association?
  16. Have a representative from all new golf clubs participate in a USGA Handicap System Seminar (whether conducted by the USGA or an authorized golf association? Including passing a test exhibiting knowledge about the System?
  17. Have a signed license agreement in place with a local authorized golf association or the USGA prior to issuing a Handicap Index?

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