Whether playing in a formal competition or just between friends, every golfer wants to enjoy an equitable match. The USGA Handicap System™ is the best method to allow all golfers to compete fairly on any course. The System provides a fair Course Handicap® for each player, regardless of ability, and adjusts a player’s Handicap Index® up or down as the player’s game changes.
At the same time, the System disregards high scores that bear little relation to the player’s potential ability and promotes continuity by making a Handicap Index continuous from one playing season or year to the next. A Handicap Index® is useful for all forms of play, and is issued only to individuals who are members of a licensed golf club.
The USGA licenses and authorizes the Oregon Golf Association to administer the USGA Handicap System for the region. To fulfill our agreement with the USGA, the OGA must ensure that each of our Member Clubs’ Handicap Chairs demonstrate solid knowledge of the System. Our program gets detailed policies and procedures of the System directly into the hands of the people who have the greatest impact on the integrity of OGA members’ Handicap Indexes – our Handicap Chairs.