The purpose of the USGA Handicap System
is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis. 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 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.
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