Most people track their golf handicap just because they want to keep track of their game or because they want to be able to bet with their friends. Some others need a compliant USGA Golf Handicap because they compete in USGA sanctioned events, or are part of organized leagues that require official handicaps.
What ever your case may be, here is how to get a compliant USGA golf handicap.
Compliant Online Golf Handicap Website
The first step is to find a website that provides compliant handicaps. TheGrint.com is one of the few that does it. For those of you to ask why not use GHIN, well the answer is simple, GHIN doesn’t need to work hard to get golfers, so they don’t to deliver a great product. So while the calculation will be correct, everything else is just not good enough. Plus you need to pay, in contrast with TheGrint that is free.
What are the USGA requirements for a Compliant Handicap?
There are basically two main pieces needed for compliant Handicaps. The first one is the “Handicap Formula” (calculation methodology), and the second one is the “Oversight of Golf Activities”.
Most websites offer to help with the “Handicap Formula” piece but not the second piece. That is of course because it is easier to do. However, without the oversight the handicap is difficult to trust. TheGrint.com is one of the few out there that supports you with both.
How does Oversight of Golf Activities happen online?
The USGA requires that handicaps should be issued by compliant USGA registered golf clubs. Those clubs work as micro-communities of golfers who oversee that everyone is being truthful to the handicap system (which makes it difficult to cheat).
The USGA defines 3 types of Compliant Golf Clubs. Type 1 is the most common, which is a golf club that is being managed from a Golf Course. The type 2 is a group of golfers who know each other and have the chance to regularly play together. The type 3 is for golfers that do not necessarily know each other previously, but that have the chance to play with each other.
We at TheGrint help our members in creating and managing their own Type 2 and Type 3 clubs. When our members sign in they are automatically assign to a Type 3 golf club based on their zipcode.
Please let us know if you have questions about any of these topics.
Enjoy your Golf!