USGA, The R&A Announce 2024 World Handicap System™ Revisions

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USGA, The R&A Announce 2024 World Handicap System™ Revisions

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Handicapping enables golfers of differing skill levels to play equitably together - a vital and important component in the overall golf experience.

As the authorized golf association and central handicapping authority in Minnesota, the MGA strives to uphold these values:

  • Peer Review - Golf clubs issuing Handicap Indexes® must have a minimum of 10 members, and members must have a regular opportunity to play golf together
  • Score Posting - Each golfer will post every acceptable round for peer review
  • Rules of Golf - Golfers must follow the Rules of Golf when posting scores for handicap purposes.
  • Frequency of Revision of a Handicap Index - Golf Clubs issuing Handicap Indexes® must follow the MGA’s score-posting season. A player's Handicap Index will be revised and updated the day after a score is posted.
  • Handicap Chairperson - Golf Clubs issuing Handicap Indexes® must have an appointed Handicap Chairperson to work with all handicap-related issues.
  • Club Licensing - All member clubs and clubs affiliated with the MGA for handicap administration purposes are required to attend an education seminar and complete a quiz demonstrating knowledge of the new Rules of Handicapping. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. In order to obtain a Handicap Index that can be administered in accordance with the Rules of Handicapping, a player must be a member of a golf club that is affilliated with an Authorized Association, or a direct member of an Authorized Assocation which has assumed the responsibility of a golf club. Golf clubs must have at least ten individual members that have a reasonable and regular opportunity to play golf together, follow the Rules of Golf and the Rules of Handicapping, and operate under bylaws with committees to supervise golf activities, so that scores posted are subject to peer review and the integrity of the Rules of Handicapping is maintained.

A player must designate one golf club as their home club, to be responsible for maintaining their handicap index. But all golf clubs that a player is a member of can request the Authorized Association to make an adjustment to a player's Handicap Index. When a player is a member of more than one golf club, the player must ensure each golf club knows the details of which other golf clubs they are a member of, and which golf club they have designated as their home club.

The World Handicap System allows golfers to post scores via the Internet. Scores can be posted directly to the Internet by clicking on the Post On-Line icon, downloading the GHIN moble app. or visiting www.GHIN.com. The scores will immediately become part of the golfer's scoring record and be included in the golfer's Handicap Index by the next revision.

If required, score type designation(s) should be determined by the Authorized Association and can be used to help identify the format of play, where a round was played and other details about the round. This is primarily to assist with the Handicap Committee review process, but can also ensure that the Rules of Handicapping are applied correctly. Examples of how cores might be designated include:

9-Hole Round
Incomplete Round
Exceptional Score

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