Why should I become a member?
You will get a USGA handicap. A handicap provides a unique scoring system that levels the field for players of different abilities by "giving strokes" to the more inexperienced golfer. Without it, it wouldn't be much fun for the rookie golfer to go up against more experienced players.
It also makes it possible to compare scores when competing from different tees or even when women are playing against men.
- It's an indication of your level of play, regardless of the course you're on.
- It's a great incentive to improve your game: because it's based on your best 10 scores it's a reflection of your potential, not your average score or strokes over par.
- Some golf courses, especially in Europe, require proof of golf handicap before letting you on the course. Keep that in mind when planning your golf resort getaway!