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GHIN Technical Difficulties 4-22-14

GHIN Technical Difficulties 4-22-14

GHIN, the AGA's handicap service provider, has been experiencing technical difficulties since the first part of April. As the northern clubs have been starting up their seasons, a undo amount of stress has been put on their servers. The are working to rectify the problem and avoid the situation in the future.

Handicapping

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. While the USGA developed the rules of the Handicap System and the formulas used in its calculation, it does not issue them directly to individual golfers. 

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Handicap Club Licensing

An authorized golf association or golf club must obtain a license from the USGA in order to utilize the USGA Handicap System, to use the USGA marks, and to issue a Handicap Index. Only an authorized golf association may issue a USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating. 

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USGA Handicap System Definitions

A helpful listing of general definitions within the USGA Handicap System.

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Additional Resources on Handicapping

Additional resources including Handicap Index calculation, competing from different tees and related USGA publications.

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Course Rating

The driving force behind the USGA Handicap Index formula is the Course and Slope Rating. If the ratings don't accurately reflect the playing difficulty of the golf course, Handicap Indexes will not travel well from golf course to golf course. All golf courses must be rated according to USGA Course Rating Procedures and only by amateur golf associations licensed by the USGA.

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Course Rating FAQ

Answers to frequently asked course rating questions including topics like course rating system principles, course rating obstacle factors, re-evaluation of golf courses and USGA course rating teams.

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Handicapping FAQ

Answers to frequently asked handicapping questions including topics like establishing a handicap, posting scores, trend handicaps, acceptable scores, handicap adjustment and more.

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Changes to the Rules of Golf

Every four years the United States Golf Association and the R&A make revisions to the Rules of Golf and every two years changes to the Decisions on The Rules of Golf. Check out all of the changes made for 2012-2015.

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