AGA Services

e-Clubhouse Login

eClubhouse, part of the GHIN suite of programs, offers everything your club will need to build a web site or accompany an existing site. With its easy to use built-in site management tools a club site can be created and customized in minutes. Within an hour the club administrator can add events to the calendar and update club news. In addition, each site can be listed in a searchable database where potential members can find your club and even join online! Members of the site have access to association and club news and events, the ability to search for another golfer to play with, statistical tools and online event sign up!


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. 


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. 


USGA Handicap System Definitions

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


Additional Resources on Handicapping

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


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.


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.


Handicapping FAQ

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