Why you should have a GHIN handicap number and how to get one

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. The System provides a fair Course Handicap for each player, regardless of ability, and adjusts a player’s Handicap Index up or down as the player’s game changes. At the same time, the System disregards high scores that bear little relation to the player’s potential ability and promotes continuity by making a Handicap Index continuous from one playing season or year to the next. A Handicap Index is useful for all forms of play, and is issued only to individuals who are members of a licensed golf club.

Golfers Tee Times and the Tennessee Golf Association have been working together to come up with an easy way to acquire an official USGA GHIN handicap. Go to www.joinTGA.com and sign up directly. The registration will only take a few minutes. Just enter your name, credit card and select Golfers Tee Times as your home course. You will post your scores on www.GHIN.com and get your updates back via email. The handicap season runs the calendar and we encourage you to sign up now or renew today so that you will be ready as soon as the weather breaks.

The first of 18 USGA Handicap Seminars in 2013 begins today in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., at PGA National Resort & Spa, and we’d like you to get involved all week long on our social media channels as we provide facts, resources and answers to your questions about the USGA Handicap System. We’ll be using #USGAHandicapWeek on Twitter (@USGA). What do you want to know about the Handicap System?

USGA Handicap Seminars- 2013 Schedule: http://bit.ly/WmuZUp