Best way to get a handicap

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jimb6golfjimb6golf  1684WRX Points: 173Members Posts: 1,684
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I'm trying to find out the best way to obtain a USGA handicap. As I am not currently a member at a club I use GolfShot to collect my scores and it determines an 'average to par' or handicap (they are the same calculation per GolfShot, it's just a naming rights thing with USGA). As I am planning a trip to Scotland this summer I need an official USGA handicap but am unclear as to how to obtain without a club membership. I've looked into but they are on hold while the update the world handicapping process change. Any suggestions?



  • Warrior42111Warrior42111 Florida 342WRX Points: 157Handicap: 19Members Posts: 342
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    I use the grint app. It gives you a virtual home club and you get a USGA HC. Just pint the card from the site and you're good to go overseas.


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  • MarkripMarkrip Boss fan 62  1748WRX Points: 270Members Posts: 1,748
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    I also use the Grint and the previous poster is correct.

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  • ksmoot81ksmoot81  27WRX Points: 28Handicap: 13.8Members Posts: 27
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    I don't use Grint but heard its great. Unfortunately it doesn't look like Mass offers an eClub like Virginia does (where I live) so that's probably your only option.


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  • NewbyNewby  7554WRX Points: 583Members Posts: 7,554
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    Whether or not you will need a handicap depends on which courses you intend to play.

  • ImpImp Fueled  6159WRX Points: 242Handicap: 12.6Members Posts: 6,159
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    The Grint is a good way if you won't wish to join a club. Minial fee of around $20.

    Barring that, since you're in MA, there are many ways to get one locally. Find your nearest public course and inquire if they have a club there that does handicapping. Many times, it's a nominal fee. Anywhere from $30-$80-$100 or ... membership to a club.

    If you want to play some different courses with like minded individuals in a tournament setting, you could join a "club " like the New England Amateur Tour or similar: $100 or so, and access to weekly and weekend tournaments at sceduled clubs through RI, MA, NH.

    Lots of options. :)


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