Not all golfers are created equal, but with the golf handicap system, they can all compete with one another on an equal basis. To put it simply, handicaps are equalizers.

There are several good reasons to establish your handicap. A golf handicap makes it possible for fair competition between players of different ability whether it’s in competitive events, a friendly wager between friends or golf games with prizes on the line.

6 reasons to get a golf handicap

1. If you get invited to play in a member-guest, company or charity golf tournament, they will want to know your handicap in order to put you in the right group and make the event fair for everyone. Don’t wait – get it now so you are ready when the invitation comes.

2. Playing with friends or family usually involves a wager of some kind. By knowing what your actual handicap is, you can be confident that you are competing fairly and not losing wagers that you could be winning.

3. Many golf groups or leagues or meet-ups have games with prizes; these too rely on players having up-to-date handicaps – get in on the fun of winning.

4. Not ready to play in golf tournaments or don’t want to play betting games or get prizes? Maybe you are just learning to play or practicing to get better. Keeping a handicap is a great way to track your improvement. As you improve, you can expect to see your handicap gradually go down.


5. If you play on different courses, it is good to know what your handicap is so you can pick the right tees and gauge your relative success on one course vs. another.

6. It is also a good reminder for beginners not to get frustrated. Say your course handicap is 30 and you shoot a 105. Rather than feeling frustrated or unsuccessful, realize your score is only a few strokes over your net par, good job!


How do golf handicaps work? Find out more and how to get a handicap here