Why oobgolf Handicaps Are Not Official
How oobgolf Handicaps Differ From Official USGA Handicaps
oobgolf provides each user with an estimated handicap index based on the USGA handicapping system, however we DO NOT provide an official USGA Handicap Index. A oobgolf handicap cannot be used in USGA sanctioned tournaments or events and should be considered strictly for recreational and informational purposes.
Though we use the USGA system, there are a few key areas where our calculations differ from theirs. These differences are outlined below:
5 Score Minimum
The USGA requires a minimum of 5 scores to be entered before providing any handicap index. Based on the demand for instant gratification by our members we display a handicap index after a single score is posted to oobgolf. We do however take into consideration the 5 score limit when making ESC adjustments and other calculations throughout the system.
oobgolf uses what the USGA defines as a "Trend Handicap", because it is adjusted with the posting of each score. An official handicap is reviewed by a Handicap Committee and revised at predetermined dates. These revision dates are determined by local association rules and thus oobgolf cannot enforce a nationwide schedule nor do we review all scores.
Golf Club Membership
The USGA requires that official handicap indexes are issued by a conforming Golf Club. Conforming golf clubs require that all members live within a 50 miles of the club's principal location. Each club must also have a set of bylaws and a handicapping committee responsible for the club, its members and its rules. The head of the golf club must also attend a USGA Handicapping Seminar.
Official Handicap indexes require that members of the club have "reasonable and regular opportunity to play together". This includes the ability of a handicapping committee to review all scores, members playing at least 3 scores with other members, members playing in at least 1 club-sponsored events per year. It also requires all members to provide the club with proof of identification.
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For more info on Official USGA Handicapping please visit USGA.org.