Handicap Information

How Do I Get a Handicap?

Officials of the Maryland State Golf Association are often asked "How do I get a handicap?" The USGA states that "in order to obtain a USGA Handicap Index, a golfer must join a golf club and post adjusted scores. These scores are subject to peer review. After at least five scores have been posted the club will issue a Handicap Index to the golfer in accordance with the USGA Handicap System."

If you do not plan to join a private club, check with a nearby public or daily fee facility, preferably one of the more than 50 MSGA Member Clubs that are public access facilities. Most of these facilities provide USGA Handicap Services for a modest fee. A club/course [private or public] must be licensed to issue a USGA Handicap Index.  A list of MSGA member clubs can be found HERE. You can find more information on how to join the MSGA eClub by submitting the form below.

For more information on Handicap Procedure, call MSGA Handicap Services Manager, Matt Sloan at 410-653-5300 or click HERE to go to the USGA.

MSGA eClub

If you don't play regularly at one course and would like the opportunity and convenience of joining the MSGA and getting a USGA handicap index, you can apply for the MSGA eClub below.  Joining the MSGA eClub not only gets you a USGA handicap index, but also makes you eligible for all MSGA events, including PLAY DAYS.

The USGA Handicap service is administered through the MSGA, and eClub members may post scores at MSGA member clubs, at other clubs throughout the country via their network ID, online through their personalized password or via our free app on compatible Apple and Android devices.  Members also receive bimonthly updates of their handicap via email, and the service is officially sanctioned by the USGA.

APPLY FOR THE MSGA eClub by clicking the button below!



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