In golf, handicaps are the great equalizer. A handicap serves to separate the men from the boys and the very good from the great exaggerators. It goes without saying that anyone seeking any level of legitimacy in the game makes the effort to establish a handicap.
This statement begs a very important question. With millions of golfers in Southern California, why are there only approximately 160,000 golfers who bother to carry the handicap badge?
“It’s a question the golf industry has asked for years,” says Kevin Heaney, executive director of the Southern California Golf Association.
It’s a heavy burden for the leader of the organization responsible for rating golf courses and managing handicapping for all member clubs in Southern California. “We have to keep looking for ways to overcome the barriers that keep players from making that leap,” he says.
This article appeared in the December issue of Southland Golf magazine. See the full story here.