USGA Handicap Manual

The USGA Handicap System™ enables golfers of all skill levels to compete on an equitable basis. This section of the site will help golfers understand why having a Handicap Index® is important. There are links to "The USGA Handicap System" manual, the USGA's handicapping equivalent of "The Rules of Golf" below.

USGA Handicap Manual

Click on the following sections to view the Handicap System:

Section 1

Purpose and Requirements

Section 2


Section 3

The Player

Section 4

Adjusting Hole Scores

Section 5


Section 6

Scoring Records

Section 7

Preferred Lies (Winter Rules)

Section 8

The Handicap Committee

Section 9

Handicap Competitions

Section 10

USGA Handicap Formula

Section 11

Handicap Controls

Section 12


Section 13

USGA Course Rating

Section 14

Installing Course Ratings in a Region

Section 15

Course Set-Up

Section 16

Par Computation

Section 17

Allocation of Handicap Strokes