USGA Handicap System
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” and a Course Handicap™ calculator to allow players to convert their Handicap Index to the Course Handicap for any course that has been properly rated. Articles and resources are available for anyone interested in starting a golf club or for current Handicap Committee chairmen who need assistance in maintaining handicaps for their respective clubs. The current version of the USGA Handicap System went into effect on Jan. 1, 2012 and the next revision will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Any modifications to the System are noted on the USGA Web site.
Handicap Hole Allocation
The KGA performs statistical analysis of historical scores for each hole on the course, provided by a club. Based upon this analysis, the KGA recommends in a report to the club how the handicap strokes should be allocated.
Courses should be defined and marked at all times so golfers may become accustomed to playing under the Rules of Golf. The KGA assists its member clubs in properly marking and defining their golf courses for tournament and daily play. This service can range from having the KGA review existing markings and then provide a recommendation report, to having the Association completely define and mark the course.
Pace of Play Rating
Pace of Play is an important issue for any course, whether it is private or public. The KGA provides assistance to a member club to establish a time par for an average group of golfers to play the course. This is done by collecting information about the course such as distance between greens and tees and location of snack bars. This information is combined with the course rating information to produce a time par. In addition, the KGA offers complimentary pace of play tools to help a club’s staff monitor pace of play.
Accurate measuring is an essential component of a USGA Course and Slope Rating. The KGA accurately measures member clubs’ courses and practice facilities with state-of-the-art optical laser technology, and then delivers a detailed report with all measurements.
USGA Turf Advisory Service
Quality turf is a key to having satisfied members and patrons. The USGA Green Section is a valuable resource for courses by providing the most practical turf and golf course management information for the budget of any facility. The Turf Advisory Service typically reviews subjects such as current maintenance programs, course condition, environmental subjects, safety issues, and long-range planning. Many clubs in Kentucky use this service annually.