WRGA Handicap

All WRGA Members have access to the FREE WRGA Handicap system – Join Now for Free!.

A WRGA Handicap assumes the golfer is playing according to the WRGA Rules of Golf and Etiquette.

WRGA Members will automatically gain access to the WRGA Handicap System immediately after registering for as a WRGA FREE or EXECUTIVE MEMBER.

If you already have a Free, Charter or Executive Membership, but do not have a username & password for accessing the WRGA Handicap System, then click on the “Register” button immediately below and you will be guided through the WRGA Handicap registration process (you will be redirected to our HandiComp partner site).

Once you have your username and password you can access the WRGA Handicap System from the “WRGA Handicap System” widget on the right column of each page on the WRGA.org webste.

click “Register” to sign-up for a Free WRGA Handicap

Differences between the WRGA Handicap System and the USGA Handicap System

The WRGA Handicap System is designed to complement the USGA Handicap System; to fill in where the USGA Handicap System fails to reach.   Each has its purpose, neither is better or worse than the other, and any substitution of one for the other is entirely up to the golfer, league or club.  To help assist in such an election, following are key differences between the two systems:

To set the table, there are roughly 25 million golfers in the United States of which 14 million are core golfers (play eight or more times a year).   The USGA Handicap System serves fewer than 3 million of these golfers.  The reason the number is small has to do with availability, regulations, complexity, needs and price.  The WRGA Handicap System has no such burdens.

Furthermore, there are more than 5 million league golfers in the United States and the majority of them carry a handicap that is not USGA.

More information on the USGA Handicap System can be found at www.USGA.org.

USGA Handicap System

WRGA Handicap System

Per Section 11-10 of the USGA Handicap System Manual, “Only a golf club or authorized golf association that issues and maintains each Handicap Index in full accordance with the USGA Handicap System, as described in “The USGA Handicap System,” and is licensed by the USGA for this purpose, may use the term Handicap Index and identify it as such on handicap cards or elsewhere.  A golf club andgolf association must obtain written authorization from the USGA in order to use the USGA’s marks and to issue aHandicap Index.” No such overhead exists.
Golfers generally pay $10-$50 per year to an authorized golf association or to their golf club in order to receive a handicap. It’s Free and available with any WRGA Membership
The USGA Handicap System is defined within a 140 page manual that requires adherence to the USGA’s Rules of Golf; a tome. There is no manual; there is a short list of suggested rules, but rules are essentially up to the golfer or group.
  • For example, you may not be able to post a score if you listen to music for a prolonged period of time during the round (USGA’s Rules of Golf 14-3/16).
  • Crank up the volume and rock out, or, put on something soothing and chillax!  It matters not to the system.
A golfer must be a member of a Golf Club or licensed Amateur Association. A Golfer doesn’t have to be a member of anything.
A Golf Club must adhere to a 17 point “Club Compliance Checklist” in order to issue handicaps to member golfers: Golf Clubs are not defined within the WRGA Handicap System:
  • Golf Clubs must have a handicap committee, which is empowered to affect a golfer’s score record by posting a penalty score (as an example).
  • Golfer is not subject to any committee oversight.
  • System states that a player must earn a handicap and no player has an inherent right to a handicap without providing evidence of ability to their handicap committee.
  • System believes every golfer has an inherent right to a handicap without the burden of evidence of ability.
  • If a golfer receives their Index through an association, their club affiliation and score record are pretty much available to anyone in the world to see to satisfy peer review.
  • A golfer isn’t required to share their score record with anyone.
  • System is built to ensure peer review so that golfers can check on other golfers as a method to identify mistakes and recognize cheating.
  • Within leagues and small groups peer review occurs naturally and WRGA Base Handicaps can be derived from scores only within those groups, which makes cheating through posting of outside scores a non-issue.
  • A Golf Club Handicap Committee is authorized to take away a person’s USGA Handicap Index.
  • Nobody can take a WRGA Base Handicap away from a golfer.
A golfer must try to make the best score on every hole in every round and post every acceptable round. A golfer doesn’t have to try to play well in order to post a score and can decide if they wish to post a score (or not) on their own.
In order to post a score: In order to post a score:
  • The round must be played on a set of tees rated for Slope.
  • A golfer can play from any set of tees or simply make up a set of tees.
  • A golfer must play with an acceptable number of clubs.
  • A golfer can use any number of clubs.
  • Golf equipment must conform to USGA specifications.
  • A golfer can use any equipment.
  • A golfer must play with another individual.
  • A golfer can play alone.
  • A golfer can’t play two or more balls.
  • A golfer can play as many balls as they wish.
  • A round must be played in a season as determined by licensed amateur association.
  • There are no seasons, so a golfer can post a score played in the snow in Alaska in January.
  • A golfer must adjust score according to Equitable Stroke Control.
  • A golfer can adjust a score any way they want (or not).
  • Certain scores must be identified as a special type, such as a tournament score.
  • A golfer can identify a score any way they want (or not).
  • There are rules on what to do for unfinished rounds, holes where a ball is picked up, etc…
  • A golfer can make up their own rule(s).
The computation formula is applied to a controlled set of scores. A golfer can override the standard score record and apply the computation formula against any subset of their scores (i.e. only scores played on Sundays or with a particular playing partner).
There is a bonus for excellence built into the formula that benefits lower handicap golfers; for example a 20 handicapper will generally give a scratch golfer an extra stroke. There is no benefit given to lower handicap golfers.
A handicap is revised twice a month but there is an alternate Trend Handicap that is recalculated each time a score is posted. A handicap is recalculated every time a score is posted, so there is no delayed revision.
The handicap is based on 18-hole play. The handicap is based on 9-hole play.
There is an alternative 9-hole handicap system. There is no need for an alternative system.
There is a separate calculation for short course handicaps. The system handles all different length courses, so there is no alternate system for short courses.
Five scores must be posted prior to a handicap being issued. A handicap is computed upon the first score posted.
Tees must be rated by a team from an authorized association and must be rerated every so often, which is sometimes an expensive proposition for golf clubs. Tees are rated by empirical data, so there are no people involved nor any cost.
A handicap can be automatically adjusted due to exceptional tournament scores. There is no such adjustment.
Handicaps are portable as a USGA Handicap Index is translated to a Course Handicap. Handicaps are portable as a WRGA Base Handicap is translated to a Tee Handicap.
If golfers are competing against each other from different tees, Course Handicaps must be adjusted. There is no need to adjust Tee Handicaps to compensate for golfers playing different sets of tees.
Handicaps are computed by the USGA GHIN, the Golf Handicap Network, and other computation services, and issued by licensed Golf Clubs and Associations. The system is contained entirely within the My Golf Network website and its sister Golf Networks.
There are maximum handicaps for men and women. There are no maximum handicaps.
USGA Handicap Indexes are generally accepted for most competitions, although many competitions will put the current Index aside and select from something else, such as a Trend Index or the lowest Index in last six months. WRGA Base Handicaps may or may not be accepted for a particular competition.