Purpose and Authorization; Obtaining a Handicap Index
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Interpretation 2

Rule 1 covers the fundamentals of handicapping, including:

  • The purpose of the World Handicap System
  • Authorisation
  • Responsibilities of key stakeholders, and
  • How to obtain a Handicap Index.
How to Obtain a Handicap Index
Designating a Home Club
Criteria to be Used When Designating a Home Club

Rule 1.4b requires a player who is a member of more than one golf club to designate one golf club as their home club.

A player should decide which golf club to designate as their home club based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Proximity to primary residence,
  • Frequency of play, and/or
  • The golf club where they submit most of their acceptable scores.

Should a player’s primary residence change on a regular basis such that different golf clubs satisfy the above criteria at different times of the year, the player should consider changing their home club accordingly.

Players must not designate a home club for the purpose of obtaining a Handicap Index that could give them an unfair advantage.