Handicaps

Welcome to The Villages Golf Handicap System. The Villages is a USGA Golf Club with Membership in the Florida State Golf Association (FSGA). The Golf Handicap & Information Network (GHIN) through the Florida State Golf Association provides USGA/WHS handicap indexes.

To ensure the integrity of the handicaps in our community and in accordance with the USGA/WHS Handicap System, The Villages Community Handicap Committee (TVCGHC) was established. The Committee operates independently to fulfill the duties imposed by the USGA/WHS Handicap System. The Two Regional committees are composed of 2 volunteer representatives from each  of their 6 Country Clubs and a Regional Chairman. The Executive committee is composed of a Chair, two Regional Vice Chairs, Secretary, Compliance Officer, an Advisory member, and a non-voting representative of the Villages Golf Administration. It operates under its own bylaws and procedures, which are posted to this web site.

The USGA system requires that every member report all acceptable scores for handicap calculation personally, or as otherwise authorized by the committee, as soon as possible after the round is played. Scores may be posted at any of the computer stations located in the golf shop of each championship course. Although not the preferred method, an acceptable alternative is to post scores via the internet. There are two websites you can access to do so, FSGA.org or GHIN.com. The golf shop teams are trained to be of assistance if needed. Any posting errors should be immediately reported to one of the golf shop personnel for correction.

The USGA/WHS has determined that Handicap Revisions will take place daily following the posting of a score. The USGA/WHS index will change every day a new score is posted. The Scores will represent 8 of the 20 differential scores that were used to calculate you handicap index.

A playerís USGA/WHS handicap index should reflect potential scoring ability. Rule 7 of the USGA/WHS handicap manual sets forth committee powers to adjust a memberís index; up or down, when circumstances warrant. Examples include failure to post scores or manipulating rounds to influence oneís index. Rule 7 also provides reduction for Exceptional Score Reduction (ESR). The committee will also provide a list of Village Tournaments counting as tournament "C" scores. A handicap manual is available at each championship course for reference, or one may be ordered from the USGA.

Each championship course will have a location for posting information regarding the system. The committee will post material for assisting members with the correct procedures.

Any violation of the spirit of the USGA/WHS should be reported to one of the handicap committee members or one of the Championship Courses Golf Professionals or managers for reference to the committee for action. Resolution of Handicap matters is not the function of the Golf Professional or their staff but of the Handicap Committee.



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