That’s how many years ago the United States Golf Association established their handicap system. So with a century under their belt there is a new crop of golfers (mostly millennials) who believe they don’t need a Handicap Index. Are you one of those golfers? Well… we’re here to confirm that thought and share with you 7 reasons why you don’t need one.
ONE: People argue whether golf is a game or a sport but either way it’s pure nonsense to track how well you are doing. Why would anyone in their right mind want to know if they’re improving in their skill?!
TWO: Certainly it’s more fun to compete with someone who has advanced skills to your average skills with no level playing field. You know what’s super fun? Playing golf from the exact same tees even though your competitor out-drives you a solid 50+ yards (regardless of age, skill or gender) is definitely acceptable and makes for a fun round. You may just win. Someday.
THREE: On that same note as above, why even sign up to play in a competitive tournament?! Where is the fun in that? I can promise you that no one wants to compete or try and win anything… a trophy, some cash, respect, bragging rights, Instagram photo cred, whatever.
FOUR: Establishing a Handicap Index means you have to play at a minimum of five 18-hole rounds or ten 9-hole rounds. Who has time for that… or better yet, who wants to make time for that? Having to play golf is the WORST!
FIVE: I’d hate to go play somewhere like St. Andrews in Scotland. They require a Handicap Index to get on the Old Course. Definitely not ever going to plan that golf dream bucket-list trip.
SIX: Signing up for an SCGA membership (we have the cheapest available option out there at only $49) means I can’t spend that money on three’ish beers. Lame. I hate having extra benefits too… like discounts on tee times and outings, a free gift card to Roger Dunn, and a full calendar of social and competitive golf events among other things.
SEVEN: It truly sucks being a part of something, especially something that over 60 million people worldwide (approximately 25 million in the United States alone) play.
…read between the lines, establishing a Handicap Index is worth it and super easy to do! Be a part of something!
You don’t have to join a private golf club or one affiliated with one particular golf course. SOCAL Golfer is a great eClub option and we’re offer the cheapest annual rate out there… only $49! Get your official GHIN number to start establishing your Handicap Index as well as loads of other great benefits.