21 December 2018

Guide – How to get a handicap?


Ah… the Golf Handicap. We’ve tried our best to explain this simply.   


What is a Golf Handicap?

A golf handicap is a number.

It’s number that lets you know how good you ‘could’ be at golf ?.

Ultimately, it’s a number that lets you compete against other golfers. It evens up the playing field, regardless of your ability.

Personally, its number that has caused me a lot of pain, because I very rarely beat my handicap ?.


Why is a Golf Handicap important?

Whether you love it or loathe it. In Australia, if you want to be officially acknowledged as a ‘ golfer’, you will need a Golf Handicap. Irrespective of whether you’re a beginner or a superstar.

As soon as you start talking golf.

One of the first questions you’ll get is. ‘What do you play off”.

Those with a Golf Handicap will often reply “I’m off (Insert number), but I never play to it”.

Those without a Golf Handicap will reply “Oh. I don’t have an official handicap, but I usually shoot (insert a score that is better than what they shoot)”.  

Here’s the reality, if you don’t have a Golf Handicap, no one will take your golfing ability seriously ?.

Think of a handicap like a golf licence. It legitimises you as a golfer.


How is a Golf Handicap Calculated?

WARNING – It’s complicated and it hurts my head trying to explain it. If you want to go down the rabbit hole click here for the official explanation.


How can you get a Golf Handicap?

In the interest of self promotion. One way to get an Official Golf Handicap is by joining Future Golf, we’ve tried to make the process as simple and easy as possible. You can also find players in our members lounge, use a Free round or book a Future Golf event to play your first rounds for your handicap. 

Here’s how it works for Future Golf members:

  1. You join Future Golf and select a membership option with Handicap @
  2. You play 3 rounds of golf (18 holes).
  3. You score your round doing your best not to break any rules (see this FAQ for more detail
  4. You submit your scorecards via your Future Golf member portal.
  5. We look after the rest.


How long does it take to get a Golf Handicap?

Once you have submitted your 3 scorecards you will get your handicap within 48 hours (most of the time we try to do it same day).


What’s Next?

Once you have your handicap you can play golf events, win prizes, enter club competitions and submit social rounds that count towards your handicap.

You also get access to Golflink where you can easily track your scores and check your handicap.

You can join Future Golf by clicking  HERE