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Handicapping

How Do I Get a Handicap?

USGA Handicap Indexes are issued to individuals only through recognized golf clubs. The USGA Handicap System requires that a golfer be part of a club so that “peer review” is part of the handicap process. Every CSGA Member Club is licensed to issue handicap indexes!

If you belong to a private club you should contact the handicap chairperson to be added to the CSGA/GHIN handicap system.

For the many golfers that do not belong to a private club you can still receive a CSGA/GHIN handicap from many CSGA member clubs. Several public facilities offer a "handicap only" service which will allow total access to a CSGA/GHIN handicap.

I don't really play in tournaments, why do I need an official CSGA/GHIN handicap?

The broad appeal of golf is the unique and equitable handicapping system.  The purpose of the USGA Handicap System is to make the game more enjoyable for golfers of all abilities.  So whether you participate in tournaments or not, an official CSGA/GHIN handicap will allow you to see the improvements in your ability or compete more equitably with your playing partners.

Once you've joined a golf club and posted five adjusted gross scores you will be issued a CSGA/GHIN handicap once a revision date passes.  To view a directory of courses offering handicap indexes just select the Club Directory link below and search for a public facility in your area.

There are three ways to get an official GHIN/CSGA Handicap:

Join a CSGA Green-Grass Club

CSGA Green-Grass Clubs are CSGA golf clubs located at a specific golf course. A CSGA Green-Grass Club can be a private, semi-private, public, or resort golf course.  Contact the club directly to get started! If you are a member of a CSGA Member Club and are a GHIN handicap holder. you are already a member of the CSGA.

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Join the CSGA Online

If you are a GHIN Handicap holder through a CSGA member club you are already a member of the association. If not, CSGA membership is available to all golfers throughout Connecticut who wish to take advantage of the benefits of belonging to the oldest state golf association in the country. The cost of joining the CSGA online is $49 per season (April 1 through November 15) and includes several member benefits.

A CSGA membership includes a certified USGA Handicap which must be issued through a licensed golf club

Join via the CSGA Golf Clubs for Connecticut Schools Program (FREE for ages 18-and-younger).

The CSGA Golf Club for Connecticut Schools Program offers students CSGA membership including a USGA Handicap Index through our Online Club for Schools. Click here to join!

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About the CSGA

The CSGA functions as an extension of the USGA and provides stewardship for amateur golf in Connecticut. Founded in 1899, it is the country’s oldest state golf association and conducts over 50 Championships, Qualifiers and One-Day Tournaments throughout the year, in addition to administering handicaps for over 40,000 members and 181 member clubs. As a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization, the CSGA supports a variety of golf organizations within Connecticut, including the Connecticut Women’s Golf Association, Southern New England Women’s Golf Association, The First Tee, the Connecticut PGA, and the CSGA Scholarship Fund in honor of Widdy Neale.