Frequency of Handicap Index Updates

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USGA Handicap System (pre-2020):  Following the National Revision Schedule, a player’s Handicap Index® is updated on the 1st and 15th of each month.

Rule Change for 2020:  A player’s Handicap Index will update daily, provided that the player submitted a score the day before. On days where the player does not submit a score, no update will take place.

Reasons for Change:

  • To provide players with a more responsive and up-to-date Handicap Index.
  • Under the current system, a newly submitted score may have to wait up to two weeks before it’s factored into the player’s Handicap Index calculation.
  • To streamline the process of establishing a Handicap Index.
  • After a player submits their third acceptable 18-hole score (made up of any combination of 9-hole and 18-hole rounds), they will be issued a Handicap Index the next day.
  • To encourage players to submit scores as soon as practicable, preferably before midnight on the day of play.
  • Since the Playing Conditions Calculation will use scores submitted at a course each day, it is crucial that scores are posted on the same day of play.