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USGA Handicaps FAQ's

Table of Contents

  1. How do I enter my scores and can I enter them from my home or office computer?
  2. Can I post 9 hole scores?
  3. What scores count toward my handicap?
  4. What is a "Handicap Index" and what do I do with it?
  5. When are scores updated on the computer and when are new sheets posted along with my handicap card?
  6. Who is GolfNet?
  7. Can I look up my handicap from my home?
  8. Can I enter my scores from my home?
  9. How do I adjust my scores?
  10. Can I enter the Executive Course?

How do I enter my scores and can I enter them from my home or office computer?

To enter your scores from the computers at Lindenwood Golf Club, enter your name or "golfer number" and follow the easy to read instructions that follow.  Enter your score with adjustments (you do not adjust if you are new to the system) and the appropriate slope and rating of the course played. If you play at Lindenwood, use the slope and rating from the correct combination of nines that you played.  TIP: remember to use the correct "tee blocks".  If you do not specify what tees you played from - the computer will default to the "blue" tee markers for the men.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask for help from the pro shop.

You can also enter your scores from the convenience of your home or office computer.  Once we have established you as a member of GolfNet, you can enter your adjusted scores from a remote computer.   Just log onto our web site and go to USGA Handicaps.    From there you will click on the www.kpganetwork.com link and enter your email address you provided as your username and the default password is 'lindenwood'.  You will have the option of changing this after you've logged in for the first time by going to 'Profile' at the top of the page and then clicking on 'Account Settings'. 

Can I post 9 hole scores?

Yes.  On the screen where you are entering your score there is an EDIT button next to the course you played, click on this to match the nine you played to either the Front Nine or Back Nine. 

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What scores count towards my handicap?

All scores during the golf season should be posted.   The beginning and end of a season differs depending on what part of the country you are in.  Typically, in Western Pennsylvania, we begin April 1st and end October 31st. 

Computations are based on the lowest 10 differentials from your last twenty (20) 18-Hole scores.   Differentials basically mean the difference between the course rating and your adjusted score.

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What is a "Handicap Index" and what do I do with it?

The Handicap Index is a number always followed by a decimal point and a single digit.  Before you begin play, you would find this number in the range on the appropriate table for the course you are to play or by clicking on the "Course Handicap Calculator" button on the posting computer.

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When are scores updated on the computer and when are new sheets posted along with my handicap card?

Once a score is entered, you will receive an "Instant Handicap" so that you can play right away.  An Official USGA Handicap is calculated every 2 weeks.   Once the revised USGA Handicap is calculated, you can view it at home or on our computer at the club.   We print new summary sheets soon after the USGA revisions are completed. 

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Who is GolfNet?

GolfNet is a national provider with 25 years of experience and over 3,200 clubs and 1 million golfers reporting scores.   Our golf association, The Keystone Premier Golf Association, subscribes to this service.

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Can I look up my handicap from my home?

If you are a current member of Lindenwood Golf Club's handicap system known as GolfNet, you may access your online account by clicking "POST SCORES" on our  USGA Handicaps page.  Your default username is your email address and"lindenwood" is your default password needed to log on.  Once logged in you may change your username and password by clicking on the "EDIT PROFILE" button at the top left portion of the page.  From there your username and password are found in the "Account Settigs" tab.

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Can I enter my scores from my home?

If you are a current member of Lindenwood Golf Club's handicap system known as GolfNet, you may post scores at your online account by clicking "POST SCORES" on our USGA Handicaps page. Your default username is LGCxxxx (where "xxxx" is your golfer number) and your last name in ALL CAPS is your default password needed to log on.  Once logged in you may change your username and password by clicking on the "EDIT PROFILE" button at the top left portion of the page. From there your username and password are found in the "Account Settigs" tab.

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How do I adjust my scores?

Once you have a handicap index established, you need to adjust scores with the Equitable Stoke Control table listed below.  For Handicap purposes, you are required to adjust your hole scores (actual or probable) when they are higher than your maximum number you can post.   There is no limit to the number of holes on which you can adjust your score.  Here is how you do it:

Scan your score card for any hole where your score (actual or probable) is higher than your maximum number - then adjust to the maximum number shown in the table.

18 - Hole Course Handicap Maximum Number Posted on Any Hole
9 or less Double Bogey
10 through 19 7
20 through 29 8
30 through 39 9
40 or more 10

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Can I enter the Executive Course?

Yes you can.  You will find the slope and rating on the Executive Course Ratings page for 9 holes or 18 holes.

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Revised: 3/24/2014.

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