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HANDICAPS AND THE CHESTATEE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE

The intent of the Chestatee Golf Club Handicap Committee is to take an active role in ensuring that each player’s USGA Handicap Index reflects his/her potential scoring ability by performing periodic reviews of posted scores, by examining results of tournaments and by providing an environment that encourages respectful adherence to the spirit of the USGA Handicap System.  USGA Handicap System Section 8-2.a (“Notice to Members”) advises each golf club to send an annual notice to its members to outline the USGA Handicap System, to stress the importance of reporting all acceptable scores, and to report the Handicap Committee’s policies.  Accordingly, we would like to advise all members of Chestatee Golf Club are of the following:   


Posting Home Course Scores
All scores must be posted within 48 hours of play in the posting computer located in the Golf Pro Shop.  Scores can also be posted through the GHIN posting system online if the Pro Shop is closed.  Scorecards should be deposited in the “Members Scorecard” mailbox located on the wall outside the entrance to the Pro Shop.

Posting Away Course Scores
All away scores must be posted within 48 hours of play, if possible, in the posting computer located in the Golf Pro Shop. Scores can also be posted through the GHIN posting system online.

Verifying Handicap Indexes
As required by the USGA Handicap System, the Handicap Committee shall periodically review posted scores, Handicap Indexes, and such other public or private records or information available to it for purposes of verifying Handicap Indexes.

Course Handicap Tables
Course Handicap Tables are available in the desk drawer where the posting computer is located in the Pro Shop.

USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating
The USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating for every set of tee markers are available in the desk drawer where the posting computer is located in the Pro Shop.

Handicap Lists and Scoring Records
An official list of Handicap Indexes along with current scoring records of all players are available to all members and may be retrieved from the posting computer in the Pro Shop.

Authority of the Handicap Committee

The USGA Handicap System charges the club's Handicap Committee with the responsibility of making certain that a player’s USGA Handicap Index reflects his/her potential scoring ability. Under the following circumstances it may be necessary for the Handicap Committee to make adjustments to the player’s USGA Handicap Index:


​​◼︎  Failure to post a score (see notes below)

◼︎  Numerous Away scores that change a player's handicap index

◼︎  Player manipulates a round

◼︎  Improving faster than the handicap system can react to

◼︎  Exceptional tournament scores


If a player repeatedly fails to meet his/her responsibilities under the USGA Handicap System, the Handicap Committee may withdraw a player’s USGA Handicap Index.  Before an adjustment becomes effective, the Handicap Committee shall give the player an opportunity to explain the circumstances surrounding the proposed adjustment, either in writing or by meeting with the Handicap Committee.


Failure to Post

A USGA Handicap Index shall be adjusted up or down if the player does not turn in all acceptable scores or otherwise does not observe the spirit of the USGA Handicap System.  The Handicap Committee shall determine the amount of the adjustment.  If a player fails to post an acceptable score, the Handicap Committee will post the score, if known, or a penalty score.


Handicap Committee Policies


Posting Responsibility

It is the individual player's responsibility to ensure his or her score is posted.
Tournament Score Posting 

All scores from Tournament rounds, both at Chestatee Golf Club and away, are to be posted as “T” scores with the exception of any weekly MGA or WGA play days, which are NOT to be considered Tournament rounds.
Other Policies

The Chestatee Handicap Committee reserves the right to adopt such policies and procedures as necessary to protect and promote the USGA Handicap System and ensure an equitable playing environment for all members of the club.