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Did You Know? Where the handicap holes on a scorecard come from

Most everyone also knows that the #1 allocated hole as the one where a higher-handicapped player is most likely to need a stroke as an equalizer, and the hole allocated as handicap-stroke hole #18 as the hole where that player is least likely to need a stroke. But – what’s the process for determining the ranking and who should be involved?

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How To Post Your Score Online

The USGA Handicap System allows clubs the option of allowing its members to post scores via the Internet. Click Here to Register your GHIN number on our website so that you can begin to post scores, lookup other player handicap information, see your score history and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Membership & Handicapping

The following are some questions that are frequently asked about membership and Handicapping with the Oregon Golf Association, along with the answers to those questions.   If you have a question and do not see it here, you can call 503.981.4653 or send us an email.

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OGA Score Posting Season & Revision Dates

Although a chill is in the air and fall is upon us, we have not stopped updating OGA/USGA Handicap Indexes!
A reminder that the posting season in Oregon is March 1 - November 30.
Keep playing, and keep posting all of your scores!

Click Here for OGA information on Playing Golf Under the Rules In Unpleasant Course Conditions

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Handicap Hole Allocation

How often have we, as golfers, wondered how the handicap is allocated for each hole on a golf course?  You play a hole that you think is the most difficult hole on a course and it is only the 5thhandicap hole. Why?

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Did you know? The significance of Slope Rating 113

A golf course of standard playing difficulty has a USGA Slope Rating of 113. You might have noticed the mathematical constant of 113 as part of the formula for calculating a USGA Handicap Index.  But what does it mean? 

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Summertime FAQ’s - Handicapping & Course Rating

Here are some common inquiries we receive about handicapping and course rating, especially during the summer months. If you have your own questions that aren’t listed here, be sure to let us know! (email us at info@oga.org)

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Tee it Forward And Have More Fun!

This sounds simple, but you’ll actually enjoy yourself more if you play from the set of tees that best fits your golf game.  In most cases, this means go ahead and move forward!

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5 Reasons To Get A USGA Handicap

YOU KNOW YOU WANT ONE!  
5 Reasons to GET GAME with a USGA Handicap Index from the OGA!

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Handicap System Philosophy

The Oregon Golf Association strongly believes there are several elements that underscore the essential message of the USGA Handicap System. We ask that every OGA Member join us in upholding these important ideals that support the integrity of amateur golf.

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So You Want A USGA Handicap Index®

A USGA Handicap Index is more than just a number that is computed using a formula developed by the USGA.  It is a process that is governed by a set of Rules that complement the Rules of Golf®.

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Unacceptable Excuses for Not Posting Scores

Two basic premises underlie the USGA Handicap System, namely that each player will try to make the best score at every hole in every round, regardless of where it is played, and the player will post every acceptable round for peer review....yet for some golfers, they come up with a littany of excuses for not posting their scores.

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08/19/13 - Playing Different Sets of Tees?

Playing different sets of tees causing you handicapping questions? Get all the answers here.

04/14/13 - What Do The Letters Next To My Handicap Mean?

Is there a letter next to your hanidcap? Here we explain what the meanings are if you have a letter next to your hanidcap.

10/31/12 - TPP Tips - Right Click For More Options

TPP is a dynamic tournament administration software capable of doing a lot of things. With a variety of tournament formats within the program and the multitude of ways that a user can manipulate it to fit their tournament, it gives any event a professional and well organized feel. Read more in this ongoing series from our Director of Tournament Operations Brent Whittaker.

10/12/12 - Handicap Hole Allocation

How often have we, as golfers, wondered how the handicap is allocated for each hole on a golf course?  You play a hole that you think is the most difficult hole on a course and it is only the 5thhandicap hole. Why?

09/13/12 - Did You Know? Where the handicap holes on a scorecard come from

Most everyone also knows that the #1 allocated hole as the one where a higher-handicapped player is most likely to need a stroke as an equalizer, and the hole allocated as handicap-stroke hole #18 as the hole where that player is least likely to need a stroke. But – what’s the process for determining the ranking and who should be involved?

06/13/12 - Happy Father’s Day to the Godfather of Handicapping - Leighton Calkins!
05/31/12 - Course Rating and How it Affects You - Using Recent Re-Rating of the OGA Golf Course As The Example

Over time, obstacles change on every golf course. Trees grow bigger, rough height changes, green speeds fluctuate. Mowing patterns change the width of fairways. Ponds are expanded. New tees add or remove yardage...

05/14/12 - Did You Know? How To Convert Your Handicap Index to A Course Handicap

There are several easy ways to convert your Handicap Index to a Course Handicap? First, let’s review what the difference is between a Handicap Index and a Course Handicap, and the meaning of each. 

04/30/12 - Posting Scores When Slope & Rating Is Not Available For Your Tees & Gender

Did You Know you can post your score even if a USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating is not available for your gender on the set of tees you want to play? 

03/30/12 - Did You Know Peer Review is More Than Just a Definition in the USGA Handicap Manual?

Did You Know? Peer review isn’t just an important definition in the USGA Handicap System. Peer review denotes action. It’s a process that is at work at every OGA Member Club. Peer review is alive, but is it well?

USGA Handicap Lookup

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