The purpose of the USGA Handicap System is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling golfers of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis.
In order to obtain a USGA Handicap Index, a player must first join a licensed Golf Club. There are over 300 AWGA Women's Clubs throughout Arizona for you to choose from. Some clubs require that members maintain a facility membership at the course in order to be eligible to participate in the women's club. Many others are public and only require that you maintain a membership within the women's club itself. While it is the USGA that has developed the rules of the Handicap System they do not issue Handicaps directly to individual golfers (nor does the AWGA). The USGA grants a license to utilize the system. This license is either obtained through an authorized golf association or through an independent golf club.
The Arizona Handicap Network (AZHN)
The Arizona Women's Golf Association is authorized by the USGA to license its member clubs. In a joint agreement with the Arizona Golf Association (AGA) we have created the Arizona Handicap Network (AZHN). The two associations are dedicated to providing our members with the best possible customer service and assistance when it comes to managing their clubs in compliance with the USGA System.
AZHN Services to Member Clubs
State of the art handicap calculation software that automatically updates Handicap Indexes at each revision period established by the AZHN
A computer workstation at each of the member club golf facilities in the state in order to facilitate the posting of scores for all golfers
A label printer so members can print a current handicap sticker at any location within the state
An on-line central database that allows all members to view scoring records and post scores at any member golf course
Access to the International Golf Network (IGN), an organization that allows the transfer of scores among member golf associations throughout the country
Ability to post scores online and perform peer review of other golfers either via the AWGA's website or the AGA's website
AZHN Services to Club Administrators
Easy to use administrative software that allows club administrators to add and edit member information which is accessible from any computer that has an internet connection
A tournament program (Tournament Pairings Program or TPP) to assist clubs in the administration of regular play days as well as Invitationals and Major Championships
Workshops on the application of the USGA Handicap System
Certification seminars which are required for a club to maintain its license
A Handicap Chairmen's Kit filled with useful information that can assist in the management of a club including sample policies and letters, posters, etc.
Assistance in determining the hole by hole stroke allocations that should be used in club events
Telephone assistance on any aspect of the system from general questions about the requirements of the USGA program to assistance with specific individual situations that occur in the club