Handicap Certification & USGA Licensed Clubs

New USGA Handicap System(TM) Licensing Program For Clubs

Golf Ball on TeeThe USGA Handicap System Licensing Program for Clubs is a new requirement for ALL clubs in the United States wishing to utilize the USGA Handicap System(TM). As clubs are licensed, they will be published as such on the USGA website. Any club not licensed by April 1, 2012, will not be allowed to issue USGA Handicap Indexes or use any of the trademarks associated with the USGA Handicap System(TM).

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Club Licensing Requirements

In addition to meeting the traditional requirements of the Definition of a Golf Club and adhering to the Club Compliance Checklist, a new requirement has been added that each Club must have a representative attend a Handicap Certification Seminar and pass a test exhibiting knowledge about the USGA Handicap System(TM). This is true both for Clubs that are members of USGA Licensed State or Regional Golf Associations and those that are not.

Club Auditing Procedures

The USGA will randomly select licensed clubs each year to complete an audit program and provide evidence that they are in compliance with the USGA Handicap System(TM). The USGA will also audit any club which has been reported in writing to the USGA as having a potential compliance issue. Details on the audit process and re-instatement of revoked licenses can be found at The USGA Club Auditing Page.


Golf clubs that are currently licensed will remain so until December 31, 2015 provided a representative of the club completes the seminar/quiz requirement during the 2012 – 2015 term.

If you have any questions regarding the USGA licensing program, contact the Golf Association of Florida.