Your USGA Handicap Index, is issued by a real green-grass golf club!
ISaAC Scoring Systems, LLC provides golf handicap management software to "green grass" golf facilities. When a golfer signs up for the USGA Handicapping Service on 1StopForGolf.com, that golfer must select their "home" course as part of the sign-up process, and to fulfill the requirements of the USGA. The selected "home" course can then use the golf handicap management software provided by ISaAC Scoring Systems, LLC to perform the necessary USGA review and update tasks via ISaAC's powerful web-based system.
In Simple Terms
When you join 1StopForGolf.com, you become a member of the handicap committee at your chosen "home club". You are REQUIRED to play at that golf club according to the USGA rules (see below). You DO NOT become a member of the facility itself as this is usually a MUCH more expensive proposal. You can play with confidence knowing that your USGA Handicap Index is issued by a USGA Licensed green-grass facility.
USGA Definition of a Golf Club
A "golf club" is an organization of at least ten individual members* that operates under bylaws with committees (especially a handicap committee) to supervise golf activities, provide peer review, and maintain the integrity of the USGA Handicap System (see Club Compliance Checklist, Section 8-2m and Decision 2/7). A golf club must be licensed by the USGA to utilize the USGA Handicap System. A club can obtain a license directly from the USGA or in conjunction with its membership in an authorized golf association that is already licensed by the USGA and that has jurisdiction in the geographic area that includes the principal location of the golf club. (See Appendix F.)
A "member" of a golf club is defined by the USGA as...
Members of a golf club must have a reasonable and regular opportunity to play golf with each other. They must be able to return scores personally, and these scores must be readily available for inspection by others, including, but not limited to, fellow members and the club's Handicap Committee.
Obviously, the "home" club selected must comply with the necessary regulations stipulated by the USGA for issuing USGA Handicap Indexes, but not to worry...... 95% of all "green grass" golf clubs comply!
One quick way to know if a facility complies with the USGA requirements. Look at the following link. If your club appears on this page, then they are compliant with the most recent USGA requirements for issuing USGA Handicap Indexes.
NOTE: All clubs who are licensed may not appear using the search provided by the USGA as their list is constantly changing and being updated. In addition, clubs have until July 1, 2006 to become compliant.
All information here has been taken directly from the latest version of the USGA Handicap System Manual.
5-2a/8. Posting Individual Scores Via a Palm-Size and/or Wireless Device
Blackberry users read this!
Q: May a player individually post scores using a palm-size device and/or other wireless type device?
A: Yes. A member of a golf club (which has adopted the policy to accept Internet-posted scores) may post scores in this manner since this method is similar in nature to Internet score posting at a computer terminal. Therefore, there is no prohibition against using this type of device.
If you were thinking about signing up for a web-based service other than 1StopForGolf.com, you should read this!
Q: Can an individual get a Handicap Index from a Web site?
A: No. However, an individual can obtain a Handicap Index from a licensed golf club that follows the USGA Handicap System in its entirety and communicates with its members primarily through a Web site. (See Decision 2/7.) (REVISED)
Obviously, 1StopForGolf.com is a web-based handicap management system that real "green grass" licensed golf clubs use to manage your handicap, thereby completely adhering to the USGA rulings on this issue.