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Handicapping & Course Rating

About Course Rating


PWGA is licensed to provide course ratings by the USGA.  For Course Rating purposes PWGA is divided into 8 geographical areas; each area has its own course rating team.  The team is comprised of a Chairman and several raters.  The Area Chair keeps the area calendar and schedules the ratings for that area.  

These women volunteer their time and expertise to rate courses for women throughout Northern California.  One of the conditions of our license is that we send raters to formally train at the USGA Calibration seminars held annually.  Our raters also volunteer their time to attend seminars and trainings to continue their education.  

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If you are interested in learning more about course rating or training to become an area rater, please contact your area Rating Chair or our Course Rating Director:

About Handicapping


Every Golfer wants to enjoy a fair match on any golf course. The USGA Handicap System is the best method we've found to allow all golfers to compete fairly on any course.  No matter where you play or which set of tees you use, your USGA Handicap Index travels well and makes Handicaps fair.  Your Handicap Index isn't your handicap; it simply leads you to your Course Handicap, which is the specific number of strokes you need to play on a specific set of tees to adjust your score back to the level of scratch (i.e. Course Rating).


All PWGA Clubs are handicapped through the USGA Golf Handicap and Information Network ("GHIN"). As a PWGA member you will receive a bi-monthly computer calculated handicap index. Posting scores is the responsibility of the individual member. Penalty scores will be posted by the Club Handicap Committee for members who consistently neglect to follow correct procedures. If you have handicapping questions you may e-mail our Handicap Director: