Both the USGA Handicap System and USGA Course Rating System were developed using years of data and research to determine the formulas and standards within each system. There have been numerous updates to each system over the past 25+ years. In addition, the game of golf has also evolved over this same timeframe in regards to equipment and course maintenance practices. Each update implemented was supported with significant research work and studies; however, with the increased amount of data available today, a comprehensive analysis to both further validate current systems or indicate the need for further refinement is a primary goal of the USGA going forward.
The USGA, in partnership with the Chevron STEM program, has created a handicap research internship program to employ qualified individuals to meet our desired goal as listed above.
The USGA Handicap Research Intern will focus on collecting and analyzing data relative to the USGA Handicap System, USGA Course Rating System and USGA Pace Rating System. The majority of this data will be collected personally by the intern from local courses. Office duties include analyzing scoring data relative to dynamic conditions of the golf courses, and generating reports to provide to the USGA Handicap Department and USGA Handicap Research Team. Additionally, the Intern will support the State and Regional Golf Association with various duties as assigned.