Unlike any other sport, golf has a system in place that enables golfers of a wide range in playing ability to compete against one another on an equitable basis. The USGA Handicap System has evolved dramatically over the past 100 years. From a handicap that was based on a player’s three best scores and specific to the golf course where it was established, to the introduction of Slope Rating® and the portability of a Handicap Index®, the USGA Handicap System has evolved with the help of technology and the growing interest of the game of golf to the masses. No longer is the game of golf restricted to the wealthy. Golf is more accessible than ever before and, thanks to the USGA Handicap System, these players of varying ability are able to compete against one another on an equal playing field. Not only is a Handicap Index used to create an equitable competition, but it is also used to measure an individual’s playing ability and is usually required as a qualifying condition for state, regional and national competitions. We are continually looking for ways in which the USGA Handicap System can evolve. For instance, the USGA Handicap Research Team consists of highly-skilled mathematicians who continually study different aspects of the USGA Handicap System and how it can be improved in addition to our authorized golf association, Committee, and public feedback, which is invaluable. For the next 100 years the USGA will continue to progress a system that is fair for all and one where players strive to reach their potential ability, For the Good of the Game®.