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Posting A Score From Outside The U.S.

Posted: 7/26/2012

Do I post a score if played at a golf course outside the United States?


It depends on where the golf is played, but likely the answer is yes. In order to post a score when playing outside the United States, the course (tee) must have both a USGA Course Rating™ and Slope Rating®. There are approximately 60 countries that are licensed to use the USGA Course Rating System including Mexico, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, as well as most of the countries in Europe, South America, Asia and the Caribbean. For a complete list of countries that are licensed to use the USGA Course Rating System™ click on the link below:


A majority of the countries licensed to utilize the USGA Course Rating System also use either the USGA Handicap System™, or a similar handicap system that requires courses in that country to have both a USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating. If this is the case, USGA Course Ratings will normally be displayed on the scorecard or available by inquiring with the pro shop at the golf course. One notable exception to this are the countries of the British Isles (England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland) as the handicap system used in those countries relates to a value termed a Standard Scratch Score (usually listed as SSS). Scotland, Wales and Ireland (and English women) utilize the USGA Course Rating System to help determine the Standard Scratch Score, so in many cases the courses have been rated using the USGA Course Rating System. Some of the well known courses in those countries may display USGA Course Ratings on the scorecard or in the pro shop if frequented by guests from the United States or other parts of the world.

So the next time you plan a trip to a popular golf destination outside the United States such as Scotland, Spain or Australia, not only can you post your score, you may be required to post the score.

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