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Rules of Handicapping FAQs

Handicap Competitions

Q. At what age should a golfer be allowed to play the forward tees?

A. The World Handicap System™ enables players to play from different tees and still have a fair game or competition, which is why the USGA does not recommend any particular set of tees based on factors such as age, gender, or driving distance. For recreational rounds, it is up to the player to decide which tees to play. For competition purposes, it is up to the Committee in charge of the competition.