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Establishing a Handicap Index for the U.S. Adaptive Open

Purpose/Survey Overview

The purpose of this survey is to provide a simple gateway for adaptive players to establish and maintain a Handicap Index®.  It only takes three scores to get started and they can be rounds you have already played.

By choosing to establish a Handicap Index, you will be able to submit scores on a website or via a mobile app and track your progress. It takes less than one minute to submit a score, and both 9- and 18-hole scores are acceptable.

If you already have a Handicap Index, we ask that you still complete this survey – which will enable the USGA to gain a better understanding of Handicap Index coverage in the adaptive golf community.

A Handicap Index will be required to enter the Inaugural U.S. Adaptive Open Championship – which will be conducted by the USGA and hosted by Pinehurst (Course No. 6) in North Carolina in July 2022. Professional players must also have a Handicap Index to enter. A Handicap Index can also enable players to enter a variety of other competitions, or just have a fun and equitable game with any other player they meet.

If you are interested in establishing a Handicap Index and choose to complete this brief survey, the information you provide will be shared by the USGA with the local Allied Golf Association (state or regional golf association) in your area. From there, you will be contacted via your preferred contact method by a member of the local Allied Golf Association (AGA) staff to help you get set up. The entire process should only take a few minutes.

The cost to obtain a Handicap Index is set by the local AGA, so it varies from region to region.

If you wish to contact your local AGA directly, you can visit for a list of AGAs and contact information. Please note that in some states there are multiple AGAs, and that the above link will again be provided upon completion of the survey.

If you have any questions or would like more information before filling out the survey, please feel free to contact the USGA Handicap Department directly by phone (908) 396-1559 or email