You may be wondering how many scores it takes to establish a Handicap Index? New members may start posting scores right away and can even back-date their scores if they have old scorecards laying around. 

Those with an 18-hole Handicap Index need to post 5 18-hole rounds and wait until after the 1st or 15th of the month (whichever is sooner), before their Handicap Index will be established. 

Those with a 9-hole Handicap Index need to post 5 9-hole rounds and wait until after the 1st or 15th of the month (whichever is sooner), before their Handicap Index will be established.