Join a golf club or local golf association licensed by the USGA. You can also start a golf club instead of joining an existing one. Check with the USGA for the requirements for starting a new golf club.
Post at least five golf scores using the paperwork provided by a member club of the local golf association. Make sure all rounds are played under the USGA “Rules of Golf.”
After the next revision date in your area passes, your local golf association will issue your handicap card. To find out the revision dates, go to http://www.usga.org/playing/handicaps/understanding_handicap/handicap_revision_schedule.html.
Continue to post golf scores. After you post twenty scores, the golf association uses your top ten differential scores to calculate your Handicap Index. If your Handicap Index changes, the local golf association will send you a new card.
Get the USGA course rating and USGA slope rating for any course you play that is not your member club. You can usually find this information on the scorecard provided by the course. Post this score at your member club to be included in your Handicap Index.