The USGA Handicap is a way to compare two players of unequal skill levels. The handicap number is a calculation of your average score over ten rounds of golf on a USGA approved course. First Tee – Augusta members are encouraged to establish a USGA Handicap once they are capable of playing 9-hole rounds. Most First Tee national participant opportunities require the applicants to include their handicap. Setting up a handicap account is free for First Tee – Augusta members.