For non golfers and new golfers understanding the handicap system can be like trying to understand quantum physics.
Wikipedia says: A handicap is a numerical measure of a golfer’s potential playing ability based on the tee played for a given course. It is used to calculate a net score from the number of strokes actually played during a competition, thus allowing players of different proficiency to play against each other on somewhat equal terms. The lower the handicap of a player, the better the player is relative to those with higher handicaps.
In laymen’s terms the more shots it takes you to get around the course the higher the handicap and the less the shots the lower the handicap, and the difference in the number of shots for your round is calculated against your opponent’s number of shots and handicap.
In terms of understanding how the handicap gets worked out, don’t worry it is club house vudu, nobody knows how they work out the handicap except the powers that be in the club, you just need to hand in your score card and wait.
The thing to remember is; lucky for you, if you have a low handicap the less time you will spend in the sun, but the higher your handicap the more time your will spend out on the course either way we have you covered with Golfersskin sunscreen. Lather up!