We’re back! Check out our RATES page to see our new pricing and download your registration form for the 2021 golf season.

It’s that time of the year.

The Stephenson Cup is soon approaching. Print and return your filled out registration form to us. The 41st Annual Stephenson Cup will take place on August 8th & 9th. This event is open to the public, and we will be having some amazing BBQ from Rapped with Smoke BBQ food truck. Mark your calendars and see you all there.



Click the link below for the PDF version of the registration form.

Registration Form 2020 final-2

The Freeport Club Golf Course Opens May 1st!

Reservations must be made and paid for via our web site: www.freeportclub.com or by calling 815.232.1165. You may also email: generalmanager@freeportclub.com. When making your reservation online, please click the date you are wanting and either one (1) or two (2) golfers. Available tee times will then be shown.

The Governor’s Executive Order has specific rules, regulations, and guidelines for golfers. Please see below for more information.

The Clubhouse, Pro Shop, and Foursome Pub & Grill remain closed. Restrooms are available on the course and will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis.

Look for signs on where to check-in and purchase beverages (cards are preferred).

We look forward to seeing you!

Greetings from The Freeport Club!

With golf season right around the corner, we would like to share some examples/scenarios on how the new World Handicap System might affect your handicap.
How will this new system impact my handicap?

1. Sometimes I submit a score when the course was playing really tough due to weather conditions or placement of hole locations. I don’t feel that the score I posted is an accurate reflection of how I played. Will the Rules of Handicapping address this?

  • Yes! Golf is an outdoor game, and sometimes playing conditions (weather or course setup) can cause scores to be abnormally high or low on a given day. For example, a score of 80 on a rainy, windy day or when the course setup is difficult maybe more impressive than a 79 on a calm day with normal course conditions.
  • Under the Rules of Handicapping, a Playing Conditions Calculation will account for this and adjust players’ Score Differentials to better reflect their actual performance. This calculation is driven by scores posted at a golf course on a given day. Any adjustment will be clearly identified in the player’s scoring record for transparency.

2. I normally post my scores for the week on Sunday night to make sure they’re included in the next revision. Can I still do this under the Rules of Handicapping?

  • Under the Rules of Handicapping, you should submit your scores the day you play for two reasons:
a. Daily Revisions – Each time you submit a score, that score will be factored into the calculation of your Handicap Index for use the very next day.
b. Playing Conditions Calculation – It uses scores submitted each day to determine any adjustment for abnormal playing conditions.
  • By submitting scores the day you play, you ensure that your Handicap Index will be a responsive and up-to-date indicator of your ability. No excuses anymore, please be sure to post all your scores in a timely fashion!

3. I was only able to play 12 holes before darkness prevented me from playing the rest of the round. Can I still post a score for handicap purposes if I don’t play a full 9-hole or 18-hole round?

  • In that situation, you would disregard the scores made on holes 10 through 12 and submit a nine-hole score.
  • For a nine-hole score to be acceptable, you must play at least seven holes. To submit an 18-hole score, you must play a minimum of 14 holes.

4. There’s a golfer in my league who always tends to play well during net competitions and wins often. Are there provisions in place to ensure that everyone is playing on a fair level?

  • Under the Rules of Handicapping, there are several new safeguards to ensure the integrity of a player’s Handicap Index.
  • Soft Cap and Hard Cap limit the extreme upward movement of a Handicap Index over a rolling 12-month timeframe, and an Exceptional Score Reduction reduces a player’s Handicap Index each time they submit a score that produces a Score Differential at least 7.0 strokes below their Handicap Index.
  • A club’s Handicap Committee will also have access to reporting tools that provide additional oversight. In addition, the committee in charge of competition can protect the field by modifying a player’s Playing Handicap before or between rounds when appropriate.

5. Who should I contact if I have a question about the Rules of Handicapping or my Handicap Index?

  • For specific questions regarding your Handicap Index or scoring record, contact the Handicap Committee or the USGA Handicap Department by phone at (908) 234-2300 extension 5, or by email at hdcpquestions@usga.org. You may also stop in the Pro Shop at The Freeport Club and speak to our Pro Shop Manager.

The Freeport Club is proud to be World Golf Handicap Certified, and we look forward to seeing you on the course!

Greetings from The Freeport Club!
We hope you enjoyed and found our prior emails regarding the new World Golf Handicap email informative and helpful! We would now like to get into some more specific topics directly related to your individual handicap and real-life scenarios that you may encounter on the golf course. Stay tuned for additional emails regarding the new World Handicap System as we prepare for another golf season.
How will this new system impact my handicap?

1. I see that my Handicap Index may change under the World Handicap System. Why?

Your new Handicap Index in 2020 is based on the modernized Rules of Handicapping and more responsive to good scores by averaging your eight best scores out of your most recent 20. In most cases for golfers in the U.S., it will change less than one stroke. So, if you notice that your Handicap Index is different in January despite not having played, this is why!

2. Someone asks me what my handicap is when we’re standing on the first tee. What do I tell them?

Start with your Handicap Index! This drives everything. Your Handicap Index forms the basis for your Course and Playing Handicap.

Slope Rating and now Course Rating and par are used to determine your Course Handicap, which represents the number of strokes you’ll need to play to par.

Your Playing Handicap is the actual number of strokes you give or receive for the round being played. It is typically the same number as your Course Handicap. The exception is when a term of the competition applies, such as a handicap allowance used for equity in certain formats of play.

3. I read that there is a new Course Handicap calculation that includes Course Rating and par. What does that mean for me?

Now that Course Handicap is tied to Course Rating and par (historically it has represented the number of strokes needed to play to the Course Rating), your Course Handicap will vary more from tee to tee than it did in the past.

For you to play to your handicap, your target score for the day will be par plus Course Handicap.

4. I play in a group where we all play from different tees. Do we still have to make a Course Handicap adjustment when we play?

Under the current system, a Course Handicap adjustment is required when players compete from different tees since each set of tees has a different Course Rating. Under the Rules of Handicapping, your Course Handicap factors in both Course Rating and par – meaning an adjustment is only necessary when par is different – which will be far less likely!

5. Let’s say I have a Course Handicap of nine and the second-ranked Stroke Index hole is a par four. I hit my drive out of bounds and continued to struggle on the hole so I picked up. Will I be able to post a score for handicap purposes?

Whenever the format of play allows, you are encouraged to pick up once you’ve reached your maximum hole score for handicap purposes – which is a Net Double Bogey.

Net Double Bogey = Double Bogey + any handicap strokes received on a hole.

Using the scenario above, your maximum score for handicap purposes is a seven, so in this case, you would submit a score of seven for that hole.

If you were to pick up on a hole before reaching Net Double Bogey, then you would record your Most Likely Score as long as it does not exceed your Net Double Bogey limit.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us in The Shop with any questions.

The Freeport Club is proud to be World Golf Handicap Certified, and we look forward to seeing you on the course!

The Freeport Club Golf Enthusiasts:

The Freeport Club is a member organization of the Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) and, as a service to our customers, we are forwarding this notice regarding the new World Handicap System (WHS) actively being implemented as we speak.  Please see the information below, but the WHS will be the only recognized handicapping system in the world beginning in 2020. The Freeport Club is certified as a WHS club and all Membership and Season Pass Holder options for The Freeport Club include one CDGA Membership inclusive of the handicap system under WHS.  We will continue to send out information updates like these, and we will be holding a handicap system seminar at The Freeport Club as the golf season approaches.


The Freeport Club


Welcome to the new World Handicap System!

The new World Handicap System is now effective in the United States and marks a momentous occasion for the game of golf. For this first time, there will be a unified system governed by the USGA and The R&A which enables golfers of different abilities to play and compete on a fair basis, in any format, on any rated course, anywhere around the world. The WHS, comprised of the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System, will be administered by the USGA and its Allied Golf Associations.

For the first time in the United States, every Handicap Index will now be computed by the USGA through a centralized platform to ensure consistency and integrity in every number. We thank you for your support while we moved your information to the new platform during the January 1 – 5 transition period. Effective immediately, any scores posted will be used for handicapping purposes under the new World Handicap System. We look forward to your support as we usher in a new era with the new World Handicap System!

The complete transition to the WHS will be an ongoing process over the next several weeks as the CDGA’s software is updated and data is synced between different platforms and applications. Your patience during this process is greatly appreciated.