GottaGoGolf is partial to a scratch margarita, made without a mix, and generally prefers the meal created from scratch over the one purchased under arches. So it seems perfectly logical that to be a scratch golfer would taste sweet.
IN COMMON USAGE, THE SCRATCH GOLFER PLAYS TO A ZERO HANDICAP OR BETTER.
What’s better than zero? A plus-handicap, the kind PGA Tour players carry while expecting to break par easily on the course you play every day.
The USGA gets gender specific in its definition: A male scratch golfer, for rating purposes, can hit tee shots an average of 250 yards and can reach a 470-yard hole in two shots at sea level. A female, for rating purposes, can hit tee shots an average of 210 yards and can reach a 400-yard hole in two shots at sea level.
Sigh. Dream away.
One thing you don’t want to do: play scratch, without a handicap, in a money game against a scratch golfer. Take any strokes you can get.