Along with Sports Illustrated Pro Football, Sports Illustrated College Football and Sports Illustrated Baseball, Handicap Golf was part of the company's first foray into the gaming world. All the games use a similar system of play, and they were all very popular. Unlike the other games, this one went out of production after Sports Illustrated began it's partnership with Avalon Hill during the mid 1970's, so it's the hardest to find of all of the originals. There are 3 editions of the game, the first in a bookshelf style box, the second in a long flatbox and the 3rd a slightly revised and re-titled version (Go For The Green).
This particular copy is brand new. There shrinkwrap is torn on one edge, but the game was never removed.
The game box is in EXCELLENT-NEAR MINT condition. It has suffered a few nicks and bumps on the shelf. No significant damage. I would grade it a 8-9 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
MINT (10): I will only give this grade to brand new, unused items. NEAR MINT (9): Shows virtually no use. Seldom if ever played. Cards will have at worst some dented corners from shuffling around in the box. Perhaps some very light handling creases to the instructions or other minor flaws with the game parts. Boxes will have only the slightest hint of shelf wear. EXCELLENT (7-8): The game has seen some use but it was obviously well taken care of. Charts may have denting to the corners, perhaps a few may have light stains or other very light handling wear but the vast majority will be close to flawless. Game parts might have some light handling creases or other signs of careful use. Board might have just a hint of color loss or dented corners. Boxes will have light rubbing to the artwork or perhaps some minor dishing or a very light stain. VERY GOOD (5-6): The game was not especially well cared for but it still has faired pretty well. Charts will have light handling creases or light stains. Perhaps a couple may have a few stray pen marks or a small edge tear. All chart results will be fully readable. Other game parts will show obvious use but nothing will be torn, badly stained or have any serious damage. Box may have some rubbing, light staining, dishing, 1 or 2 neatly split corners, minor writing and/or a few pieces of tape. No major structural damage and artwork will still be generally attractive. GOOD (3-4): Obviously no care was taken with the game but it is still playable as is. Charts will show moderate to heavy use and many will be yellowed, stained, creased or written on. A couple may be torn and taped back together. All card results will be fully readable. Other game parts show considerable use but the game is complete with all parts in usable condition. Box may have staining, writing, split corners, dishing and/or other structural damage but it will be intact and still usable. POOR (1-2): Only suitable to fill a space in your collection. Charts are heavily worn and some are badly damaged. Game will be missing parts (these will be noted). Box will have serious damage and may be missing aprons or badly torn.