Golf Handicap Index
USGA GHIN (Golf Handicap and Information Network, pronounced “jin”) is a handicapping computational service provided by the USGA through authorized associations and clubs. A golfer must belong to a golf club to obtain a USGA Handicap Index after which they will get a GHIN Number. Your unique GHIN number gives you the ability to post scores from which your Handicap Index is calculated.
Get your golf Handicap Index in 3 easy steps
1) Signing up for a USGA GHIN Number
You can get a GHIN number by joining a golf “organization” such as the 3AGA of America. You can then register to get your USGA GHIN number.
2) Start posting your scores
Once you have your GHIN number you can post your scores through one of two ways:
The USGA GHIN app on your mobile device. The app lets you post your scores, calculate course handicap, view score history and more. The app features touch-point GPS for thousands of golf courses worldwide. Download the free app from the IOS App Store or Google Play.
At the golf course posting terminal (if available) after your round is played.
Scores should be posted as soon as possible after your round on the day it was played.
3) Post three 18-hole rounds
A minimum of three 18-hole or six 9-hole scores posted are all that’s needed to calculate and establish your Handicap Index! The more often you post your score, the more accurate your handicap.
*ALL SECOND YEAR 3AGA MEMBERS MUST HAVE AN ACTIVE GHIN NUMBER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR TOUR ROUND AWARDS
(This is an official USGA World Golf Handicap)
*New and first year 3AGA members are exempt, but it is highly encourage to obtain your GHIN as soon as you can to insure proper round score calculations and to be eligible for tour awards.