USGA Handicap System

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Receiving Your eRevision Updates

To receive your USGA Handicap Index Revision, along with association news and exclusive discounts, make sure your email address is correct in your GHIN Information. Once you create your User Profile which includes your active GHIN number, there will be a link to edit your GHIN Information in the Member Access box on the left once you log in. The email address you enter in the GHIN Information section is where your eRevisions go.

How Do You Establish a USGA Handicap?

FIRST--Join a golf club. You can't have a Handicap Index without being a member of one. A golf club is an organization of at least 10 individual members that operates under bylaws with committees (including a Handicap Committee) to supervise golf activities, provide peer review, and maintain the integrity of the USGA Handicap System®. The CGA and CWGA assist and train our member clubs to be in compliance with USGA policies and authorize them to issue official USGA Handicaps.

Members of a golf club must have a reasonable and regular opportunity to play golf with each other. They must be able to return scores personally, and these scores must be immediately available for review by fellow club members. A golf club doesn't have to be a private club. It can be at a public course or even a group that is not affiliated with a golf course.

If you need assistance locating a club through which to establish your handicap, simply email the CGA, or you can join a participating club online by clicking HERE.

Another option available is to create your own golf club. You can form a club with a minimum of 10 golfers. The club can be formed with business associates or friends, provided that they live in a close geographic area and play golf regularly together. The club doesn't have to be tied to one specific golf course.

SECOND--Post your scores. Once you have your GHIN number, you can post your scores at any club or online here (simply create a user profile and when you log in you'll have the option to post scores). Once you have minimum of five scores posted and we pass a handicap revision date (1st and 15th of every month) you will have an official USGA Handicap Index! Eventually it's based on the best 10 of your last 20 rounds. To learn how to determine your ESC score to post and find more about the system, use the resources in the left navigation box.

As of January of 2002, the USGA allows players to occasionally post scores online. This means that although players must still be a member of a golf club, they can post scores online, even from home, if their golf club has chosen to allow online posting. All scores are still subject to peer review, and the preferred way to expose scores to peer review is to post your score in person immediately following the round at the course where the round is played.

All things considered, online posting can be a convenient and expedient manner in which to post scores.

We have received numerous inquiries in regard to some handicap computation services advertised on the Internet. The key point is whether there is a golf club, as defined under the USGA Handicap System, and whether that golf club is in compliance with all aspects of the USGA Handicap System. Remember, members of a club must have reasonable opportunity to play together, must be able to return scores personally, and these scores need to be available for peer review. A USGA Handicap Index issued by a golf club that is complying with the USGA Handicap System is good anywhere where a USGA Handicap Index is accepted. Be aware of the pretenders out there and get in the game.