1) Sign up for a GHIN Number
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.
- You can get a GHIN number by joining a golf “club” such as the men’s or women’s club at a local golf course, or one at your workplace or community. Join.
- Don’t want to join a club? Find an Associate Club through WA Golf. Associate members receive a GHIN number with their online club membership.
Sign up for a WA Golf Membership
2) Start posting your scores
Once you have your GHIN number you can post your scores in one of three ways:
- At the golf course posting terminal after your round is played
- Online at GHIN.com
- Through the USGA GHIN app on your mobile device. The app lets you post your scores, calculate course handicap, view score history and more.
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.