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What is a Handicap?
Not all golfers are created equal, but with the golf handicap system, they can all compete with one another on an equal basis. For example, Tom’s average score is 80 and Meaghan’s average score is 95. With the handicap system, Tom ‘gives’ Meaghan a calculated number of strokes to level the playing field such that either of them has the same chance to win.
Why do I need a Handicap?
There are several good reasons to establish your handicap. A golf handicap makes it possible for fair competition between players of different ability whether it’s in competitive events, a friendly wager between friends, or golf games with money on the line.
How do I get a handicap?
It's easy! Just let them know in the clubhouse that you want a handicap and they will sign you up and tell you your GHIN#. The cost is approx $40/yr.
Then what? Once you have your GHIN #, post a minimum of 54 holes (can be a mix of 18-hole scores and 9-hole scores) in the GHIN system and your handicap index will be calculated. After that, the system will update on a daily basis, which you can check after posting, but you will also receive updates via email on the 1st and 15th of every month.
Until your handicap index is calculated, you will see it listed as ‘NH’ which stands for No Handicap.
How do I post my scores?
There are several ways to post your scores: