What is GHIN?
GHIN is the world's largest handicap computation
service. GHIN is provided through 71 State, Regional or National Golf
Associations to over 12,000 clubs and approximately 2.3 million golfers. GHIN is
maintained by the United States Golf Association® and the staff is composed of
Any USGA Handicap Index® issued through a Golf Association
by a golf club is designed to allow golfers of differing abilities to compete on
an equitable basis and thereby increasing the enjoyment they derive from a round
of golf. A Handicap Index is revised throughout the golf season and is based on
golfers' scores, as well as the relative difficulty of the courses on which
their rounds are played.
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The purpose of the USGA Handicap System
is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis. The System disregards high scores that bear little relation to the player's potential ability and promotes continuity by making a Handicap Index
continuous from one playing season or year to the next. A Handicap Index
is useful for all forms of play, and is issued only to individuals who are members of a licensed golf club
. The System provides a fair Course Handicap
for each player, regardless of ability, and adjusts a player's Handicap Index
up or down as the player's game changes.