GHIN FAQs

GHIN FAQs

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What is a GHIN number? An active GHIN number makes you an automatic member of the Colorado Golf Association and allows you to establish a USGA Handicap Index (HI). You do this by posting the scores you shoot (on USGA rated courses) to your GHIN Number after each round played. The easiest way to post is on the GHIN mobile app or on ghin.com.

Why do I need a Handicap Index (HI)? The purpose of a HI is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by letting players of all abilities compete on a fair basis. It takes into account the difficulty of courses you play, the tees you use, the conditions during your round, and your score to calculate your HI. A HI is not an average of the scores you shoot but instead is a measurement of your potential.
 
What if I had a GHIN number before or am already a member at my club? If you already have a GHIN number or have had one in the past, we will simply transfer the handicap information from the club you belong to the JGAC Club and all your scores will be available in both locations. This is called being a multi-member.
 
Will the JGAC post my tournament scores for me? Yes. All scores from rounds played in JGAC events will be posted to GHIN.
 
Why is my posted score lower than what I actually shot at a JGAC event? The USGA Handicap System operates on Net Double Bogey. Every score you shoot must be posted with this in mind because it helps calculate your true potential ability.


Should I post a score I shoot outside of a Tournament Score? Yes. Log in to ghin.com or the GHIN Mobile App to post all your peer-reviewed rounds. If a golfer is under the age of 13, a guardian must manage their account. When the guardian logs in, they will choose which golfer they are posting a score for, whether it is themselves or any minors tied to their account within the USGA Admin Portal. A Club Admin can also post a score on behalf of the minor in the USGA Admin Portal.
 
What if I posted an incorrect score? Contact Brent Vasa at bvasa@coloradogolf.org or 303-974-2111.
 
Why am I listed as an “NH”? NH simply means you don’t have enough scores posted. Revisions occur at midnight the same day the score is posted. Because of this, a handicap index has the potential to be updated daily. Colorado observes an inactive season in which scores are not acceptable for handicap purposes from November 15 to March 15 each year. If you play in a warm weather state like Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, etc., then those scores must be posted as they do count for handicaps. If you are just starting out with a new GHIN number and have never had a handicap, you must have a minimum of 54 holes played to begin the handicap process.
 
If you want to know more of the science behind the USGA Handicap System, check out this resrouce. The USGA Handicap System