GHIN Handicapping Services

More than 2,000,000 golfers currently have a handicap index through the GHIN Handicap Service program. The MSGA is just one of over 70 state and regional associations and international associations that utilizes this program, which has gone through extensive enhancements and improvements over the past few years. Here is a comprehensive overview of the many features offered through the program.

All MSGA member clubs are provided several valuable software programs and services as part of the GHIN service. Clubs receive updated GHIN software releases automatically through their connection to the GHIN servers. GHIN revises its Handicap Program software on an on-going basis with new and improved added features.

The GHIN software poses no additional cost to the clubs. As new software features become available, they will be distributed to the clubs as a service from you’re the MSGA.

Some of the advantages of the GHIN Handicap Program software are:

  • Interactive membership score posting with contemporary graphics and a friendly navigation style accommodating touch screen technology.
  • Twelve-month score and Handicap Index archives.
  • Enhanced peer review via member lookup and score ticker features.
  • Automatic electronic transmissions that are totally transparent to golfers.
  • Report library supporting "Paperless" environments and a powerful report designer, which is flexible enough to design almost any report.
  • Clubs can print their own reports, handicap listings, local number list, addresses, Handicap labels for membership cards, etc.
  • All score corrections, new member adds, name changes, addresses, etc., are reflected immediately.

The GHIN Handicap Program software provides for scores to be electronically routed from any club within the GHIN network. Away scores are re-routed to the home clubs. Clubs have access to the USGA Handicap Indexes of all other two million golfers on GHIN across the country. Clubs may inquire about the USGA Handicap Index of any visiting golfer on GHIN. Each golfer can see the immediate impact that each new score may have on the individual's Handicap Index at the next revision via the Trend.

The GHIN Handicap Program software effectively manages score posting; Handicap Index calculations; exceptional tournament score reduction (Section 10-3 of the USGA Handicap System); allows access to all Course Ratings and Slope Ratings contained in the association-wide database; performs golfer Handicap Index and score inquiries; networks all golf club members on the GHIN service and much more.

Score Posting Made Easy

GHIN has made posting scores easy and simple. Clubs may selectively choose to use an easy-to-remember two-to six-digit local number to access their files. A menu will then appear which can be customized, with all the necessary information for golfers to post their scores. The golfer's name, GHIN number, Handicap Index, score history, current date, and most-often-played tee will appear on the screen automatically. The golfer only has to enter the score and confirm the other information. Once the score is posted, it will then be shown on the screen and automatically saved.


One of the most important features of the GHIN Handicap Program software is the tremendous flexibility of the program. GHIN services more than 9,000 computerized golf clubs around the country, all with many different needs. This can only be accomplished through the flexibility of the many options throughout the program. Options may be set to prompt the member for score information when posting a score such as score type, tee played, and choice of posting an adjusted score or using hole-by-hole entry, which automatically computes Equitable Stroke Control. Clubs may allow individual score posting or restrict posting to a committee or staff member, but in either case, fellow members may review other members' score histories by a simple last name lookup feature.

Hole-by-Hole Stroke Analysis

GHIN can perform a Hole-by-Hole Stroke Allocation Analysis with scorecard data posted hole-by-hole. The GHIN Handicap Program software also includes the ability to import Hole-by-Hole entered scores into a module for analysis.