Compliant golf clubs on US Handicap are licensed directly by the USGA and appear on http://www.usga.org
in their authorized club database. Each compliant club on this site will link to it's official listing on http://www.usga.org
If you have a Handicap Index on this site, then your handicap is official and recognized with the USGA.
US Handicap does not participate in the GHIN Handicap system. GHIN is a different handicap system used by some regional golf associations. US Handicap clubs are licensed directly by the USGA and use the GolfNet
handicap network. GolfNet and GHIN are not the same handicap service, but both are USGA compliant. The official USGA Handicap you receive on US Handicap will not be found on the GHIN Network.
Tournaments often ask for a GHIN number because the GHIN system enables golfers, who are members of a regional association, lookup each other's handicap, or enter scores from a course computer.
Tournaments or other relevant bodies can verify an official club status on http://www.usga.org
and can use the US Handicap Handicap Lookup
to confirm a member's index.
If the tournament has any further questions, they are welcome to contact us
A minimum of five scores and a maximum of 20 is required to get started. For each score, the USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating for the courses played are also required. Using those figures, calculate your handicap with the formula below.
Differential Calculation: (Score - Course Rating) x 113 / Slope Rating
Use this table to determine how many rounds are used in the calculation.
- Less than 5 rounds, a handicap cannot be computed.
- 5 - 6 rounds, your best round is used as the differential.
- 7 - 8 rounds, best 2 rounds.
- 9 - 10 rounds, best 3 rounds.
- 11 - 12 rounds, best 4 rounds.
- 13 - 14 rounds, best 5 rounds.
- 15 - 16 rounds, best 6 rounds.
- 17 rounds, best 7 rounds.
- 18 rounds, best 8 rounds.
- 19 rounds, best 9 rounds.
- 20 rounds in the last year, use the best 10 rounds.
Then, we take your average differential of your best rounds and multiply it by .96 to get your Handicap Index.