Golf Association is authorized by the United States Golf Association®
to issue USGA Handicap Indexes® to individuals who are members
of a golf club. There are over 150 member clubs in the NGA servicing
close to 23,000 golfers.
The inception of GHIN began in the spring of 1980 when a Regional
Golf Association wished to change its handicap service vendor.
In an effort to provide a quality service to maintain handicaps,
the USGA® was approached and asked to help in providing this
type of service. GHIN was organized and developed by the spring
of 1981 and provided handicap computation services initially for
the Metropolitan Golf Association, in New York.
GHIN has now
become the world's largest handicap computation service. GHIN
is provided through 84 golf associations, federations and unions
to over 14,000 clubs and approximately 2.3 million golfers. GHIN
is maintained by the United States Golf Association® and the
staff is composed of USGA employees.
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.