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Establish a Handicap

To establish a USGA Handicap Iindex® and become a member of the NGA an individual must contact any NGA member club. The NGA cannot offer handicap indexes individually. An NGA member club is any club, course or association with at least ten individual members that have a reasonable and regular opportunity to play golf with each other, provides peer review, and maintains the integrity of the USGA Handicap System™.

Ask the club about establishing a handicap index. Upon paying a nominal fee (NGA membership), the club will add you to the Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN) Service. GHIN is the computation service used by the NGA, which provides the GHIN software to clubs without cost. New members will receive a GHIN number and have the ability to begin posting scores. At least five 18-hole scores or ten combined 9-hole scores must be posted to establish a USGA Handicap Index or five 9-hole scores to establish a 9-hole handicap.

To re-establish a handicap index, contact any NGA member club and ask them about establishing a handicap index. Present to them your old GHIN number. If it has been less than two years since that number was active, the club can add you with that existing number and pick up your handicap index and 20-score history from the GHIN Enterprise Server. You may begin posting scores to your old records.