Handicapping FAQ's

Handicapping FAQ's

The World Handicap System enables golfers of all skill levels to compete on a fair and equitable basis.

Articles and resources are available for anyone interested in starting a golf club or for current Handicap Committee chairmen who need assistance in maintaining handicaps for their respective clubs.  The World Handicap System went into effect on January 1, 2020.

Below are a list of useful handicap questions:

Handicapping FAQ's for NHGA members:

  • How do I set-up an NHGA GHIN handicap index
    • You can obtain an handicap index through one of two ways.  You can visit one of our many NHGA member facilities, become a member and receive a handicap through that club (visit our course directory for a list of facilities in New Hampshire).  Or, you can obtain your handicap online through any of four NHGA clubs.  Click here for more instructions on how to obtain your NHGA GHIN handicap online.
  • Where do I post my score?
    • Scores can be posted at your member club, on the GHIN Mobile App or on GHIN.com.
  • How do I edit a score that I've posted in error?
    • A golfer is unable to edit a score posted in error.  You will need to contact your home club or the NHGA to make any edits.
  • How do I update my GHIN email address on file?
    • Your home club or the NHGA can updated your email address on file.  Please note:  golfers are no longer able to share an email address with another golfer.  All email addresses in profile must be unique.
  • Can I merge an old GHIN number if I move to a new club?
    • Yes.  Simply give your club your old GHIN number, or call the NHGA office and we can merge the old GHIN number with your new one.  
  • How many scores do I need to post in order to establish a handicap index?
    • A player needs to have three (3) 18-hole scores or six (6) combined 9-hole scores to establish an 18-hole WHS handicap index.
  • What do the different letter(s) mean next to my score?
    H Home
    A Away
    C Competition
    N Combined 9-Hole Rounds
    P Penalty
    E Exceptions