Player Services: Handicapping

Handicaps are a unique and integral part of the game of golf. The United States (USGA) Handicap System enables golfers of all skill levels to compete on an equitable basis.

Today, handicapping remains the MGA's most visible and widely used service with more than 84,000 Bay State golfers utilizing the MGA Handicap Service through the USGA's GHIN computation service. The MGA works directly with its Member Clubs to help issue handicaps directly to individual golfers.

Do you need a GHIN Number?
If you are looking to establish an official MGA/USGA GHIN Handicap Index, you simply need to visit the pro shop of a course in your area (public, municipal, semi-private, etc) and ask them to set up a handicap for the season. Once you do that, you can start posting scores on your My MGA Home page and take advantage of the many benefits offered by the MGA.

Your membership also includes a complimentary subscriptions to the quarterly and award-winning MassGolfer Magazine as well as email updates on the 1st and 15th of each month. Members are also eligible to participate in MGA Member Days and MGA Championships (where eliigible).

Do you have a GHIN Number?
If you are looking to renew your MGA/USGA GHIN Handicap Index, you can do so through any of the MGA Member Clubs. Once they reactivate your existing handicap index and then they transmit that data to the GHIN system (which they do on the 1st and 15th of each month), you can start posting scores online.

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