How do I establish a Handicap Index?

Step 1: Have your GHIN # handy.

Step 2: Post three 18-hole rounds or six 9-hole rounds.

Step 3: Your Handicap will be calculated early the morning after you post a score once you have reached the Step 2 thresholds.

Posting Scores

3 Easy Ways to Post Scores:

1. Posting on

Post quickly and easily at

2. Posting on the USGA's GHIN App

The GHIN app is a fast, easy and effective way to post your scores.

Get it on Google Play

3. Posting on the local course computer

Nearly all SoCal courses have a computer that SCGA members can use to post scores after your round. Use the touch screen monitor and follow the prompts to post your score.

Handicap Related Resources

SCGA Partner Benefits

Please note:

Partner benefits will be emailed — along with your SCGA Membership Card — to the email address you provide at signup. Members should allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

$20 off $75+ Purchase

Expiration Date: Check your membership email
Restrictions/Special Instructions: To redeem your gift card, use the coupon code provided in your SCGA partner benefit email. It is valid for use at any Roger Dunn / The Golf Mart online or in store.

$50 OFF Fitting and $50 OFF Swing Evaluation!

Expiration Date: Check your membership email
Restrictions/Special Instructions: To redeem, bring your SCGA membership card to your nearest GOLFTEC location

$20 Cash Card

Expiration Date: Check your membership email
Coupon Code: Check your membership email
Restrictions/Special Instructions: To redeem, visit and use the promo code printed on your coupon at checkout

$20 Gift Card

Expiration Date: Check your membership email
Coupon Code: SCGAJan2021
Restrictions/Special Instructions: To redeem, visit and use the promo code above at checkout

$10 OFF Golfshot Pro!

Restrictions/Special Instructions: Golfshot Pro pricing of $19.99 is valid for a one-year of your membership from date of purchase. Your subscription will auto-renew after one-year unless cancelled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period.

SCGA Benefits

Member Advantage

Monthly deals delivered straight to your inbox that highlight great SoCal Courses. Expect AMAZING deals. We're talking up to 60% off!

Here are some of the courses that we've offered in the past:

  • Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
  • Sandpiper
  • The Grand Del Mar
  • Monarch Beach

FORE Magazine

FORE Magazine is delivered quarterly to you home! We report extensively on golf, travel, dining, philanthropy and human-interest stories that will both intrigue and impress readers, whether casual golf fans or passionate competitive players. Additionally, FORE reports on various governmental and legislative initiatives that impact our game. The magazine also strives to promote the SCGA’s presence in the Southern California golf landscape, advocating the association’s core values and expressing the SCGA brand.

Can't wait to get your FORE fix? Click here to visit


The golf industry can at times be heavily male-dominated. Not to mention there are issues in the world, as well as in golf, that seem to matter more to women. The goal of FORE Her is to share stories for women, often by women and about women. We hope our female members will look forward to receiving this monthly newsletter. If not, feel free to unsubscribe! We certainly don’t want this to be another annoying junk email that clutters your inbox.

To subscribe, click here.

Other Special Offers

From time to time, you may get an email that looks like it is coming from and SCGA advertising partner. Rest assured. The SCGA ensures that each of these offers is exclusively for SCGA members and that you won't be able to find them elsewhere.

Your Membership Also Supports

The mission of the SCGA Junior Foundation is to engage under-served youth in the lifelong benefits of golf so that they can achieve their dreams and potential. Through its programs, SCGA Junior works to fulfill its mission by achieving the following goals:

  • Creating affordable access to golf for all youth
  • Teaching smart decision-making skills both on and off the course
  • Developing a culture of healthy lifestyles

The SCGA Junior Golf Foundation was founded in 1983 through a gift from the PGA Championship, which was played at Riviera Country Club. It is the charitable arm of the Southern California Golf Association, which is one of the nation’s oldest and largest amateur golf associations. The SCGA underwrites all administrative and development expenses, allowing every dollar raised to go directly to our youth serving programs.

General Golf Advocacy

The SCGA actively advocates on policy issues relevant to the organization by engaging responsibly with governmental officials, local and regional conservation groups and local and regional public commissions and committees.

To read more about issues pivotal to the health of the game we all love, click here.

Your Local Golf Community

Join your fellow club members!

To find out where and when your golf club is playing, contact your club’s handicap chair or club representative for details (you can find a list of club contacts HERE). It is also likely that your club’s schedule is posted online (just a google search away), or you can contact the SCGA to provide available information.

Play Social

SCGA Member Outings

SCGA Member Outings offer members the opportunity to play in a non-competitive, championship-quality setting at some of the region’s finest private and public courses.

Events are open to all members of all skill levels who want to participate in no-pressure golf at a premier course. Bring a group of friends or join us as a single and we’ll pair you with some future friends.

To See the full schedule, click here.

Competitive Golf (All Ability Levels)

SCGA One-Day Series

The SCGA One-Day Series is an affordable, competitive one-day tournament experience for players of all skill levels.

  • Compete in different formats: Individual Net, Four-Ball Net & 2-Person Scramble
  • Events are flighted based on format, field size, and playing ability
  • Play at premier golf courses throughout Southern California, often on weekends
  • 2017 One-Day Series culminates with the SCGA One-Day Series Match Play Championship for the top 16 participants on the points list

SCGA Twilight Leagues

SCGA Twilight Leagues bring together great groups of golfers for 9 holes (and maybe a drink or two after the round) in a fun and social setting.

More info here.

Play with the Best!

SCGA Championships

Southern California is home to hundreds of golf tournaments every year that appeal to a wide range of skill levels. Whether you're a scratch golfer looking to qualify for the U.S. Open or SCGA Amateur Championship, or a mid-level handicap wanting to participate in one of the SCGA's individual or team events, there is an opportunity for you to play.

Visit our Championship Calendar and find the your event today!