How do I establish a Handicap Index?

Step 1: Have your GHIN # handy. Forgot your GHIN #? Click Here

Step 2: Post five 18-hole rounds or ten 9-hole rounds.

Step 3: On the 1st and 15th of the month, you receive your updated Handicap Index by email (calculated from your posted scores). I’m not receiving my updated Index. HELP!

Posting Scores

3 Easy Ways to Post Scores:

1. Posting on

Post quickly and easily at Score posting is also available on the homepage.

2. Posting on the USGA's GHIN App

The GHIN app is a fast, easy and effective way to post your ESC scores. What’s ESC?

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 ESC score.

Handicap Related Resources

Handicap FAQs

How often are Handicap Index values revised/updated?
How many scores does it take to establish a Handicap Index?
I just joined a club and have 18-hole scores in my scoring record but my handicap shows NH. Why?
I didn’t get my latest eRevision (bi-monthly email with updated Handicap information). What do I do?
I have an “R” next to my Handicap Index? What does that mean?
I have an incorrect score in my record. How do I fix it?
I was asked what my Course Handicap is; How do I figure my Course Handicap and what is this concept?
How is a Handicap Index calculated?
For posting scores for handicap purposes, what is an ESC or Adjusted Gross Score?
Which value do I use for posting purposes or determining my Course Handicap?
Am I required to choose the MEMBER LOGIN feature in order to post a score on
If I look up my scoring record, it seems that it does not include my recently posted scores. Why?
What is the Low Handicap Index (Low H.I.) and how is it calculated?
Am I required to be a part of a golf club in order to obtain a Handicap Index?
How do I get my SCGA membership card?