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

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 Purchase of $100 or More

Expiration Date: Check your membership email
Special Instructions: To redeem your gift card, use the coupon codes provided in your SCGA partner benefit email. They are valid for use at any Roger Dunn / The Golf Mart online or in store. Click HERE for details and restrictions.

Good for the Game Support

Click the links above for more info.

SCGA Benefits & Services

Handicap Index®

A Handicap Index ® is the gold standard for tracking your improvement or competing with other golfers. That’s because GHIN is the only Handicap Index that is universally trusted by Southern California golfers for competitive purposes.

FORE Magazine

§lifestyle providing members a unique look into all the region has to offer. This quarterly publication features courses, travel & human-interest stories and highlights the SCGA’s core services, including Rules & Handicapping, Public Affairs and the SCGA Junior Golf Foundation.

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SCGA Content

Informative and entertaining video content including Swing Tips, Rules Crew and Member Club Spotlights.


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.

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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.

Playing Opportunities for All

SCGA Championships

The SCGA hosts a variety of 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 higher handicap player wanting to participate in one of the SCGA's individual or team events, there is always an event for you.

Visit our Championship Calendar and find your event today!

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.

SCGA One-Day Series

It's like the FedEx Cup for amateur golf in SoCal. Players of all skill levels are invited to participate and earn points in this full-year event series. The season culminates with a Match Play event to determine the SCGA One-Day Series Champion!