Handicap Information from the OGA and Useful Links

Below you can find some helpful information and links regarding your handicap, the OGA, and other useful information. Click on a question to expand it.

When does score posting season end for the season?

Score posting season in Oregon & SW Washington runs March 1st – November 30th. If you have questions about score posting or handicapping, you may contact or Handicapping Department directly by clicking here or by calling the office at 503-981-4653 x226

When does my OGA Membership expire?

OGA membership runs calendar year, from January 1st through December 31st.  Every OGA member club manages their own member activation and deactivation process and generally reviews their GHIN (Golf Handicap Information Network) rosters from January through April to update membership.  Depending on bookkeeping preferences, some clubs will inactivate their entire roster at one time, and will simply reactivate members as they pay dues to rejoin for the new season.

In order to take advantage of all of your OGA Membership Benefits, two of which include being able to continually post scores and enter competitions with an active and current USGA Handicap Index, please ask your club when you can pay your dues for the upcoming golf season.  If you are traveling for the off season, it’s a great idea to pay your club in advance so that handicapping services are uninterrupted.

If your club makes you inactive, you will lose the ability to post scores and will no longer receive Handicap Index updates.

Where do I find the Course Handicap lookup tool to determine my course handicap?

The Course Handicap Lookup is located in a slightly different location on our new website. With a more comprehensive integration of the GHIN widgets, we hope you’ll find looking up Handicaps, Score Histories, Index History, Course Handicaps now easier and in all one location. You can find the Handicap Lookup tool by clicking on “Handicap Lookup” in the top navigation menu. You can also access directly by clicking here.

How do I get a GHIN handicap card?

Although it’s not a requirement to carry a card in order to “prove” your handicap, many golfers like to have one handy.  There are several ways to get a card.  One is to go to your club’s GHIN computer and print one out from the on-demand printer (labelwriter).  Some clubs do not have a printer available, so you may want to check with your Handicap Chair.  Another way to get a card is to print your eRevision report which you get via email on the 1st and 15th (your current email address must be logged into GHIN).  And finally, the most convenient method is to get the free GHIN mobile app, which you can download by searching “GHIN” in the App Store (iPhone), or Google Play (Android).  The mobile app is a great way to post scores, look up your friends’ handicaps, and, if you click on “My Card”, you’ll see your current card displayed. Although it’s not a requirement to carry a card in order to “prove” your handicap, many golfers like to have one handy. To get a Handicap “sticker” and the card you would affix it to, you must go to your club’s computer and print one out, or ask your Handicap Chair to do this for you. Conversely, you could print out your next eRevision report, which is delivered via email on each revision date, and carry it in your wallet. Just make sure we have your correct email address so you’ll get delivery.

I didn’t get my latest eRevision report. Now what do I do?

Make sure you have made revisionupdate@ghin.com (link sends e-mail) (link that sends email) part of your “safe sender” list, as this is the address the report is coming from.  Also, make sure the report is not sitting in your spam or junk file.  The system is set up to attempt to send the eRevision three times – after that, delivery is discontinued.  You may also want to give us an alternate email address to try.  Often email service providers will not deliver emails if two people in the same household share the same email address.

I tried to post a score on http://www.ghin.com, and it says that I’m inactive. What should I do?

This message means that your club has inactivated your record, which our member clubs tend to do any time from January through April of each year. You will want to contact your club to inquire about renewing for the season; or, if you have already paid your dues, contact your club anyway to inquire about the delay. If you wish to join a different club, go to our web site at www.oga.org, and click on Join the OGA Today to expedite your membership reactivation.

What is the “R” next to my Handicap Index?

The “R” indicates that a golfer’s Handicap Index has undergone a reduction due to exceptional tournament scores, posted within the last 12 months. The reduction procedure is an automatic component of Index calculations, and a crucial part of the Handicap System. It is meant to identify players who excel in competition beyond their normal Index.

Two factors comprise reductions:

  1. How far below your Index your best two eligible T scores are.
  2. How many eligible T scores you have in your T score counter.

As the Handicap System will always determine the player’s potential ability, this procedure follows that philosophy in keying into what the player’s best T scores have been in the last 12 months. T scores cease to be “eligible” after their one-year anniversary dates

What do the different letter(s) mean next to my scores?

The letter(s) immediately following each adjusted gross score indicate(s) specific aspects of a score within a player’s scoring record:

  • A = Away
  • AI = Away Internet
  • C = Combined Nines
  • I = Internet
  • P = Penalty
  • T = Tournament
  • TI = Tournament Internet
  • CI = Combined Internet (at least one of the nines was posted via the internet)
What are the different letters next to a Handicap Index?

Different types of handicaps are identified by letter designations. Each “handicap type” is identified as follows:

  • L = Local Handicap
  • M = Handicap modified by the club’s Handicap Committee
  • N = Nine-hole Handicap Index
  • NL – Local nine-hole handicap
  • R = Handicap automatically reduced for exceptional tournament performance (see below for detailed explanation)
  • SL = Short Course Handicap
  • WD = Handicap withdrawn by the club’s Handicap Committee
What is the difference between a Handicap Index and a Course Handicap? How do I determine my Course Handicap?

A Handicap Index is a number that indicates a player’s skill and is taken to one decimal place (ex., 10.4). You might refer to your Index as your “raw” handicap. You never actually use this Index while playing; rather, you must first convert it to the slope of the specific set of tees you are playing in order to get a Course Handicap. This will create a whole number, and is what makes your Handicap Index portable from course to course. You might need fewer strokes on an easier course and more strokes on a harder course – so, it’s imperative that you take this step! Convert your Index by entering it into a Slope (Conversion) Chart at a golf course, or locating them in the back of the booklet “The USGA Handicap System Reference Guide” (contact the OGA office to get one!). Another quick and easy way to convert your Index to a Course Handicap is to go to the Handicapping Page on this site. Scroll down and on the left side you will find a “Handicap Calculator”. Put in your Index and the slope of the tees you are playing, and hit Submit. This will give you a Course Handicap.

When I post a score, it asks me for my “adjusted” or “ESC” score. What does this mean?

For handicap purposes, you must make a downward adjustment to individual hole scores when you exceed your maximum strokes allowed. This adjustment is called “Equitable Stroke Control”. ESC keeps an exceptionally bad hole from changing a Handicap Index too much and sets a maximum ESC number that a player can post on any hole depending on the player’s Course Handicap. To see what your ESC number is, take your Handicap Index and convert it to the slope of the set of tees you are playing. For example, if I have a 14.1 Index and am playing a set of tees with a slope of 130, I will have a 16 Course Handicap. This means that the most I can post on any given hole is a 7. All types of scores must have ESC applied for handicap purposes, even tournament scores.

How many scores does it take to establish a Handicap Index?

A player needs a minimum of five 18-hole scores to calculate an 18-hole Handicap Index (or, ten 9- hole scores to calculate an 18-hole Handicap Index). You also need five rounds to calculate a 9-hole Handicap Index. Regardless of what type of Index you carry, once you have five rounds in your scoring record, and pass a revision you will receive your Index.

Here is a few helpful links:

Posting your score online

http://www.ghin.com/scorePosting.aspx

The Rules of Golf

http://www.usga.org/Rules.aspx?id=7788