Frequently Asked Questions | Oregon Golf Association

Handicap

  1. What do I need to know about the World Handicap System

    There are a few changes that come with the new World Handicap System, which made its debut on Jan. 1, 2020. Click here to visit the OGA's webpage that includes short explanatory articles and videos. 

  2. How can I edit a score that has been posted to GHIN?

    Only your club’s Handicap Committee (or Chair) can edit your scoring record. They have full authority and access. If you cannot reach your Chair, you may want to check with your Golf Pro. The OGA cannot make changes to your scoring record, but we can provide contact information for your club’s Handicap Chair should you need it.

  3. When does score posting season end for the season?

    Score posting season in Oregon & SW Washington runs March 1st - November 30th. If you travel to sun-belt states, those rounds are applicable to your scoring record any time due to their year-round status.

  4. I tried to post a score on 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, click here to join one of our online member clubs and expedite your membership reactivation.

  5. 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

  6. 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)
  7. 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 or Membership was activated between Revisions
    • 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
  8. 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.

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

    With the new World Handicap System, a player needs a minimum of three 18-hole scores to calculate an 18-hole Handicap Index (or, six 9- hole scores to calculate an 18-hole Handicap Index).