Handicaps & Course Rating | Oregon Golf Association

Score Posting Season: March 1 through Nov. 30 is the official score-posting season in Oregon and Southwest Washington. OGA Members can post scores Dec. 1-Feb. 29 if rounds are played in Sun Belt states.

Important Note:  Beginning in 2021, all GHIN users are required to have a password to log in to GHIN.com or the GHIN mobile app. Click here for full details.

Handicapping:  The game is a lot more fun when it’s fair and the golfer has an understanding of their potential ability. Whether you are a seasoned golfer or one who just picked up a club, you’re bound to be asked the question: What’s your handicap?

Handicaps are a unique feature of the game of golf. The Handicap System is the very best method for golfers to compete equitably on any course with others of differing abilities.

What exactly is a handicap?: A golf handicap, more specifically a Handicap Index®, is a numerical measure of a player’s skill, taken to one decimal place. Once at least three scores are posted, a Handicap Index® will be established for the player, and the system will adjust the Handicap Index® up or down as the player’s game changes.  

How do I get one?: To obtain a Handicap Index® and GHIN number you must first join an OGA Member Club, either online or in person at your local club. A golf club is simply an organized group of at least 10 individuals at a golf course facility (public, private or resort) or via a business, fraternal, ethnic or social organization. They’ve come together over the love of the game, and are looking for you to join them!

Now go play!:  The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most beautiful, unique courses in the country, and rounds played on our courses can be posted to your handicap record from March 1-Nov. 30. We’ve officially rated all the courses in our region to assure accuracy in handicapping, using the Course Rating System™.