Frequently Asked Questions

Handicap Lookup

Q: There is a ‘Used’ column with asterisks on my scoring record. What do those mean?
A: The asterisk in the “Used” column indicates a score that has been included as one of the scores in the calculation of your Handicap Index® at the last revision. This is based on a term called “handicap differential” that takes into account the USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating– it is not just based on raw score.

Q: What are all the letter ‘I’ denotations on my scoring record?
A: These are in the Type column and denote a score posted via the Internet. This allows for monitoring of Internet scores, just like an “A” denotes “Away” scores and “T” denotes “Tournament” scores.

Q: When I tried to look up my handicap today, I received a response stating ‘GHIN Number not found’.
A: Many clubs “inactivate” their rosters when a new season or year starts. This prevents the club from accidentally being billed for someone who is not returning to the club this year/season. Most often, a visit to your club and payment of membership fees for this year/season will get the ball rolling. The club will then activate your record. As stated in an earlier question, until the club transmits this activation, your record will not be available on GHIN.com.

Q: Using the Handicap Lookup widget on GHIN.com, I found my record and my Handicap Index®. I am playing a course today with a different Slope Rating. How can I figure out my Course Handicap?
A: Click on the “C.H. Calculator” tab within the results page of the Handicap Lookup widget.  Input the Slope Rating and click “Calculate”.  The Course Handicap for that set of tees will appear.

If you do not know the Course Rating and Slope Rating of where you are going to play, click here to look it up on the National Course Rating Database (select ‘BM’ and all of Bermuda’s courses will be displayed).

Q: Will the GHIN.com web site allow me to look up a Handicap Index® for anyone in the country who has a Handicap Index®?
A: No. There are many computation services assisting in the issuance of a Handicap Index® . The GHIN database is comprised of golfers using the GHIN service.

Q: I posted a score online today, but went to GHIN.com and could not see that score. What happened?
A: The initial Handicap lookup screen is a snapshot tied to a revision date – that screen will not show recently posted scores. However, if you click on the image link entitled “View 20 Most Recent” just above your scoring record, you will see a snapshot of what is in the database at this moment. The score that you posted online should appear there.

Q: I posted five scores online this morning, but my Handicap Index® did not appear or change – is there something wrong?
A: A Handicap Index® is revised according to the revision schedule determined by the regional golf association. Your Handicap Index® will not change until the association your club belongs to goes through a revision.  Check with your club to determine its revision schedule.

Q: I posted eight scores online on August 11. These did not impact my Handicap Index® – why?
A: There is a little window of time between the cutoff for scores counting toward the upcoming Handicap Index® and the effective revision date. This window is so that a Handicap Index® can be revised, reports printed and mailed and received by the clubs. For those areas where printed reports are not mailed from New Jersey, the time window is only overnight, thus scores posted to the database up until approximately 10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time will count in the handicap revision effective the next day.

Q: When I perform a lookup, I get a message that my GHIN Number is not found.
A: Many clubs “inactivate” their rosters when a new season or year starts. This prevents the club from accidentally being billed for someone who is not returning to the club this year/season. Most often, a visit to your club and payment of membership fees for this year/season will get the ball rolling. The club will then reactivate your record. Until the club transmits this reactivation, your record will not be available on GHIN.com.

Q: Can I still post my scores online & lookup my Handicap Index via the new GHIN.com Website without signing up for eGolfer?
A: Yes. All of the functionality from the old GHIN.com web site is still available. You do not have to sign up for eGolfer to access these services.

To post a score online, click on “POST SCORES” from the top navigation bar. To perform a Handicap Lookup, click on “HANDICAP LOOKUP” from the top navigation bar.

Online Posting

Q: I just entered a score online, but I made a mistake. Can GHIN fix it?
A: No. Your golf club oversees your scoring record and Handicap Index® . If you make a mistake, you need to contact a representative from your club or the Bermuda Golf Association at (295-9972) to correct the error.