World Handicap System, Multi-Member Account Setup Recommendations
For golfers who host multiple WHS-roster affiliations, it is a player requirement to have all scores logged to all WHS-records at all times, in order to assure that an official WHS Handicap Index® is being assigned through each outlet. Please note that if multiple independent records are currently in the WHS (GHIN) database, the ability to streamline this dual-record management IS available by requesting a merge/link of all your WHS accounts together. To accomplish this request, please issue the following information to: [email protected], dependent upon where your secondary WHS record is housed (U.S. vs. Canada-based roster):
Secondary Record ALSO from United States
If BOTH records are being assigned from United States-based WHS roster(s), identify the ‘GHIN’ member numbers assigned to each, then provide them to AGA staff ([email protected]), further indicating if you have a preference of which member number should be retained in the forthcoming record ‘merger’. Once accomplished, you’ll then just retain a singular/shared account with all new score and Handicap Index assignments reflected mutually across ALL U.S.-based WHS roster affiliation(s). Note*– For dual-members from: Wisconsin State Golf Association, Chicago District Golf Association or Indiana Golf Association each do not use ‘GHIN’ handicap software locally), please reach out to your out-of-state Association staff contact and request your ‘Handicap ID’ assignment, used for this merger process but may be different than the assigned WSGA/CDGA/IGA ‘member number’ on the localized handicap technology platform in use within these regions. The ‘Handicap ID’ will be the value needing to be issued to the AGA to formalize the merger.
Secondary Record from Canada
RELATED: Arizona/Canada WHS Account Linking Recommendations
If your secondary WHS-account is from Canada, although we cannot fully ‘merge’ these records together, there is an ability to setup a background ‘link’ within each account to accommodate the sharing of all new score postings/handicap index assignments moving forward. To accomplish this US-Canada account ‘link’ setup, please complete the following (4) steps, in this preferred order:
Step 1- Confirm that your Arizona Golf Association-based record is currently in ‘Active’ status and retrieve your ‘GHIN’ number assignment, needed for step 2.
Step 2- Contact your Provincial Golf Association staff in Canada and supply them with your Arizona-based GHIN number, requesting that they add it as a Canada-US ‘link’.
Step 3- Ask your Golf Canada staff to also provide you with your designated ‘NETWORK ID’, the value that is used for these linking purposes and is often times an alternative 6-9 digit value that may be different than the standard Golf Canada Member Number personally in use (link will not function without the ‘NETWORK ID’, in particular).
Step 4- Supply Arizona Golf Association staff ([email protected]) or your AZ-based club administrator with the ‘NETWORK ID’ that Golf Canada staff has confirmed is assigned to you. In turn, that ID will be input in the background of your GHIN record to complete the two-way linking process.
In summary, any golfer in the World Handicap System should only ever host a singular scoring record/Handicap Index assignment, even in the case of hosting multiple active club roster affiliations. If both records are resident through US-based rosters, an official ‘merger’ into one record is possible, or if the secondary record is based in Canada, an account ‘link’ may be setup to share all new score postings and Handicap Index assignments. Please contact AGA Staff ([email protected]) to present any linking request or if you have any questions that have been prompted.
More World Handicap System Resources at https://www.whs.com/
Create Your GHIN Digital Profile: A Step by Step Guide 2021
Step by Step Guide: Create Your GHIN Digital Profile
Effective January 11th, 2021, USGA-GHIN has new login requirements for GHIN.com and Updated GHIN Mobile app, referred to as a Digital Profile. This means, in order to post your scores on ghin.com or the GHIN Mobile App this season, you will need to create a Digital Profile. Follow this step-by-step guide to create yours if you haven’t already.
STEP 1 – To create a Digital Profile on GHIN.com or the GHIN Mobile App, first click the CREATE PROFILE button displayed on the login page:
STEP 2 – You will then be asked to provide two of three pieces of information to verify your GHIN account. The information that can be used to verify your account are Email Address, GHIN Number, and Last Name:
STEP 3 – Enter two of the three pieces of information required and click VERIFY:
STEP 4 – You will see a confirmation page that informs you that an email has been sent to the email address of your GHIN account:
STEP 5 – Click the link in the email to create your profile and set a password:
STEP 6 – The link will open a page to create your profile. It will display your name, email address, and have fields to set your password. (NOTE: Passwords must be at least 6 characters)
STEP 8 – Once completed, you will see a pop up notifying you that you have successfully created your profile:
You can now log in to GHIN.com and the GHIN Mobile App using your email and set password.
Still have questions? Contact AGA Senior Director of USGA Services, Derek McKenzie at [email protected]
Course Rating & Your Mobile App
Do You Use the GHIN App for Posting?
With the Rules of Golf Modernization taking full effect January 1st, an influx of courses may experience updates to USGA Course and Slope Rating assignments in order to align with any revised Penalty Area course setup changes. Although these new rating values will be reflected in the standard course listings within all GHIN score posting outlets, users of the GHIN mobile app need to be mindful of the following:
When posting a score in the GHIN mobile app, to streamline the selection of a course & tee for the round a member may save one or more ‘Favorite Course’ listings (Click icon in top left corner of app).
The USGA course and slope rating values that are present when the course is saved will remain in place for the duration of the entry being listed as a Favorite, even in the case of new assignments being issued to the course. In order to pick up relevant rating changes within the Favorite section listing, members will need to remove (swipe right to left) and re-add the Favorite Course of their choosing, which will be repopulated with the up-to-date ratings.
The ‘Recent’ course search option in the GHIN app points directly to your scoring record and retrieves course and tee listings that have accompanied recent postings. Please note that if course rating assignments have been modified but the score entries present on your account were logged prior to the update, you will need to use either the standard ‘Search’ or ‘Favorite Course’ (if repopulated as described above) selection options initially to assure your score is being logged with the correct assignments. Once a new entry inclusive of revised rating values is present on your scoring record the ‘Recent’ course listing will again be an appropriate option to utilize for future postings.
Please communicate with your facility staff to identify if any changes to assigned local course and slope ratings will be occurring in 2019. If so, re-save any Favorite Course listings and/or use the standard ‘Search’ lookup option within the GHIN mobile app to assure all new postings are accompanied with up-to-date ratings, thus promoting an accurate USGA Handicap Index is assigned at future revision dates.