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 and Updated GHIN Mobile app, referred to as a Digital Profile. This means, in order to post your scores on 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 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 7 – Fill out the Password and Confirm Password fields, select the “I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service,” and click FINISH:GHIN (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 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]

World Handicap System


The vision of the new World Handicap System is to unify the six different handicap systems used around the world into one, universal system. Although the six other systems were very well-developed, each system provides slightly different results. The new system will enable players round the world to compete on fair ground, in any format, on any course, without sacrificing accuracy. As the system was adapted by all of the existing handicapping authorities and other National Associations, this collaboration will ensure the system is suitable to all golfing cultures.

When adapted, the WHS will be governed by the USGA and The R&A and administered by national and multinational associations around the world. The WHS will encompass both the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System (formerly known as the USGA Course Rating and Slope System).

Educational Resources

WHS – Exceptional Score

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WHS – Calculation of Course and Playing Handicap

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WHS – Timely Submission of Scores

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WHS – Maximum Handicap Index

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Playing Conditions Calculation

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WHS – Maximum Hole Score for Handicap Purposes

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Handicap Committee Review

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Responsive Handicap Index Updates

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Limit on Extreme Upward Movement of a Handicap Index

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Acceptable Scores for Handicap Purposes

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Continuing Education

Club Administrators and Facility Staff

WHS Club Certification- 2020 World Handicap System (WHS) club compliance policy dictates that at least (1) representative from every licensed handicap roster participate in a WHS Certification Seminar and pass a 20-questions quiz for the affiliated roster to be in WHS compliance. The deadline to accomplish this requirement is June 30th, 2020. Certification will be offered in two formats moving forward, each covering all the standard elements included in the new WHS Rules of Handicapping:

  • Online – We are pleased to announce that an online self-guided WHS certification seminar is now available. This seminar consists of (4) video segments followed by a 20-question quiz. Please use or forward the following link to access this seminar option: WHS Certification Seminar

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (602)-944-3035

AGA Member/Golfer

In an effort to provide a resource that may be utilized for local club member/golfer education, the USGA has produced a club-based educational PowerPoint deck which highlights the most significant WHS system changes. This presentation is anticipated to be approximately 45 minutes in length. Please download and utilize at your discretion at the local level and forward any questions that arise to AGA Staff Member, Derek McKenzie.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (602)-944-3035

Club Education PowerPoint

WHS Questions

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U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Qualifier

The USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Qualifier has concluded and left us with four qualifiers to send to the championship at Forest Highlands Golf Club, in Flagstaff, AZ on September 14-19, 2019. Kim Eaton, who is no stranger to USGA championships, earned the qualifying medalist title with a score of 73. Mari Meizwa and Thuhashina Selvaratnam tied for second place and will be competing in the championship alongside fourth-place qualifier Katerina Prorokova.

It was a heart-racing start for medalist, Kim Eaton, as she made 3 birdies in her first five holes. Eaton found herself three-over-par after 12 holes, but fortunately took the wheel again finding two more birdies in her remaining six holes. After the sweltering-hot round, Eaton explained, “It seems like I like this golf course. I play it well, even though I haven’t played a course this long in some time now.”

This will be the seventh U.S. Mid-Amateur that Eaton has competed in after taking a seven-year break from the qualifying due to medical reasons. “This is the first Mid-Am I have attempted to play in since 2012; that was my last one.” Eaton explained, “I couldn’t walk. I just got the medical exemption two years ago.”

Mari Meizwa and Thuhashina Selvaratnam  bagged the second and third qualifying spot after carding an 6-over 78. With a 7-over 79,  Katerina Prorokova snagged the final qualifying spot.

To compete in the U.S. Women’s Mid-Am means a great deal, specifically because Arizona is the host state of the championship. The tournament location is just a hop, skip, and jump north in beautiful Flagstaff Arizona, at Forest Highlands Golf Club. The championship site last hosted a USGA event in 2014 for the U.S. Girl’s Junior Amateur. The U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur originated in 1987, allowing women who were 25+ years of age and with a handicap of 9.4 or better to play.


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2019 Rules of Golf Toolkit

Rules Toolkit for Clubs & Facilities: To support the education of golfers at the club level, we are providing you with a link to a “digital” club/facility toolkit, which can be found here. Different from the Rules Education Toolkit that we shared with you this fall, this set of resources is focused on the golfer (not Rules official) and is designed to be used by club/facility employees to help educate and promote the major changes to the Rules of Golf.  The “physical” toolkit will contain copies of the three Rules publications along with a set of printed posters and “cart stickers,” which will also be made available for purchase on in early 2019.


New Global Ranking For Golfers With Disabilities To Launch In 2019

New Global Ranking For Golfers With Disabilities To Launch In 2019

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. AND ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (Nov. 13, 2018) – The USGA and The R&A will administer a global ranking for golfers with disabilities, which will help to grow participation and competition around the world and to promote inclusivity within the sport.   The World Ranking for Golfers with Disability will launch on Jan. 1, 2019 and will be administered in tandem with the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WAGR™) for both men and women via  The USGA and The R&A will assume responsibility for the ranking following agreement with EDGA, which created the comprehensive and independent Ranking for Golfers with Disability in 2014. Further information for golfers and tournament organizers wishing to register their details with the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability will be made available later this year.   “One of golf’s best benefits is that it can be played by everyone, and it can be played for a lifetime,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA Senior Managing Director of Championships.   “We are pleased to administer this ranking in partnership with The R&A, as it elevates an important population of the golf community that clearly loves the game and enables a variety of competitive opportunities around the world. Together with the modifications to the Rules of Golf for golfers with disabilities and the USGA’s work to make golf courses more accessible, we are working to create meaningful and lasting change to make golf more welcoming.”  Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development and Amateur Events at The R&A, said, “There is an accelerating growth in the number of events around the world for golfers with disabilities to compete in so it makes absolute sense that there is a global ranking to provide a robust measurement of an individual’s skill and ability.  “It is another important step towards ensuring that golf is more inclusive of people of all ages and abilities. Along with our colleagues at the USGA we will continue to support EDGA’s drive to grow participation and competition in the sport among all disability groups.” Tony Bennett, President of EDGA and Director of Education for the PGAs of Europe, said, “This is a crucial step forward for the growth and development of the sport for golfers with disabilities and we believe it will act as a catalyst for encouraging more people into playing golf, both competitively and recreationally, around the world.” The announcement of the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability coincides with the playing of the Australian All Abilities Championship, which is being organized by Golf Australia and will see 12 golfers compete at The Lakes in Sydney this week alongside the professionals at the Emirates Australian Open.  About the USGA The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and the U.S. Senior Women’s Open, as well as 10 amateur championships and international matches, attracting players and fans around the world. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and equipment standards, with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories, and Mexico.  The USGA and R&A also partner to administer the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ for men and women as a global service to the game.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and the work of the USGA Foundation. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents. For more information, visit

About The R&A Based in St Andrews, The R&A runs The Open, elite amateur events, international matches and rankings. Together The R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions but sharing a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment Standards. The R&A, through R&A Rules Ltd, governs the sport worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, on behalf of over 36 million golfers in 143 countries and with the consent of 156 organizations from amateur and professional golf.

The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the growth of the sport internationally and the development and management of sustainable golf facilities.  For more information, visit


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