The inception of GHIN began in the spring of 1980 when a
Regional Golf Association wished to change its handicap service vendor. In an
effort to provide a quality service to maintain handicaps, the USGA® was
approached and asked to help in providing this type of service. GHIN was
organized and developed by the spring of 1981 and provided handicap computation
services initially for the Metropolitan Golf Association, in New York.
GHIN has now become the world's largest handicap computation
service. GHIN is provided through 71 State, Regional or National Golf
Associations to over 12,000 clubs and approximately 2.3 million golfers. GHIN is
maintained by the United States Golf Association® and the staff is composed of
Any USGA Handicap Index® issued through a Golf Association
by a golf club is designed to allow golfers of differing abilities to compete on
an equitable basis and thereby increasing the enjoyment they derive from a round
of golf. A Handicap Index is revised throughout the golf season and is based on
golfers' scores, as well as the relative difficulty of the courses on which
their rounds are played.