Download the GHIN Handicap Program "The Power" flyer in PDF format.
All Golf Associations and GHIN clubs are provided several
valuable software programs and services as part of the GHIN service. Clubs will
receive a preseason package with updated Handicap Indexes, Information Notices,
and any updated GHIN software releases. GHIN revises its Handicap Program
software on an on-going basis with new and improved added features.
The GHIN software poses no additional cost to the clubs or
association. As new software features become available, they will be distributed
to the clubs as a service from your Golf Association.
Some of the advantages of the GHIN Handicap Program software
- Interactive membership score posting with contemporary
graphics and a friendly navigation style accommodating touch screen technology.
- Twelve-month score and Handicap Index archives.
- Enhanced peer review via member lookup and score
- Automatic electronic transmissions that are totally
transparent to golfers.
- Report library supporting "Paperless" environments and
a powerful report designer, which is flexible enough to design almost any
- Clubs can print their own reports, handicap listings, local
number list, addresses, Handicap labels for membership cards, etc.
- All score corrections, new member adds, name changes,
addresses, etc., are reflected immediately.
The GHIN Handicap Program software provides for scores to be
electronically routed from any club within the GHIN network. Away scores are
re-routed to the home clubs Clubs have access to the USGA Handicap Indexes of
all other two million golfers on GHIN across the country. Clubs may inquire
about the USGA Handicap Index of any visiting golfer on GHIN Each golfer can see
the immediate impact that each new score may have on the individual's Handicap
Index at the next revision via the Trend.
You may provide news releases (up to 20 lines of 78 characters
per line) to your clubs using GHIN Handicap Program software by submitting the
information to GHIN, or utilizing the GHIN VPN Package access to the Enterprise
Server. Reports may be created and printed locally, as well as sorted many
different ways: by golfer's name, GHIN number, local number, Handicap Index,
print group, or a combination of all of the above.
The GHIN Handicap Program software effectively manages score
posting; Handicap Index calculations; exceptional tournament score reduction
(Section 10-3 of the USGA Handicap System); allows access to all Course Ratings
and Slope Ratings contained in the association-wide database; performs golfer
Handicap Index and score inquiries; networks all golf club members on the GHIN
service and much more.
Score Posting Made Easy
GHIN has made posting scores easy and simple. Clubs may
selectively choose to use an easy-to-remember two-to six-digit local number to
access their files. A menu will then appear, which can be customized, with all
the necessary information for golfers to post their scores. The golfer's name,
GHIN number, Handicap Index, score history, current date, and most-often-played
tee will appear on the screen automatically. The golfer only has to enter the
score and confirm the other information. Once the score is posted, it will then
be shown on the screen and automatically saved. An optional musical tune can be
played in the background for confirmation.
Touch Screen Interface
GHIN has developed an optional golfer interface that utilizes
touch screen technology to simplify the score posting experience for members.
Our current Windows version software has been designed to easily integrate this
touch screen technology, allowing members to remain comfortable with the same
One of the most important features of the GHIN Handicap Program
software is the tremendous flexibility of the program. GHIN services more than
7,700 computerized golf clubs around the country, all with many different needs.
This can only be accomplished through the flexibility of the many options
throughout the program. Options may be set to prompt the member for score
information when posting a score such as score type, tee played, and choice of
posting an adjusted score or using hole-by-hole entry, which automatically
computes Equitable Stroke Control. Clubs may allow individual score posting or
restrict posting to a committee or staff member, but in either case, fellow
members may review other members' score histories by a simple last name lookup
Features with Password Restrictions
The GHIN Handicap Program software has many other features
located in the Handicap management module, which can only be accessed from the
membership score entry screen with a password. These features include Rapid
Score Entry, Player Management, Preference Management, Club Management, Reports,
Inquiry, Transmission and Messages. Additionally a scrolling screen-saver is
comprised of electronically updated news from your Golf Association, association
logos, as well as current USGA press releases.
Clubs using the GHIN Handicap Program software can set an
automatic dial feature, which transmits at scheduled days and times chosen by
the club. The program is designed to automatically dial GHIN's toll-free
telephone number and send all transactions and scores posted on the PC to the
Enterprise Server. The communication options now include utilizing the Internet
or the AT&T Global Network for transmission of information. This feature is
designed to also automatically communicate during times set by the club.
Hole-by-Hole Stroke Analysis
GHIN can perform a Hole-by-Hole Stroke Allocation Analysis for
any club that provides GHIN with scorecard data. There is a small charge for the
data entry service. If the Golf Association wishes to enter the scores and
analyze the club information itself, GHIN will provide a Hole-by-Hole Stroke
Allocation Analysis PC Program, with instructions, at no cost. Additionally, the
GHIN Handicap Program software includes the ability to import Hole-by-Hole
entered scores into a module for analysis.
The GHIN Handicap Program software supports multi-terminal
systems consisting of a host machine and several remote terminals. The host
computer may be operated from a central office and used to communicate to the
GHIN Enterprise Server, as well as run all the GHIN software programs. The
remote workstations may be placed in the golf shop, locker rooms or other
traffic areas that will facilitate entering scores.
GHIN multi-terminal systems can utilize Windows or other
networking software, which offers an Ethernet-type network. Such networks
operate at a much more reduced cost than other major network systems. The GHIN
Handicap Program software will run under other networking systems, but the
complexity may increase. The benefits gained from using the Ethernet-type
- Simpler to set up and maintain.
- Less expensive to acquire.
- Faster response time when running the remote workstations and
Clubs using the GHIN multi-terminal system have found it
to be reliable and advantageous. The number of multi-terminal network clubs has
grown to over 500 since their introduction in 1990.