Handicapping

How Do I Get a Handicap?

USGA Handicap Indexes are issued to individuals only through recognized golf clubs. The USGA Handicap System requires that a golfer be part of a club so that “peer review” is part of the handicap process. Every Kentucky Golf Association Member Club is licensed to issue handicap indexes!

If you belong to a private club you should contact the handicap chairperson to be added to the KGA/GHIN handicap system.

For the many golfers that do not belong to a private club you can still receive a GHIN handicap from many KGA member clubs. Several public facilities offer a "handicap only" service which will allow total access to a GHIN handicap.

I don't really play in tournaments, why do I need an official KGA/GHIN handicap?

The broad appeal of golf is the unique and equitable handicapping system.  The purpose of the USGA Handicap System is to make the game more enjoyable for golfers of all abilities.  So whether you participate in tournaments or not, an official KGA/GHIN handicap will allow you to see the improvements in your ability or compete more equitably with your playing partners.

Once you've joined a golf club and posted five adjusted gross scores you will be issued a KGA/GHIN handicap once a revision date passes.  To view a directory of courses offering handicap indexes just select the Club Directory link below and search for a public facility in your area.

There are two ways to get an official GHIN Handicap:

Join a KGA Green-Grass Club

KGA Green-Grass Clubs are KGA golf clubs located at a specific golf course. A KGA Green-Grass Club can be a private, semi-private, public, or resort golf course.  Contact the club directly to get started! If you are a member of a KGA Member Club and are a GHIN handicap holder, you are already a member of the KGA.

Find a club to join »

Join the KGA Online E-Club

If you are a GHIN Handicap holder through a KGA member club you are already a member of the association. If not, an official KGA handicap is available to all golfers throughout Kentucky who wish to take advantage of the benefits of belonging to the oldest state golf association in the country. The cost of joining the KGA online is $30 per year and includes several member benefits.

Get an Online Handicap »

Golf House Kentucky Sponsors

About Golf House Kentucky

Golf House Kentucky is the umbrella organization for Kentucky’s Family of Golf Organizations: Kentucky Golf Association, Kentucky PGA and Kentucky Golf Foundation. The vision of Kentucky’s golf leaders, Golf House Kentucky was founded in 1978, and is headquartered in a picturesque country setting in Louisville, Kentucky. Golf House Kentucky conducts competitions for golfers of all ages, gender and skill levels (amateur, professional and junior), and provides valuable services to Kentucky PGA professionals and member golf facilities. Working in partnership with the USGA, Golf House Kentucky provides individual golfers and member golf facilities with a wide range of services: Handicapping, USGA Course and Slope Rating, award programs, club consulting and golf management software. The family’s philanthropic affiliate, Kentucky Golf Foundation promotes the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame, Kentucky golf museum and provides grant and scholarship programs for youth in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Louisville, Kentucky 40245
(502) 243-8295
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