How To Find My GHIN Number?

Unfortunately, the game of golf extends very little in way of relief to the struggling beginner. While those starting in soccer have smaller fields, those starting in baseball get the benefit of the tee, and those starting in bowling are gifted with bumpers, newbie golfers are more or less forced to face the same expectations as the pros.

There is one exception to this, one great equalizer that sport gifts its struggling fans: the handicap system. Using the GHIN (Golf Handicap and Information Network) players can get a handicap that will allow them to compete evenly against the best golfers they know.

In order to get a handicap, you will need to get a GHIN number. Getting one is simple, and today we will show you exactly how it is done. Read on to learn how to find your GHIN number!

What you will need:

Fortunately, the resources that finding your GHIN number requires are not very hard to come by.

All you are going to need in this case is a phone, and or computer, and you will be good to go.


Step 1: Become a GHIN Member:

Of course, if you are reading this guide in the first place, most would probably assume that you already have a membership that is in good standing, but just to be safe we will include it in the steps.

If you don’t have a GHIN membership, no worries, it is as simple as joining an affiliate club. Don’t worry, not a country club, a group that agrees to withhold the handicap system to the standards of the USGA. Depending on which group you join, you may or may not need to pay a membership due, but it’s generally not very much.

This is where the phone or computer that I mentioned will come into play. You may need them to research and contact clubs for membership information.

Step 2: Fill Out the Necessary Paperwork:

This step is sort of a no-brainer as well but for what it is worth I did tell you this was going to be pretty easy. As you apply for membership, there will be forms you to fill out, and you won’t really be able to proceed until you comply with them.

Do so, and then proceed to step number three.

Step 3: Contact Representative From Club:

Now that you have gone through all of the other necessary steps, getting your GHIN number is as simple as calling the person in your club who is responsible for handling the handicap information. He or she should have no problem providing you with the information you require.

For this step, there may or may not be additional paperwork to fill out. Often times there is not, or if there is, it is minimal, but it really just depends on the rules of your club.

Either way, getting your GHIN number is going to be quick and relatively simple, just as I promised!

Bonus Step: Be Very Careful With Your Number:

This next step is going to last forever, though technically speaking it is not necessary to find your GHIN number, which is, in fact, the purpose of this guide.

Nevertheless, it is important. While it wouldn’t quite be right to say that your GHIN number holds the same significance as your credit card, it may be more fitting to say that it holds the same weight as the login information for an email address.

If someone gets a hold of your GHN number they will be able to make inaccurate posts on your behalf. You don’t want that. Even if the posts are done as a joke, they can have a lasting impact on your handicap that may be difficult or impossible to sort out later.

Memorizing and keeping track of your GHIN number now can save you a lot of trouble later.


Well, that’s it! Simple, right? To find your GHIN number all you need to do is research golf clubs that adhere to the USGA’s handicap rules, contact them, pay the fees, fill out the necessary paperwork, and request your number.

Finding your GHIN number is easy to do, but well worth the effort. Taking the time to get one now can help you in the long run.

Establishing a GHIN number is part of what it takes to get a handicap in the game of golf, and your handicap is the only thing that will help you stand a chance playing against your scratch golfer friends, so you definitely want one.

Take the time now, and enjoy the game of golf later!

Thank you for reading! If you have any questions or concerns, please take the time to let us know in the comments section!

Paul Durante

My name is Paul, and I truly love the game of golf. I’ve been playing for many years now, but still regularly discover new things about the sport. I believe that blogs like this can go a long way in helping people understand this game’s rich history and rules, and I am very proud to have the opportunity to contribute.

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