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The Golf Handicap Information Network

The Oman Golf Association moved from the USGA Handicap System to WHS in May 2020 and in doing so also became part of the USGA's Golf Handicap Information Network (GHIN). GHIN is one of the largest handicap management tools in the world serving more that 2.3 million golfers. 

With Oman now being part of GHIN our golfers have access to the GHIN mobile application, the GHIN website and the kiosks that are located at the golf clubs. Any of these can be used for posting scores, recording statistics and checking course handicaps, additionally they also allow peer review to be carried out which is a fundamental requirement of the World Handicap System.

As a member of the Oman Golf Association you will be issued with a GHIN number, this identifies you both in Oman and also to any other territory which belongs to GHIN. Membership of the OGA is not only offered to those who are members of the golf courses in Oman but is also available to those golfers who are not members but who wish to obtain and maintain an official WHS Handicap Index as well as receiving discounted green fees.

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GHIN Frequently Asked Questions

What is GHIN?


The Golf Handicap Information Network (GHIN) is a service offered by the USGA to golf associations worldwide. GHIN is a handicap management tool which is used to adminster the World Handicap System (WHS). Oman became part of GHIN in May 2020.




What are the benefits of GHIN?


Through the moblile app, website or kiosks located in the club houses golfers are able to quickly and easily post their scores, check course handicaps for themselves and others, and record statistics. Through GHIN golfers are also able to view the scores posted by other golfers, this 'peer review' is an essential element of the World Handicap System.




How do I get a GHIN number?


To get a GHIN number you will first need to establish an Oman Golf Association Membership, this can be done through your home club or, if you are not a member of one of the golf clubs in Oman, directly through the OGA. Once you are a member of the OGA you will receive a GHIN number and a link to the GHIN scoring app where you will post your scores.




How should I post my scores in GHIN?


You have the option to post your scores; as an 18 hole total, as 9 hole totals, or hole by hole. We strongly recommend posting hole by hole as it allows the maximum stroke limit to be automatically applied and also enables the option to record statistics.




When do I get my Handicap Index?


All scores are updated overnight so your initial Handicap Index will be issued the day after your last score is posted.




On the first tee someone asks me what my handicap is, what do I tell them?


You should start with your Handicap Index as this forms the basis for your Course and Playing Handicaps. Your Course Handicap is the actual number of strokes you will need to play any given course (that has a Course and Slope Rating) to par, your GHIN app will give you this information by selecting the course and the tees that you are playing from.




What is peer review and why is it important?


Peer review is the process by which a player's score or Handicap Index can be confirmed or challenged. Peer review is normally conducted by someone playing in the same group during a round and is most applicable to social play as in tournament play the signing of scorecards represents peer review. In order to allow peer review scores should be posted as soon as possible after a round, the score is then visible to other golfers through the GHIN app or website by using the 'Golfer Lookup' function. Challenges or disputes can be raised with the player in question or reported to the golf club where the player is a member for consideration.




I recently posted a score but my Handicap Index has not changed. Why?


Once you have 20 scores in your scoring record your Handicap Index is calculated by averaging your 8 best Score Differentials out of your most recent 20. If your Handicap Index remains unchanged after posting a score it is most likely that the same 8 scores are still being used in your best 8 of 20 calculation.




I forgot to post my score the day I played. Will I still get the PCC adjustment?


The PCC takes place at midnight every day so if your score was posted after midnight it will not be included in the calculation - however, the score would still be subject to any resulting PCC adjustment as long as the correct date played is posted.




What is the maximum hole score for handicap posting purposes?


If you have a Handicap Index the maximum score for each hole played is limited to a net double bogey, that is a double bogey plus any handicap strokes you are entitled to on that hole based on your Course Handicap. If you post your scores hole by hole through the GHIN app or website this adjustment is made for you. For players posting scores to establish their first Handicap Index the maximum hole score is set as Par +5.




I started a hole but did not complete it. What score should I post?


Sometimes the format of play allows you to start a hole but not to complete it, in this instance the score posted for handicap purposes should be your most likely score. A most likely score is defined as a reasonable assessment made by you based on the score you are most likely to make from that sport more than half the time.




I did not play a hole. What score do I post?


When a hole is not played, for example due to darkness, the score recorded for handicap purposes is a net Par (the Par of the hole plus any handicap strokes you are entitled to based on your Course Handicap).




How many holes do I have to play to post an acceptable score?


For a 9 hole score to be posted at least 7 holes must be played. For an 18 hole score to be posted at least 14 holes must be played. If more than 9 but fewer than 14 holes are played you must post a 9 hole score.




How do I calculate my Course Handicap and Playing Handicap?


The easiest way to obtain your Course Handicap is through the GHIN app, website or kiosk. But for those of you who wish to see that maths the formula is: Course Handicap = Handicap Index x (Slope Rating / 113) + (Course Rating - Par) This is rounded to the nearest whole number to give a Course Handicap. If a Playing Handicap is required the unrounded number is subject to the handicap allowance before being rounded to the nearest whole number.




When players compete from different tees do we have to make any adjustments?


As a Course Handicap represents the number of strokes needed to play to Par no further adjustments are needed when playing from different tees, the only time an adjustment is needed is if players are competing from tees with different Pars.




I accidentally posted a wrong score, how can I change it?


Once a score has been posted to GHIN it cannot be changed by the player themselves, however your home club can easily adjust or delete a score for you.




I played a round by myself, why can't I post the score?


Peer review is the process by which a score or Handicap Index can be confirmed or challenged, when rounds are played without another person present the process cannot be completed and therefore these rounds cannot be counted.




What formats are acceptable for posting scores?


In Oman any scores recorded in a format where you are playing your own ball are acceptable for posting. This includes individual strokeplay, fourball strokeplay, matchplay, stableford. It does not include rounds where; you are being coached on the course, you are using non conforming equipment, the number or type of clubs are restricted, your score cannot be verified by another person, you do not play the required number of holes, you are not playing your own ball, for example in a scramble.




Should matchplay scores be posted even if I do not hole out on every hole?


Yes, when a hole is started but a player does not hole out the player must record their most likely score for handicap purposes. If a match ends with holes left to play and the players do not play the remaining holes then net par should be recorded for the remaining holes assuming at least 7 or 14 holes are played.




How do I get a Handicap Index?


To obtain and maintain a Handicap Index you will first need to establish an Oman Golf Association Membership, this can be done through your home club or, if you are not a member of one of the golf clubs in Oman, directly through the OGA. Once you are a member of the OGA you will receive a GHIN number and a link to the GHIN scoring app where you will post your scores. To establish your initial Handicap Index you will need to submit three 18 hole scores, or six 9 hole scores.




How much is OGA Membership?


Oman Golf Association Membership is Omr30 per year for members of the golf courses or Omr50 per year for non members. This fee is adjusted on a quarterly pro rata basis until the end of the calendar year.




How do I join the OGA?


If you are a member of one of the golf courses here in Oman your OGA Membership is Omr30 per year and will be processed by your home club. If you are not a member of one of the courses please contact us direclty to establish your membership.




What do I do with my GHIN number?


Once you have your GHIN number you are able to post scores, record statistics, and check your Course Handicap as well as the Course Handicap of other golfers. This can be done through the mobile application which is available in both Android and iOS, the GHIN website, or the kiosks located at each of the golf courses.




Why do I need to create a digital profile to use the mobile app and website?


In order to improve data security and golfer privacy golfers will need to create a digital profile to access the GHIN mobile app and ghin.com.




How do I add my email address to my GHIN profile to create a digital profile?


Your home club can easily update your GHIN profile.




How do I create a digital profile?


To create a digital profile you must first have an email address assigned to your GHIN account. Once you have this you can initiate the process by using the 'Create Profile' button on the login page of ghin.com or the mobile app, or through the invite sent to you by your home club. After verifying 2 of 3 pieces of information (last name, GHIN number, email address) you will recieve a link taking you to ghin.com to set and confirm a password and accept the privacy policy and terms of the service.




Can I use the same email address as another golfer?


No, only one digital profile can be tied to an email address. The first person to set up a digital profile using this email address will claim it.




If I do not provide an email address how can I post scores?


If you do not provide an email address you will not be able to create a digital profile, therefore you will not be able to log into the mobile app or website. You will be able to post scores through the kiosk at your home club, or ask your home club to post scores on your behalf.




I have created a digital profile but have forgotten my login information, what do I do?


There is a 'Forgot Login Information' link on the mobile app and website. If you enter your GHIN number or email address a reset password email will be sent to your email address on file.




I know my GHIN number but I am seeing 'Unable to find golfer', why?


When entering your GHIN number do not include a 'dash'. Your GHIN membership may be inactive, this will have been done by your home club and they will be able to explain why.




How many scores do I have to post to get a Handicap Index?


In order to establlish a Handicap Index a total of 54 holes must be played and posted to your scoring record through the GHIN app or website. These scores can be made up of any combination of 9 or 18 hole rounds.




Do I have to post my competition scores in GHIN?


No, any event that is run by your home club using the USGA Tournament Manager Software (Golf Genius) will automatically push your scores to GHIN. You may wish to go into GHIN to add your statistics to the round but there is no need to post the scores.




Do I have to record statistics?


No, it is entirely up to you if you wish to record your statistics (greens hit, fairways hit, number of putts etc). If you have posted your scores hole by hole this can be done at any time after the round.




How do I check someone elses Course Handicap?


You may check other golfers Course Handicaps through the 'Handicap Calculator' button, once you have selected the course you are playing you have the option to 'Add Golfers'. In doing this it is essential that the golfers surname is spelt the same way as it is in the GHIN database. If you regularly play with the same golfers you may also 'Follow' them to save time in future rounds.




What information do I need when I post my scores in GHIN?


Courses that are part of the GHIN network can be searched when posting scores, all of the necessary information is then automatically entered once you select the tees that you are playing from. You have the option to post your scores; as an 18 hole total, as 9 hole totals, or hole by hole. We strongly recommend posting hole by hole as it allows the maximum stroke limit to be automatically applied and also enables the option to record statistics.




How do I get a Handicap Certificate?


Through the GHIN mobile app or website you are able to view and print 'My Card', this is your latest Handicap Certificate.




I am leaving Oman, can I transfer my handicap to my new club?


In short, yes. Your handicap in Oman is based on the World Handicap System which every country will eventually adopt, as of mid 2021 over 100 countries have already implemented it. If you are moving to a country which is part of GHIN then you will simply give your GHIN number to your new home club and they will immediately have access to your Handicap Index and score history. If the country you are moving to is not part of GHIN then you would need to download 'My Card' through the mobile app or website, this will show your last 20 scores which can then be uploaded by your new club to re-establish your WHS Handicap Index.





Fundamentals of Handicapping


Handicap Index Calculation


Handicap Index Safeguards


Adjustment of Hole Scores


Course Handicap and Playing Handicap


Posting Scores


Handicap Competitions


Handicap Committee


The Golf Course