This is a compilation of answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How do I become a member?

A: To Register – Select About Us from the menu on the GVWGA web site. Click on the Join Us page to find the editable Membership form. Mail your completed form and your check to the Membership Chair. 

If you don't have a handicap index from your previous club, you will be invited to join the association as an Associate member while you establish a USGA handicap index. Once you have established an 18 hole handicap index, you will be eligible to join as a Full Member. 

The cost of the associate membership is a reduced fee which covers the administration cost for the GHIN system. An Associate member can attend social events offered by the association but cannot play in GVWGA events unless you are invited to play as a guest in the annual member guest tournament.

Q: What is a handicap? 
A: "Handicap" refers to a numerical representation of a golfer's playing ability. Handicaps are meant to represent a golfer's potential rather than simply be an average of a golfer's scores. For example, someone who averages 20-over-par likely won't have a handicap of 20; her handicap will likely be several strokes lower than 20 because of the way handicaps are calculated. An official handicap - one that is established through the auspices of a USGA affiliated club - is called a "handicap index." To establish a handicap index, a golfer needs a minimum of her five most recent 18 hole scores, plus the course rating and slope rating of the courses played. Once a handicap index is established, it is then used to determine a course handicap. 

Q: How do I establish a golf handicap?
A: Establishing a USGA Handicap Index is not difficult. You simply need to be a member of a golf club that uses the USGA Handicapping System, and begin posting your scores. Once you're a member of a club that is part of the system, you simply sign on to a computer in the pro shop enter your ID number and enter your score. Our club allows our members to enter their scores remotely from home or from any other computer, by logging in to the GHIN system at Once you have submitted five scores, your handicap index will be calculated. Thereafter, your handicap index will always be based on the lowest 10 scores of your last 20 rounds. 

Q: What is GHIN ? 
A: GHIN is an acronym for Golf Handicap and Information Network, a handicapping service of the USGA that allows clubs and golfers to post and retrieve information electronically. The GHIN homepage is located at 

Q: How do I get a GHIN Number? 
A: First you need to be a member of a club that participates in the Golf Handicap Information Network. Genesee Valley is a participating club and the cost is included in your GVWGA membership fee. If you are a new member of GVWGA and never had a GHIN number the handicap chairperson will set you up with a GHIN number. She will contact you and explain how to post your scores. If you had a GHIN number at another club in the past, you should notify the handicap chair so she can reactivate your old number. Non-participating GVWGA members will also be issued a GHIN number so that they may establish a handicap while waiting to become active GVWGA members. 

Q: Why don't I have a Handicap Index? 
A: Your Handicap Index® is updated according to a revision schedule set by the regional golf association in your area. The first revision date in our area this year is Wednesday April 15, 2015 and twice a month thereafter on the 1st and the 15th of the month until Oct 31, 2015. If your data was entered prior to April 15 your GHIN number will be active and you will be able to begin posting scores. If you post 5 scores before the next revision date on May 1 you will have a handicap index calculated. If you post less than 5 scores, then No handicap index will appear. (NH) However your recently posted scores can be viewed via the "View 20 Most Recent" link when you log into GHIN. 

Q: Should I be able to see my Handicap Index?
A: The club may not have submitted the data or "transmitted" it to the GHIN database. It is somewhat like a check, which has not been cashed yet. If the club has not transmitted the data to GHIN, you will not be able to see it on yet. 

Q: Who do I contact if I have a question about my handicap?
A: Contact the GVWGA Handicap and Rules representatives. They are identified on the Contact Us page of the web site. Just click on the hot link to send them an email. In addition their contact information is listed in the membership list which can be found in the members menu. If you can't remember the username or password for the members menu - use the E-mail button on the navigation bar to contact the webmaster. You are asked to provide your name and email address for verification.