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Handicapping Information

Handicaps are a unique feature of the game of golf, allowing golfers with differing abilities to compete equitably against each other. 

The Metropolitan Golf Association has always been a national leader in handicapping and developed the forerunner of the handicap system, adopted by the USGA in 1911.  In the early 1980's the MGA and USGA  jointly developed the GHIN (Golf Handicap & Information Network) service used by 140,000 golfers locally and golfers nationwide today. Handicapping remains the MGA's most visible and widely used service.

An official USGA Handicap Index is one of the many benefits of your MGA Membership. If you are a member of a private MGA Member Club in the Metropoltan Area you are already a member of the MGA. If you are not a member of a private club, there are three easy ways to join. Virtually every public and municipal golf course in the area has an organized MGA club that is easy and inexpensive to join. The MGA also offers a Club Without Real Estate option and an e-club membership.

The MGA provides all of its members with full time staff support, supplies, educational seminars, publications and equipment necessary to administer the the USGA Handicap System.  

For more information:


Kevin Kline

Director, Member Services
914-909-4849 / Ext: 319



John DeTemple Jr.

Manager, GHIN Technical Support
914-909-4844 / Ext: 314



Timothy Walter

Manager, Course Rating & Handicapping
914-909-4872 / Ext: 323



Glenn Scalia

Coordinator, GHIN Services & Technical Support
418-2481 / Ext: 326