Posting Scores

  • All hole-by-hole scores must be adjusted using Equitable Stroke Control. (Use the chart below to adjust your hole-by-hole scores.)


    Course HandicapMaximum Number
    On Any Hole
    9 or lessDouble Bogey
    10 through 197
    20 through 298
    30 through 399
    40 or more10

Holes Not Played or Not Played Under the Rules of Golf – Post par plus handicap strokes (see section 4-2, USGA Handicap System 2016-2017)

Unfinished Holes and Conceded Strokes – Most likely score (see section 4-1, USGA Handicap System 2016-2017)

What Scores To Post

  • If 13 or more holes are played, the player shall post an 18-hole score. If 7 to 12 holes are played, the player shall post a nine-hole score.
  • Scores from all courses with USGA Course and Slope Ratings made during their active seasons, both at home and away, shall be posted by the  player along with the appropriate USGA Course Ratings and USGA Slope Ratings.
  • Scores in both match play and stroke play shall be posted for handicap purposes. This includes scores made in match play, multi-ball or team competitions in which players have not completed one or more holes or in which players are requested to pick up when out of contention on a hole. (See Section 4, USGA Handicap System 2016-2017)
  • Scores must be made in accordance with the principles of the Rules of Golf.
  • Disqualification - A player who is disqualified from a competition, but has an acceptable score, shall record his adjusted gross score for handicap purposes. For example, a player who is disqualified from a competition for failure to sign his scorecard has an acceptable score for handicap purposes.

Do Not Post Scores

  • When fewer than seven holes are played.
  • When made on a golf course in an area in which an inactive season established by the authorized golf association is in effect.
  • When a majority of the holes are not played in accordance with the principles of the Rules of Golf.
  • When the length of the course is less than 3,000 yards for 18 holes.
  • When, as a condition of the competition, the maximum number of clubs allowed is less than 14, or types of clubs are limited as, for example, in a competition that allows only iron clubs.
  • When scores are made on a course with no USGA Course or Slope Rating.
  • When a player carries or uses non-conforming clubs or uses non-conforming balls.
  • When artificial devices (as defined under Rule 14-3) are used during the execution of a stroke.

Where to Post Scores

  • Post Where You Play! – This is the preferred method for score posting. Most Clubs have a GHIN computer for posting scores available in the locker rooms or pro shop.
  • Post on the Internet - If your club’s handicap committee allows the posting of scores over the Internet, you can post your adjusted scores at or

Where to View Your Revised Handicap

  • NJSGA Handicap EBulletin – Have your revised handicap emailed to you every two weeks during the golf season and once a month during the off-season by providing your email address to your handicap chairperson or emailing the NJSGA at You may also go  to and enter your email under the Email Addresses link.
  • NJSGA/GHIN Handicap Stickers – At your home club you can print out a sticker with your latest scores and handicap index and attach it to a NJSGA/GHIN plastic card.
  • Internet Handicap Lookup – At your home or work computer you can go to either or and click on the Handicap Lookup link to see your latest handicap index and most recent scores.
  • Home Club GHIN Computer – By highlighting your name under Member Lookup you can view your latest handicap index, home course handicap and course handicap trend.


Click here to post a score.