Starting January 1st 2022, the integration between TheGrint and the USGA for handicapping will evolve. And while Grinters will continue to be able to manage and sync their scoring record from TheGrint, the payment of Handicaps will now be required to happen directly with the USGA.
IMPORTANT NOTE existing PRO and Handicap members (prior to the change), will be able to maintain their Handicap ID’s active until Dec 31st 2022.
Ok, step by step, How does it work currently prior to the upcoming Jan 1st 2022 change?
Currently, as a TheGrint user you can link your Handicap ID (GHIN#) to your profile, and all your scores will be synced automatically with the USGA servers. Additionally, if you purchase a TheGrint PRO membership or a TheGrint Handicap membership, it will create or activate your Handicap ID (GHIN#).
Got it, now, What changes for existing PRO or Handicap Members?
If you are already a PRO or Handicap member, changes won’t affect you until the end of 2022. Your Handicap ID will remain active until Dec 31st 2022. And then in 2023 you will have to reactivate and make your payment in the USGA website.
And what changes for those that are Free or New users after Jan 1st 2022?
From Jan 1st 2022 and on, the only change is that Grinters will have to make payments directly at the USGA website to create or activate your Handicap ID (GHIN#). Once you do so, you will continue to be able to manage and sync your scoring record with the USGA servers using TheGrint.
Within TheGrint we will publish a link to the USGA’s website, where you will be able to purchase and create/activate your Handicap ID. And, eventually, if you purchase using that link, your newly activated handicap ID will be automatically linked to your TheGrint profile.
So what should I do now?
Well, if you have a PRO or Handicap membership already, you don’t have to do anything. Things will remain the same for at least one more year.
If you don’t have a PRO or Handicap membership, and you want a Handicap ID (GHIN#), you should consider buying it now from us at our PROshop. Otherwise, starting Jan 1st, 2022 you will need to purchase it directly from the USGA.
I hope this helps clarify, but if you have questions please don’t hesitate to comment below or contact us with your questions.
Enjoy your golf!