Handicap

Establishing a Handicap

The purpose of the USGA Handicap system is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis. Having a handicap index allows golfers to:

  • Participate in more events (those that require a handicap index).
  • Have a measurable means of tracking improvement.
  • Allow score adjustments to even the playing field when playing with golfers of different skill levels.

GN21

All EWGA members have the opportunity to obtain a handicap index through GN21 at no additional cost. Golfers keeping score are strongly encouraged to obtain a Handicap Index and taking advantage of a key EWGA member benefit. This system is available via the EWGA.com members-only area (after logging in, you'll see a link to the "Handicap" area along the left side).

Powered by GolfNet, GN21 is a full featured system that enables all members to obtain an official USGA handicap. Click here for more info on how to use the GN21 system.

If you're already familiar with the system and want to post your most recent score, click here, log into your myewga.com account, and then look for the "Post a Score" link on the left.

GHIN

Some members may wish to carry a handicap provided by Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN). The EWGA Seattle Chapter is a WSGA Member golf club and offers a GHIN handicap through the WSGA for an annual fee of $40. In addition to providing a handicap, this membership option also includes access to WSGA Championships, Casual Golf Days, Golf deals and events put on by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).  "Executive Women's Golf Club" will be listed as your "home club." Membership and renewals typically take 10-14 days. To apply for a GHIN, you may register and pay with a credit card online here.

If you are a new GHIN member, you will need at least six 18-hole equivalent scores to establish a handicap (9-hole rounds can be posted).

For questions regarding either system or handicaps in general, check the adjacent Handicap Q&A section. If that doesn't answer your question, email it to handicap@ewgaseattle.org. We are also here to help with any questions regarding using either the GN21 system or GHIN, and setting you up with a GHIN account.