The World Handicap System (WHS) unifies the six different handicap systems being used around the world into a single system that enables golfers of different ability to play and compete on a fair and equitable basis, in any format, on any course, anywhere around the world.

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.


Members may want to carry a handicap provided by Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN). The LPGA Amateurs Seattle Chapter is a Washington Golf Member golf club, and offers a GHIN handicap through WaGolf for an annual fee of $40. In addition to providing a handicap, this membership option also includes access to WaGolf Championships, Casual Golf Days, Golf deals and events put on by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).  "LPGA Amateur Seattle" will be listed as your "home club." New GHIN applications and renewals typically take 7-10 days. To apply for a GHIN, you may register here and pay with a credit card online.

Players establishing a handicap will now have their handicap index calculated after they have posted a minimum of three 18-hole scores (including 9-hole scores that have been combined).

GN22 updates

The LPGA Amateurs team recently announced that it will be transitioning away from the GolfNet handicap service this year. However, existing active members of GolfNet will be able to retain their membership through December of 2022.  

To determine if you account is active click here. Through December 31, 2022 - All members with active GolfNet accounts as of December 31, 2021 may continue using GolfNet through December 31, 2022

Beginning January 1, 2022:

  • No new members may be added to GolfNet rosters, and 
  • Inactive GolfNet accounts may not be reactivated

If you want to have access to GolfNet for 2022, please follow these steps to determine if your GolfNet account is active.

  • Go to lpgaamateurs.com and click on Sign In (in the upper right corner)

  • Once you have logged in to the Member Clubhouse, click on the “My Handicap” tab on the left side of the screen. 

  • On the Handicap page, the Post A Score link will take you to the GolfNet Handicap system

  • If your account is active, you will see your GolfNet Profile page

  • If your account inactive, you will see an error message indicating that your account is inactive

To reactivate your account, send an email to handicap@lpgaamateurs.com with a request to reactivate your account. Please include your Chapter name.

Reactivation requests must be received by December 22, 2021. For specific chapter questions please contact handicap@lpgaamateursseattle.com


More information     

We are here to help with any questions regarding using either the GHIN or GN22 system.  For any questions regarding handicap please contact the Handicap chair by sending an email to handicap@lpgaamateursseattle.com You can also find information about the new World Handicap System by going to www.WAGolf.org. or www.USGA.org.

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