Seattle Chapter


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).


LPGA Amateurs Seattle 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 by taking advantage of a key LPGA Amateur Seattle member benefit. This system is available via the LPGA Amateur Golf Association 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.

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We are here to help with any questions regarding using either the GHIN or GN21 system.  For any questions regarding handicap please contact the Handicap chair by sending an email to You can also find information about the new World Handicap System by going to or