The EWGA encourages all members to establish an official Handicap Index. It is a measure of your golfing ability and a tool to help you gauge your improvement. Your Index is especially important for outings and competitions because they allow us to pair you with golfers of similar ability. They also level the playing field and make competition fairer.

If you have an Index of 40, for example, you can still compete against someone with an Index of 10. How? When the competition is over, officials calculate a "net" score: your gross (actual) score minus your Handicap. Maybe your final gross score was 110. Your net score would be 110 - 40 = 70. If your partner with an Index of 10 scores a 95, her net score 95 - 10 = 85. You would win "low net" competition for that event.

A Handicap Index, which is based on your best scores, is a number that represents your skill level and potential scoring ability. Generally speaking, your Handicap value is representative of how you should expect to score in relation to par. It's actually a bit more complicated than that because other factors are considered such as which tees you play from and how difficult the course is. It is also weighted such that it's more representative of what you would expect to score on a good day rather than on an average day.

Having a Handicap Index gives you the ability to compete with golfers of other skill levels on an equitable basis on any course, from any tees.  

An official Handicap Index is required to compete in some of our competitive tournaments. This can be any USGA approved Handicap. You do not have to maintain a GHIN (local club membership and fee required) and a GN21 (included with membership) Handicap Index. In fact, we do not recommend maintaining two separate accounts. GHIN or GN21 are acceptable for EWGA competitions.

One important reason to establish an Index is to participate in the Chapter Championship. Another is that it is one of the many benefits of belonging to EWGA. It is included in your dues.


Absolutely not! Having a Handicap Index as a beginner gives you an excellent measurement of how much you are improving. Nearly everyone starts out with a 40+ Handicap Index, then slowly, but surely, as you enter each score, you can watch that Handicap Index drop. It's gratifying to see your own progress and it gives you incentive to practice and play more often.

Knowing your Index may also boost your golf ego! Let's say you are playing a par 4 with your buddies and the entire group bogeys the hole. Rather than feeling disappointed, you know your high Handicap gives you 2 strokes on the hole. You can walk away feeling victorious since you shot a net birdie! How good will that feel?

Don't wait. Get your Handicap today.

Have a question about Handicaps or difficulty navigating the Handicap page of the website? Contact our Handicap Director Jeanne Biggerstaff at



  1. Log in to EWGA.com
  2. Select "Post A Score" from the menu on the right
  3. Click on “My Course List” from the “Course” tab in the orange navigation bar
  4. On the My Course List page, click “Add Course”
  5. Type in the course name and a list of possible courses will display below
  6. Click on the course you want and select "add."

You can continue adding courses or just log out.


Posting Scores:

In general, you should post all scores no matter where you play. But there are a few specific rules to follow in particular cases:

If you are unable to complete the round, post a 9-hole score when you play at least 7 holes. On the holes you didn't play, record a par plus the number of strokes you would have received on that hole based on your
Course Handicap for the tees you played. If you have played up to 13 holes, you can do the same thing with the remaining holes so that you can post an 18-hole score. 

If you pick up on a hole, jot down the score you most likely would have made. If this score is higher than the maximum number you are allowed under the
Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) system, then just take the Equitable Stroke maximum.

You must play by the Rules of Golf in order to post your score. For instance, if you use a mulligan, you aren't playing under the USGA Rules of Golf, so treat it as a hole not played and record par plus any Handicap strokes you would have received. 

Ineligible Scores:
Don’t post your score if you played alone. Playing with people outside of EWGA does NOT constitute playing alone so those must be posted.


Don't post your score if you are playing on a golf course during its "inactive" period. This period is officially established by the authorized golf association responsible for oversight in the area where the course is located.

Don't post your score when a majority of the holes are not played in accordance with the Rules of Golf.

Don't post your score when playing a course where the slope and rating are missing or incorrect. 

Don't post your score if you are carrying or playing with non-conforming clubs or balls.


The first step is activating your free GolfNet (GN21) account. This is an easy to use system where you can establish and maintain your Handicap. To create your Handicap account, log in at the EWGA Member Portal and click on “Post A Score.” This will create a connection between your member profile and the Handicap system. If you have any problems accessing the system, send an email to mailto:handicap@myewga.com.


A few things to know about the Handicap system


1. The "Home Course" that is seen when you log in is the Chapter Home Course. It can only be changed at the request of the Chapter to GolfNet. Each individual league does not get their own home course. 
2. To set your preferred personal default course, go to Score Center > Enter Score. On the Enter Score screen, click on the “My Settings” link at the top right. Select the course you want from the Default Course drop down. NOTE: if you do not see your preferred course listed, close the box and use the “My Lists” link to add the course to your Course List and then return to the My Settings screen.
4. Most of the course information has been updated. However, if you find one that does not have the correct slope and rating information, please see the "click here", which is directly beneath where you select your course. This will report the missing or incorrect information to GolfNet. Please note that scorecards are often out of date so if that information doesn’t match the GolfNet information, you should
first check the USGA Course Rating database for the most current information.

A few tips:


Most people enter their total score, but you may also enter your scores hole-by-hole if you wish. Be sure to select the correct tees and 9-hole or 18-hole scoring.


You may also choose to enter your score as an "attested" score, which means another player attests that your score is correct. An Attestor is NOT required for posting and unattested scores are still used in your Handicap calculation.


Make sure the slope and rating are correct. IF they are not, contact GN21.


Your Handicap will not be computed until you have posted at least five 18-hole scores or ten 9-hole scores. Handicaps are updated on the 1st and 15th of each month. Any scores posted between those dates will be held until the next revision. In between revisions, your Trend Index will indicate what your Handicap would be using your most recent scores. Trend Indexes update in real time after each score is posted if a change is necessary (you may need to refresh your screen to see any change).