Get a Handicap

Handicaps are an integral part of the game of golf and EWGA Portland encourages each member to establish and maintain a handicap. A handicap, based on recent golf scores, is designed to be an indication of a player's potential ability and reflects the improvement a player makes over time. Additionally, handicaps make it possible for players of different abilities to compete fairly with one another. Whether it’s an organized competition or a casual outing with friends, handicaps make the game of golf fair and fun!

Options for Establishing a Handicap

If you are establishing a handicap for the first time, there are two services offered through the Portland Chapter:

Oregon Golf Association (OGA) Membership

GHIN (Golf Handicap and Information Network) is a handicapping service offered by the USGA and administered through state golf associations. The Portland EWGA chapter has made it easy and cost effective to obtain a GHIN handicap by forming an OGA golf club. The annual cost for OGA membership is $37.

Benefits of a GHIN Handicap:
  - Membership in Pacific Northwest Golf Association
  - Subscription to Pacific Northwest Golfer Magazine (6 issues per year)
  - Post scores at the course or online at
  - Printable handicap card sent to your e-mail address
  - Track personal game statistics in your eGolfer profile on the GHIN web site
  - Eligible to compete in competitions that require a GHIN handicap
  - Discounts on golf at the OGA Golf Course
  - Discounts on OGA Tour events
  - Additional benefits offered by corporate partners

Your GHIN membership helps fund many OGA services & programs including:
  - Handicap & Rules seminars
  - Rating & Measuring Golf Courses
  - Supporting turfgrass research
  - Conducting state championships such as the Oregon Amateur
  - Junior Golf and High School Championships

Click here to join our OGA Club!

If you have a GHIN Handicap through another OGA Club
and would like to transfer your affiliation to EWGA, we can
handle the transfer of your scoring history. You will still need to pay our annual fee.
Your GHIN number will remain the same.

EWGA’s GN21 Service

GN21 (GolfNet) is a web-based, handicapping system included with your EWGA membership.
Like GHIN, it also is USGA-sanctioned.

Benefits of GN21:
- It's included in your membership!

- Post scores via EWGA website.
- Print a handicap card on GN21 website.
- View your scoring history.
- Track personal game statistics.
- Maintain a personal golf calendar.
- Access 20,000+ golf course profiles.
- Communicate with other members.
- Attest scores for other members.

Getting started:
Log in at the EWGA Member Portal.
After logging in, click on Post A Score

Questions? E-mail the Handicap Committee at