new handicap system


On January 1, 2020 the new Rules of Handicapping were introduced as part of the World Handicap System.

World Handicap logoAs part of the transition to the new Rules, all GHIN and GolfNet services used by LPGA Amateurs have been updated. The posting location for either service (mobile app or online) are the same but some of the screens will have a new look and there will be some additional features.

Your LPGA Amateurs membership includes access to the handicap services.


Maximum Allowed Score for Posting

Starting in 2020, the maximum score you can post on any hole is a NET DOUBLE BOGEY.

In other words, the maximum score for each hole is Double Bogey any Handicap Strokes applied on that hole based on your Course Handicap.   If you use the hole by hole posting option, the system will automatically calculate and make the adjustment for you based on the tees you selected. This is the recommended method for posting all scores.  

If you post total scores only (9-hole or 18-hole), you will need to adjust each hole score on your own before posting. To do this, you must first determine your Course Handicap and then note on your scorecard where you receive strokes. Adjust any hole scores down to the maximum allowed and then total your score.

You may use the Course Handicap Calculator and will need to know your Handicap Index, the Course Rating and Slope for the tees you played, and the Course Par.  

Or, if you like to do the math, here is the new Course Handicap formula:

Handicap Index x (Slope Rating/113) (Course Rating - Par)
Example: 26.2 x (126/113) (72.1 – 72) = 29.31 rounded to 29.  

You receive 1 stroke on each hole plus one additional stroke on the 11 holes that are rated as most difficult.  

Handicaps Now Updated Daily

Your handicap index will update EACH DAY you post a score rather than twice each month. You should post your scores immediately after completion of each round and no later than midnight of the day you played.  

Questions about your handicap with LPGA Amateurs? Email

Additional Resources 

Visit Golf Ontario for a series of quick tip guides as well as videos on the new handicap system.