World Handicap System


The World Handicap System (WHS) is expected to launch in England in November 2020. It is designed to welcome more players, to make golf easier to understand and to give all golfers a handicap which is portable all around the globe. It will replace the six different systems currently used by over 15 million golfers in more than 80 countries.It has been developed by The R&A and The United States Golf Association (USGA), supported by the world’s handicapping authorities, including CONGU, which represents the four home countries of Great Britain and Ireland. 

To make the game more enjoyable, the new system will include:

  • Course rating and slope rating 
  • Minimum number of scores to obtain a handicap
  • Competitive and recreational scores to count for handicap
  • Handicaps will be calculated from an average of recent scores
  • Maximum handicap of 54
  • Abnormal course and weather conditions adjustments 

We will be giving more detail on each of these areas early in 2020 Further information on how golf handicapping worked around the world before WHS is available  Click Here for England Golf Q&A

Coming Soon

Over the course of the coming weeks/months we will be releasing the following information/pages, full of useful content.

  • Handicap Index
  • Course Handicap
  • Course Condition Assessment
  • Exceptional Scores
  • Acceptable Golf Formats
  • Multiple Tee Competitions
  • New Score Cards (Championship & Premier)
  • Parallel Handicap Systems 
  • Winter Golf
  • WHS Going Live
  • Handicap Reviews 

  • 2020-08-07
  • 2020-08-08
  • 2020-08-09
  • 2020-08-10
  • 2020-08-11
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