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World Handicap System (WHS)

The World Handicap System is launching in 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

Here are a few links to videos which provide more information about the WHS. All can be viewed in full screen if needed.