World Handicap System

"A modern handicap system for all golfers everywhere"

The new World Handicap System (WHS) has been designed to encourage more golfers to obtain a handicap - enabling them to play with, or against, each other anywhere around the world.

The idea for a new, unified system was conceived by The R&A and the USGA and developed following an extensive review of existing systems administered by six handicapping authorities. Adaptable across golfing cultures, the proposed new system will provide players with a consistent measure of playing ability globally, helping to make the game of golf more enjoyable.

It has now been announced the WHS will come into operation on 1 November 2020. The current CONGU Unified Handicapping System will be replaced by WHS which will unify the six handicapping structures currently in place throughout the world. With one single system in place golfers will be able to obtain and maintain a handicap index; use their handicap index on any golf course around the world, and compete or play a casual round with anyone else on a fair and equal basis.

In the meantime, there are a number of links on the page to various sources of further information. The R&A link leads to a wealth of information and includes videos, background, the key principles and additional Q &A's.

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Downloadable Documents
WHS Infographic
WHS Presentation Slides
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