The way that handicaps for golfers around the world are calculated is set to be transformed by a new system developed by The R&A and the USGA which will be introduced by the Home (CONGU) Unions on 2nd November 2020.
Features of the World Handicap System (WHS) will include:
- A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of a modified version of the Course and Slope Rating System that is already successfully used in the USA and much of Europe. The Course and slope Rating has been completed and the certificate is displayed on the Handicap noticeboard.
- Gender free tee sets
- An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores as shown in the 1st picture on the right, but with a safety mechanism to ensure that a player's handicap cannot increase by more than 5 shots during a 12-month period.
- A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day.
- Handicap revisions processed on the day of playing, even if the competition results have not been processed.
- A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum score for a hole (for handicapping purposes only) - this will be generated when a player NR’s for example.
- A maximum handicap limit of 54, regardless of gender
Click for further information on the R&A website (and these FAQ's from the England Golf Website).
In terms of day to day playing, to be honest not too many changes, you will need to know you’re Playing Handicap before you start each round as this changes depending on which course & teeing areas you are using, but during the round and following it no changes, just enter your score into the PSI system in the Clubhouse as you do currently and you will be notified of any change to your Handicap Index overnight.
1. Course Rating & Slope Rating
Course Rating replaces Standard Scratch (SSS) and represents the score that a scratch golfer is expected to achieve on the course.
Slope Rating is the relative difficulty of a course from a specific set of tees for a bogey golfer compared to a scratch golfer.
Below you can see the course and slope rating from all tees.
White Tees (Men)
Course rating - 72.4 Slope rating - 131
Yellow Tees (Men)
Course rating - 71.2 Slope rating - 129
Red Tees (Ladies)
Course rating - 74.7 Slope rating - 138
2. Acceptable Scores
Singles Competition Rounds and Social Scores in Authorised Formats may be submitted for handicap purposes.
3. Handicap Index
A measure of a player's demonstrated ability calculated against the Slope Rating of a golf course of standard playing difficulty.
4. Course Handicap & Playing Handicap
Course Handicap is the number of handicap strokes a player receives before Handicap Allowances, on a specific course and a specific set of tees.
Playing Handicap is the Course Handicap adjusted for any Handicap Allowances. It represents the actual number of strokes the player gives or receives for the round being played.
5. Transition Handicaps
In order to move from CONGU to WHS handicaps, all players' current Handicap Records will be reprocessed using the WHS principles.
6. Further Information
Click for further information about the WHS on the R&A website
and FAQ's from the England Golf Website
and a series of short videos on specific aspects of the system