World Handicap System

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The World Handicap System

A modern handicap system for all golfers everywhere...


The World Handicap System (WHS) will be launched in this country in November 2020 and will provide golfers with a unified and more inclusive handicapping system for the first time.

Developed by The R&A and USGA in close coordination with existing handicapping authorities, the WHS will provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability, with handicaps calculated in the same way wherever they are in the world.

A key objective of the initiative was to develop a modern system, enabling as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a Handicap Index. Golfers will be able to transport their Handicap Index globally and compete or play a casual round with players from other regions on a fair basis. It will also indicate the score a golfer is reasonably capable of achieving the next time they go out to play.

For more information on WHS, please see the England Golf website here- WHS INFO

England Golf will only use members’ data for the purposes of handicapping or other fundamental benefits of being a member of England Golf. Full details are set out in the below privacy notice.