As of November 2nd, 2020, the governing bodies of amateur golf in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales will introduce the new World Handicap System (WHS).
The current golf handicapping system maintained by CONGU will be replaced by WHS which will unify the six different structures currently in operation throughout the world of golf.
With one single, global system in place for the first time, golfer will be able to obtain and maintain a handicap index and use this on any course around the world.
In addition, they will be able to compete or simply play a casual round with fellow golfers anywhere on a fair and equal basis.
As well as encouraging players new to the sport to obtain a handicap with ease, the WHS will also modernise the game for those who have been playing for longer.
Under the new system, a player’s handicap will be based on the average of eight best scores from their last 20 rounds.
WHS will also take into account factors currently not fully represented in the existing handicapping procedure through a course and slope rating system.
To support those involved in supporting Handicapping across the country, The R&A and USGA have put together a number of information videos that explain different elements of the World Handicap System. These videos can be viewed below.
There are also a number of additional resources:
Find out more about WHS.
Information on the basis of calculations of Handicap Index.
Information on acceptable scores.
Information on course and slope rating.
Information on playing handicap.
Information on maximum hole score.