England Golf and Scottish Golf developing WHS interoperability

Golfer using the My England Golf mobile app on a mobile phone

As part of the ongoing work on World Handicap System (WHS) integration, England Golf and Scottish Golf are currently working together alongside The R&A and the WHS Interoperability Group on a new pilot scheme.

The pilot scheme aims to develop and improve functionality of the WHS for golfers and golf clubs and provide a greater connection between the operating systems of national associations.

National associations around the world are already unified in using the WHS to provide a standardised method of calculating a golfer’s Handicap Index which can then be translated into a Course Handicap and Playing Handicap.

Furthermore, in GB&I, England, Wales and Ireland have adopted the same operating system to successfully roll out the WHS.

In Scotland and other countries across world, the administration system chosen to implement the same WHS calculation does vary in design.

This pilot scheme between England and Scotland will help provide a blueprint that allows each platform to ‘speak’ to each other and allow greater connectivity between national associations in the future.

Two stages of pilot scheme for WHS interoperability

Stage one of the pilot will give clubs in England and Scotland the ability to look up the Handicap Index of a player from either territory simply by inputting the individual’s ID number into their existing WHS platform. This is now available through the England Golf WHS platform.

Stage two of the pilot will focus on the ability to automatically transfer scores from rounds played and submitted at clubs in England to a player’s Scottish record and vice-versa. It is our aim to have stage two available in 2022.

There is a long-standing tradition of golfers from both sides of the border enjoying trips either north or south to experience new courses or re-visit old favourites.

As a consequence, England Golf and Scottish Golf fully recognise the importance of this pilot and are working in close collaboration with The R&A and the WHS Interoperability Group as we move towards a fully connected WHS.