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Changes are coming in 2020

World Handicap System

The World Handicap System is launching in 2020. It is designed to welcome more players, to make golf easier to understand and to give all golfers a handicap which is portable all around the globe.

It will replace the six different systems currently used by over 15 million golfers in more than 80 countries.

It has been developed by The R&A and The United States Golf Association (USGA), supported by the world’s handicapping authorities, including CONGU, which represents the four home countries of Great Britain and Ireland.

Clearly, the current coronavirus outbreak means we are working in a fast-changing environment.

However, through these difficult times, England Golf – together with our partners in CONGU – remain focused on launching the World Handicap System (WHS) on 2 November 2020.

England Golf is in contact with our home nations’ colleagues to facilitate clear communications to golf clubs and golfers. We are working to ensure relevant handicap platforms are developed and tested and engagement with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) continues in order to launch the new system in accordance with the current schedule.

WHS 2020 Club Workshops

World Handicap System 2020 Club Workshops are now available to book in your county to get more acquainted with the changes coming to the handicap system. To book your place head to the WHS 2020 Club Workshop page.

WHS 2020 Club Workshops

To make the game more enjoyable, the new system will include:

  • Course rating and slope rating
  • Minimum number of scores to obtain a handicap
  • Competitive and recreational scores to count for handicap
  • Handicaps will be calculated from an average of recent scores
  • Maximum handicap of 54
  • Abnormal course and weather conditions adjustments





Take a look at this infographic and learn the highlights of the changes coming under the WHS in 2020.

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