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Education campaign currently in development

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 and we are currently developing an education campaign for golf clubs and golfers which will be launched in spring 2020.

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.

Features of the World Handicap System

To make the game more inclusive and 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

Further details will be released soon however, the following video give an introduction to core features of the World Handicap System: