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The World Handicap System

Submitting scores

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Submitting Scores

After the completion of a competition round, a player has to submit their scorecard as soon as possible in order for their Handicap Index to be updated. Preferably, scores should be posted on the day of play and before midnight, as this will be when a player’s Handicap Index will be updated.

In order to verify a score and for it to count towards a player’s Handicap Index, it must be played:

  • In accordance with the Rules of Golf
  • In an acceptable format of play
  • With at least one other person
  • On a course with a current Course Rating and Slope Rating

Acceptable Formats

Acceptable formats of play for submitting a score towards a player’s Handicap Index include:

Pre-registered general play ‘social’ scores, both 9 and 18 holes, whether played home or away
All individual competition rounds, both 9 and 18 holes, whether played home or away

Non-Acceptable formats of play for submitting a score towards a player’s Handicap Index include:

Scores from four-ball better ball competition
Other match play events
Team competitions e.g. Texas Scrambles, foursomes etc.

For golfers playing in recreational rounds with friends, either in teams or pairs, even when there is no intention of submitting a score for handicap purposes, they will still need to calculate their Course Handicap prior to their round.

 

Recreational rounds

Under WHS it will be possible to return a score from a recreational round. In fact, it is encouraged as the more scores you return the more accurate your Handicap Index will be. To return a recreational score you must have pre-registered the fact you will be returning a social score and play your round in accordance with the details above.

Competition rounds

When playing in a competition you will be required to return your score to determine the result of the competition. When this competition is an individual competition round of 9 or 18 holes your score will also be returned to count towards your Handicap Index.