World Handicap System

What is the World Handicap System (WHS) all about?

Golf already has a single set of playing Rules, a single set of equipment Rules and a single set of Rules of Amateur Status overseen by the USGA and The R&A. Yet, today there are six different handicap systems used around the world. Each is well developed and successfully provides equity for play locally, but each of the different systems produces slightly differing results. The WHS unifies the six systems into a single system that:

  • Enables golfers of different ability to play and compete on a fair and equitable basis, in any format, on any course, anywhere around the world;

  • Is easy to understand and implement, without sacrificing accuracy; and

  • Meets the varied needs and expectations of golfers, golf clubs and golf authorities all around the world and is adaptable to suit all golfing cultures.
     

The WHS will encompass both the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System

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