What is the World Handicap System?

The World Handicap System (WHS) comes into play on 2nd November 2020 in Great Britain and Ireland and will replace the current CONGU handicapping system. It will be part of a system used by over 15 million golfers in 80 countries worldwide.

The new World Handicap System (WHS) is designed to:

  1. Attract more players to the game,

  2. Make handicapping easier to understand,

  3. Give all golfers a Handicap Index that can be transferable from club to club.

Developed by The R&A and USGA in collaboration with existing handicap authorities, the benefit of the WHS over the current system is it combines the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System.


Over the next few weeks, we will start to drip feed further information to you regarding the World Handicap System in readiness for its launch on 2nd November.




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