Why has the WHS been created?

The World Handicap System has been created to allow as many golfers as possible the opportunity to:

  • Obtain and maintain a Handicap Index and reduce barriers of entry

  • Use their Handicap Index on any golf course around the world

  • Compete, or play recreationally, fairly regardless of where they play

With golf being centred around one standard set of rules governed by The R&A and USGA, it makes sense to unify the previous six different Handicapping systems, making for a more inclusive and equitable sport.


The WHS was therefore developed with consideration given to club golfers who play both sporadically and more regularly.


With all golfers only initially required to submit scorecards for 54 holes to acquire a Handicap Index, the new WHS is less formidable for new players.




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