The World Handicap System (WHS) is effective from 2 November 2020 and provides golfers with a unified and more inclusive handicapping system for the first time.
Developed by The R&A and USGA in close coordination with existing handicapping authorities, the WHS provides all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability, with handicaps calculated in the same way wherever they are in the world.
A key objective is to deliver a system that enables as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a Handicap Index. Golfers are able to transport their Handicap Index globally and compete or play a casual round with players from other regions on a fair basis. It also indicates the score a golfer is reasonably capable of achieving the next time they go out to play.
- WHS Handicap Index
- WHS handicap record
- Graphics highlighting the best eight scores from 20 (or the sliding scale formula used to calculate the index)
- Inviting friends to join their online community
- Viewing their position in the rankings at club, county and national level
- A member’s email address
- A member’s date of birth
Without this information, our members will not receive a handicap index when the transition from the current CONGU handicapping system to WHS takes place. The initial transfer of information is required to ensure player identification and to eliminate the duplication of handicap records.
Ongoing communication for handicap purposes will be fully compliant with GDPR protocols.
Junior members without an email address of their own may use an email address of a parent or guardian. SafeGolf procedures as well as GDPR regulations remain of paramount importance in such cases.
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