World Handicapping System

Introduction & Definitions

The World Handicap System will be rolled out in Great Britain & Ireland on 2nd November 2020. From that date your handicap will be based on the average of your best 8 scores from the last 20 rounds, from the last two years, and will vary depending on the difficulty of the course being played. 
The basic principle is to provide players with a mechanism that enables them to play any course, with any players on an equitable footing. You will effectively have a portable handicap that ensures you can play against anyone on any course and have a 'fair competition'.

These pages have been created using information from various sources and will be updated, if necessary, in the coming preparatory weeks and months. 

Before using the links below to the relevant sections I suggest that you read the next section "What it Means to You and the Procedures". If after that you feel you do not need / want to go into the details you can leave, if however you have some spare time return here and use the links to explore all of the aspects of WHS.

1. Course Rating & Slope Rating 
Course Rating replaces Standard Scratch (SSS) and represents the score that a scratch golfer is expected to achieve on the course.
Slope Rating is the relative difficulty of a course from a specific set of tees for a bogey golfer compared to a scratch golfer, as described on the Slope Rating page. For the purposes of this procedure a scratch golfer is considered to have a handicap of 0 and a bogey golfer a handicap of 20.

 2. Acceptable Scores 
Singles Competition Rounds and Social Scores in Authorised Formats may be submitted for handicap purposes, as described on the Acceptable Scores page
As is currently the requirement for competitions any round which is to be considered for handicapping purposes you MUST sign in prior to playing and your Playing Handicap established.

 3. Handicap Index 
A measure of a player's demonstrated ability calculated against the Slope Rating of a golf course of standard playing difficulty, as described on the Handicap Index page

 4. Course Handicap & Playing Handicap 
 Course Handicap is the number of handicap strokes a player receives before Handicap Allowances, on a specific course and a specific set of tees. 
 Playing Handicap is the Course Handicap adjusted for any Handicap Allowances. It represents the actual number of strokes the player gives or receives for the round being played.

See the Course & Playing Handicaps page
5. Transition Handicaps 
 In order to move from CONGU to WHS handicaps, all players' current Handicap Records will be reprocessed using the WHS principles, as described on the Transition Handicaps Page

 6. Stroke Index 
 The recommendations for the way that Stroke Indexes are determined are changing under the WHS, Puckrup Hall has decided that these will NOT be changing at the moment. 

 7. Further Information 
If you would like more information then some very informative videos have been issued by England Golf. You may need to pause and view each several times as they contain quite a lot of information; they can be found in the Resources option from the drop down menu.

Why don't you take a look at some of the key features of the WHS, to do so click here. The page is interactive and covers a number of aspects.
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