The World Handicap System is now launched in the UK and we'll tell you the things you need to know for future golfing!

The World Handicap System (WHS) will unite the six handicap bodies to create one standardized system around the globe. This will give you as a golfer the opportunity to play anywhere and still register you scores. The main aim of WHS is to make the handicap system easier and transferable to every course all around the world. Also, it aims for making it easier for you as a player to obtain and maintain a handicap and to enjoy a level playing field and growing the game.

How do I get a WHS handicap?
If you have a CONGU handicap, you will not need to do anything. WHS software will provide your new handicap Index by calculating the average of the best eight scores from your last 20 rounds.

If you are new to golf or don’t have a Handicap at this stage, you will need to submit scorecards amounting to 54 holes. From these an initial Handicap Index will be provided. It will be altered when 20 scores have been submitted to deliver a fully developed Handicap Index.

It is also a requirement for holding a handicap that a player is a member of an affiliated golf club. This is a stipulation of the WHS.

Will every round count for my handicap?
No, although a recreational round can be counting. You will have to pre-register before teeing off if you want it to count.

Will I be able to register a round that I've played alone?
No, to register a round you'll need to play with at least one more person.

At England Golf or at you can find out more about the World Handicap System.

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