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World Handicap System

There are several changes that will take effect within the WHS Rules of Handicapping, beginning in January, 2024. Click here to preview these upcoming WHS System changes.


The World Handicap System (WHS) includes the Rules of Handicapping and the USGA Course Rating System. Launched in 2020, WHS has now been adopted as a global standard to promote enjoyment within the game of golf, most notably by:

· Welcoming ALL golfers, regardless of gender, age, nationality or skill, to compete or play socially with anyone else on a fair and equal basis.

· Providing a consistent method of measuring the skill-level of players and producing Handicap assignments that are portable from course to course, country to country.

· Supporting a modernized and easy-to-use system that is applicable to varying golf cultures across the globe.


Get to Know The Key Features of the WHS

Handicap Committee & Club Administrators