World Handicapping System

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. The main features of the system are described below.


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 Course & Slope Rating page.


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.


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. Definitions

The WHS introduces a number of new terms as described on the Definitions Page.


7. Know The Score

Know the Score is a new campaign by England Golf as described on the Know the Score Page.

Further Information 

Click for further information about the WHS on the R&A website 

and FAQ's from England Golf:
1. General questions   2. Handicap Index    3. Competitions & General Play

and a series of short videos on specific aspects of the system

There are some other useful attachments below:

All Members Playing Handicap Table showing all members Handicap Index, Course Handicap and Playing Handicap, when playing in Winter Competitions (Winter Sweeps 95%; Olivers 90%);

Course Handicap Tables for women and men;

Playing Handicap Calculator (to convert your Course Handicap to a Playing Handicap using 95% (Singles stableford); or 90% (Betterball Bogey);

WHS-Playing-Handicap-Allowance-Table to identify the correct allowance for various formats.


File NameFile SizeUpload Date
icon All Members Winter Playing Handicap table1.pdf 81.55 kB 18 Dec 2020 21:01:12
icon Course Handicap Table - Womens Winter Orange.pdf 805.55 kB 17 Dec 2020 18:31:27
icon Course Handicap Table - Mens Winter Orange.pdf 799.55 kB 17 Dec 2020 18:31:09
icon Playing Handicap Calculator.pdf 90.71 kB 17 Dec 2020 18:29:03
icon WHS-Playing-Handicap-Allowances-Table.pdf 52.79 kB 17 Dec 2020 18:25:44
icon Golfer WHS FAQs 1.pdf 99.32 kB 14 Aug 2020 16:34:26
icon Golfer WHS FAQs 2.pdf 180.55 kB 14 Aug 2020 16:34:06
icon Golfer WHS FAQs 3.pdf 152.25 kB 14 Aug 2020 16:33:52
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