World Handicap System

The World Handicap System (WHS) is due to launch on 2 November 2020.  We had hoped to arrange a presentation for you in the clubhouse but, unfortunately, we are unable to do so due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The main message I would like to get across is “don’t worry”; our handicap committee have been working away behind the scenes, England Golf will be doing all the hard work and the computer will continue to work out our handicaps.

I have attached links from England Golf which will give you a good overview of WHS.  Have a read and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact members of our handicap committee (Karen Telford, Pat Wimpress, Alan Taylor and Dave Skilbeck).

Previous info is still posted below

Key Points:

  1. Its mandatory and is being applied worldwide.
  2. Your handicap will be calculated differently based on the best 8 of your last 20 rounds (with some caps to stop it changing too rapidly).
  3. There’s a simpler way of getting a handicap in the first place, see articles attached.
  4. Each course will get a slope rating (for each set of tees), that will determine how many shots you get, the easier the course, the less shots you get.  Each club will display tables showing how many shots each golfer gets depending on handicap, playing format and which tees you are playing off. We also get new Course Ratings which replace the SSS’s.
  5. Our initial Course and Slope ratings will be done in September (these will be provisional).

Further information is attached, from England Golf and links to the R&A World Handicap System info, as well as a good article from Today’s Golfer.

If you have any queries please ask Dave McDonald, Dave Skilbeck, Alan Taylor, Karen Telford or Pat Wimpress, or email either of the 2 competition email addresses: [email protected], or [email protected]


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