World Handicap System (WHS)







The education aspect of the World Handicap System is presented as one video separated into three segments with voice-over, providing a detailed presentation of the Rules of Handicapping.  The user can complete the videos at their convenience and the total run time of the three videos is approximately 75 minutes.  The videos can be accessed at the following links:

Video 1 – Click here  | Video 2 – Click here  | Video 3 – Click here

Certification Exam & Other Education Materials:

The idea for a new, unified system was conceived by the USGA and The R&A and developed following an extensive review of systems administered by six existing handicapping authorities – Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the United States Golf Association (USGA).

Reminder, each member club must have a certified Handicap chairperson by the end of 2020 (or within the four year manual cycle) as per the agreement with the United States Golf Association (USGA) Handicap agreement.

The new system will feature the following:

  • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability.
  • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with some discretion available for handicapping authorities or National Associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction.
  • A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System, already successfully used in more than 80 countries.
  • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of previous demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control.
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day.
  • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation.
  • A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only).
  • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game.

Quantitative research was conducted in 15 countries around the world, through which 76 percent of the 52,000 respondents voiced their support for a World Handicap System, 22 percent were willing to consider its benefits, and only two percent were opposed. This was followed by a series of focus groups, in which more than 300 golf administrators and golfers from different regions around the world offered extensive feedback on the features of the proposed new system.

This feedback has helped shape the WHS, which has been developed by the USGA and The R&A with support from each handicapping authority as well as the Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada.





Handicapping System Education

2021 Handicap in person seminars:

  • All in person seminars/workshops have been postponed due to COVID-19.
  • NOTE: we are planning to deliver seminars in the spring of 2021. We are also encourage interested members to take the online handicap seminar course if they are not able to make it to an in person workshop. See the link above at the top of the page.
Date Time Location Location Instructors
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TBD TBD Saskatoon  TBD
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  • To register for the Handicap workshops please fill out the registration form when it becomes available.
  • The Handicap Workshops are open to all Handicap Chairpersons plus anyone interested from a Golf Saskatchewan member clubs.