Minnesota Golf Association

World Handicap System (WHS)

Coming January 2020, the new World Handicap System (WHS) will be implemented, providing all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability worldwide. Some highlights of the new system will include: 
  • Minimum number of scores needed to establish a Handicap Index is 54 holes  
  • A handicap that is portable worldwide 
  • Average-based calculation of the best-8-of-last-20-scores 
  • Playing Conditions Calculation 
  • Daily handicap revisions when a score is posted 
  • Maximum hole score is Net Double Bogey 
  • Maximum handicap limit is 54.0, regardless of gender 
  • Exceptional Score Reduction on all scores, not just tournament scores
  • And more! 
Rules of Handicapping Manual 

5 Things to Know About the World Handicap System

Key Changes

World Handicap Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for more information from the USGA on the World Handicap System.


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