"A modern handicap system for all golfers everywhere"

The new World Handicap System (WHS) has been designed to encourage more golfers to obtain a handicap - enabling them to play with, or against, each other anywhere around the world.

The idea for a new, unified system was conceived by The R&A and the USGA and developed following an extensive review of existing systems administered by six handicapping authorities. Adaptable across golfing cultures, the proposed new system will provide players with a consistent measure of playing ability globally, helping to make the game of golf more enjoyable.

It has now been announced the WHS will come into operation on 1 November 2020. The current CONGU Unified Handicapping System will be replaced by WHS which will unify the six handicapping structures currently in place throughout the world. With one single system in place golfers will be able to obtain and maintain a handicap index; use their handicap index on any golf course around the world; and compete or play a casual round with anyone else on a fair and equal basis.

In the meantime there are a number of links in the sidebar to various sources of further information. The R&A link leads to a wealth of information and includes videos, background, the key principles and additional Q &A's.

The aim of the WHS Workshops in November last year was to inform and prepare clubs for the introduction of WHS.

Those who attended should have received a copy of the Presentation (less Videos), if not please contact Paul Cloke (Golf Operations Manager).

The next step is for attendees to look at the presentation and make sure that they are familiar with it, before sharing it with their Club committees.  This run through should identify any queries / questions that members may have and enable suitable responses to be formed before Club Presentations, probably sometime mid-Summer.

DevonGolf will support Clubs in their efforts to educate their Members.

Later this year England Golf will be issuing Course Rating / Slope certificates to Clubs that have been rated since 2014 and those that are being rated this year.  For those Clubs that have not been rated by then, England Golf will issue temporary Ratings / Slopes, until the formal rating has been carried out.

Some club Members have drawn our attention to the rating data on the USGA site.  CONGU & England Golf have still to review and validate this information, so please treat this information with caution. The USGA website also includes Rules of Handicapping.  However, as with the current CONGU manual, there are a number of clauses that will have regional variances.  Therefore, clubs should wait until the Rules of Handicapping book, with CONGU interpretations and direction, are issued also later in the year.

Any queries, in the first instance, please contact the DevonGolf Operations Manager Paul Cloke.

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