World Handicap System | Oregon Golf Association

The World Handicap System unifies the six handicapping systems used around the world into a single system. The main thing to know is that your Handicap Index may change.

The new system enables golfers of different ability to play and compete on a fair and equitable basis, in any format, on any course, anywhere around the world; be easy to understand and implement, without sacrificing accuracy; and meet the varied needs and expectations of golfers, clubs and authorities all around the world and be adaptable to suit all golfing cultures.

The WHS encompasses both the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System (formerly the USGA Course Rating and Slope System). See below for short video clips detailing new features for the World Handicap Index.

Additionally, the GHIN mobile app has been revamped to include new score-posting and stat-tracking features. Click here for more details and links to download for Android or iPhone.

An Introduction

The Basis of Handicap Calculation

Minimum Holes to Obtain an Index

Acceptable Scores to Post

Course Rating & Slope Rating

Playing Handicap

Net Double Bogey

Playing Conditions

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