World Handicap System Info

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Highlights & Reminders:

  • Post your scores daily as your handicap will adjust daily.
  • The system will use your lowest eight rounds out of your last twenty rounds as opposed to the current lowest ten out of twenty.
  • If you complete 7-13 holes, you should post a 9-hole score; if you play 14+ holes, you should post an 18-hole score, filling in the remaining holes with “most likely” scores.
  • The current Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) will go away. The new system will establish a maximum score on any hole as a net double bogey for all players (i.e. double bogey + your handicap strokes on that hole).
  • The system will automatically calculate your handicap by the tee you play. It will now take into account the course slope, rating and par. There will be no need to adjust for different sets of tees for you and your competitor.
  • If you have not already done so, download the GHIN app on your phone. It will enable you to enter your scores easily and you can also look up your daily handicap when you are getting ready to play with your regular groups. You must have an individual email account for the app to work properly.

More Information……..

What is the World Handicap System?

  • The world Handicap System (WHS) unifies the six existing handicap systems and provides every player in the world with a consistent measure of ability. The WHS enables players of different abilities, from anywhere in the world, to play with or compete against others on a fair basis.
  • Course Handicap
    The new system will calculate your handicap as it relates to the specific course and tees played. This will represent the number of strokes you receive in relation to the par of the tees played. Previously, the course rating was a factor used to calculate your handicap. The new calculation will allow players to compete from different tees without any adjustments unless a difference in par exists.
  • Net Double Bogey
    The maximum number of strokes allowed on any one hole will now be equal to Par of the hole + 2 strokes + any handicap strokes received for that hole. The maximum strokes per hole will no longer be determined through equitable stroke control (ESC). 
  • Abnormal Conditions Adjustment
    It will be important to remember to record your scores on the day the round is played.  One of the great features of the WHS is the Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC), which will adjust score differentials to reflect the impact of abnormal course or weather conditions. This allows these circumstances to be factored out and will provide a better reflection of your performance.
  • Daily Handicap Revisions
    The WHS will recalculate your handicap daily, instead of only twice per month. Groups will need to set a new standard regarding how they factor handicaps into their games. Also, instead of your 10 best of the last 20 scores, moving forward your handicap will be calculated using your best eight of the last 20. 
  • New Maximum Handicaps
    With WHS, the maximum handicap limit is 54.0, regardless of gender. Previously, the USGA max handicap for men was 36.4; women, 40.4.
  • Obtaining and Maintaining Your Handicap
    New handicaps can be obtained after submission of 54 holes in any combination of 9-hole or 18-hole rounds. The new WHS system will calculate your updated handicap based on the eight best scores of your last 20 rounds.
  • Email Addresses
    Each member is now required to have an individual email address on file for their handicap account. No two accounts may share email addresses. If you currently share an email address, please speak with any Landings Club golf professional to add an additional email address to your individual handicap account.
  • Posting 9 or 18 hole Scores
    To submit a nine-hole score, a player must play seven to 13 holes under the rules of golf. When 14 or more holes are played, the score submitted qualifies as an 18 hole score. A nine-hole Handicap index will no longer exist. In order to complete a nine or 18 hole score, players would use “Net Par” for any remaining holes that have not been completed.

Additional information on the World Handicap System and the upcoming transition can be found by visiting