What is the World Handicap System™ For more information visit www.usga.org/whs

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.

The World Handicap System is comprised of the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System. The Rules of Handicapping replaces the USGA Handicap System, which has been in  place since 1911, and the USGA Course Rating System has become the Course Rating System.

These are the key topic areas from which we expect you to receive the most questions from your members and guests. This serves as a quick reference guide, but please refer to the Rules of Handicapping for more detail.


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