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The World Handicap System™ (WHS), which debuted on Jan. 1, 2020, unified the six systems into a single system that 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; is easy to understand and implement, without sacrificing accuracy; and meets the varied needs and expectations of golfers, golf clubs and golf authorities all around the world and is adaptable to suit all golfing cultures.

As part of the ongoing efforts to ensure the WHS evolves with the modern game, the WHS as completed its first revision cycle in 2024.

As an Allied Golf Association of the USGA, the CDGA administers and supports the efforts of the WHS and USGA within our territory.

Rules of Handicapping Resources

The Rules of Handicapping
The Rules of Handicapping

Effective January, 2024.

Handicap Committee Guide
Handicap Committee Guide

The USGA Committee Guide is available in digital format only and is designed as a complement to the Rules of Handicapping. Provided guidance and examples to the application of the Rules of Handicapping.

Player Reference Guide
Player Reference Guide

The Player Reference Guide provides new and established golfers with what they need to know before, during, and after a round as it relates to the Rules of Handicapping. This easy-to-read booklet also describes how to get a Handicap Index and the basics of the Handicap Index calculation.

WHS Education Seminar
WHS Education Seminar

Designed for Club Staff and Handicap Chairs for further education. All members are welcome to watch this presentation.

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