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World Handicap System Resources

Golf already has a single set of playing Rules, a single set of equipment Rules and a single set of Rules of Amateur Status overseen by the
USGA and The R&A. Yet, before 2020, there were six different handicap systems used around the world. Each system was well developed and successfully provided equity for play locally, but each of the different systems produced slightly differing results.

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.

The WHS encompasses both the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System (formerly the USGA Course Rating and Slope System).

Club, Member & League Education Tools

In an effort to help clubs, members and leagues get educated on the World Handicap System, the CDGA has provided a condensed version of the World Handicap System presentation used for certification.

By CLICKING HERE, or the top image to the right, you will be able to view a 33-minute video on the highlights of the World Handicap System to help you educate other golfers at your club.

When viewing, sharing or presenting this video, the CDGA strongly suggests also viewing the accompanying notes, which can be found by CLICKING HERE or the bottom image to the right.

PLEASE NOTE that this presentation does not satisfy the certification requirements listed below. If you have any questions on this material, please contact the CDGA's Jodi Ciotti
by email or phone at (630) 685-2323.

Education & Certification

The World Handicap System (WHS) took effect Jan. 1, 2020. Due to the significant changes to the handicap system, all clubs MUST be certified before they can utilize the system. In order to be certified, a representative from the club is required to pass an online exam that can be found in the link below.

CLICK HERE for certification information and the online certification quiz.

CLICK HERE to view a complete list of clubs that have already completed the mandatory certification. If you feel your club is missing from the list, please reach out to the CDGA's Lynn Boyd by email or phone at (630) 685-2304.

Key Changes & Highlights

Click the image to interact with
Highlights of the World Handicap System, or the links below for more information regarding the changes:


Click on the above images for videos for regarding key changes and features of the World Handicap System.

Other Resources

Click the below links for more information regarding frequently asked questions, the process behind implementing the WHS, and how it benefits all golfers.

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