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World Handicap System

The World Handicap System came in to effect in England on November 2nd, 2020. 

The handicap index conversion tables for each current member club of the Avon League can be accessed in the table below:

Course Par Slope Rating Course Rating
Atherstone 72 119 70.7
Copsewood 72 122 70.0
Coventry 73 139 73.0
Oakridge 71 126 70.9
Rugby 68 125 67.1
Stonebridge (Somers-Hampton) 70 137 70.2
Stratford Oaks 71 126 70.4
Stratford Park 72 130 72.5
The Vale 74 129 74.5
The Warwickshire (Earls) 72 132 74.3
The Welcombe 70 124 70.2
West Midlands 74 134 71.9
Whitefields 71 134 71.2


Note that England Golf have decided not to use the (Course Rating - Par) section of the calculation for the handicap index tables.

As per the WHS, stroke allowances for each of our competitions will be determined from the course handicap for each player, after conversion of their handicap index to a course handicap using the course & slope rating calculation. The allowances for each competition will be as follows:

League 90% of the difference from the player with the lowest course handicap.
Trophy A pair's greensomes course handicap is calculated by taking 60% of the lower course handicap and adding 40% of the higher course handicap. Strokes to be given/received based on the full difference of the greensomes handicaps of the two pairs.
Challenge Each player receives 85% of their course handicap.


Developed by The R&A and USGA in close coordination with existing handicapping authorities, the WHS will provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability, with handicaps calculated in the same way wherever they are in the world.

A key objective of the initiative was to develop a modern system, enabling as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a Handicap Index. Golfers will be able to transport their Handicap Index globally and compete or play a casual round with players from other regions on a fair basis. It will also indicate the score a golfer is reasonably capable of achieving the next time they go out to play.


World Handicap System Resources

World Handicap System Ofiicial Website

World Handicap System Rule Book

WHS website - FAQs

USGA International Course & Slope Rating Database

CONGU Player's Guide to Playing Under the WHS

CONGU WHS webpages

England Golf WHS pages

England Golf FAQs

R&A WHS webpages


Useful Videos from the WHS Website

Calculation of Playing Handicap

Principle of the Course and Playing Handicaps

Course and Slope Rating

Upward Handicap Adjustments

Maximum Handicaps

Other videos are here





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