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World Handicap System

The World Handicap System will be rolled out in Great Britain & Ireland on 2nd November 2020. From that date your handicap will be based on the average of your best 8 scores from the last 20 rounds. The main features of the system are described below.

In brief:

1. Course Rating & Slope Rating:

Course Rating replaces Standard Scratch (SSS) and represents the score that a scratch golfer is expected to achieve on the course.

Slope Rating is the relative difficulty of a course from a specific set of tees for a bogey golfer compared to a scratch golfer, as described on the Course & Slope Rating Tab.

2. Acceptable Scores:

Singles Competition Rounds and Social Scores in Authorised Formats may be submitted for handicap purposes, as described on the Acceptable Scores Tab.

3. Handicap Index:

A measure of a player’s demonstrated ability calculated against the Slope Rating of a golf course of standard playing difficulty, as described on the Handicap Index Tab.

4. Course Handicap & Playing Handicap:

Course Handicap is the number of handicap strokes a player receives before Handicap Allowances, on a specific course and a specific set of tees.

Playing Handicap is the Course Handicap adjusted for any Handicap Allowances. It represents the actual number of strokes the player gives or receives for the round being played.

See the Course & Playing Handicap Tab for more detail.

5. Transition Handicaps:

In order to move from CONGU to WHS handicaps, all players’ current Handicap Records will be reprocessed using the WHS principles, as described on the Transition Handicaps Tab.

6. Definitions:

The WHS introduces a number of new terms as described on the Definitions Tab.

In detail:

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Course & Slope Rating

Course Rating represents the difficulty of a golf course for a scratch golfer (0 Handicap Index), calculated to the nearest 0.1.

Slope Rating represents the relative difficulty of a course for a bogey golfer (20 to 24 Handicap Index) compared to a scratch golfer.

A course with long carries, narrow fairways, lots of hazards and thick rough will have a high slope rating because these features are more of a challenge to bogey golfers.

Slope Rating can be anywhere between 55 and 155. 113 is the neutral value that is used in handicap calculations. The GB&I average Slope Rating is 125.

Rossendale Golf Club’s course and slope ratings are yet to be determined. They will appear here when available.

Click HERE to view a short video about course and slope ratings.

You can look up the ratings for other courses anywhere in the World on the USGA course rating & slope database.

Acceptable Scores for Handicap Purposes
  • All 9 hole and 18 hole Singles Competition Rounds in Authorised Formats must be submitted for handicap purposes, subject to the competition being played to the Rules of Golf and over the measured length of the course.
  • Scores from team competitions and match play will not be acceptable in England initially, although this may change based on feedback from other jurisdictions that include those formats.
  • The recommendation from England Golf is that scores from regular organised social events (Swindles and roll-ups) in authorised formats are submitted.
Pre-registration:
  • Players are required to register their intention to submit a score from general (non-competition) play before commencing the round.
  • Scores submitted from general play are called Social Scores and are similar to the current Supplementary Scores.
Minimum Number of Holes:
  • Scores may be submitted over 9 holes or 18 holes.
  • All 9 holes must be played to submit a 9 hole score. It is anticipated that two 9 holes scores will be combined to produce one 18 hole score on the Scoring Record (awaiting clarification from CONGU/England Golf).
  • An 18 hole score will count as long as 10 or more holes have been completed. Holes not played are recorded as Net Par or (Net Par + 1), depending on the number not played.
Adjusted Gross Score:
  • For handicap purposes a big score on any hole is reduced to Net Double Bogey, using the player’s Course Handicap. Holes started, but not completed are also recorded as Net Double Bogey.
Score Differential:
  • The Adjusted Gross Scores is compared with the Course Rating and is “de-sloped” to give the Score Differential for the round, which is added to the player’s Scoring Record.
Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC):
  • Determines if course and weather conditions on the day differed from normal to the extent that they significantly impacted players’ performance.
  • Calculated using all scores submitted on the course that day, as long as 8 or more golfers with a Handicap Index of less than 36 and a fully developed Scoring Record played.
  • It is conservative in nature and can increase the Adjusted Gross Score by 1 in easy conditions or decrease it by 1, 2 or 3 in difficult conditions.
9 Hole Scores:

A 9 hole Score Differential is calculated as:

= [ 113 / 9 hole Slope Rating ] x [ 9 hole Adjusted Gross Score – 9 hole Course Rating – (0.5 x PCC) ]

 

Handicap Index
  • Handicap Index is a measure of a player’s demonstrated ability calculated against the Slope Rating of a golf course of standard playing difficulty.
  • It represents a golfer’s playing handicap on a course with a Neutral Slope Rating of 113.
  • It is calculated as a rolling average of the lowest 8 from the last 20 Score Differentials.
  • Each time a new score is submitted the average of the lowest 8 from the last 20 is re-calculated, which may or may not lead to a change of Handicap Index.
  • There are additional safeguards to ensure that a player’s handicap does not rise too quickly when a player is going through a spell of poor form.
Low handicap Index (LHI):
  • A player’s lowest Handicap Index during the last 12 months is used as an Anchor Point to limit increases in Handicap Index.
  • Soft CAP: Potential increases of Handicap Index to a figure greater than (LHI + 3) are limited by half the amount over three, e.g. 5 is limited to 4, 6 is limited to 4.5, etc.
  • Hard CAP: The maximum that the Handicap Index can increase to is (LHI + 5).
Exceptional Scores:
  • An adjustment to the Handicap Index after a very low score has been posted.
  • A reduction of -1 for scores between 7 and 9 below Handicap Index.
  • A reduction of -2 for scores 10 or more below Handicap Index.
  • The reduction is applied to the last 20 scores on the Scoring Record and drops off gradually over the next 20 rounds.

Click to see a short video about Handicap Index

New Handicaps:

A New Player’s Handicap Index is initially allocated at 2 less than the best of the Adjusted Gross Scores from 3 x 18 hole cards submitted. Cards can be submitted as 6 x 9 hole or some other combination. Subsequent Handicap Index calculations change as more scores are entered:

  • 3 scores: lowest score -2
  • 4 scores: lowest score -1
  • 5 scores: lowest score
  • 6 scores: average of lowest 2 scores -1
  • 7 to 8 scores: average of lowest 2 scores
  • 9 to 11 scores: average of lowest 3 scores
  • 12 to 14 scores: average of lowest 4 scores
  • 15 to 16 scores: average of lowest 5 scores
  • 17 to 18 scores: average of lowest 6 scores
  • 19 scores: average of lowest 7 scores
  • 20 scores: average of lowest 8 scores
Transition Handicaps:

Player’s that already have a current CONGU Handicap will be allocated an initial Handicap Index when the new system comes into effect as described on the Transition Handicaps Tab.

Course & Playing Handicap
  • Course Handicap is the number of handicap strokes a player receives before Handicap Allowances, on a specific course and from a specific set of tees, as determined by the Slope Rating.
  • There will be tables on display where you can look up your Course Handicap.
  • It is Course Handicap that is used to determine Net Par and Net Double Bogey adjustments in calculating Adjusted Gross Scores and in assessing scores for Unplayed Holes.

A player’s Course Handicap is determined by multiplying their Handicap Index by the the Slope Rating and dividing by the neutral Slope Rating of 113.

Handicap Allowance:

Handicap Allowance is the percentage of Course Handicap specified for a particular format of play and/or specified in the Terms of the Competition.

Playing Handicap:
  • Playing Handicap is the Course Handicap adjusted for any Handicap Allowance. It represents the actual number of strokes the player gives or receives for the round being played.
  • It is Playing Handicap that is used to determine Competition Results.
The Process:
  • Before starting a round of golf the player must register their intention to enter a Competition or submit a Social Score and establish their Course Handicap and Playing Handicap for the particular set of tees being used.
  • Scores must be submitted as soon as possible after the round and before midnight on the day of playing, which is when their Handicap index will be re-calculated.
9 Hole Handicaps:

When submitting a 9 hole score:

  • 9 hole Course Handicap = [ Handicap Index / 2 ] x [ 9 hole Slope Rating / 113 ] + [ 9 hole Course Rating – 9 hole Par ] (to be confirmed)
  • 9 hole Playing Handicap = [ 9 hole Course Handicap ] x [ Handicap Allowance ]
Transition Handicaps

In order to move from CONGU to WHS handicaps, all players’ current Handicap Records will be reprocessed using the WHS principles. The calculation will identify the best 8 of the last 20 Qualifying Scores, if posted since January 2018, and factor in:

  • The adjusted Gross Score
  • The Course Rating (or SSS)
  • Any PCC (or CSS) adjustments
  • The Slope Rating of the tees played

If a player has submitted less than 20 scores in the last 2 years, the calculation will be done in a similar manner to the method of allocating new handicaps, as shown below.

Players are encouraged to submit plenty of scores between now and November 2020 so that their Transition Handicap Index is a good reflection of current playing ability. 9 hole scores are acceptable and clubs are encouraged to run 9 hole competitions to help with this.

If less than 20 Qualifying Scores posted in the last 2 years:
  • 3 scores: lowest score -2
  • 4 scores: lowest score -1
  • 5 scores: lowest score
  • 6 scores: average of lowest 2 scores -1
  • 7 to 8 scores: average of lowest 2 scores
  • 9 to 11 scores: average of lowest 3 scores
  • 12 to 14 scores: average of lowest 4 scores
  • 15 to 16 scores: average of lowest 5 scores
  • 17 to 18 scores: average of lowest 6 scores
  • 19 scores: average of lowest 7 scores
  • 20 scores: average of lowest 8 scores

If a player has no Qualifying Scores posted in the last 2 years, the Transition Handicap will be calculated on the basis of the 3 lowest scores being equal to their current playing handicap. So a player with a 20 handicap will have scores of 20, 20 and 20 on their Scoring Record and their handicap at Transition will be (20 – 2) = 18.

Definitions

Acceptable Score

A score from an authorised format of play which meets all the provisions set out within the Rules of Handicapping.

Adjusted Gross Score

A player’s gross score, including any penalty strokes, adjusted for when:

  • The player exceeds their maximum hole score,
  • A hole is not played, or
  • A hole is started but the player does not hole out.

Authorised Format of Play

A format of play eligible for handicap purposes, as determined by the Authorised Association where the round is played.

Bogey Player

A player with a Handicap Index of approximately 20.0 for men and approximately 24.0 for women.

Cap

The procedure that reduces or limits the amount by which a player’s Handicap Index can increase when measured against the player’s Low Handicap Index.

Course Handicap

The number of handicap strokes a player receives, before handicap allowances, from a specific set of tees as determined by the Slope Rating.

Course Rating

An indication of the difficulty of a golf course for the scratch player under normal course and weather conditions.

Exceptional Score

A Score Differential which is at least 7.0 strokes better than the player’s Handicap Index at the time the round was played.

General Play

When an organised competition is not being contested and golfers are playing:

  • A casual round; or
  • Competitively, but not in an event organized by a Committee.

Handicap Allowance

The percentage of a Course Handicap recommended to create equity for all players participating in a specific format of play.

Handicap Index

The measure of a player’s demonstrated ability calculated against the Slope Rating of a golf course of standard playing difficulty (Slope Rating 113)

Low Handicap Index

The lowest Handicap Index achieved by a player during the 365 day period preceding the day on which the most recent score in their scoring record was played.

Net Double Bogey

A score equal to the par of a hole plus two strokes and adjusted for any handicap strokes applied on that hole. A net double bogey is a player’s maximum hole score for handicap purposes.

Net Par

A score equal to the par of a hole adjusted for any handicap strokes applied on that hole.

Par

The score that a scratch player would generally be expected to achieve on a hole under normal course and weather conditions, allowing for two strokes on the putting green.

Penalty Score

A score posted at the discretion of the Handicap Committee for a player who does not submit an acceptable score when required.

Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC)

The statistical calculation that determines if conditions on a day of play differed from normal playing conditions to the extent that they significantly impacted players’ performance.

Playing Handicap

The Course Handicap adjusted for any handicap allowances or Terms of the Competition. It represents the actual number of strokes the player gives or receives for the round being played.

Score Differential

The difference between a player’s Adjusted Gross Score and the Course Rating, reflecting the Slope Rating and the Playing Conditions Calculation. It is the numerical value attributed to a score achieved on a golf course on a specific day that is posted into the player’s scoring record. A Score Differential must be an 18 hole value or its calculated equivalent.

Scoring Record

A history of a player’s acceptable scores along with:

  • The player’s current Handicap Index,
  • The player’s Low Handicap Index,
  • Other details about each round (such as, the date the round was played), and
  • Any applicable adjustments (for example, an exceptional score).

Scratch Player

A player with a Handicap Index of 0.0.

Slope Rating

An indication of the relative difficulty of a golf course for players who are not scratch players compared to players who are scratch players.

Stroke Index

The value assigned to each hole on a golf course to indicate where handicap strokes are given or received.

Further Information

Click HERE for further information about the WHS on the R&A website.

These are downloadable PDFs produced by England Golf, click to open/download:

  1. GENERAL QUESTIONS
  2. HANDICAP INDEX
  3. COMPETITIONS & GENERAL PLAY

Click HERE to view a number of short videos on specific aspects of the system.

Email & Address:

Email: admin@rossendalegolfclub.net

Ewood Lane Head
Ewood Lane
Haslingden
Rossendale
BB4 6LH

Phone Numbers:

Administration:        01706 831339
Clubhouse & Bar:    01706 831686
Professional Shop:  01706 213616
Restaurant:               01706 227126
Fax Number:            01706 228669

 

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Email & Address:

Email: admin@rossendalegolfclub.net

Ewood Lane Head Ewood Lane Haslingden Rossendale BB4 6LH

Phone Numbers:

Administration:        01706 831339
Clubhouse & Bar:    01706 831686
Professional Shop:  01706 213616
Restaurant:               01706 227126
Fax Number:            01706 228669