How do we use the new WHS Handicaps in the competitions?

For 2021 we will use the Handicap Index for players so they can calculate their Course Handicap for each match to set the Playing Handicap having taken full difference.

We set the player eligibility rules using a Maximum Handicap Index because that is what makes every player equal.

When playing you will then calculate your Course Handicap for the course the match is played on:

Handicap Index x (Slope Rating ÷ 113) = Course Handicap

You then take the full difference of the 2 opponents Course Handicaps for the Playing Handicap in your game in the match.

Useful links to help with calculating your Course Handicap

The Maximum Handicap Indexes for 2021 Competitions are

  • Ladies Handicap Index of 30
  • Gents Handicap Index of 20

This means the maximum Handicap Index which can be used by players in the competition is 20 (Gents) and 30 (Ladies).

A player with a Handicap Index greater than the limit could play in a team as long as their Course Handicap is calculated from the Maximum Handicap Index for the competition; Some examples:

  • A female player with a Handicap Index of 31.9 could play as long as their Course Handicap is calculated from a Handicap Index of 30.
  • A male player with a Handicap Index of 20.9 could play as long as their Course Handicap is calculated from a Handicap Index of 20.

There is no limit on the Course Handicap of players in either competition.


The new handicap system is launched in November 2020

The introduction of the WHS has seen the removal of Competition Rule 6.c. So No additional shots will be given to away players.

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