World Handicap System

The way golfers around the world will calculate their handicaps is set to be transformed by a new system developed by The R&A and USGA, with key features designed to provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability.

The new World Handicap System, to be implemented in 2020, follows an extensive review of systems administered by six existing handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.

The precise date of the change will be finalised in the coming months.

A resource has been prepared to set out the elements of the handicap system where the user experience will remain unchanged for Australian golfers under the Word Handicap System, and also what will be new.

Please click here to review that resource.

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