WHS AT CALDY
The World Handicap System (WHS) will launch in 2020, and is scheduled to go live on November 2nd 2020. According to England Golf, there is no postponement due to COVID-19. It will replace the six different systems currently used by over 15 million golfers in more than 80 countries. It has been developed by The R&A and USGA, supported by the world’s handicapping authorities, including CONGU, which represents the four home countries of Great Britain and Ireland.
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 (called Handicap Index in WHS) globally and compete or play a casual round with players from other regions and courses 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.
WHS introduces a raft of new terminology, definitions and calculations. Later in the year, the Handicap Committee will organise Members Forums to explain the introduction of WHS at Caldy. Details of WHS, including explanatory videos and FAQs, are available on the R&A and England Golf websites, with all the latest information at the following links:
England Golf: https://www.englandgolf.org/handicaps-rules/whs-2020/
WHS Home Page: https://www.whs.com/
Note that all calculations of Handicap Index adjustments will be handled within the Club V1 software, and the Handicap Committee will continue to provide oversight of the system and ensure it is applied fairly to all players.
WHS at Caldy in 2020 (Updated July 8th 2020)
Below are some of the key activities leading up to the launch of WHS at Caldy. Note that some of the completion dates have been delayed due to COVID 19. Specifically we are awaiting the new Handicap Manual and the new Club V1 software showing CONGU and WHS handicaps side by side.
February (end): Handicap reviews complete (done).
March-June: WHS uses CDH (Central Database of Handicaps) numbers to link each golfer to their handicaps. Therefore all playing members will require an active CDH in order to compete in competitions and maintain their handicap. Club V1 has been reviewed and CDH checked/allocated for all members and a process is in place to ensure new members are assisted to get a handicap and CDH
June: Course Rating and Slope Rating certificates will be issued by England Golf for all sets of tees. In WHS these ratings will replace SSS. (received June 24th, details attached).
May/June: New Handicap manual published (TBC) – replacing CONGU Manual. Awaited
July – November: Both CONGU Handicap and WHS Handicap Index will be shown on Club V1, so that that members can see how their Handicap Index evolves alongside their current CONGU handicap. For competition purposes the CONGU Handicaps will count. New software awaited.
September/October: Membership Forum(s) will provide full details of how WHS will be applied at Caldy. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, an alternative to holding Member’s Forums in the clubhouse may be required. TBC.
What do Members need to do?
- Keep an eye on this web page – which will be updated as more Caldy-specific information becomes available – and on the weekly updates which will be used to alert members to new information on WHS at Caldy
- Aim to achieve a fully established handicap record before the launch of WHS in November. This requires players to return a minimum of 20 qualifying scores over a 2 year period, from qualifying competitions or supplementary cards over a measured course. Further details on how to check your Handicap Index status will be provided by the Handicap Committee in the summer when the new WHS software is available.
- Read up on WHS – there is a wealth of information online – and attend the WHS Membership Forum at Caldy later in the year.