World Handicap System

New World Handicap System Designed to
Welcome More Golfers

The way golfers around the world will calculate their handicaps is set to be transformed by a new system developed by the USGA and The R&A, 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.

Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA, commented, “For some time, we’ve heard golfers say, ‘I’m not good enough to have a handicap,’ or ‘I don’t play enough to have a handicap.’ We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game. We’re excited to be taking another important step – along with modernizing golf’s Rules – to provide a pathway into the sport, making golf easier to understand and more approachable and enjoyable for everyone to play.”

World Handicap System: A Benefit to Golfers Everywhere

Learn about the key features of the World Handicap System in this global announcement.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

World Handicap System: Frequently Asked Questions

A collection of important questions and answers about the World Handicap System. Please ask any other questions you may have by emailing

Infographic: Highlights of the World Handicap System

A look at some of the features that will provide a foundation for the World Handicap System, aimed at elevating enjoyment for all who play the game.

Read: Why a World Handicap System?

The World Handicap System will provide a consistent method of measuring skill level around the globe, and will produce handicaps that are portable from course to course, country to country.

Read: World Handicap System - A Collaborative Process

The development of the World Handicap System has been made possible through collaboration and support from handicap authorities, national associations, golf club administrators and golfers around the world.


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