WHS & Casual Golf for Handicap
World Handicap System:
The World Handicap system is with us from Nov 2nd 2020. So what's all the fuss about?
Well previously you had a handicap and that was pretty much that. However, that handicap could change a lot throughout a season and wasn't always reflective of how a player was playing regularly. There's also the fact that if you played on a different course it may not have felt like your handicap really represented your ability on that course.
Well the WHS is set to try to tackle these and many more concerns.
To do so fairly means the system is a bit more complex than it used to be.
So to avoid rapid swings in handicap per round you're now assessed on the average of the best 8 of your last 20 rounds. This gives you a 'Handicap Index'. It's less volatile and is the part of your handicap that you'll take with you to any course and any competition.
Any course you play will have a Course Rating (similar to the existing Standard Scratch) and a 'Slope Rating', which cater for the relative difference in difficulty of a course (See here for Rush Course Rating).
To see how this affects you when playing in Rush Golf Club take a look at the Course Handicap Tables which can be found in the Sloping and Course Rating tab.
In any given competition you will play off a 'Playing Handicap' which is usually 95% of your index - this is primarily to level the playing field for lower handicap golfers.
Is this starting to sound complex?
Don't worry - in Nov 2020 we upgraded our club computer system, so once you sign into a competition the computer will calculate your playing handicap for the day.
Casual Golf Rounds for Handicap Purposes:
Under the WHS, as of 2nd November 2020, players may record scores from Casual Rounds to be entered against their handicap record. An acceptable round must be played over a measured 9 or 18 hole round of golf, in the company of at least one other person acting as a marker. To post a casual round, you must first pre-register your round by entering your card details at the computer in the ProShop or the Locker Room.
You must fill in your card manually including the following details
- Your Name
- Please State ‘For Handicap Purposes’ on the card
- Your Handicap Index
- Course Handicap
- Playing Handicap
- The measured course being played (i.e. Red, Blue or White)
- Your Signature and your CDH Number (8-digit number from your Clubcard)
- Your Marker’s Signature and CDH Number (8-digit number from his Clubcard)
Upon completion of your round please post the score in the computer and place the card in the designated collection point. Please enter Casual Cards on the computer prior to 11pm on the day of play. The WHS systems close off at this time and playing conditions calculation (PCC) for the day will not be applied to cards posted after this time.