There will be substantial change to handicapping policies and procedures with the adoption of the new World Handicap System (WHS)
beginning in 2020. One of those changes is anticipated to be the practice of updating Handicap Indexes daily — not just on the 1st and 15th of the month. Additionally,
the WHS will use the daily scoring performance of the field to evaluate whether course conditions warrant any adjustment to the individual scores posted on that day.
Current practices allow Members to post an acceptable score within three days of play. However, the impact of these changes means that
golfers will now need to post scores on the day of play. Otherwise, handicaps will not reflect the full range of acceptable scores (and any course condition adjustments) during the updating
Thus, the Handicap Committee intends to emphasize the process of change by modifying its policy for score posting to require that
all scores be posted on the day of play, rather than within 3 days of play. This change in policy will take place on October 1, 2019.
The DVCC Handicap Committee recognizes the significance of this change as well as the implications for changing behavior. Currently, the
vast majority of Members post their score on the day of play. However, there are a number of Members who still delay their posting.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Committee at email@example.com if you have questions or comments on the
The World Handicap System (WHS), to be
implemented in 2020, will transform the way handicaps are calculated around the world.
The new system will
- Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of
minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes (replacing 5 rounds or 90 holes) from any combination
of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds but with some level of local discretion to set this number.
consistent handicap that is portable internationally using the USGA Course and Slope Rating System.
average based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best 8 of the last 20 scores (replacing best 10 of last 20) and factoring in memory of demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and
calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course & weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day.
handicap revisions, taking account of the course/weather conditions calculations.
limit of Net Double Bogey as the max hole scores (for handicap purposes only).
maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender.
It is not intended to force a change to
the way golf is played. Rather it is to enable golfers of different ability to play and compete on a fair and equitable basis; be easy to understand and implement; and meet the varied needs and
expectations of golfers worldwide.
Existing scoring records will be
retained and, where possible, be used to calculate a handicap under the WHS.
We do not know all the specifics yet,
but will continue to keep you aware of the changes as they are available. To learn more about the issue, visit the USGA and VSGA websites.