GHIN Handicap System

To access the website:  http://www.ghin.com  

Beginning In January 2020, every golfer in the world became part of the new World  Handicap System (WHS). It marks a significant milestone in the growth of the game and promises to create a more accurate handicap for every golfer and fine-tune competitive play for amateur golfers.

I’ve been surprised by how few golfers know this major change to your golf handicap is coming in just a couple of months. It will affect every golfer with a handicap. In no particular order, here are the biggest changes you need to know about.

Your handicap will likely go down a little.

The current system uses the best ten scores from your last 20 rounds to calculate your handicap. The new system will use the top eight. That means your two worst scores currently inside your handicap group will get dropped.

The good news is that it’s all done in the cloud. You don’t have to record the playing conditions when you input a score. The WHS will use weather data from global weather services to determine how your score is adjusted.

Goodbye, Equitable Stroke Control

You’ve been there. “Is my max a 7 or a triple bogey? So, can I take an 8 on a par-5?”

Equitable Stroke Control is a simple system that no single human has ever committed to memory. With the WHS, there will be a simple new rule for every golfer: two strokes over net par is your max. That’s it.

Par + handicap strokes received on that hole + 2 = your max score. Simple.

That goes for scratch golfers all the way to 54 handicappers. “54?” you say. “I thought the max for men was 36.4 and 40.4 for women.” Nope, that’s changing, too.

Play. Post. The software calculates for you.



If a player starts but does not complete a hole or is conceded a stroke, that player shall record for handicap purposes the score he or she most likely would have made. The most likely score consists of the number of strokes already taken plus, in the player?s best judgment, the number of strokes that the player would need to complete the hole from that position more than half the time. This number may not exceed the player?s Equitable Stroke Control limit, defined in Section 4-3. An ?X? on the scorecard should precede this most likely score.


When competing from different tees, the golfer playing from the tees with the higher course rating receives extra strokes, which are added to his or her already determined course handicap. Strokes are determined by the rounded-off difference between the two Course Ratings. If ?Sally? plays from the forward tees (red), where the Course Rating is 70.1 and her Course Handicap is 20, and Snoopy plays from the back tees (blue), where the Course Rating is 72.1, and his Course Handicap is 13, Snoopy receives two additional strokes. (The difference between the two Course Ratings is 72.1 ? 70.1 = 2) Snoopy?s handicap is then adjusted to 15 while Sally?s handicap will remain at 20.


-      If 13 or more holes are played, the player shall post an 18-hole score.

-      If 7 to 12 holes are played, the player shall post a 9-hole score.

In either case, scores for unplayed holes shall be recorded as par plus any handicap strokes that the player is entitled to receive (a net par) on the unplayed holes.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Golf Shop regarding handicapping/posting procedures.  As a reminder, all scores are to be posted by the golf staff. Please return a scorecard to the golf shop every time you play.

To access the website: http://www.ghin.com