PGA of America

World Handicap System Toolkit

The World Handicap System (WHS) toolkit, provided by the USGA, gives PGA Members with information about the World Handicap System and Rules of Handicapping.

The WHS unifies the six existing handicap systems and provides every player in the world with a consistent measure of ability. The WHS enables players of different abilities, from anywhere in the world, to play with or compete against others on a fair basis.

The WHS is comprised of the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System. The Rules of Handicapping replaces the USGA Handicap System™, which has been in place since 1911, and the USGA Course Rating System™ has become the Course Rating System.