FAKENHAM GOLF CLUB
WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM
Following on from members knowing what their handicap index is it then moves on to converting
this in to a course handicap. The Course handicap will determine the number of strokes a player will
receive for any set of tees on the course. An easy way for a player to remember the WHS is to think
H. Handicap Index
C Course handicap
How to work out a course handicap.
England Golf will provide Course and Slope Rating tables. Golfers simply have to choose the tees
they are playing off that day and cross reference their Handicap Index on the Course & Slope Rating
Tables to ascertain their Course Handicap
Moving on to Playing Handicap The Course Handicap changes to Playing Handicap for competition
purposes only and changes depending on the format of play.
It is worth noting that whilst Playing Handicap is important golfers need to focus more on their
Handicap Index and Course Handicap The focus for golfers should not be on the Playing Handicap
given it only effects competition rounds.
How do scores count towards the WHS.
How to submit a score. After the completion of a competition round a players has to submit their
scorecard as soon as possible in order for their Handicap Index to be updated Sores should be
posted on the same day.
How to verify a score. The basic rules are as follows:
Play in accordance with the Rules of Golf.
Use an authorised format of play
Play nine holes to post a 9 hole score
Play at least 10 holes to post and 18 hole score .
Play on a course with a current Course Rating and Slope Rating.
Acceptable formats of play for submitting a score towards a player’s Handicap Index include any
pre-registered general play “social” scores and all individual competition rounds both 9 and 18
holes, whether played at home or away courses. Non acceptable formats of play include a player’s
individual scores from fourball better ball or other match play events.