Number of Scores Required to Obtain a Handicap Index

Currently, in order to obtain a Handicap Index, you must submit five 18-hole scores. This can be a mix of 9-hole and 18-hole rounds and will be revised on the 1st and 15th of every month.

With the new changes coming in 2020, a Handicap Index can be obtained after submitting only three 18-hole scores. Again these can be a mix of 9-hole and 18-hole rounds. Also with the new system in place revisions to your Handicap will now be daily, just as long as you post your third 18-hole score by midnight.

Course Handicap Calculation

Pre-2020 the calculation to find the Course Handicap was: Handicap Index X Slope Rating/ 113.

The new calculation for Course Handicap will be Handicap Index x (Slope Rating/113) + (Course Rating- Par).

The reason for this change is to accommodate players who play off different tees. These golfers are playing with different benchmarks so this new calculation will help to make it a fairer game.

Playing Handicap Calculation and Application

Currently, when a player’s Course handicap gets adjusted, it’s based on the application of a Handicap Allowance and some other competition terms. There is no clear definition of the resulting value but it’s still referred to as a Course Handicap.

In 2020 the term “Playing Handicap” will come about with the new Rules of Handicapping and will represent the strokes that a player receives in competition. Moving forward the following formula will be used: Playing Handicap = Course Handicap x Handicap Allowance.

This new rule will help to define two key rules of Handicapping.
1. Course Handicap will be used to adjust individual hole scores.
2. Playing Handicaps will be used for net competition purposes.

Stay tuned for more changes and updates for the new 2020 World Handicap System!