World Handicap System

The World Handicap System (WHS) comes into play from 2 November 2020.

The best place to find out more about the WHS is going to the England Golf website and downloading the WHS golfer's toolkit.

Ryton Golf Club Course Ratings and Slope Ratings

  • White (Men) - Course Rating: 68.9 Slope Rating: 117
  • Yellow (Men) - Course Rating: 67.9 Slope Rating: 114
  • Red (Ladies) - Course Rating: 71.4 Slope Rating: 126

To calculate your course handicap, simply use the following calculation: Handicap Index X (Slope Rating/113). Or the easiest way is the use the chart below.

Click to view the Ryton Golf Club Course Rating & Slope Rating Table

Which handicap do I put on the card?

You will be required to put your Course Handicap on the card. 

It is expected that future printed cards will also contain your Handicap Index, and Playing Handicap, but it's the Course Handicap that is most immportant and will prevent you from disqualification. 

What are the handicap allowances for competitions?

It is the responsibility of the Committe to declare what the handicap allowance is in the terms of each competition.

The two main formats are individual strokeplay (including Stableford and Par/Bogey) which will be 95% of your Course Handicap. This would be mean hanicaps 0-10 would stay the same, 11-30 would lose 1 stroke, 31-50 would lose 2 strokes. 

Fourball will be 85% of your Course Handicap.

Some member's handicaps have changed significantly, why is that?

The vast majority of member's handiacaps will remain within 1 stroke of their previous CONGU handicap. 

There are some scenarios where a player's handicap might increase more than this. 

Handicap increasing by more than 2 strokes - If a player had a handicap under the old system which was previously set at a limit of 28, and they were unable to play to that handicap, then their handicap would only be increasing by 0.1 each time. This could take a long time, and since the WHS is an averaging system with handicap limits up to 54, then it is likely that there would be a big increase in handicap which would better reflect their current ability and allow that player to compete more fairly.  This would also apply to any player who is losing ability such as through age or injury where the previous system could not keep 

Handicap decreasing by more than 2 strokes - For new golfers that do not yet have a full handicap record (20 scores) there are adjustments made until a full calculation can be made. A player's first 5 records takes the lowest 1 score for the calculation, rising gradually until the average of best 8 can be made from the most recent 20 records. This would mean that if a player's 'first 3 cards' were high, then entered a competition and posted a good score, the handicap record would then be based off that lowest 1 score. See Page 49 of the Rules of Handicapping.

If you believe that your handicap is incorrect, then it is posible that you may have scoring records missing or they are based off incorrect course data. Please contact the club to investigate.  


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