What is the worldwide handicap system?

It will replace the six different systems currently used by over 15 million golfers in more than 80 countries.

It has been developed by The R&A and The United States Golf Association (USGA), supported by the world’s handicapping authorities, including CONGU, which represents the four home countries of Great Britain and Ireland. To make the game more enjoyable, the new system will include:

Course rating and slope rating
Minimum number of scores to obtain a handicap
Competitive and recreational scores to count for handicap
Handicaps will be calculated from an average of recent scores
Maximum handicap of 54


Course Rating – Course Rating indicates the difficulty of a golf course for a 0-handicap golfer.

Slope Rating – Can be anywhere between 55 and 155 rounded to the nearest whole number. 113 is 'neutral'. The average is 125,

Handicap Index (HI) - This will be the new term for ‘Handicap’ and it will be your mobile Handicap and the Handicap you use to enter all competitions. All golfers will be provided with a HANDICAP INDEX (HI) when the WHS comes into operation. This handicap index (HI) will be calculated from the player’s best 8 differentials of his/her last 20 rounds multiplied by 96% and will be shown to one decimal point

Course Handicap - A player will be allocated a course handicap which is dependent on the golf course being played and tee markers s/he opts to play from. Each course will offer a different slope and course rating which will affect a player’s course handicap.

Course Handicap = Handicap index x (slope rating/113)

A Playing Handicap = Represents the number of strokes the player receives during the round and is used to determine the outcome of a game or the winners of a competition

Hockley Golf Club Slope rating

121 off the white tees

120 yellow and

122 off the red tees

Hockley Golf Club Course Rating

70.9 off white tees

69.1 off yellow tees

72.8 off red tees


Hockley WHS Course rating certificate

Course Handicap table

Playing Handicap Allowance Table