World Handicap System Updates

Update No. 1 - Sept 22nd 2020

We are getting quite close to the introduction of the World Handicap System on November 2nd, but unfortunately, because of Covid, we have not been able to carry out the presentations to members that we had planned.
As an interim measure the link below is the official presentation from England Golf, using exactly the same slides and videos that we had planned to use. It lasts for 45 minutes and goes into a lot of detail, probably more than the club member requires, but we recommend that you view it and note any queries you may have.
We then hope to arrange some “Zoom” meetings over the winter months when these questions can be addressed.
If the new system is initially difficult to understand, please bear in mind that you will only need your new handicap index which will be allocated on October 5th. When playing in competitions the handicap software will calculate your playing handicap and there will be conversion boards near the first tee of all golf courses to calculate your course handicap for “social” golf.
Your handicap index will be calculated based on your best 8 scores out of your last 20 rounds (over the last 2 years). There is a different calculation for those who do not have 20 rounds recorded, but we do recommend that those falling into this category, if possible, get a few supplementary scores submitted prior to October 5th.
Grab a coffee & settle down to the link below

Update No. 2 - Sept 27th 2020

This World Handicap System (WHS) update is one which we are legally obliged to issue as it involves the transfer of personal information from our current software supplier (Club V1) to England Golf.
On October 5th, all club members will be allocated a handicap index based on the best 8 of the last 20 scores. To achieve this, England Golf requires personal data from all member’s as described in the Privacy Notice below (click on the link). 

This is mainly to ensure that no player can have 2 CDH numbers (CDH = central database of handicaps), and that handicap index notifications can be sent out.

The next update will be after October 5th once handicap indexes have been allocated.

Update No. 3 - October 6th 2020

The latest timeline from England Golf is that members will be able to view their Handicap Index on their web site from w/c October 19th and on ClubV1/Howdidido from November 2nd. The next 2 weeks will see the upload of all handicap data from Club V1 databases to England Golf databases.

Once the WHS goes live on November 2nd the Handicap Index must then be converted to a Course Handicap on
whichever course you are playing.

The Course Handicap is calculated based on the Handicap Index of the golfer and the difficulty (course/slope rating) of the golf course for the set of tees used. A chart/table supplied by the golf club will easily inform the golfer what their
Course Handicap will be at the venue. 

At MGC there will be 2 boards (outside the Pro’s shop and on the wall by the first tee) and “look up” cards which can be
stored in a golf bag or pocket will also be provided.

The link below shows the information which will be displayed for each set of tees at MGC. Use this information to convert your handicap index into your course handicap.

Handicap indexes are calculated to one decimal place, and course handicaps are whole

The charts in the link below also show the “Course Rating” which is replacing the “Standard Scratch Score” for each set of tees. The numbers are essentially the same although now quoted to one decimal place.

When playing in competitions there will be a stroke allowance which adjusts the Course Handicap, but to prevent “overload” in these emails this will be covered in the next update.

Update No. 4 - October 13th 2020

We are now in a position where we will be able to issue a preview of MGC Handicap Indexes within
the next couple of days, but this update completes the section on handicaps.

Just a reminder that once the Handicap Index has been issued this is then converted to a Course Handicap  – this is the number of strokes a player receives from a given set of tees based on the course slope rating. Boards and charts by the 1st tee supply this information.
The Course Handicap is then used for all social golf and submission of supplementary scores.

When playing in competitions, the Course Handicap then coverts to a “Playing Handicap”.
Playing Handicap is a stroke allowance that is implemented “to maintain the integrity of the World Handicap System when used in competition”. The Playing Handicap is a whole number and depends on the format of play and the relevant handicap allowance as per the list below:

Strokeplay/Stablefords/Par comps)      95%       (currently 100%)

Betterball Strokeplay/Stablefords         85%       (currently 90%)

Foursomes                                            50%  of combined h’cap (unchanged)

Foursomes                                             60% lower h’cap, 40% higher h’cap (unchanged)

Am Am team
of 4 (best 2 scores)                                85% (currently 90%)

Texas Scramble                                     25%/20%/15%/10% from lowest to highest h'cap (previously 10% of the total handicaps)

Matchplay                                             100% (unchanged)

Betterball Matchplay                             90% 

Playing Handicap is used to determine competition results and the CSS (course standard scratch) which is calculated on the day and reflects the playing conditions, will be replaced by a “Playing Conditions Calculation” (PCC) which serves the same purpose as the CSS.

Finally an example:

Using the MGC Slope Index charts a Handicap Index of 23.4 would convert to a Course Handicap of 27 (white tees) and 25 (red tees), and a playing handicap of 26 (white tees) and 24 (red tees) for individual strokeplay competitions (95% stroke allowance).

Update No 5 - October 23rd 2020

You should now have received an email from England Golf encouraging you to sign up to the World Handicap platform in order to view your handicap data. To do this you will need your CDH number (described as “membership number” on the sign-up page) which you can find in your records on Club V1 or “HowDidiDo”.

Once this is done you will be able to view your playing and handicap records and your best 8 scores (highlighted) which have been used to calculate your handicap index. Please note that this is not your final index as competition and supplementary scores are still being added for the month of October. For those with less than 20 scores submitted the calculation is different and the scores used to calculate the index are highlighted.

If you have not received the email from England Golf the link to the sign-up site is below:


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