On 2nd November, 2020 the new World Handicapping System (WHS) came into operation in the UK. This system marks a fundamental change in handicapping and course rating across the world. It is designed to welcome more players, to make golf easier to understand and to give all golfers a handicap which is portable all around the globe.
It replaces the six different systems previously 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.
Club member handicaps are administered centrally by England Golf.
The Central Database of Handicaps (CDH) was introduced in 2009 to assist Golf Clubs in the administration of their member’s handicaps and in particular in the transfer of qualifying scores back to the player’s home golf club.
The CDH has in excess of 1800 golf clubs and approx 750,000 men and women registered on the system.
One of the key principles in the operation of the system is that each home club member, with a CONGU handicap, is assigned a CDH ID number. This number will allow other clubs to confirm the individual’s membership of a golf club as well as their exact playing handicap. This is particularly useful in terms of entry into Open competitions and the increasing number of clubs operating online entries.
The England Golf CDH User Guide provides help to clubs and handicapping committees in the operation of the CDH. Provided key principles are followed the CDH will save administration time for all concerned with the administration of competitions and handicapping.