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A basic guide to the World Handicap System (WHS) 2024 Season 

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Introduction of CR-Par to The Course Handicap Calculation Effective 1 April 2024. Currently across GB&I, our 18-Hole CH is just based on the Slope Rating of a golf course: Course Handicap = Handicap Index x (Slope Rating/113)

To provide additional consistency to the way Course Handicaps (CH) are calculated and to bring GB&I in line with most of the golfing world, the decision has been taken by GB&I nations to adopt the ‘Course Rating – Par’ method when calculating a Course Handicap for both 18- hole rounds as well as for 9-Hole rounds (which have used this method since being included within handicapping in GB&I since 2008).

The new calculation method for 2024 for 18-Hole rounds will be: Course Handicap = (Handicap Index x Slope Rating/113) + (Course Rating - Par)

In a number of circumstances this may mean little or no change. However, depending on the difference between a club’s Course Rating and Par, the change could be quite significant. • Currently, without CR-Par, the target score for a golfer to play to handicap is the Course Rating™ + Course Handicap. • However, with CR-Par, it will move the target score to play to handicap to PAR of the course + the Course Handicap. Target Score = Par + Course Handicap CH•


Under the new method using CR-Par, your Course Handicap will be the number of strokes needed above or below Par, to play to your Handicap Index. • If the CR is Higher than Par, players will receive additional strokes, however if the CR is lower than the par, they will lose strokes, this is to ensure that the handicap target score is Nett Par/36 points. This applies for all handicap indexes. 

There will be a significant change to your Course Handicap at Campsie Golf Club, although Golfers simply need to fill their score cards in as normal.

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