World Handicap System
Introduction – Player Journey
Scottish Golf have provided a list of FAQs answering all the important questions.
Inverness Golf Club
Handicap Index, Course Handicap and Playing Handicap Summary
Handicap Index (HI)
A Handicap Index is designed to represent your demonstrated ability. It is calculated by averaging the best 8 score differentials out of the most recent 20 within your scoring record and can be made up of both competition and general play scores.
A Handicap Index will be the measure of a player’s demonstrated ability calculated against the Slope Rating of a golf course of standard playing difficulty (that is, a course with a Slope Rating of 113).
How Do I Get Handicap Index(HI)?
For Members with an Existing Handicap Under the Old Unified Handicapping System:
Scottish Golf will have used your existing scores on your CDH record to calculate your Handicap Index.
For Members without a Handicap:
Submit scores from a total of 54 holes, made up of 9 or 18-hole scores and you will be allocated an initial Handicap Index. You will then be able to return competition and general play scores (pre-registered).
Course Handicap (CH)
Your Course Handicap will be the number of strokes a player receives, before handicap allowances, from a specific set of tees as determined by the Slope Rating.
The Inverness Golf Club Course Handicap Charts which show the Handicap Index conversions to Course Handicaps can be viewed on the Starter’s Hut Window or at the following link:
IGC Course Handicap Table
The Calculation is as follows:
Course Handicap = Handicap Index X Slope Rating / 113
For example, a golfer with a Handicap Index of 21.3, playing the Inverness Golf Club Red Tees with a Slope Rating of 131, the calculation would be:
21.3 x (131/113) = (24.69) 25
Note: The Course Handicap is the handicap you will put on your card and use when submitting a score, this is the important handicap to remember.
Playing Handicap (PH)
The Playing Handicap adjusted for any handicap allowances or Terms of the Competition. It represents the actual number of strokes the player gives or receives for the format of golf being played.
Playing Handicap = Course Handicap x Handicap Allowance
For example, using the above example where the golfer has a Course Handicap of 24.69 (25) and is playing a competition with a 95% handicap allowance, the calculation for Playing Handicap would be:
24.69 x 0.95 = (23.46) 23
Note: This handicap is solely used for the purpose of calculating competition results or when working out allowances for a specific format of play.
The percentage of a Course Handicap recommended to create equity for all players participating in a specific format of play. See below a list of all formats of play and the recommended Handicap Allowance.
To find out more about some of the other key features of WHS, click on the following link: for Scottish Golf Handicapping. For our guide on submitting General Play Scores click the box below
Inverness Golf Club: Course and Slope Rating and Handicap Guide
If you want to check your various Handicaps download the attached excel file and see for yourself: