As clubs share their handicap charts we can start to look at how the number of shots we get could change as we play different courses
One of the much-vaunted features of the new World Handicap System is its portability and the ability to play a round that counts at any course in the world.
With the days counting down to the UK launch on November 2, clubs across the four nations are starting to release the charts that show how our new handicap indexes convert into course handicaps.
A course handicap measures our WHS index against the slope of the course from the tees we are playing to allocate the shots we will receive.
I’m a member at three clubs. My home club is Sandburn Hall, in York, while I also hold country memberships at Close House, in Newcastle, and Cleveland, in Redcar.
So let’s see how the numbers move at these different courses. For the sake of this argument, I will be playing off the white tees in each case and my WHS index will be 11.6.
It’s hoped we will soon be able to see our actual WHS handicap index as it stands today, and be able to watch how it shifts as the scores we put in before November 2 count as part of our best 20.
At Sandburn, with a course rating of 73.6 and a Slope rating of 136, my WHS index would result in a course handicap of 14.
At Cleveland, which has a course rating of 73.0 and a Slope rating of 128, an 11.6 WHS index equates to 13 shots.
There are two courses at Close House, the Colt and the Filly. At the former, which hosted the British Masters in 2017 and earlier this year, I’d receive 14 shots. It has a course rating of 72.3 and a Slope rating of 138 from the white tees.
Meanwhile on the Filly – boasting a course rating of 70.4 and a Slope rating of 138 – a WHS index of 11.6 would also convert into 14 shots.
It’s important to note that these numbers refer to the course handicap only.
If I was playing in an event, the numbers quoted here might change as the format of the competition was taken into consideration to produce a Playing handicap.
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