World Handicap System/Launch 2020 - MASSGOLF

whs Club Authorization program

As part of the rollout of the World Handicap System (WHS) all Mass Golf Member Clubs are required to complete the WHS Club Authorization Program by June 30, 2020. At least one staff member or official from each club or facility will need to attend a seminar and or view a series of 4 online training videos. Following the education, a passing score on an exam will also be required to complete the WHS Authorization Program.

Looking to complete the USGA World Handicap System Online Training Seminar? Click the video below to begin.


whs Rules of handicapping

Effective January 2020


The handicapping authorities include: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA. They represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.

The World Handicap System has been a multi-year collaboration between The USGA and The R&A, as well as national and regional golf associations around the world to introduce one set of Rules of Handicapping, aimed to support modernizing, growing and improving accessibility of the sport.

For more information about the World Handicapping System, visit

If you would like to receive graphics and logos pertaining to the World Handicapping System for use in your member communications please email


The USGA GHIN team will conduct launch preparation and training webinars on the Admin Portal, Reporting and Golfer Products (mobile app, kiosk and This will be an opportunity for club administrators to become familiar with the products ahead of launch and ask any questions.

As you may know, par is now an integral component of the new Course Handicap calculation. Also, Stroke Index Allocation (formally known as Handicap Stroke Allocation) is an important part of determining “maximum hole score” (net double bogey) and “score for holes not played” (net par). We have been working to ensure this data is accurately entered for our Member Clubs. Feel free to review and verify this information is correct for all of your tee sets (via the GHIN mobile app, or your scoring kiosk) and please let us now if any corrections need to be made by contacting Keith Gagnon at

*Important Note* Going forward, please also notify Keith Gagnon of any changes your facility intends to make to Stroke Index Allocations so that we can update the GHIN system accordingly.


Sign Up For Club Trainings:



Admin Portal

Review golfer administration tasks, including score posting and Handicap Index management.

Golfer Products

An overview and demonstration of the features and functionality available in the new GHIN Golfer Products.

Template Reports

An overview and walk-through of the reports and functionality available for Club Admin.

Recorded Club Trainings:

Helpful Step-By-Step Sheets:

Add Golfer

Club – Golfer Roster

Club – Manage Users

Club – Primary Account Management

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