New world handicap system
The World Handicap System will take full effect in Australia on January 30th 2020. Golf Australia’s national computerised handicapping service (GolfLink) will be taken offline from Monday 27th to Thursday 30th January 2020. During this time, GA handicaps will be recalculated using all of the new WHS regulations.
Australia already operates under most of the WHS regulations, however there will be some changes:
Bonus reduction for exceptional net score
GolfLink will apply an automated extra reduction to a player’s GA handicap for any net score that is at least 7 strokes better than it.
In addition to the existing hard cap of 5 strokes, a soft cap is being introduced. The soft cap will take effect once a player’s GA handicap increases to 3 strokes above its best point for the previous 12 months. Once in the soft cap zone, a player’s GA handicap will only be allowed to increase by 50% of the calculated amount.
Adjustment made to daily handicap if scratch rating is different to par
This will make 36 Stableford points (or net par) the universal measure of a golfer playing to their handicap. As a result, it will become simple to conduct mixed-gender or multi-tee competitions.
For more information see: https://www.golf.org.au/newsandcommunication