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World Handicap System


New system set to debut on January 1, 2020

The Alabama Golf Association is excited to introduce the World Handicap System to our member clubs and golfers.

In advance of the 2020 release of the WHS, the AGA staff will be travelling the state educating Golf staff members, Handicap Chairs, and all interested parties wanting to learn about the WHS. Online training resources will be available as well for those unable to attend an in-person seminar.

To help educate our membership, we strongly encourage you to utilize the resources that we have gathered for you below. You may want to link your website to this page and we highly recommend printing out the WHS infographic posters and displaying them around your club. Please continue to check back often as we will continue to update this page as more information becomes available. 

World Handicap System Launch Schedule
  • December 15 - Last revision under the USGA Handicap System
  • December 31 - Last day to post a score until January 6
  • January 1 thru January 5 - Conversion period where all GHIN handicap products will be unavailable (score posting kiosk, mobile app, Members hold scorecards to be posted once transition is completed.
  • January 6 - Launch of World Handicap System. New GHIN products activated. Score posting begins under the WHS Rules of Handicapping
Alabama Golf Association WHS Seminar Schedule
  • Tuesday, December 10 - Heron Lakes Country Club, Mobile (5:30pm-7:30pm)
  • Wednesday, December 11 - Hoover Country Club, Hoover (8:00am-11:00am)
  • Tuesday, December 17 - Huntsville Country Club, Huntsville (1:00pm-4:00pm)
  • Register Online
WHS Resources for Golfers WHS Resources for Club Administrators *Note: USGA Tournament Management will still be operational during the WHS transition period. However, access to update Handicap Indexes will not be available during the transition.

Online Training Webinars Conducted by USGA for Club Administrators (Must register with USGA using links below or click session link to view presentation in PDF)
Session Description
Admin Portal

Review golfer administration tasks including score posting and Handicap Index management.
Webinars: Nov. 25, Dec. 3, 5, 9, 11, 16, 18
Kiosk Setup & Overview

Learn how to setup a Club Kiosk and see a demonstration of the Kiosk features and functionality.
Webinars: Dec. 4, 10, 12, 16, 19
Launch Prep
Preparing your club and golfers for utilizing the new GHIN Product Suite.
Webinars: Nov. 26, Dec. 2, 6
Template Reports
Review of the available reports for  club admins.
Webinars: Dec. 17, 19