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  WGA's Handicap System  

What’s the purpose?

WGA Laos uses the USGA Handicap System. The purpose of the USGA Handicap System is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis. The system provides a fair Course Handicap for each player, regardless of ability. A “Course Handicap” is the number of handicap strokes a player receives from a particular set of tees at the course being played to adjust the player’s scoring ability to the level of scratch or zero-handicap golf.


A Handicap Index compares a player’s scoring ability to the scoring ability of a scratch golfer on a course of standard difficulty. A player posts scores along with the appropriate Course Rating, Slope Rating, and date of each score to make up the scoring record. A Handicap Index is computed from no more than 20 scores plus any Eligible Tournament Scores. It reflects a player’s potential because it is based upon the best Handicap Differential(s) posted for a given number of rounds, ideally the best 10 of the last 20 rounds.  


Obtaining a Handicap Index

In order to obtain a Handicap Index, a player must register through the WGA website and post adjusted gross scores through the WGA mobile app or the WGA website. After at least five scores have been posted, the player will be able to receive a Handicap Index.


USGA Handicap Formula

A Handicap Differential is computed from four elements: adjusted gross score, Course Rating, Slope Rating, and 133 (the Slope Rating of a course of standard difficulty). To determine the Handicap Differential, subtract the Course Rating from the adjusted gross score; multiply the difference by 133, and divide the resulting number by the Slope Rating. Round the final number to the nearest tenth.


Handicap Differential = (Adjusted Gross Score - Course Rating) x 113 / Slope Rating


Use the table below to determine the number of Handicap Differential(s) to use:

What is the cost of obtaining a Handicap Index?

The cost for golfers over the age of 18 is charged a fee of 250,000 LAK per year.

The cost for junior golfers age 18 or under is charged a fee of 80,000 LAK per year.


What happens after you register?

Within 24 hours the player will receive an email from BlueGolf regarding their new account information. The player will then have two options; login through wgalaos.org on the Handicap tab, or download the World Golf Asia app from the app store (ios) or the Google play store (Android) and log in through there. From either the app or the web console, players will be able to post their scores, view their handicap index, see others' handicap index via the search bar, as well as upcoming tournaments.

For instructions on how to post scores, please visit the FAQ page.

NOTE: The player will not receive an email from BlueGolf if there is no payment made. 

The player will also receive a membership card like the sample below. 

Renewal Process

Once the renewal date is near, players will receive an email from BlueGolf regarding their membership expiry date. Players will then have to make a payment to WGA through BCEL Transfer to renew their membership. Additional registration won't be necessary for this renewal process. 


Click below to register now.