This announcement was made back in April 2017 but passed me by.
Posted on behalf of Phil
“An extensive review of the existing six handicap systems, as administered by 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 United States Golf Association (USGA), has been undertaken.
This new World Handicap System (WHS) will incorporate some of the best principles and characteristics of each and will be based on a Course Rating System that is already in use almost everywhere around the world (the current USGA Course Rating System). The new World Handicap System (WHS) would result in the unification of all of the main handicap systems in use today.
The new World Handicap System (WHS) will include some fixed elements designed to be universally implemented, but individual national golf associations will have some choice as to how other elements are applied so that the WHS is compatible with the way golf is played in that particular country.
The new WHS will strive for simplicity, while ensuring playing abilities and handicaps are measured the same way around the world. It is anticipated that the new WHS will be introduced on 1st January 2020.”
Best article I found was on the England Golf website.
For more info click this link to R&A news post (opens in new tab)