Handicap Information

Rules of Handicapping

Player Reference Guide

The simple guide offers golfers in Great Britain and Ireland a high-level overview of the World Handicap System and the Rules of Handicapping. This guide has been carefully put together by the Council of National Golf Unions (“CONGU”)

In this guide you will find:

  • The purpose of Handicaps
  • How to get a Handicap
  • A breakdown of how your Handicap is calculated
  • Safeguarding and general rules

COVID-19 Handicap Information

Since the return of Golf on the 13th of May, we have all been busy scrambling information for our members and coming up with innovative ways to keep golf safe while allowing our Golfers to find ways to enjoy the game they love despite the new rules. This landing page has been created to keep everyone updated on Handicaps, how to get one during COVID-19, how to put your scores forward and more.

Some golfers will want to keep putting cards in for handicapping purposes but others may just want to play social golf at this time but with the arrival of the World Handicapping System later this year Congu have said that whether you have put a card in or not, your current handicap will stay live as we move into the WHS.

You will find further information relating to Congu and WHS. Please click on the links below to view.