Handicapping Basics

A CONGU ® Handicap is recognised by all Golfing Unions, Associations and Clubs throughout the world as indicative of the standard of play of the player.

*** NEW - Advice to Committees on the impact of the 2019 Rules of Golf changes (Click on the Handicaps button below) ***

CONGU Manual

Here you can gain access to the current 2016-2019 CONGU manual along with two short guides. Throughout the website, you'll find references to specific clauses in this manual.

Updated to include Rules of Golf 2019 Changes. (Latest Update - 1st December 2018)

Short Guides

Here you can find short guides to assist in the understanding of the CONGU UHS

A new document highlighting the 2019 changes to the Manual is available.

Welcome to CONGU

A golf handicap allows players of all levels of golfing ability to compete against each other on a fair and equal basis. Thus a handicap system is effectively essential to the popularity and prosperity of the game of Amateur Golf. The System developed and refined by The Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU®) provides a player with a golf handicap that reflects their playing ability relative to that of all other players handicapped by the CONGU® Handicapping System.

Advice to Committees on the impact of the 2019 Rules of Golf Changes

With the implementation of the 2019 Rules of Golf changes on 1st January 2019, there are a number of areas of impact on the CONGU Handicapping System.  A document providing advice for Committees is available from the Home Page of the CONGU website.


CONGU Changes 2018

Changes to the CONGU UHS System have recently been announced. In view of the proposed introduction of the World Handicap System (WHS) these changes have been kept to a minimum and take into account some of the options likely to be adopted in the WHS, principal of which is to encourage players to submit more scores to their handicap record.