The CONGU System

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.

You can find the Manual (*Last Update - 19th December 2019*), how to obtain a handicap and guides for the player and the Secretary.

Updates and Advice

Updates and advice on the latest changes to the system can be found here. This includes advice on the 2019 Rules of Golf changes and individual advice on specific areas - Max Score competitions, Alternative to Stroke and Distance Local Rule.

Useful Information

An addition to the FAQs to provide more in-depth information on subjects that have raised the most questions, including Mixed Tee Golfing, Advice on the Continuous Handicap Review and and advice on the recording of No Returns (NEW).

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.

World Handicap System

CONGU are delighted to announce that the Agreement for the new World Handicap System (WHS) which will come into operation on 1 November 2020 was approved by the Board with the support of all the Home Unions: England Golf, Golfing Union of Ireland, Irish Ladies Golf Union, Scottish Golf and Wales Golf.  The agreement was formally signed on Monday 16th September by Chairman Ann Brown.


2019 Rules Changes – CONGU Advice

With the introduction of the new Rules of Golf for 2019, a new format for play has been introduced - the Maximum Score format.  In addition, the potential for the introduction of a Local Rule to allow the Alternative to Stroke and Distance has been provided.