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

** UPDATE - Guidance on submitting qualifying scores whilst the COVID-19 restrictions are in place can be found by scrolling down to the News items (updated 5 & 11 May 2020) ***

Updates and advice on the latest changes to the system can be found here, including advice on the 2019 Rules of Golf changes.

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.

Guidance on Qualifying Scores During the Covid-19 Restrictions

CONGU Decision 23/3/2020 (Updated 05/05/2020, further update 11/05/2020)

** When golf returns you must follow the guidance set out by your National Union as well as this guidance for Qualifying scores. **

Following on from The R&A’s guidance on the Rules of Golf issued on Friday 20 March (https://www.


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.