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 - 7th March 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.

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.


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.