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Handicapping and Competitions

Handicapping Support for Clubs

This section of the website provides support and resources to clubs administrators, committee members and other volunteers, with specific support for handicapping convenors.

Handicapping Convenor Seminars 2017: Get ready for the 2017 competition season and sign up to one of Scottish Golf’s regional handicapping seminars! Whether you are new to the role of Handicapping Convenor or simply keen for a refresher, our regional workshops will provide an overview of the handicapping system, focus on changes that were introduced in 2016 and give you the opportunity to ask our industry experts any burning questions you may have. Find a workshop near you and book online:

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Guidance for Individual Golfers

If you are a golfer looking for guidance on the handicapping system, the Players section of our website provides information on an introduction to handicapping, player responsibilities, FAQs, the standard scratch score, buffer zone and other FAQs.

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“Handicapping is at the heart of amateur golf”

Handicapping is an integral part of amateur golf, creating a level playing field that allows golfers of differing abilities to compete and have an equitable chance of winning in both stroke play and match play formats of the game.

It is recognised that handicapping, due to the nature of the game of golf and it’s varying playing conditions, is not an exact science. However, a high degree of uniformity can still be achieved if all parties honour their obligations by observing the spirit and intent of the CONGU Unified Handicapping System. By achieving uniformity we can protect one of the unique benefits of handicap golf – giving all participants an equitable chance of success.

Scottish Golf is the governing body for handicapping in Scotland, with responsibility for monitoring and maintaining the application of the CONGU Unified Handicapping System (UHS) within all affiliated golf clubs in Scotland.

We support affiliated golf clubs in all aspects of handicapping, competitions, course rating and the Central Database of Handicaps. Support is provided through the provision of website resources, seminars and via the telephone.

Please direct all enquiries to the relevant email addresses:

Handicapping & Competition Enquiries –

Central Database of Handicaps Enquiries –

Course Rating Enquiries –

Membership Card Enquiries –

For telephone enquiries, please call Scottish Golf 01334 466 477.

Allocating a Handicap – Remember the Playing History!

Assigning handicaps to new members is one of the most important functions of a handicap committee. Below is a quick-fire guide to assist you in your role:

  • Any new player has to complete 54-holes in any combination of 9- or 18-holes
  • Following the inputting of the score details from these cards, the computer program calculates a handicap.
  • This should be regarded as a recommendation only should be reviewed along with other factors such as:
    • Previous playing history, Time of year, prevailing weather conditions, and the most recent past handicap held before a handicap is allotted.
  • New players should be reviewed regularly to check that they have been given the right handicap.
  • If the new member is joining from another club and has a CONGU handicap and CDH number, that CDH ID number and handicap comes with them
  • A player may not be allotted a category 1 handicap without the authority of your area authority or national union. The relevant body will give you the code you need for your handicap software.

In summary, please take the time to consider the full picture when allocating a handicap, using the figure generated by the handicapping software as a recommended starting point and use the additional information available to validate your decision.

For further guidance on handicapping matters please email: