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Rules of Handicapping

Tap for information on the World Handicap System . . .

The main features of the World Handicap System are described below: 

1. Course Rating & Slope Rating

Course Rating represents the score that a scratch golfer (0 handicap) is expected to achieve on the course.

Slope Rating is the relative difficulty of a course for a bogey golfer (20 - 24 handicap) compared to a scratch golfer, as described on the Course Rating & Slope Rating page.  

2. Acceptable Scores

Individual Competition rounds and General Play Scores, if pre-registered, count for handicap purposes, as described on the Acceptable Scores page

 3. Handicap Index

A measure of a player's demonstrated ability on a golf course of standard playing difficulty, as described on the Handicap Index page.

4. Course Handicap and Playing Handicap

Course Handicap is the number of handicap strokes a player receives on a specific course and set of tees before Handicap Allowances.

Playing Handicap is the Course Handicap adjusted for any Handicap Allowances. It is the actual number of strokes the player gives or receives for the round being played.

See the Course Handicap & Playing Handicap page.  

5. Transition Handicaps

To move from CONGU to WHS handicaps, all players' Handicap Records were reprocessed using the WHS principles, as described on the Transition Handicaps Page.  

6. Definitions

The WHS introduced a number of new terms as described on the Definitions Page.  

7. Know The Score

Know the Score is an educational campaign by England Golf as described on the Know the Score Page.

Frequently Asked Questions

General questions      Handicap Index       Competitions and General Play

Further Information

Rules of Handicapping (Members Presentation video)

Rules of Handicapping (R&A website)

WHS (England Golf website) 

HowDidiDo explanatory videos

. . . and the following are available on the CONGU website:

  • Rules of Handicapping: Player Reference Guide
  • Rules of Handicapping: Manual (for handicap committees)
  • Advice on the Rules of Handicapping (for handicap committees)
  • Mixed Tee Handicap Calculator (Excel download)