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Changes to CONGU Unified Handicapping System

January 1, 2016

The Council of National Golf Unions Limited (CONGU) have announced that the Unified Handicapping System has been rivised. Changes will take effect on 1st January 2016, with an implementation date for clubs of 1st March 2016.


Amoung the most siginificant changes in the 2016 edition of the manual affecting competition play is the following:


Four Ball Better Ball Handicap Allowance: In stroke play each partner will recieve 90% of their full handicap, and in match play the back marker now concedes strokes to the other 3 players based on 90% of the difference between the full handicaps rather than 75% (3/4) as at present. 


The Comps Committee at HLPGC have decided that for Winter League competitions including Seniors Winter KO's we will continue with the 3/4 handicap rule until the implementation date above. We feel that as we are already half way through the Winter League it makes sense to keep the handicaps as 3/4.


We will however introduce the 90% handicap into other 4 ball betterball competitions before 1st March so please make sure you check the competition sheet of the day for the correct handicap %.


Full details of the changes can be found on:



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