New CONGU Category 5 And 6 Handicaps Come Into Effect

Men and women can now have a competition handicap of up to 54

CONGU Category 5 And 6 Handicaps

From the start of this January, both men and women can have a competition handicap of up to 54

New CONGU Category 5 And 6 Handicaps Come Into Effect

New changes to the CONGU handicap system have come into effect from 1st Jan and the headline news is that new category 5 for men and category 6 handicaps for both men and women are in play.

That means men and women can play off a handicap of up to 54, with the buffer zone and downward adjustment being 6 and 0.6.

Previously men could have a competition handicap of up to 28, and women could have one of up to 36.

This is because 'Club and Disability Handicaps' have been retired.

The club handicap previously allowed men who didn't have the ability to play off 28, and women who didn't have the ability to play off 36, could have a higher handicap, but wouldn't be able to play off it in competitions.

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Other changes that have come into effect are:

Supplementary scores have been relaxed, meaning those above Category 1 can submit an unlimited number per year. The rule for one per week has also been scrapped.

That still means that category 1 players, with a handicap of 5.4 or lower, can only return supplementary cards between 1st September and 31st December if they haven't met the required amount of qualifying rounds.

Mixed tee competitions will now have a single CSS. This means that all scores from a mixed tee competition will be entered into one competition, to gain the overall CSS, and then the scores will be separated into the different competitions.

9-hole medal and 9-hole open competitions have also been introduced, and then for the handicap purposes scores will be converted to stableford and will appear as stableford on the golfer's handicap record.

Another interesting addition is in regards to the annual review. The adherence to Appendix M (which is in regards of the annual review and general play reviews) is now mandatory for all members.

Visit the CONGU website (opens in new tab) for full details on the new changes for 2018.

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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x