BCLGA - Handicapping

Handicap Information

Dear Members,

The first port of call for all handicap queries should be directed to the individuals Club/Ladies Handicap Secretary. Each Handicap Secretary should have a copy of the latest CONGU Unified Handicapping System book, available online or from CONGU directly which should be referred to for queries. If a satisfactory answer cannot be found, please contact Marion Hitchcock, Berkshire Handicap Advisor (see contact details on this page). If you have access to the CDH you can also open an enquiry through that channel which will be directed back to the County Handicap Advisor. If the County Handicap Advisor needs further advice it will be taken to the Regional Handicap Advisor and ultimately England Golf.

The use of CDH numbers on entry forms for Open competitions should be encouraged. However, this can cause a problem when the organiser of the Open does not have access to the CDH. If any organisers would like these details please contact Marion Hitchcock.

Affiliated Clubs are required to carry out an Annual Review of the handicaps of all Members in compliance with the requirements of CONGU Clause 23. The Annual Review is an essential element in the CONGU handicap system, and for players within a club to be correctly handicapped the Club Handicap Committees will review all home players within a scheduled window of 1st October and 1st March. Reports are generated from Handicap Software to help with the reviews, by highlighting players who have played better and worse than their handicap suggests in the previous year. This is the time to increase their handicaps to something realistic. This is important because if they continue to return scores outside their buffer zones, then their scores will skew the CSS calculation.

Things to remember:

  • The perfect golfer will only play in his/her buffer zone 1/3rd of the time
  • Players who are incorrectly handicapped can have an effect on the CSS calculation and therefore the handicaps of all other players. (Cat 1-4)
  • You can go up as well as down at the Annual Review.
  • Handicap adjustments are a committee decision
  • The player has the right to appeal the decision of the club and this should be done in writing to the County Union/Association within 14 days of the player being informed of the decision.

The World Handicap System is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2020. It is designed to welcome more players, to make golf easier to understand and to give all golfers a handicap which is portable all around the globe. Visit England Golf website for the latest up to date information as the plans progress, as England Golf release documentation we will post this on the BCLGA website.

Happy Golfing in 2020!

Marion Hitchcock
Berkshire County Ladies Handicap Advisor

Further Information

County Handicap Advisor

To email the County Handicap Advisor, please click on the job title below.

Handicap Advisor
Marion Hitchcock

September 2019 - Preparing for World Handicapping System at Club Level
September 2019 - World Handicapping System Overview

October 2018 - Rules of Golf 2019 - Effects on CONGU Handicapping
July 2018 - World Handicap System FAQs
February 2018 - CONGU - Players Quick Guide to the Handicapping System
February 2018 - World Handicap System Announcement
February 2018 - Handicap Appeals Procedure
January 2018 - CONGU Changes 2018
January 2018 - CONGU Changes for 2018 - Questions and Answers
January 2018 - Why You Should Welcome 54 Handicappers to the Game