The purpose of handicapping is to enable golfers of differing abilities, men and ladies alike, to compete on a fair and equitable basis, giving the sport of golf a unique position in the world of sport. Scottish Golf is the guardian of handicapping in Scotland, part of the Council of National Golfing Unions (CONGU) Unified Handicapping System (UHS).
A CONGU (The Council of National Golf Unions) handicap may only be given to someone who is a member of a club that is affiliated to Scottish Golf.
A Handicap is designed to reflect a player’s potential ability meaning every golfer can play on a fair and equal basis.
Once WHS is introduced on November 2nd 2020, handicapping will change. To find out more, visit our WHS page.
To obtain a handicap players must submit sufficient cards to provide scores for 54 holes of golf, which must be 9 hole or 18 hole scores. Once you have submitted these scores your Handicap Committee will allot you a handicap.
Once you have been given a handicap, you will then be eligible to compete in qualifying competitions that will be used to adjust your handicap accordingly.
A qualifying competition is any stroke play/stableford or bogey/par competition played over a measured course enabling a competition standard scratch score to be calculated (CSS).
The Rules of Amateur Status ensure that the lines between the amateur and professional game are defined.
These rules cover issues such as prizes, expenses, giving instruction and sponsorship.
Read more here.
Amateur status and reinstatement from the professional game: