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Confused about Rules of Golf and Universal Handicapping System?

Are you confused about Rules of Golf and the World Handicapping System? Then welcome to My Golf, where I hope we can, through regular posts and information pages, help to de-mystify some of the Rules of Golf and explain the World Handicapping System issues that you, and I may have come across during our rounds of golf, whether they were social or competition rounds.

Many websites deal directly with the Rules of Golf and, though very informative, can be a little heavy to understand. The accent on this website will be on basic everyday rules, Handicapping changes that were introduced in 2020 and Modernised R&A Rules of Golf introduced in January 2019.

The year ahead is exciting for golf, as the R&A and CONGU have introduced the World Handicap System.

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Using your experiences, questions and feedback, the website will become a personal site of information for you as a first port-of-call when you have a Rule of Golf query or perhaps questions about The World Handicap System  or running competitions.

As information filters through I will update the Blog with details of the Rules of Golf 2019, that came into effect on January 1st, 2023, and the World Handicap System, which was introduced in GB&I on 2nd November 2020.

Again, please do not hesitate to contact me about any queries you may have on these subjects or sign up to my Newsletter to keep automatically up to date with Rules and Handicap Developments.

I hope you enjoy your visit to MY GOLF.


The New Rules of Golf came into effect on 1st January 2019 and the World Handicap System in 1st January 2020, slowly being phased in by countries as their playing seasons dictated.

The World Handicap System (WHS) came into effect in GB&I on Monday 2nd November 2020.

There have now been updates to the Rules of Golf for 2023, which you will be kept in touch with on this website.

This website will be geared to bringing you information and comment on these golfing issues, together with help in interpreting them in various circumstances and suggestions on how they could be integrated into your Golf Club.

I am Tony Ireland and live in Somerset. I took up golf ‘seriously’ just over twenty years ago and remain a very enthusiastic, mid-handicap player.

Taking to Golf late in life I realised that I would never be an elite, low-handicap golfer and developed an interest in the Rules of Golf.

Gaining a distinction in the R&A Rules Level 2 examination, I became a Somerset County Referee and later an England Golf Referee and it is during my time as a referee and Competition Administrator and playing my own games of golf that I saw how players struggled with the rules of golf and playing situations that they found themselves in.

Things have not been made any easier by more golfers following international golf on TV, where USGA and European rules may vary slightly nor by older and more experienced golfers, respected by newer players and assumed to be more knowledgeable over the Rules of Golf, offering advice but unfortunately not having kept up to date with Rule changes.

As well as bringing you information on the Rules of Golf and Handicapping this Blog, for every Club golfer, will try to shed some light on the Rules of Golf and Handicapping issues that you could meet every time you play a round of golf, whether it is a social or competitive game. Examples and scenarios will be taken from everyday Golf Club Golf rounds rather than ones from professional tournaments.
It is hoped that the site will develop through the questions, comments and feedback that you supply.

With the R&A modernisation of the Rules of Golf planned for January 2019 and more immediately CONGU Handicap changes earmarked for January 2018 emphasis will be placed on these issues and some advice and ideas will be offered as to how your Club could introduce and manage the changes.


You can contact me at tony@my-golf.uk


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