The ultimate game of skins for club golfers

Rules and format


Handiskins will maintain the highest levels of integrity by strict adherence to the rules of golf. These rules are set in place to ensure fairness of play for all golfers and to ensure the Handiskins experience is enjoyed by all.

Handiskins Event Policies

Handiskins in conjunction with participating golf clubs will determine all rules and will administer them in accordance with the R & A Rules of Golf. All participants of Handiskins by entering the event agree to abide by the rules set out for this event. All rules are as posted on the official Handiskins website and may be updated from time to time.


  1. Only financial members of the participating club can enter. Handiskins is open to all financial members – male and female.
  2. Each entrant must have a current, verifiable and official Golf Handicap in the country their club is located.
  3. Their official handicap, on the day of each qualifying round and on the day of the final will apply. In the final, handicaps will be revised as explained in Conditions of Play.
  4. Each entrant must complete the Handiskins registration form prior to commencing their first qualifying round. 

Handiskins Rules of Play

The Handiskins Rules are the property of Handiskins and they must not be used without our consent. If you are interested in using the Rules please visit our Register Your Clubs Interest page.


Qualifying Rounds

  1. There are five qualifying rounds.
  2. All players must compete in a minimum of three out of five qualifying rounds to be eligible to compete in the final.  
  3. Qualifying rounds will be played as normal club stableford competitions.
  4. The best three (3) out of five (5) rounds aggregated will determine the four (4) qualifiers for the final. Therefore it may not be necessary to play in all five (5) rounds to qualify.
  5. Ladies will play the qualifying rounds off the ladies tees.
  6. In the event of a tie for 4th position the highest individual score of each tied player’s three (3) best rounds will fill 4th spot. If still deadlocked the next highest round will determine the 4th finalist.

      Example:  Player "A" has rounds of 36, 37, 42, 32, 36 therefore best 3 = 115pts 
        Player "B" has rounds of 31, 36, 36, 43 therefore best 3 = 115pts. Player "B" qualifies 4th finalist with the highest individual score of 43 points.

    If the tie is still deadlocked the standard count back rule is applied to the highest scored round until an outright finalist is decided.

  7. In the event of one or more qualifiers not being able to play in the final the next best score will take their place.

The Final

  1. The final will be played over 18 holes using the match play index. Should a lady be in the final she will play off the ladies tees to the ladies par, off the universal match play index.
  2. The lowest handicap will play off scratch and each other finalist will play from a reduced handicap. 


    Example -

    Player "A" handicap 5 goes to scratch

    Player "B" handicap 12 goes to 7

    Player "C" handicap 19 goes to 14

    Player "D" handicap 23 goes to 18

  3. Each hole will be played on the basis of "2 square all square" with the prize value of any hole not won outright jackpotting to the next hole.
  4. The two nearest to the pin hole prizes will not be won unless one of the finalists is on the putting surface (the green) from their tee shot. In the event of more than one finalist being on the green it is the finalist that is closest to the pin that wins the prize.
  5. In the event that the final hole is not won or that a nearest to the pin has not been won (example- there are prize vouchers not won at the conclusion of play) then such prize vouchers will be split between the four finalists.
  6. Each participating club must supply a Marshall and an official scorer to accompany the finalists during play in the final. Any ruling will be in line with the rules of Golf and the Marshall’s decision will be final.

Note: In the event that bad weather causes the cancellation of any qualifying round or the final the Golf Club has the right to reschedule that qualifying round or the final. 

Note: Please refer to the Club Packages page for details about prizes.

Handiskins National Championship

The 4 finalists from each club hosting a Handiskins competition for their members from 1st January to the 31st December will receive an invitation to play in the Handiskins National Championship for the following 2 years. The Handiskins National Championship will consist of the programme detailed on the Handiskins National Championship page.