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Top Frequently Asked Questions

Who can sign scorecards used for initial handicap calculation?


The signatures on the cards attest that the score is true and correct and that the round was played to the rules of golf.

Cards need to be signed by someone involved in Australian golf so a club pro, a club member, a golfer with an official Australian handicap.

When I submit scorecards for initial handicap calculation, what details need to be on the cards?


·    Your name & signature
·    The score for each hole
·    The date of the game
·    The marker's signature
·    The marker’s Golf Link Number
·    The name of the course
·    The tees you played from
·    The Scratch Rating or DSR

How are Australian Golf Handicaps calculated?


Handicaps are calculated in accordance with the Australian Handicapping & Course Rating Systems based on scores of each golfer provided for initial handicap calculation and then scores in competition play thereafter. You can read more on the Golf Australia website about how Australian Handicaps are calculated. In simple terms, official GA Handicaps are calculated as follows:

  •   Take the best 8 differentials from the most recent 20 scores
  •   Divide that number by 8
  •   Multiply that number by 0.93

·   If a golfer has less than 20 scores, the number of scores used is less

What is the GA Handicap and what is the Daily Handicap?


A GA Handicap is the Golf Australia Handicap that is assigned to a golfer. This handicap is then referenced against The Slope Rating of a set of tees on a golf course to calculate the Daily Handicap that a golfer plays from in a competition.

Will I be able to play in competitions at golf clubs around Australia?


Each golf club has nominated competition days and you may be welcome to enter as a guest depending on the club's policy on accepting guests into their competitions. You will need to ask the golf club if their competition days are open to guests generally and to Golfer Social Club Members specifically.

Can I get my new GOLF Link number before I have submitted my scorecards?


There are three steps required for a first-time handicap to be activated - application, payment & 54 holes of scorecards.

Our standard process is to wait until all three steps are completed before activating the golfer’s entity on GOLF Link. Some people want their GOLF Link number before they have submitted cards – in these cases the handicap will come up as ‘Unallocated’ on GOLF Link until 54 holes of scores are entered on the golfer’s playing history.

If you want your GOLF Link number before you have submitted your scorecards, just let us know and we can activate your GOLF Link number straight away.

How long does it take to activate a handicap with The Golfer Social Club?


We will email applicants their new GA Handicap and GOLF Link number within 72 hours in most cases

Does my handicap include insurance?


Yes. As a member of The Golfer Social Club you have your own golf-specific personal insurance program (PIP) which includes public liability cover.

This typically means if a member hits a golf ball and injures someone else or something they are covered. It does not cover if they fall and injure themselves.

You can view more information in this link

How long does a handicap through The Golfer Social Club last for?


12 months from the date of activation with the option to renew annually.

I have more questions about my event. Who do I contact?