Golf handicap defined
An Australian Golf Handicap is a numerical figure, which is a reflection of an amateur golfer’s playing ability. Australian Golf Handicaps allow golfers of all physical golf abilities to be able to compete against one another and are calculated and allotted in accordance with the Australian Handicapping System as specified by Golf Australia. The maximum Australian Handicap permitted for men is 36 and for women is 45. Further information on Australian golf handicapping can found by downloading a free copy of the Australian Handicapping & Course Rating Systems from the Golf Australia website.
What is Golf Link?
GOLF Link is an initiative of Golf Australia (GA) to centralise and computerise the Australian Golf Handicapping System, the Australian Course Rating System and other golf administration tasks. The system calculates and maintains the handicaps of all affiliated golfers across Australia. GOLF Link allows a uniform and consistent method of handicapping and provides the golfer with an identification card that is recognised at all affiliated clubs across Australia.
An official golf handicap with RACV Golf Membership
RACV can organise an official Golf Link handicap on your behalf at no additional cost. To receive a Golf Link handicap, simply fill in a ‘golf handicap application form’ and send to RACV. A copy of the golf handicap application form can be found in your RACV Golf Membership welcome pack or alternatively download it here (Golf Handicap Application Form). Return the completed application form with three signed scorecards to:
RACV Golf Membership
Level 7, 485 Bourke St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000.
Your Golf Link card and Golf Link number will then be issued and posted to you within 14 days.
Transfer your current Golf Link number to RACV Golf Membership
To transfer your current Golf Link number to RACV Golf Membership Golf Link card please email your full name, Golf Link number and contact details to email@example.com. Alternatively your welcome to complete the transfer section of the handicap application form (Golf Handicap Application Form) An RACV Golf Membership representative will be in contact with you within two working days to confirm your Golf Link card transfer. A new Golf Link card will then be issued and posted to you within 14 days.
Australian Course rating (ACR)
There are two types of Australian Course Rating (ACR); an Australian Women‟s Course Rating (AWCR) which is the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for a player with an Australian Women‟s Handicap of zero, and an Australian Men‟s Course Rating (AMCR) which is the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for a player with an Australian Men‟s Handicap of zero.
How is an Australian golf handicap calculated?
After joining RACV Golf Membership, a player must submit scorecards to RACV from three rounds of golf accompanied by the golf handicap application form. Upon receipt of the cards, each card is analysed and adjusted (if necessary) so that the worst score for any given hole is not more than 3 over par (eg. triple bogey) for a male and 4 over par for a female. Thus if a male player returned a score of 8 or more on a par 4 hole, the score is adjusted to a 7. It should be noted that this adjustment is only made to a player’s initial three cards. After the adjustments have been made, the difference between the amended score and the ACR of each card is ascertained (note: Gross Score – ACR = Handicap Differential). Once three scores have been returned, the resultant three handicap differentials are compared, with the two worst handicap differentials being disregarded.
A player having submitted three scorecards would be allocated an Australian Handicap as follows:
|Round||Adjusted score||ACR or AWCR||Differentials (ie. Adjusted score minis the CCR)|
|Total||11 (best handicap differential)|
In the above example, the player’s initial Australian Handicap would be 11 * .93. Exact handicap = 10.2
Maintaining your golf handicap - club competition
Almost all Victorian golf clubs are on the national handicapping system, GOLF Link. The process starts when a golfer swipes their GOLF Link card (or enters their GOLF Link number on the keyboard) to enter a club competition. (Note: Some clubs without direct access to GOLF Link may simply request the GOLF Link number for processing later, this request may be on the competition entry sheet.) At the completion of the round the golfer submits the card to the club and the details are recorded and electronically sent to the National Handicapping System central database via the club's GOLF Link connection.
GOLF Link then calculates the ACR and updates the golfer’s handicaps. Handicap is adjusted immediately depending on the result.
RACV Golf Membership Golf Link replacement card request
Lost or stolen RACV Golf Membership Golf Link cards can replaced at a cost of $5.50 (which includes GST, postage and handling).
To order a replacement card, please email your request along with your full name, Golf Link number and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org. An RACV Golf Membership representative will be in contact with you within two working days to confirm your request and to process the replacement fee.
How can I check my Golf Link number?
To view your Golf Link number, simply log on to www.golflink.com.au. Enter your Golf Link number (as shown on your GOLF Link card) and your current handicap will be displayed. Alternatively, you can telephone Golf Link directly on 1300 650 750 and quote your Golf Link number to receive your number over the phone.
Further information on Australian golf handicapping can found by downloading a free copy of the Australian Handicapping & Course Rating Systems from the Golf Australia website.