Golf Handicap

What is a golf handicap?


An Australian Golf handicap is a numerical figure that reflects an amateur golfer’s ability to play the game. A handicap indicates on average how many shots over par a player takes to complete an 18-hole course. For most golf courses par is set at 72 shots, but this can vary. The average number of shots over 72 that you shoot becomes your handicap. After a round, each player’s handicap is deducted from their actual score so that, in a competition, all players’ scores can be compared more equitably.

Golf Australia sets the maximum handicap at 36 for men and 45 for women.

For more information on how a golf handicap is calculated, follow this link to Golf Australia’s website.

How to get a handicap

RACV Golf Membership can organise an official Australian Golf handicap and Golf Link Number for you at no additional cost.

To receive an official handicap, simply complete the Golf Handicap Application Form, and send it along with three signed scorecards (or the equivalent of 54 holes) to the team at RACV Golf Membership.

Do this either by scanning or photographing the forms and scorecards and sending them to RACV Golf Membership at golf@racv.com.au OR you can mail your form and scorecards to:

RACV Golf Membership
Level 7, 485 Bourke Street
MELBOURNE VIC 3000

A copy of the Golf Handicap Application Form can be found here.

A new Golf Link Number will be sent to you via SMS once it has been processed and a Golf Link card will be issued and posted to you within 14 days.

Get your official handicap today, join RACV Golf Membership

Golf Link Transfer

If you already have a Golf Link Number and you want to transfer management to RACV Golf Membership, you can do so by doing the following:

  • Email your full name, old Golf Link Number and contact details to golf@racv.com.au
  • Call the Golf team on 03 9944 8791, quote your current RACV Golf Membership number, and your Golf Link Number can be transferred over the phone.
  • Complete the transfer section of the Golf Handicap Application Form and email or post it to us.

A new Golf Link Number will be sent to you via SMS once it has been processed and a Golf Link card will be issued and posted to you within 14 days.