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Top Frequently Asked Questions

Once I have a handicap, can I add Social Scores to my playing history?


Yes, these are called Conforming Social Scores (CSS). You can use as many CSS as you like to affect your handicap as long as the following requirements are met.

  • The player must email  prior to the round taking place informing that the player is using the round for their handicap.
  • The score format must be singles Stableford.
  • If the round is not entered after choosing to do so a score of 10 Stableford points will be entered
  • The card must have the Name of the club, Course Rating, Slope Rating, Tees played from and the Tee off Time. It must be signed by a player with a Golf Link number and the number written on the card.

CSS can be submitted by emailing the scorecard to, or through The Golfer App

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.

Golf Australia maintains a Player’s Personal Liability Insurance Policy for all members of affiliated golf clubs.

Broadly this policy covers the legal liability of your members to pay compensation for personal injury or property damage which occurs while playing or practising golf or attending a golf event or venue as a player, guest or spectator.

You can view more information in this link

Can I get my new GOLFLink 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 GOLFLink. Some people want their GOLFLink number before they have submitted cards – in these cases the handicap will come up as ‘Unallocated’ on GOLFLink 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 GOLFLink number straight away.

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.

For information on Course ratings, Slope ratings and Handicaps please see

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

Australia has adopted the World Handicapping System.   For more information please see

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.

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


Your official Golf Australia handicap is valid for 12 months from the date of activation, with the option to renew annually.


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 GolfLink Number
·    The name of the course
·    The tees you played from
·    The Scratch Rating or DSR

If I have held a handicap at another club, will I keep the same GOLF Link number at The Golfer Social Club?


No. GOLFLink numbers are specific to each club.

The first five digits are the club ID number and the second five digits are the member number at that club.

When you join The Golfer Social Golf Club we will send you a new GOLFLink number but you will retain all your previous playing history on GOLFLink.

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.

You may also seek to play in Open Tournaments and other Open events