Terms & Conditions

Terms and condition of accessing a handicap through The SGA Golf Club

Official golf handicaps through Bushranger Golf (BRG), which is owned by Social Golf Australia (SGA), were originally offered in 2007 through the Golf Access Australia (GAA) programme which was a joint initiative of Golf Australia, its Member States and the Australian Sports Commission to increase participation in golf and provide a pathway to golf club membership throughout Australia.

In order to become an accredited Social Club and participate in the program, BRG agreed to adhere to the Accreditation Conditions in order to maintain the integrity of GAA and the game of golf. In 2012 the handicapping landscape changed with the rollback of the GAA program and, at the suggestion of Golf Australia, BRG shifted affiliation to Golf Victoria via the Victorian Golf League (VGL). As a bona fide VGL member club, some of the conditions of the GAA program no longer apply.

In late 2014, SGA founded The SGA Golf Club to be a national handicap provider under the SGA brand. BRG and SGA are both national providers offering official golf handicaps and GOLF Link numbers to golfers in every State and Territory of Australia. To access an official golf handicap through The SGA Golf Club, individual members must agree to abide by the following:

  1. Members agree to receive Golf Australia and GOLF Link marketing and promotional material.
  2. Members authorise Social Golf Australia to disclose membership details to Golf Australia in accordance with the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 (C/w).
  3. Handicaps through The SGA Golf Club are for one year from when SGA registers the member on the GOLF Link system.
  4. To activate the initial handicap, members need to submit to the SGA handicapper three recent score cards (no more than 12 months old) signed by an approved playing partner (a golfer affiliated with Australian golf) to attest the scores are true and the round was played in accordance with the rules of golf. The card needs to show the scores and par for each hole, the signature and the scratch rating and/or the DSR. An approved playing partner includes members of Golf Australia affiliated clubs. Cards are valid as long as all the necessary details on the card are clearly legible. These can be:
    • faxed to SGA
    • posted as originals or photocopies
    • photographed or scanned and emailed to SGA
  5. Social Golf Australia must not display any official Australian handicaps on a website.
  6. Members accept that some private clubs restrict entry in their club competitions.
  7. The Club will upload to Golf Link any non-home club members with Golf Australia handicaps with their Home Club Golf Link number.
  8. The handicap will not be issued until full payment is received.
  9. The SGA Golf Club agrees to promote and uphold the Rules of Golf.
  10. Handicap Members with SGA agree to promote, uphold and play by the Rules of Golf.
  11. The Club and its members must observe the requirements of Golf Australia in relation to the use and protection of all names, trademarks and other intellectual property of Golf Australia and Golf Link.
  12. Member payments are to be made to ‘Social Golf Australia’.
  13. All payment amounts include GST.
  14. Social Golf Australia must pay per member affiliation fees.
  15. The total member payment for a handicap for 12 months is $95 for adults and $65 for juniors (under 18).
  16. To qualify for an official handicap through The SGA Golf Club, individuals must be a member of the club and SGA retains the sole discretion for membership of the club.
  17. The conferral or withdrawal of membership with Social Golf Australia remains at the sole discretion of SGA.
  18. The Club:

a. Must at all times comply with the directions of Golf Australia.
b. Acknowledges that at any time Golf Australia may cancel, vary, amend or redevelop the handicapping system or Golf Link in any way.
c. Must follow the guidelines for the use of Golf Link as supplied and altered from time to time.
d. Acknowledges that Golf Australia may at any time rescind or vary any rights.