All club members can be proud that Australia is leading the world with the introduction of this unique system. At the 1999 National Sports Awards, Golf Link received the coveted Information Technology Award ahead of strong competition from the AFL web site and the Australian Yachting Federation membership scheme. Interest in the Golf Link system has been expressed by several other golfing nations.
The system links 400,000 Australian golf club members instantly. You can turn up at any golf club, verify your handicap and/or membership of another club, play your round and have your handicap updated automatically.
What is GOLF Link?
Golf Link is the only system that will see every golf club member's handicap stored and calculated nationally. Access to the system is gained via the internet using the golfer's personal Golf Link number.
Developed by Golf Australia (GA) in conjunction with Golf Link Partners Australia, Golf Link is a technological breakthrough that centralises handicaps on a national basis, with easy online access to its clubs and members.
A uniform method of golfer identification;
verification of each visitor's membership and handicap
automatic return of each visitors score to their home club; and
consistent application of GA handicapping rules
The GOLF Link cycle
Member enters their Golf Link number before play and receives an updated handicap.
Member plays golf
Member submits score card and club enters score, Golf Link then updates handicap.
Every affiliated club member will receive a Golf Link card. By entering their Golf Link number on a computer, golfers can instantly:
verify and update their membership details:
confirm their handicap
Like players, golf courses and their ratings vary. One of the key benefits of Golf Link is that it eliminates inconsistent interpretations of handicap regulations, providing Australian golf with a uniformly applied handicapping system for the first time.
About your GOLF Link number
Every Golf Link number follows a pattern where each numeral corresponds to standardised information. If your ten digit number were 3579246817, it would be dissected as follows:
3 - State
57 - Area/Region
92 - The golf club at which you are a member
46817 - Your unique personal number at your club
When you phone 1300 650 750 with a question or wish to access your handicap, you should quote your Golf Link number.
What about Confidentiality of my details?
In accordance with GA's confidentiality agreement held with each golf club, golfer's personal details are protected at all times unless permission is given to Golf Link by the individual themselves.
How do I Apply?
Please click here for more information.
Who is GOLF Link Partners and what is the structure of the relationship with Golf Australia?
Golf Australia and Golf Link Partners P/L have entered into an agreement in which Golf Link Partners is licensed to roll out and manage the Australian handicapping system (note: Golf Link Partners P/L is a privately held business with no Golf Australia shareholding). Within this license agreement, Golf Link Partners receive $2.75 inc. GST per handicapped member per year. For this yearly fee each member receives a nationally managed handicap recognised at over 1200 clubs, a membership card and a website to track and check their history.
Golf Link was put into place because its online efficiencies save the industry millions of dollars per year, helping to keep club membership costs down: clubs do not need a handicapper, clubs do not need to mail out and administer away cards and members, handicap boards are a thing of the past, software providers can use the system to provide electronic leader-boards, etc. Despite the heavy investment into the development of Golf Link and the rising costs associated with the business, this charge has not changed since its inception in 2003. In real terms it has therefore decreased.
It is important to note that any other products or services on the website, i.e. the Genesis Golf Link Cup, Race Series, Competition Rank, Tee Times, Vouchers, Mates and SMS are Golf Link Partners initiatives and have been developed over and above the handicapping system as commercial products to support the business. Golf Link Partners is pleased to announce we will continue to expand the range of golfing products to the market to meet member's requests and enhance our customer offering.
Any subscription products on the Golf Link website are optional to take up.
GOLF Link enquiries and feedback
A free copy of the Australian Handicapping & Course Rating Systems is available through here.
For further enquiries about this site please see our Customer Service section.
Enquiries regarding scores and handicaps should be taken up with your clubs.