GSM Golf Club FAQ

Is the handicap provided by GSM Golf Club official?

What is Player Liability Insurance?

What is the limit of coverage of the Player Liability Insurance?

Is additional coverage available?

How do I obtain an initial handicap?

Where do I send my scorecards?

How is my initial handicap calculated?

How do I maintain a handicap?

Is there a minimum number of rounds I must play per year to keep my handicap active?

Can social rounds be submitted for handicapping?

What constitutes a Conforming Social Score (CSS)?

How does the Australian handicapping system work?

What is the Slope and Scratch rating?

How do I calculate my Daily Handicap for use in competition rounds?

What are the Scratch and Slope ratings for GSM courses?

Is the handicap provided by GSM Golf Club official?
Yes. GSM Golf Club provides an official Golf Australia handicap which is recognised Australia wide. You are issued with a Golflink number and Golflink card enabling you to check your handicap online at any time via the GolfLink website at www.golflink.com.au.

Note: All competitions and playing rights are at the discretion of the Host Club (ie. The course at which you are playing). Each Host Club may enforce a range of regulations in relation to accepting visitors to enter competition rounds. Please contact the Host Club in advance of your booking to enquire whether you are entitles to enter the Club competition.

What is Player's Personal Liability Insurance?
As part of your GSM Golf Club membership, members automatically receive Personal Liability Insurance.  Personal Liability insurance covers the legal liability of a player to pay compensation for personal injury or property damage which occurs whilst playing or practising golf or attending a golf event or venue as a player, guest or spectator.  Personal Liability for arising from the use of a golf buggy whilst playing or practising golf or attending a golf event or venue as a player, guest or spectator is included.

What is the limit of coverage and excess applicable to this insurance policy?
The policy provides $20,000,000 liability coverage. There is no excess applicable.

Is additional coverage available?
Sportscover may provide additional insurance coverage for individuals or groups including personal accident insurance and golf equipment cover. For further information contact Sportscover on 1300 39 79 39 or email golfaust@sportscover.com

How do I obtain an initial handicap?
After you have submitted your application form, you must submit three scorecards signed by your playing partner to any GSM Pro Shop. You will then be allocated a handicap and receive correspondence from GSM providing your new handicap information.

Where do I send my scorecards?
Cards may be posted to:
GSM Golf Club
PO Box 5428
Cranbourne VIC 3977

How is my initial handicap calculated?
Your three scorecards for an initial handicap are used to generate a Stableford score (off a temporary daily handicap of 36) which is then submitted to GolfLink. An automatic calculation with then occur roughly multiplying the card with the lowest differential by 0.93 to calculate an new Golf Australia handicap.

How do I maintain a handicap?
The best way to maintain an official handicap is to play in competition rounds. This ensures your handicap is calculated against other scores submitted under the same or similar playing conditions off the same set of tees. All GSM Golf venues conduct midweek and weekend competition rounds upon payment of the applicable green fee (often discounted rates apply for GSM Golf Club members) and a small competition fee.  GSM Golf venues also host regular Open Day events, RDO Competitions and Gala events providing a range of great prizes.

Weekly Competition Golf at GSM Golf venues

Note: Other competitions may be scheduled based should player numbers permit.

Is there a minimum number of rounds I must play each year to keep my Golf Australia handicap valid?
No. There is no minimum rounds requirement to keep a valid handicap, however your annual subscription fee must be paid by the due date for your handicap to be "live" and valid.

Can social rounds/scores be submitted for handicapping?
The Golf Australia Handicap System now provides the option for Club’s to accept Conforming Social Scores for handicapping purposes. A Conforming Social Score however must adhere to a number of criteria.  As such, GSM Golf Club members may submit Conforming Social Scores (CSS) when played at GSM Golf operated venues (Morack Public Golf Course, Ranfurlie Golf Course, St Andrews Beach Golf Course, Kingston Links and Bay Views Golf Course) and when the stated criteria has been met.

What constitutes a Conforming Social Score?
Golf Australia Handicap System states the following conditions will constitute a Conforming Social Score:

The player has nominated prior to playing a stroke on their first hole to be played that the score is to count for handicapping purposes and the number of holes they will play. If the round is played at the player’s Home Club, or is being controlled by the player’s Home Club, such nomination must be in accordance with the requirements of the Handicapping Authority of the player’s Home Club.

How does the Australian handicapping system work?
There are a number of complex calculations and variables that make up the Golf Australia Handicap system which is administered by GolfLink. The main elements however are based on a GA handicap and a Daily Handicap. The GA Handicap is not designed for use in competition play; rather it is Golf Australia’s assessment of the relevant golfing ability of a player on a course with a neutral Slope Rating. The Daily Handicap is the handicap used in competition play. The GA Handicap is one of the factors used in the calculation of the Daily Handicap.

A comprehensive explanation of the Australian Handicap System is available on the Golf Australia website.

What is the Slope and Scratch Rating?
A Scratch Rating is the evaluation of the normal playing difficulty of a course for a player with a handicap of zero. A Slope Rating is the designation that indicates the relative playing difficulty of a course for players who are not scratch golfers (ie. Golfers who have a GA handicap of zero) relative to the Scratch Rating of a Course. A golf course with a neutral playing difficulty has a Slope Rating of 113.  The maximum Slope Rating is 155. This minimum Slope Rating is 55.

How do I calculate my Daily Handicap for use in competition rounds?
A Slope Rating has been calculated for each set of tees at each golf course using the USGA Course Rating System. Golfers should use a Daily Handicap Lookup Chart to calculate their Daily Handicap based on their GA Handicap.

What are the Scratch and Slope Ratings of GSM Golf Courses?

   
Par
Scratch
Slope
Ranfurlie Golf Course White 72 72 129
  Blue
72
73
130
  Red (Men)
72
69
117
  Red (Women)
72
73
129
   
 
 
 
Morack Public Golf Course Blue
70
68
125
  Yellow
70
67
124
  Red
70
71
127
   
 
 
 
St Andrews Beach Golf Course Blue
70
74
139
  White
70
71
135
  Red
70
72
134
         
Bay Views Golf Course Blue 70 69 127
  White 70 67 125
  Red 70 72 127

For a detailed explanation, click here to visit the Golf Australia website.

 

GSM Golf Club Enquiries
If you require further information on the GSM Golf Club, please email membership@gsmgolf.com.au.

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