Private golf clubs can do what they like....until the courts tell them to stop.
And for the sake of clarity, I think a club should be able to define who it allows into their own competition. If they define it as golfers with GA handicap, then that seems highly appropriate. But if they say only GA handicaps that are acquired in the manner we like, then things get bit wobbly, a bit confusing and a little embarrassing for GA.
My assumption in all of this is the handicap is issued by GA for use by clubs. Maybe that's the wrong way of looking at it.
I think you are right about the GL. When you pay for a membership of a club about $100 of that goes towards the GL. Probably paid to golf australia.
To clarify, my club Redland Bay mentioned above, does not exclude people from entering an open comp if they have a GL handicap. They just charge green fees if you are not a member of Redland Bay. There is a small charge if you are a member of a reciprocal club.Then a bit more if you are a member of another club not reciprocal. And full green fee if you are not a member of a B&M club but do hold a GL (virtual). I can't see what the problem is.
And actually, looking at the charges now, there are also full green fees payable by players with a "restricted membership" at their home club. ie ones where you pay say $200 for GL and 4 comp rounds at the home club. Up here in Brissie that includes Windaroo Bronze, Oxley "try and play" etc but also includes Howlong on that list (as a B&M club).
And that is how it should be as well. I had a Windaroo Bronze for a year a while back. It included 4 free rounds and then you paid green fees after that. Even at the home course. Not sure why you would expect a discount at another club for using their course under that membership.
Edited by bazinoz, 27 January 2018 - 09:43 AM.