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#1 Paddywest

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 09:44 AM

Probably a stupid question to most of you but had a look online and saw you can get a GA handicap online for 96 dollars.

 

Social golf Australia. Any know if this is legit?

 

 

Also assuming I can get the GA handicap, how hard is it to enter competitions in local clubs in my area ( Sydney)

 

How do you know what competitions are on where ?

 

I wouldn't be at the stage to win anything but it would be good for me to play under pressure and see if I can lower my handicap.

 

Things are finally starting to click, i had two birdys this morning on two par fives, delighted!


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 11:15 AM

Probably a stupid question to most of you but had a look online and saw you can get a GA handicap online for 96 dollars.

 

Social golf Australia. Any know if this is legit?

 

 

Also assuming I can get the GA handicap, how hard is it to enter competitions in local clubs in my area ( Sydney)

 

How do you know what competitions are on where ?

 

I wouldn't be at the stage to win anything but it would be good for me to play under pressure and see if I can lower my handicap.

 

Things are finally starting to click, i had two birdys this morning on two par fives, delighted!

Paddy

 

there are several "Virtual clubs" you can join, SGA is one of them and is legit. Howlong GC is another.

 

Many clubs though in metro areas have been cracking down on these members actually playing in their competitions or will charge you a larger gf/comp fee to play in their event.

 

Some of our Sydneysiders can elaborate more or read this thread

 

http://forums.iseekg...-2#entry1596849


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 11:56 AM

Hi paddy,

I’m joined the SGA membership when I moved from Melbourne to Sydney as I didn’t know which club I was going to join. It’s worked well for me as my golf days have been severely reduced for the past year or so. Definitely legit for maintaining a handicap. They also do an SGA tour organising golf days at various different golf courses for their members although I haven’t been to one yet. Some clubs do frown upon the SGA membership, but SGA are upfront about it and have a list on their website of clubs (mostly Sydney)that they recommend you do not try to get on their Comp days. https://www.socialgo...18&pageID=18322
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Posted 24 April 2018 - 11:58 AM

There are other clubs like howlong, barden ridge and wisemans ferry, Shellharbour which offer distance membership. But again some clubs check that you have played x number of rounds at your home club. I haven’t had any issues getting on any clubs so far with my SGA membership.
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Posted 24 April 2018 - 12:16 PM

In a nutshell, yes it's legit.

 

To give you some context a lot of clubs in Sydney allow visitors in their open comps at discounted rates compared to their social golf rates eg. Social round = $50, Comp round = $30 including comp fee. The argument presumably is that these people are already paying for a membership at a club somewhere so the comp rates are discounted.

 

With the introduction of "virtual" golf clubs a few years back players could get a handicap for next to nothing, and golf clubs started losing out on proper membership fees or (full) green fee charges. The counter argument is that it brings in revenue that would otherwise not exist if players opted out of golf completely.

 

Some clubs responded by banning virtual clubs from their comps or charging higher fees for such members, but it's fairly inconsistent so you'll need to check with the clubs about their policy on a case by case basis.

 

A fairly comprehensive list of Sydney open comps is here:

 

http://forums.iseekg...ions-in-sydney/


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 12:17 PM

Hi paddy,

I’m joined the SGA membership when I moved from Melbourne to Sydney as I didn’t know which club I was going to join. It’s worked well for me as my golf days have been severely reduced for the past year or so. Definitely legit for maintaining a handicap. They also do an SGA tour organising golf days at various different golf courses for their members although I haven’t been to one yet. Some clubs do frown upon the SGA membership, but SGA are upfront about it and have a list on their website of clubs (mostly Sydney)that they recommend you do not try to get on their Comp days. https://www.socialgo...18&pageID=18322

Interesting to note that 50% of the 'NO' courses are in MHO pretentious would bees. Good Luck to their long term prospects.


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 02:54 PM

In a nutshell, yes it's legit.

 

To give you some context a lot of clubs in Sydney allow visitors in their open comps at discounted rates compared to their social golf rates eg. Social round = $50, Comp round = $30 including comp fee. The argument presumably is that these people are already paying for a membership at a club somewhere so the comp rates are discounted.

 

With the introduction of "virtual" golf clubs a few years back players could get a handicap for next to nothing, and golf clubs started losing out on proper membership fees or (full) green fee charges. The counter argument is that it brings in revenue that would otherwise not exist if players opted out of golf completely.

 

Some clubs responded by banning virtual clubs from their comps or charging higher fees for such members, but it's fairly inconsistent so you'll need to check with the clubs about their policy on a case by case basis.

 

A fairly comprehensive list of Sydney open comps is here:

 

http://forums.iseekg...ions-in-sydney/

 

I agree with the context a bit as the NSW comp system is quite different to the VIC system, but they are loosing out on potential revenue.

 

 

Interesting to note that 50% of the 'NO' courses are in MHO pretentious would bees. Good Luck to their long term prospects.

 

Ha yep. There are probably a couple of courses on that list that i would like to play on, but plenty of other courses to get on.


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 04:46 PM

Paddy, not all clubs charge an arm and a leg for playing membership.

Do you particularly want to play at courses all over the place or would you be happy to play mostly at somewhere local?

Do local public courses have club membership available?

 

Get your priorities right then narrow down the options to those that really suit you.


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 05:41 PM

There are some clubs in Perth that allows you to join at a cheaper casual price that lets you play a certain number of games per year and also provides GA handicap.  Maybe thats also available in your area?

 

That should give you some flexibility to play in different club instead of locking you to one club?


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 07:11 PM

Probably a stupid question to most of you but had a look online and saw you can get a GA handicap online for 96 dollars.

 

Social golf Australia. Any know if this is legit?

 

 

Also assuming I can get the GA handicap, how hard is it to enter competitions in local clubs in my area ( Sydney)

 

How do you know what competitions are on where ?

 

I wouldn't be at the stage to win anything but it would be good for me to play under pressure and see if I can lower my handicap.

 

Things are finally starting to click, i had two birdys this morning on two par fives, delighted!

 

What part of Sydney Paddy??


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 09:41 PM

Hi paddy,

I’m joined the SGA membership when I moved from Melbourne to Sydney as I didn’t know which club I was going to join. It’s worked well for me as my golf days have been severely reduced for the past year or so. Definitely legit for maintaining a handicap. They also do an SGA tour organising golf days at various different golf courses for their members although I haven’t been to one yet. Some clubs do frown upon the SGA membership, but SGA are upfront about it and have a list on their website of clubs (mostly Sydney)that they recommend you do not try to get on their Comp days. https://www.socialgo...18&pageID=18322

 

Excellent info there Snorkel, thank you very much mate



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Posted 24 April 2018 - 09:44 PM

Paddy, not all clubs charge an arm and a leg for playing membership.

Do you particularly want to play at courses all over the place or would you be happy to play mostly at somewhere local?

Do local public courses have club membership available?

 

Get your priorities right then narrow down the options to those that really suit you.

 

Hi mate, I'm living in Epping and closest course is Ryde which has public golf.

With the traffic in Sydney i'd just like to stay local however weekends i dont mind driving.

 

Unfortunately the courses close to me that I could use lets say before work have joining fees along with the yearly fee so Ryde would be up on 3K.

 

Id probably only be able to play twice a week. Value for money wise its hard to fork out that cash.


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 09:46 PM

What part of Sydney Paddy??

Hey bud,

 

I'm living in Epping, so play mostly Ryde, chatswood the odd time.

Are you based in Sydney?



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Posted 24 April 2018 - 10:12 PM

If you're playing twice a week you're getting to get better value by joining a club than playing social green fees everytime you play

 

Also keep in mind that open comps are relatively hard to come by on weekends as they are peak time for members



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Posted 24 April 2018 - 10:29 PM

If you're playing twice a week you're getting to get better value by joining a club than playing social green fees everytime you play

 

Also keep in mind that open comps are relatively hard to come by on weekends as they are peak time for members

 

Normally its once a week, its only the odd time if i can get 9 holes in midweek at dawn. Saying all that if i actually joined i'm sure id have an hour here and there I could get a few holes in


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