It is no surprise to hear that many golfers just can’t afford to join a golf club. In the larger Australian cities, affordable, convenient golf club memberships can be hard to come by. Even if you have the cash, it is not always easy to justify the joining fees when you barely have time to clean your clubs, let alone play 18 holes of golf each week.
It becomes a Catch-22 situation when you consider the best way to measure your game against other golfers, a handicap. Until now, the only way you can get a certified handicap was to join a golf club. Finally Golf Australia have recognised the problem, and launched an online social golf club to cater for those golfers who aren’t members of golf clubs.
Crown Lager Social Golf Club is an online program and once members play three rounds of nine to 18 holes and enter their results, they’ll receive a Golf Australia Casual Handicap (calculated by Golf Australia’s official handicap software provider, GolfLink) to use in social competitions. This handicap is automatically updated when members enter more results.
Joining the Crown Lager Social Golf Club is $49.95 (plus transaction fee) for a 12 month membership and upon registering, members receive a Welcome Kit valued at more than $100 which includes Srixon merchandise, Drummond Golf vouchers, Crown Lager vouchers and more.
Crown Lager Social Golf Club members will also be invited to exclusive golf days at prestigious private courses including Huntingdale Golf Club (VIC), New South Wales Golf Club (NSW), Indooroopilly Golf Club (QLD), and Lake Karrinyup Country Club (WA).
Ultimately, they would love everyone to be a member of a golf club. It would bolster memberships, raise revenue at golf clubs and improve golf courses across Australia. But for now, it is a great option for golfers who simply can’t afford the time and money to be a member.
As someone who is tired of clubs dictating when I have to play in order for my round of golf to count towards my handicap, I’m considering joining myself.
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