Golf Australia to change handicap login procedure

Changes to how you can check your golf handicap will be introduced by Golf Australia next month.

While checking your golf handicap will still be a relatively easy process, users will be required to log-in to view handicaps and their handicap history on www.golf.org.au from September 4.

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Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt explained that the new log-in process meant users would need to register their e-mail address with Golf Australia (GA).

“Once logged-in, all users of www.golf.org.au will have full access to the same range of world-standard handicapping functionality they currently experience,” said Pitt.

“That includes a person being able to view the handicap history of any golfer as long as they know their Golflink number.

“Having wide access to handicap records remains a key feature of the handicapping service GA provides to all officials and golfers, and it is an important safeguard against handicap manipulation.

“Asking users to log-in to an internet service has become a standard operating practice.

“By moving in this direction GA will be able to develop and maintain a rich source of data to generate insights that will be critical to growing the industry’s capacity to support golf clubs and their businesses.”

Pitt said this system would also be used to communicate important information and updates, and to develop innovative ways to improve the golf experience of individual players. (This source of data will be strictly separate to any personal member data provided directly by clubs to GA to enable the operation of Golflink. Member data provided directly by clubs is closely protected by data privacy legislation and may not be used by GA for the above purposes.)

Pitt said other important elements of this new process were:

  • There would be a workaround available to people who do not have an email address;
  • There would be no restrictions on who can register to use the handicapping service on www.golf.org.au;
  • Any individual who registered would have the choice to opt out of receiving any commercial marketing;
  • The new log-in process would only apply when using www.golf.org.au to access handicap or score history information. Nothing would change for the experience of a member when they remained within their club software system.

Finally, if a user wishes, they can remain continually logged-in to avoid having to enter their password every time they start a new viewing session.