Club Rules


GOLF Link is the central handicapping system, devised by the Golf Australia to centrally process scores for the National Handicapping System.

NEW Male and Female golfers are required to submit Three (3) cards for handicapping purposes, Two (2) of which must be played with the RBVGC.


Any player who has missed 4 consecutive games, will have their handicap suspended, and subsequently will NOT be eligible to win any competition requiring a handicap. They may submit a card to reactivate their handicap.

Any player who has missed 6 consecutive games, will have their handicap suspended, and will be required to re-submit all THREE CARDS, or at the discretion of the CAPTAIN, one card may be accepted for reactivation, dependent upon the circumstances provided.

Notwithstanding the above, if a player who has allowed their handicap to lapse is a registered member of a CLUB, they will have their current handicap activated on presentation of the said from their Club Secretary or other Club Official.


To be eligible to play in any of the Annual Major Championships, all players must have played a minimum of five (5) games in the preceding thirteen (13) months in order to qualify for the Championships.

Any player NOT financial prior to the start of play will be INELIGIBLE for any prizes on that day’s competition.

Each Monthly Event will be equally divided into two Grades A & B as reasonably practical, provided 80% of all members are in attendance.

All rounds played throughout the year, including each days play at Yarrawonga are considered separate games, and accordingly, adjustments will be made to handicaps and the eligibility towards future Annual Major Championships.


In the case of a TIE for any Club Event (Monthly/Major), a playoff is recommended as specified by the Committee.

If a play-off of any type is not feasible, the default Count-Back method in Australia is recommended.

For an 18-hole competition, the winner will be determined on the basis of the best score for the last nine (9) holes.

If the tied players still have the same score, then the winner will be determined on the basis of the last six (6) holes, last three (3) holes, and finally hole-by-hole from the 18th.

*** In multiple-tee start, it is recommended that the “last nine holes, last six holes, etc.” is considered to be holes 10-18, 13-18, etc. ***

If there is a tie for the Runner Up award, then the prize (Balls) will be divided equally among all of the players.



Open/Club Championship

An Honour Board Event played as a GROSS STROKE event, played over ALL STROKE rounds throughout the year, where the top four (4) players will be grouped together in the Final Round to be played in October.

The BEST two (2) scores attained from any stroke round played throughout the year along with score from the Final Round will determine the overall winner.


Grade/Handicap Championship

An Honour Board Event held from February to April each year, and played as a NET STROKE event where players must play a minimum of Three (3) Competition Rounds.

The Club Event will be divided into Three (3) Grades A, B and C, where the top four (4) players in each grade will be grouped together in the 3rd/Final Round.

Accordingly, the eligible players will be sorted into the Grade to which their handicap places them before the start of the 1st/First round.  A player’s handicap will be adjusted via Golf Link throughout each round, but the player will NOT alter their respective Grade for the duration of the Championship.

The Grade/Handicap Championship is a NET STROKE Event.

*** Each Grade will be dependent upon the number of Financial and Current Handicapped player ***


Knock-Out/Matchplay Championship

An Honour Board Event held over five (5) consecutive rounds and played as a SINGLES MATCHPLAY event where the number of strokes given is the full handicap difference.  If the handicap difference exceeds 18, players will receive either 2 or 3 strokes per hole where applicable.

When additional holes are required to determine a winner, strokes are awarded on the same holes as in the original round.


Yarrawonga Championship

An Honour Board Event held over two (2) consecutive rounds and played as an aggregate Stableford Event over the Labour Day Weekend in March each year.

At the conclusion of each day’s play, results are processed via Golf Link as per a normal Monthly Club Event.