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August 2007                                                                                                                                                                                 Inside Social Golf

Want a handicap?
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   reckon I’m not the only serious       In addition, social clubs can now    BRG is now Australia’s fastest
                                                                                                                                                                                     *Matthew Pitt is co-founder
   social golfer that fantasises       supply and administer handicaps        growing social golf club. It is                                                                        of Bushranger Golf
   about sharing a round with Tiger    to members.                            like many hundreds of social
and a couple of mates at Augusta         As the proprietor of the             clubs in Australia with two
with Hootie Johnson driving the        Bushranger Golf (BRG) social           major differences: it is based
drinks cart. However, most hackers     club, I realised that with the         online at the Bushranger Golf
are a bit more realistic than me       development of the GOLF Link           website, and it is a national club
about their golfing goals. They        national online handicapping           administering handicaps to
simply want to improve their           system, the landscape had              members across the country.
game and enjoy some friendly           changed to allow for a much faster,    By combining GAA handicaps
competition.                           more efficient and convenient          with the power of the internet,
  To do this, you need an official     process for maintaining                BRG has become Australia’s
handicap to measure your               handicaps. I decided to sit the test   largest online golf club.
progress and to enter official         and qualify to dish out handicaps        This means golfers anywhere
events. My problem was that as a       to our members.                        in Australia can get an official
                                                                                                                  A group of ferocious Bus
(below?) average bloke in the city,      Golf Australia supports us           handicap with us. If you aren’t                             hrangers enjoying them
                                                                                                                                                                selves at The Dunes duri
                                                                                                                                                                                        ng the 2007 Bushranger
I enjoy playing different courses      offering handicaps through our         a member of a private club or a
and I couldn’t afford the high cost    website as it helps promote GAA.       social club with a handicapper,          can apply for a GAA handicap                    We also run a range of events from
of a private club membership. As it    We offer them at the annual GAA        or you don’t live near a public          with the club.                                  weekend packages to monthly
happens, I am one of the 800,000-      price of $99 plus a small admin        course that is a GAA provider,             The plan for BRG is to build                  handicap events, and have recently
odd Australian social golfers in the   fee of $6. A link to Bushranger        you are welcome to get a                 market strength through numbers                 expanded to managing corporate
same boat.                             Golf was placed on Golf Australia’s    handicap through BRG.                    to create more benefits for                     golf days.
  Fortunately, since Golf Australia    GAA webpage and we started               Others have attempted this             members. The Golf Clearance                        If you have an adventurous streak
introduced the Golf Access             getting members from all over          concept of a national GAA club,          Outlet has an online golf shop                  and want an official Australian
Australia (GAA) handicap system,       the place applying for handicaps.      but Bushranger Golf has a major          and has joined with us to offer                 handicap, Bushranger Golf is
getting a handicap is now easier       Quite quickly, Bushranger Golf         advantage: membership is free.           members discounts on purchases                  worth a look. Visit bushrangergolf.
than ever before. Public access        became a national golf club for        Members can join through the             and we are currently negotiating                com.au to get involved and join the
courses are able to affiliate with     social golfers everywhere in           website with a few clicks and then,      agreements with courses to access               ranks of this unique Australian golf
GAA and provide handicaps.             Australia.                             once an official Bushranger, they        discount green fees for members.                club. Best regards!

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