Membership of the Club is open to all regardless of ability or any other factor, provided that the person is willing to abide by the Rules of Golf, of fair play, and of the Club.
Application to join the Club is made by completing the Membership Application Form that is available for download from the Club website.
A new member is expected to play three social rounds with the Club for the purposes of familiarisation and for setting the Club handicap. This requirement can be waived in particular circumstances.
The first three cards submitted from Social rounds played with the Club are used to determine the starting Club handicap. Each score on every hole is adjusted to a maximum of a double bogey, for example, if a 7 is scored on a par 4 then the result is adjusted to 6 - a double bogey. The adjusted scores are totalled for each card. The grand total is divided by 3 and the par for Ivanhoe (68) is deducted to arrive at the new handicap.
If a player has an official Golf Australia handicap, then the player will be deemed to be eligible to play in Club Competition immediately with his starting handicap set to his Daily handicap for Ivanhoe Public Golf Course (Blue tees or Black tees, as appropriate).
After completion of the social rounds and the setting of the Club handicap, a new member is then eligible to take part in competition and will be eligible for all Club prizes and trophies provided that conditions set out in the Competition Rules are met.
All Competition round results are subject to re-handicapping according to the Club handicapping Rules.
The Annual fee for Club Membership is $40 which must be paid annually or on joining and completing the Membership Application Form that is available from the Treasurer and on the website.
A member also has the facility to obtain an Official Golf Australia Handicap by subscription to GolfLink through the VGL. This also provides personal liability insurance and is thus very good value
The Annual Fee for the GolfLink subscription is $90 but this fee will be charged on a pro rata basis reducing by $10 per month from the start of February.
The Annual fees for Club Membership and GolfLink are due and payable by the 3rd Saturday in December each year (Christmas Breakup and Presentations).
Membership Service Award
When a member has accumulated a total of ten (10) years as a Club member, he shall be presented with a badge to that effect during the Trophy presentations at the end of the year in which the milestone is achieved.
When a member has accumulated a total of twenty-five (25) years as a Club member, he shall be presented with a badge to that effect during the Trophy presentations at the end of the year in which the milestone is achieved.
A member will attain the membership class of Veteran when they have attained tha age of 70 years and have been a member of the Club for 25 years
A member who has provided outstanding service to the Club
over an extended period of time may be elevated to the rank
of Life Member by the Management Committee.
Life Members are recognised for the exceptional contribution
and service they have provided to the Club which has been of
significant benefit to the Club and membership. The common
factor in appointing a member to the rank of Life Member is
the dedication of a significant amount of personal time in
making the contribution.
The criteria for the elevation of a member to the rank of Life
Member includes, but is not limited to, the following considerations:
Life membership recognises a member's contribution
which is far above and beyond what would normally be
expected of Club members or a contribution involving
a level of commitment and dedication seldom seen.
A contribution justifying Life Membership would
normally be expected to extend over a number of years.
The member held an executive position with the
Club for more than one term. Executive positions are
President, Secretary, Treasurer and Club Captain.
The member has been a member of the Club for a least
10 years. Years of membership will be determined by a
requirement to play in at least 12 Club competition
rounds in any given calendar year. Membership does not
have to be continuous.
The Management Committee will consider all aspects of a
member's contribution, including the benefits to the Club
before reaching a decision on the elevation of the member to
the rank of Life Member.
Life Membership entitles the Life Member to the following benefits:
Life Member badge
Removal of eligibility conditions for entry to Club Major Events
If a Life Member has not played in a Club Event for a period of six months or more, their handicap for the event will be determined as follows
If they have an Official handicap, they will be deemed to have a Club handicap of their Daily handicap for the course being played (Blue or Black).
If they do not have an Official handicap, their last known Club handicap with the approval of the Club Captain and/or the Club President
Nominations for Life Membership can be made at any time for consideration by the Management Committee but the presentation of the award will only be made in association with the Trophy presentations on break-up day.
The Club handicapping system has its origins in the early days of the Club when the old Official handicapping method was deemed to be not responsive enough for a social golfing group.
The guiding principal was that the system should be conducive to everybody in the Club having a chance to win events, and even to aspire to holding the title of Club Champion almost regardless of skill level.
Over the years there have been various tweaks to the system in the interests of levelling the playing field, leading to the system that is in use today.
When the new world handicapping system was adopted by Golf Australia, it was decided that our system would remain in use, partly because of the workload involved in changing the computer systems, and partly because some members are not GA members and provision would have had to be made to keep track of their handicaps in any case.
The handicap range available to ordinary Club members will be from 0 to 36.
For Veteran members, the upper limit for handicap is 45.
The base score for determining changes to a player's handicap is the par of the course (68)
Net Score Calculation
For the purposes of handicap adjustment a player's net score is calculated as follows:
Par and GrandPar competition - Course par - Par/Grandpar points scored
If the player's net score is:
greater than the base score, his handicap is increased
equal to the base score, his handicap is unchanged
less than the base score, his handicap is reduced
If a player's playing handicap is:
less than 19, his handicap is increased by 0.2
between 19 and 35, his handicap is increased by 0.3
For Veteran members only
between 36 and 45, his handicap is increased by 0.5
If a player's handicap requires reduction, the size of the reduction depends on the number of strokes below the base score.
Because of the progressive nature of the reduction increment, the calculation is done progressively, and the handicap is reduced based on the rounded value of the new exact handicap after each break stroke is accounted for. This means that, for multiple break strokes, the reduction increment can vary if one of the handicap boundaries is crossed.
If a player's rounded exact handicap is:
less than 10, his exact handicap is reduced by 0.2
between 10 and 18, his exact handicap is reduced by 0.3
between 19 and 22, his exact handicap is reduced by 0.4
between 23 and 27, his exact handicap is reduced by 0.5
between 28 and 32, his exact handicap is reduced by 0.6
between 33 and 35, his exact handicap is reduced by 0.7
For Veteran members only
between 36 and 40, his exact handicap is reduced by 0.8
between 41 and 45, his exact handicap is reduced by 0.9
The first place getter(s) in an event will be subject to an additional handicap penalty, even if they are beaten by means of countback.
If a player's exact handicap at the start of an event is:
less than 10.5, his final exact handicap is reduced by 0.5
greater than or equal to 10.5, his final exact handicap is reduced by 1.0
Being placed first in an event removes the right for a handicap increase.
For Majors (two week events), the cards submitted, whether the member plays both weeks or not, will be handicapped as if they were from separate events.
The winner is the player/players with the best aggregate score for the two rounds, regardless of any countback to determine trophy recipients.
The winner's penalty is applied to both sets of handicap adjustments as outlined above.
If an existing member has had a long break from playing or has suffered an injury or physical impairment that permanently affects his ability to play to a standard indicated by his existing handicap, then the member can apply to the Club Captain for a review of his handicap to be made.
If the Club Captain is satisfied that a handicap review is warranted on the evidence provided, then the most recent three cards submitted in competition (or social rounds, which will not be subject to existing handicap adjustment) with the Club will be assessed.
At the discretion of the Handicapper and the Club Captain, the scores on these cards might be used for the purposes of re-setting the handicap on the basis given above.
Also at their discretion, an additional two cards might be required to be submitted.
A competition will be scheduled for every Saturday in the year unless the date falls on Christmas Day or any other day upon which the Ivanhoe Public Golf Course is closed.
A competition requires that there be present at least six members. In the event that fewer that six members are available, play will still be available, but the rounds will be classified as Social.
The competition type for events will alternate Stableford and Par with the following exceptions:
Monthly Medal will be Stroke.
Major Events as specified.
If there is a second Club Event scheduled as Par in a calendar month, it will be played as GrandPar (net two under scores +2 etc.).
To be eligible to win any Club competition a player must
satisfy the following prior to entry into the competition:
He must have a current handicap as provided by the Club
He must be a fully paid up member (or life member) as
of that date; and
He must have paid the daily competition fee.
He must meet the attendance eligibility requirements
for particular competitions
All Club players compete without grades regardless of
On all Monthly Medals, Fred Howe Cup, David Ford Cup,
Fred Kitson Cup, Champion of Champions, Annual Challenge Trophy, Vin
O'Meara Cup, if there are any ties for first place, the winner of the
trophy will be decided on a countback of the most recently played round.
Countbacks shall be conducted as per the recommendations
in the Rules of Golf 2008 et seq.
The countback shall be conducted in the following order:
The best net score on the final 9 holes with one half of
each player's handicap taken into account.
The best net score on the final 6 holes with one-third of
each player's handicap taken into account.
The best net score on the final 3 holes with one-sixth of
each player's handicap taken into account.
The last hole played with one-eighteenth of each player's
handicap taken into account.
Fractions are to be considered rounding to the nearest
number and in the event of a tie after the final hole is considered
then a chip off is to be conducted as per the matchplay rules.
Note that countbacks on Par and Stableford competitions do
not need handicaps taken into account and are based purely on the
points scored on the respective groups of holes.
For all non-major competition days and Monthly Medals, points
will be awarded as follows:
8 Points first and ties
5 Points second and ties
3 Points third and ties
2 Points fourth and ties
1 Point fifth and ties
For the Fred Howe Cup, Vin O'Meara Cup, David Ford Cup, Fred
Kitson Cup, Stuart Clarke Memorial and the Matchplay final (including
play off for third and fourth) all championship points are doubled.
Points will also be awarded to participants in the Priems
Cup Events as defined in the rules for that event.
Points are awarded regardless of player attendance
The member who accumulates the most points over
the course of the competition year will be declared the Club Champion.
In the case of ties, each player so tied will be declared equal Club
Members who have reached the age of 55 years at the start of
a new competition year will be eligible to accumulate points in the
Senior Club Championship.
The points awarded for Senior players will be as follows:
3 Points first and ties
2 Points second and ties
1 Point third and ties
Double points will be awarded for Major events as for the
Points will not be awarded for the Seniord Championship in the Priems
Points are awarded regardless of player attendance
The Senior member who accumulates the most points over the
course of the competition year will be declared the Senior Club
Champion. In the case of ties, each player so tied will be declared
equal Senior Club Champions.
Trophies shall be presented for the following:
All monthly medals - First only
Annual Challenge - Winner
Stuart Clarke Memorial Trophy - First only
Vin O'Meara Memorial Trophy - First only
David Ford Cup - First only
David Primrose Champion of Champions - First only
Fred Howe Cup - First only
Fred Kitson Cup - First only
Club Champion - First and ties
Club Champion runner up - Second and ties
Club Champion third - Third and ties
Matchplay Championship - Winner, runner-up and second
Club Stroke Play Champion - First, Runner-up and ties -
Gross score and Net score
Best combined three rounds of the year of Stroke
Best combined three rounds of the year of Par
Best combined three rounds of the year of Stableford
Senior Club Champion - First and ties
Senior Club Champion - Second and ties
Senior Club Champion - Third and ties
Vardon Trophy - Winner
Chump of Chumps - Winner
Eclectic - Winner
Hole-in-One (if applicable)
Nearest the pin
On all competition days a hole will be decided by the Tee
marshal or his delegate for the purposes of playing a nearest the pin
competition. This hole will be announced as the "money hole" (ProPin)
prior to play by the Captain or Tee Marshall.
The fee for the ProPin is included in the Competition
Fee. $1 from the Competition Fee will be included in the ProPin Pool or
normal competition days. Casual/Social round players will pay the
appropriate amount to take part in the ProPin competition.
The player whose ball is nearest to the hole shall be the
winner and he shall receive all of that money paid in for that day’s
The ball must be on the green to qualify.
The ball must be within a five metre distance from the
hole to qualify.
The player who is nearest the pin as play progresses must
write his name on the marker provided and must have his marker witness
the position and name on the marker.
In the event that there is no person to qualify for
nearest the pin, the money will jackpot to the following week.
There will also be a second nearest the pin competition
on two holes decided by the Tee marshal or his delegate. The prize for
this nearest the pin (BallPin) will be a golf ball on each of the two
holes. The same relevant rules (except for the distance requirement -
Rule 5) shall apply for the winner and the prize will jackpot to the
next week. There is no charge for entry to the BallPin competition.
Prizes of balls shall be awarded for the best scores on
each competition day.
The number of balls (stock) that can be allocated will be
total players divided by 4 to a maximum of six balls and shall be
awarded at the conclusion of each competition day.
The winner will receive two balls but in the case of ties
for first place each tie for first place will receive one ball each.
Second, third, and so on placings shall receive one ball each until the
stock of balls is exhausted. In the case of ties for placings exceeding
the six-ball limit, those players will not receive any balls.
Winners of Monthly Medal Events will receive only one
There will be no ball run on the overall result of a
Major Trophy Event
The Club shall hold an ongoing "Eagle's nest" competition. One half
ball per week will be added to the Eagle's Nest but there will be a no
limit of balls in the nest at any one time.
If a person has an eagle (two under par) on any hole during competition he will win the Eagle's Nest.
In the event of no person scoring an eagle for that week then the
prize is jackpotted to the next week and half a ball is added to the
nest. The number of balls will be rounded up.
In the event of two or more persons scoring eagles on the same day
the nest shall be shared equally between them. Any odd numbered balls
will return to the club and go back into the nest.
In the event that the nest is one ball only and there are two or
more players the ball shall go to the person who scored the eagle first
(eg. 3rd hole as against the 17th hole). In the event of a tie the
winner will be decided by coin toss.
Hole in One
If a member scores a Hole in One, he will be eligible to win the Eagle's Nest.
In addition, the Club will pay for a round of drinks for those present who wish to partake.
The Club will also provide a suitable memento of the occasion and the member should make available the scorecard and ball unless he wishes to make his own arrangements.
A Monthly Medal event will be scheduled on the first Saturday in each month except the month of December. The December Monthly Medal will be contested on the last Saturday in November.
The event will be a Stroke competition and the winner of the medal will be the eligible player who returns the lowest net score for the day, either outright or by countback.
To be eligible to play in the monthly medal the member must
have played at least one competition round or one social round since
the last monthly medal date or that date adjusted for the number of
events cancelled due to COVID or any other reason.
The Vardon Trophy will be awarded to the member with the highest 'strike rate' throughout the competition year.
The strike rate is the number of points accumulated in the Club Championship divided by the number of competition rounds played during the year.
To be considered for the trophy, the member must have played in at least fifteen competition rounds during the year.
The Eclectic Trophy will be awarded to the member with the lowest net score from their best score on each hole throughout the competition year.
The Eclectic table will be updated after each week's competition.
The handicap used to determine the net score is three quarters of the player's current exact handicap.
In the event of a tied result, duplicate trophies will be awarded.
Major events are the Fred Howe Cup, David Ford Cup,
Fred Kitson Trophy, Stuart Clarke Memorial Plaque and Vin O'Meara
The Fred Howe Cup and Stuart Clarke Memorial shall be played
as a Stableford Competition.
The Fred Kitson Remembrance Trophy and the David Ford Cup
shall be played as a Par Competition.
The Vin O'Meara Memorial Trophy shall be played as a Stroke
The member must have played at least three (3) rounds (excluding Majors) within the
previous three (3) months or that date adjusted for the number of
events cancelled due to COVID or any other reason.
Life members are exempt and play to a handicap as defined under Life Membership;
Players returning from injury (as long as they
have a legitimate injury) or who have legitimate work commitments on
competition days may also be exempted provided that they have pre-approval
from the Match Committee.
In the event that any round of a major event cannot be
contested/completed because of pandemic restrictions, inclement weather
or course closure, the Committee has the option to reschedule the round
at the earliest opportunity provided that the rescheduling of this (and
any subsequent) round of the Major Event does not impact upon other
significant events on the calendar such as a Monthly Medal. Any part of
a round completed will be counted as a social round but any scores
recorded will be void.
If, on the day of a postponed round, a sufficient number
of players can complete a round of play, then a Club Event can be
contested and the players will be eligible for allocation of points and
handicapping according to the normal rules.
Eligibility and Rules for Matchplay Championship
At a date to be fixed by the Committee (usually the last
Saturday in February), qualification for the matchplay tournament will
be determined from those members who have registered that they wish to
play in the event.
The field will be selected and seeded according to the
The Matchplay squad will consist of the number of those
members who are eligible and have registered to play or thirty two.
To be eligible to enter, a member must have played in a
Club Event at least once in the three calendar months prior to the
In the event that more than thirty two members are
eligible and registered, the surplus members will be eligible to play
as emergencies in the first round of the event.
The list of members will be sorted [seeded] into
matches by random draw. The top seeds will be filled by the finalists
from the previous Matchplay Championship who register for the event in
order of finish and therefore they will be excluded from the random
The random draw will occur after the last competition
day in February each year. The first member selected from the random
draw will be seeded as the number, one more than the number of
finalists registered. The remaining seeding positions will then
increase until all registered members' names have been drawn and
seeded. In the event that less than 32 members have registered to play
in the event, first round byes will complete the required number of
Individual matches will then be determined by filling a
standard elimination draw table from the seedings.
The dates for each of the matchplay rounds will be fixed
by the Committee but
will generally run for six clear weeks for round 1 and four clear weeks
for subsequent rounds, not including Majors and the Priems Cup i.e.
Matchplay will not be compulsory during these events. The end of one
round and the
start of the next round dates are coincident.
The person on the top line of each match will be
responsible for arranging the match and reporting the result to the
Handicapper but if both players are present on any given day the match
should be played.
In the first round, if either contestant is unable to
play the match before or on the nominated closing date for the round,
they should defer to the first emergency from the available list. In
the event of no emergency being available, Rule 7.7 will apply.
Emergency substitutions are also subject to the terms of Rule 7.7.
Provided that players agree and notify the Committee,
matches in the first two rounds of competition can be played at Ivanhoe
Public Golf Course on days other than regular Club Competition days.
Matches played under this rule that result in ties after 18 holes must
be decided in accordance with the rules below except that the
requirement for the presence of a Committee member is waived.
Only under extenuating circumstances as determined by the
Club Captain will matches be allowed to be played after the final dates
fixed for each round. Subject to the ruling of the Club Captain,
failure to play matches by the closing date of the round may result in
forfeiture or the match result being declared void and neither player
will progress to the next round.
If it suits both parties, matches in any round can be
played as soon as the fixture is known without the need to wait until
the nominated round starting date.
A standard table of Matchplay Indexes will be provided
and used for all matches in the event.
The playing of the finals will be held on a date fixed by
the Committee. The final match will be refereed by a Rules Official.
The finals will not be played on the day of a Major Event or Monthly
Medal but the finalists will be allowed to be participants in the Club
event of the day.
On all matchplay rounds a playoff will be held if the
matches are square at the end of 18 holes. Playoffs for all matchplay
rounds shall be conducted at the practice chipping green behind the
If the final goes into tie at the end of 18 holes a
playoff will be conducted starting at the 1st hole and carrying on
until one player wins a hole on a sudden-death basis. Such play-offs
holes will be at the discretion of the management of the Ivanhoe Public
Golf Course depending on course availability. Matchplay handicaps will
apply to the extra holes as per matchplay rules on a hole by hole basis.
For chip-offs, the Club President or Captain in his stead
(or other member of the Committee as the case may be) will select a
"teeing ground" at the west of the chipping green no greater than 5
metres but no less than 1 metre from the green.
A coin toss will decide who shall chip first. The winner
of the toss will decide.
Players will attempt to hole a ball in the holes provided
in the chipping green in the fewest strokes which may include putts.
In the first chip-off players will chip towards the most
distant of the holes and in subsequent trials will work back to holes
closer to the teeing area. The playoff will end when a player completes
a hole in fewer strokes than his competitor.
The losers of both semi-finals will play off for third
and fourth place with championship points accordingly.
The winner of the Matchplay Championship will be subject
to a Winner's penalty of one (1) stroke.
The Club Strokeplay Championship will be contested over three rounds in combination with the December Monthly Medal and the two rounds of the Vin O'Meara Memorial Trophy (Christmas Cup)
To be eligible to contest the Strokeplay Championship, the member must also satisfy the qualification criterion for the Vin O'Meara Memorial Trophy.
Scores will be aggregated over the three rounds and will be contested in two categories.
The Scratch Score Championship will be determined by the lowest gross score returned over the three rounds
The Net Score Championship will be determined by the lowest net score returned over the three days using the handicap applying at the start of the first round.
In the event of tied scores for either first or runner-up, the players will be declared equal and equal trophies will be awarded.
The Priems Cup Event will be a team competition played in a one on one 'Matchplay' format
on two competition days nominated by the Committee in any Competition year. The
preferred times are April and September (first Stableford competition in the month)
The teams will be selected by the team captains on the Thursday prior to the event from the
members who have registered to play.
The team captains will be the Brothers Priems or their nominated substitute if they are not
available on the day.
The right to take first selection will be determined as the captain of the previous losing team
or by the toss of a coin.
The selected captain will choose his first team member and the other captain will choose an
opponent for that selection from the remaining list of player registrations.
Team selection will alternate between the captains from then on until the player registration
list is exhausted.
All Club Matchplay Championship matches will not be compulsory during the April Priems Cup
If necessary, the team captains will play their match as a group of two and, if possible, will
lead out the field so that they can collate results, urge on their teams at the 18th, and
supervise any chip-offs required.
In the event that an odd number of players has registered, the odd man out will be allocated
to the winning team but will not have an opponent. For some combinations of odd numbers
a group of two (team captains) and one group of three (one match and odd man out) will be
required. When only one group of three is required it will include the team captains and the
odd man out.
In the event of one player not turning up, then, if there is an even number of players, his
opponent becomes the odd man player. If there is already an odd man player, he fills the
absentee spot. For two or more absentees, affected players become the match or the
most affected captain has the choice of which player to keep.
In the event of a single walk-up, if there is an even number of players, he becomes the odd
man player. If there is already an odd man player or there are more than one walk-up, the
captains will have to decide who has first choice.
In the event of a tied match after 18 holes, the result will be determined by a chip-off
according to Club Matchplay Championship rules.
If Team scores are equal at the end of the day, the result will be declared a Draw.
The Priems Cup will be awarded each year to the Team Captain whose team wins the most
matches over the two rounds of the event.
Strokes will be given using the handicap difference between opponents using the matchplay
index and scoring will use the Club Matchplay Championship card.
Club Championship points will be allocated as follows:
Each match winner - 3 points.
Winning team - 2 points to each member (including odd man out).
In the event of tied teams - 1 point to all players.
There will not be any Club Championship or Senior Championship points awarded for
normal placings but there will be a Ball Run and handicapping based on the Stableford
scores returned (no winners penalty).
The Annual Challenge will be contested over two days at a course selected by the Social Secretary and approved by the Management Committee.
The Annual Challenge will be a formal Club Event and will attract Championship Points and re-handicapping based on the result.
The event will be contested as a Stableford Competition using the Club handicap which will be scaled according to the ratio of the playing Slope of the selected course and the Blue Course at IPGC.
Championship points will be awarded based on the placings according to the total of Stableford points scored over the two days of the event. Only single points will be allocated.
Member's Club handicaps will be adjusted according to the Club rules with the winners penalty applied to the winner and other adjustments based on the player's maximum Stableford points (best round) of the two rounds on the weekend.
The winner of the Annual Challenge will be awarded the Mustard Jacket, a trophy and a position in the Champion of Champions event.
For members not attending the Annual Challenge, provided that there are more than the minimum field of six players playing at IPGC, they will be awarded separate placings and Championship points based on the scores submitted. Their handicaps will be adjusted as for a normal club competition.
Seniors Championship Points will also be applied to both groups of players.
David Primrose Champion of Champions Tournament
To be eligible to play in the Champion of Champions
player must have won at least one of the following events that are
completed in the relevant Competition year that finishes with the
December Monthly medal on the last Saturday in November:
Events completed after this date but before the date of the
current CoC (i.e.
Vin O'Meara and Strokeplay Champions) will compete in the following
The result of the Champion of Champions competition will be
on the basis of net stroke scores.
Contestants will also score their cards for Stableford
Stableford scores on the day from all players will attract Championship
points and will be used for handicapping purposes
Any Monthly medal
Fred Howe Cup
Stuart Clarke Memorial
David Ford Cup
Vin O'Meara Memorial Trophy
Fred Kitson Cup
Senior Club Champion
Club Stroke Play Championship (Scratch and net)
Chump of Chumps
The Chump of Chumps Tournament will be contested on the same day as the David Primrose Champion of Champions Tournament.
Eligible members will be those who have not qualified to take part in the Champion of Champions Field.
The competition result will be determined on the basis of Stableford points score.
The Stableford scores from all players on the day will attract Championship points and will be used for handicapping purposes.