Membership

SHADOW GOLF — A severe slope marks the approach to No. 3, judged the most difficult hole at the RBI course from the forward tees. (Photo courtesy Rancho Bernardo Inn)

Two ways to qualify to join RBIWGC

Active membership in the Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club is open to amateur women golfers, minimum age 18, who agree to abide by and support the bylaws and general policies of the Club. To qualify for membership in the RBI Women’s Golf Club, prospective members must complete one of the following two procedures. To download the 2021 application form, please click on the link below:

2021 RBIWGC application

For players with an established handicap index:

  • Fill out a membership application and submit it to the Membership Chair.
  • Provide a valid USGA handicap and GHIN (Golf Handicap and Information Network) number, or other generally accepted verification of handicap. Have an established handicap index in accordance with the World Handicap System (WHS). Maximum allowable handicap for new members at the RBI course is 38, which is equivalent to a 39.5 WHS index.
  • Play one round of golf at RBI with a RBIWGC Board member or committee chair. The Membership Chair will then present the prospective member’s name to the Board for approval. Once approved, membership dues will be collected. 

For players without an established handicap index:

  • Fill out a membership application and submit it to the Membership Chair.
  • To establish an initial handicap index, a prospective member must play a minimum of three (3) games at the RBI course on a regular weekly play day with current members. At least one (1) of the games will be played with a Board member. There is a three-month maximum qualifying period.
  • To qualify for membership, the prospective new member will be expected to achieve an average score of 110 or less for three (3) games played. If more than three (3) games are needed to achieve a scoring average of 110, only the three (3) lowest scores necessary to meet the 110 average will be submitted to obtain a GHIN number. All scorecards must be dated, attested and signed by two Club playing partners, marked “HQ” for Handicap Qualifier, and given to the Handicap Chair.
  • After the prospective member completes three (3) games with an average score of 110 or less, the Membership Chair will present the new member’s name to the Board for approval. Once approved, membership dues will be collected, and the Handicap Chair will enter the new member’s name into the GHIN system for inclusion in RBIWGC. The GHIN automatically links to the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA), and the new member’s name will appear there as belonging to RBIWGC. When a new member receives her GHIN number, the scores of all future golf games must be posted to the GHIN website, to the SCGA site, or on the computer in the RBI Pro Shop to maintain an accurate handicap. Posting should be completed within 24 hours of completion of the round.

If the scoring requirements are not achieved within three months, the prospective member may try again, after a three-month hiatus, on a regular weekly play day at RBI. She is encouraged to continue to improve and try to qualify again.

Prospective members who are qualifying for membership in the RBIWGC are not eligible for Sweeps, Special Tournaments or prizes until they have established a valid USGA handicap and have been accepted for membership.