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 2022 application form, please click on the link below:

2022 RBIWGC membership 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 course handicap for new members at the RBI course is 39, which is equivalent to a 39.5 WHS GHIN 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.
  • If a prospective new member does not have a handicap index and wishes to establish one through RBIWGC, she must play a minimum of three (3) games, up to a maximum of six (6) games, at the Rancho Bernardo Inn course on a regular weekly play day with current members.  At least one (1) of the games will be played with a Board member.  The prospective member must complete all qualifying games within a three-month maximum qualification period.
  • To qualify for membership, the prospective new member will be expected to achieve an average score of 111 or less for three (3) games played.  If more than three (3) games, up to a maximum of six (6) games, are needed to achieve a three-round scoring average of 111, all the rounds played will be submitted to obtain a GHIN index.  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 111 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 system 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 or to the SCGA site to maintain an accurate handicap. This includes all games, no matter where played or with whom. Posting should be completed within 24 hours of completion of the round. (Please see the WHS Rules of Handicapping for more information.)

While playing with a Club member, prospective qualifying members are not eligible for Sweeps, Special Tournaments or prizes until they have established a valid USGA handicap and met scoring requirements. 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.

To receive special reduced greens fees on RBIWGC play days, members must be a member of JC Golf or a member of the Rancho Bernardo Inn Resort Club. Please see the RBI Pro Shop for details.