The RCGA is pleased to be the provider of Canada’s national, centralized web-enabled handicap and communication network service for RCGA members and member clubs.
Although calculating Handicap Factors and generating scoring records is an important function of the system, one of the main objectives of the network is to improve communication amongst Canada’s national, provincial, and local “golf communities”. Golfers, golf clubs, golf associations, and golf industry partners have the ability to communicate through messaging, event scheduling, and database management tools.
Benefits of the system include...
Easy access – RCGA members/member clubs only require Internet access to use network at clubs, home, work or elsewhere.
No software to install or administer – simply go to the website and use the system; software and course rating updates are seamless and instantaneous. Your club’s current handicap software data can be converted directly into the RCGA Network.
Real time RCGA Handicap Factors – no time lags waiting for data synchronization.
Accurate Course Ratings - The RCGA Network uses the most comprehensive database of course ratings for Canada and the U.S. to generate more accurate handicaps.
Golf Course Search – members can search a comprehensive database of information on golf courses across Canada and the US.
Improved peer review – RCGA members can easily check current Handicap Factors for any member, at any time, from the club, work or home, and “attested” scores can be posted.
Improved communication – The RCGA, provincial golf associations and member clubs will be able to communicate directly with individual members providing news and events. Member to member communication is also available.
Performance Tracking – by using hole-by-hole score entry, golfers have the ability to track and trend a variety of performance statistics.
Fully Bilingual – users of the network will be able to select French or English as their preferred language.
RCGA Member Clubs who are interested in using the RCGA Network should contact Matt MacKay at 1 800 263 0009 x209 for information on backing up their existing scoring records and to arrange for migration of the data into the RCGA Network. A demonstration of the RCGA Network is available at www.rcganetwork.org
Technical Specifications for the RCGA Network
The following technical specifications are required to access the RCGA Network from the golf course computer kiosk:
Pentium 233 MHz (Pentium 500MHz or greater is recommended
DSL, cable, or satellite Internet connection
Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
Windows 2000, XP, or Vista
17" colour monitor or larger, set to 1024 x 768 resolution
Individuals accessing the RCGA Network from home do not require a high speed internet connection; a dial-up connection will suffice.
For RCGA Clubs who cannot obtain high-speed internet access, a dial-up version of the RCGA Network is available. Call for details.
ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN GOLF ASSOCIATION
The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing 377,000 members at 1,600 clubs across the country.Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sports Organization (NSO) for golf in this country, the RCGA’s mission is to grow participation in and passion for the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game.The RCGA conducts programs and services to help shape the future of golf in Canada. High performance athlete development, Rules of Golf and amateur status, handicapping and course rating, turfgrass and environmental research,the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and CN Future Links, Canada’s national junior golf program, are only some of the initiatives the association leads for golf in Canada. In addition, the RCGA conducts Canada’s most prestigious golf championships. The RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women’s Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while regional junior and national amateur championships showcase the best in Canadian golf.
For further information on what the RCGA is doing to support golf in your community please visit www.rcga.org.