Only $195 per year for first year, then $125 per year.
Up to 15 months for the price of 12 when your application is approved between 1 April and 30 June.
Membership includes insurance covering person and equipment during Club events.

About D.G.C Membership

The Club provides golfing activities for members (Men, Women and Juniors) regardless of age, skill level or physical ability.
The Club plays competition and social golf all year-round and includes a number of mixed events in a busy calendar. Apart from several major events, regular 18-hole competitions are played on Tuesday (Men & Ladies), Friday (Seniors & Ladies), Saturday (Men & Ladies) and Sunday (Open).

Regular 9-hole (Open) competitions are conducted on Tuesdays and Fridays. Social golf activities are generally arranged for Public Holidays. During the summer months the Club runs an ‘Open’ mixed 9-hole twilight event on Wednesdays.
Competition Fees apply for entry into all Club competitions.

Club teams participate in the V.G.L. (Scratch, Handicap and Seniors) and V.W.G.L. Pennant competitions.

The Club has a Restricted Club Liquor License with the facilities open to Members on a limited basis.

Click here to download an application form


The following are the steps, and approximate time taken, required to be completed before an Applicant becomes a member of the Dorset Golf Club Inc.

  1. Membership Application and the appropriate Fees are received by the Membership Officer.  (The Application is not processed until the joining Fees are paid)
  2. The Membership Officer forwards the Fees to the Treasurer and notifies the Committee that a new membership application has been received, giving the name(s) of the applicant(s).
  3. The Membership Application is considered by the Committee for approval.  Assuming that there are no objections, the Application is approved.  The Applicant is not a member until the Management Committee has voted on and approved their application.
  4. Once the Application(s) are approved the Membership Officer will create a Membership Number for the new Member(s), along with a Golflink number, if they don’t already have one.
  5. A ‘Welcome’ Letter is then sent to the Applicant advising them of the Committee’s decision, their Membership number, and where applicable, their Golflink number.
  6. New Members who don’t already have a Golflink handicap will need to submit three cards for the purpose of obtaining a handicap.  These cards must be from playing within an official Dorset Golf Club (DGC) competition, and be marked/signed by another DGC Member.  Cards will not be accepted if scored outside these conditions.
  7. New Members will be sent their Golflink card by  the AGU and the AGU, who will send it to the home address provided on your application (Timing unknown.)
  8. Any queries that a membership applicant might have should be directed to the Membership Officer, or the appropriate Club Captain (Men’s or Ladies).


All Membership related complaints and grievances shall be made in writing to the Management Committee. If the Management Committee is unable to resolve the issue to the satisfaction of the aggrieved party/parties, then an independent conciliator may be appointed.

Annual Subscriptions

Annual subscriptions are due and payable on or before June 30th each year.  Invoices are generally issued in April/May.

Payments may be made via Cash; Cheque; Funds Transfer into the Club’s bank account; BPay; or by using Points from winnings. Payment via Monthly Instalments (Direct Debit) is also offered.   Note:  Payments via BPay will incur an additional $5.50 service fee.

Late payment of Annual Subscriptions will result in a member being excluded from all club activities, including competitions.  Our Booking system, MiClub, will enforce the Club’s “No Pay…. No Play” policy.

In cases where the payment is excessively late (2 months) a person will cease to be a member of the club and will need to apply for membership as if joining for the first time, including payment of administration costs and joining fee.

Members seeking special consideration for the Annual Subscription timelines should apply to the Club Secretary prior to 30 June.

Contact Dorset Golf Club

Dorset Golf Course Course-Layout



…… a mixed Club. Professional W. J. “Bill” Britten originally formed the club when Austgolf took on the running of the new course in 1984.
The Lady members separated subsequently and formed a mid-week ladies club, also under the Austgolf umbrella.
The Men’s club continued until 1999 when a new structure was drawn up under a steering committee chaired by Graham Morris, and so the Dorset Golf Club Incorporated was formalized.
A committee was nominated and elected in November of that year.
The club does not discriminate on the basis of gender, physical handicap, race or creed. All members have equal rights.

The Committee

Damian ManassaClub President - 0437 055 054
Peter SierSecretary / Public Officer / Memberships - 0408 594276
David Mc IntyreTreasurer - 0400 801 400
Andrew ScorgieMens Vice-President - 0417 350177
Helen OakmanLadies Vice-President - 0419 555 712
Phil SwainMens Captain - 04140928264
Dee BerryLadies Captain - 0415 123 812

Local Rules

LOCAL RULES for Dorset Golf Club Competitions

(To be read in conjunction with the R & A Rules of Golf)

Effective from Friday March 10, 2023.

  1. Out of Bounds (Rule 18-2)
    (a) Defined by boundary fences and all other areas by white stakes with black tops.
    (b) The white stakes with black tops on the Left of the 1st & 5th fairways, defining the Green Keepers area, mark as O.O.B.
    (c) Protective Netting on the Left of the 4th & 13th fairways mark as O.O.B
  2. ABNORMAL GROUND CONDITIONS – Includes Immovable Obstructions (Rule 16-1)
    (a) Protective Netting on the Left of the 3rd fairway and on the Right of the 9th tee.  When ball is behind the netting, relief must be taken. Relief may be taken when interfering with stance or swing. Protective Netting on the Right of the 8th tee, relief may be taken when interfering with stance or swing.
    (b) No Garden Areas of the Dorset Golf Course are considered Garden Beds, irrespective of any area(s) bordered with rocks, sleepers, concrete or rope.
    (c) Sprinkler Heads in the line of play, within 2 club lengths of the Putting green and within 2 club lengths of the ball.
    (d) All Earthworks, in the General Area, are GUR, relief must be taken.
    (e) All Roads and Paths, relief may be taken.
    (f) Embedded Stones and Drainage Ditch, in the General Area, relief may be taken.
    (g) Spare hole covers on the Putting Green.
    (h) Small Trees and Shrubs (must have been planted) under 2 club lengths high, relief must be taken.
    Hoops & Ropes (Please ensure they are replaced.
  4. PENALTY AREA (Rule 17-1)
    The Penalty Area & No Play Zone near 11th Green and 12th tee (defined by Yellow/Black striped stakes) is a prohibited area and must be treated as a Red Penalty area from the 11th tee and as a Yellow Penalty area from the 12th tee. If your ball lies inside the No Play Zone you must take a penalty drop.
  5. 12th Hole Teeing Area – Male Members:
    1) ALL MALE MEMBERS MUST play from the current tee area, within the width of the Blue Discs, in all Club competitions.
    2) In the event that your ball lands in the hazard in front of the tee box, then the member can either:
    (a)  choose to re-hit from the tee area or:
    (b)  drop a ball in the drop zone, which is defined between the yellow bricks on the Ladies teeing area, to the left of the hazard.
    3) Members choosing to play from within the drop zone will be playing their 3rd (third) shot. The ball is to be dropped, not teed-up, in line with the Rules of golf.
    4) ALL male members have these options. It is not age related.

Any Breach of these Local Rules will incur a Penalty:
Loss of Hole in Match play, or a 2-stroke penalty in Stroke Play

Stake Definitions

  • Yellow & Black Stakes: Regeneration Area – Play Prohibited
  • Red Stakes: Lateral Water Hazard
  • Yellow Stakes: Water Hazard
  • White Stakes: GUR
  • White Stakes, Black Tops: Out of Bounds (OOB)

Dress Code

All Members are requested to take pride in the Club and maintain a responsible and decent standard of dress both on the course and in the club rooms.

Untidy and/or soiled clothing are not acceptable.

We ask Members to wear neat casual clothing, shirts with collars, no work wear, no tracksuits and no jeans.

When playing in major competitions and when representing the Club, Members must abide by the “Dress Rules of the V.G.L. and the W.V.G.L.” and wear approved golf clothing.

Head Gear must not be worn in the club rooms.  A fine of 50c will be payable if you are found so doing. Exceptions to this rule may be allowed by the permission of the General Committee.

Club License

  • It is the responsibility of Members to be aware of and abide by the Liquor Licensing Laws at all times.  The Club will enforce the law when required, to protect all members of the Club.
  • Liquor will only be served during hours proscribed by the License and only to those members and public who are over 18 years of age.
  • Unruly and/or offensive behaviour (including bad or offensive language) will not be tolerated.
  • Any person who is, or appears to be intoxicated will be refused service and may be asked to leave the club rooms.
  • All Liquor must be consumed within the licensed area.

Conditions of Play

  1. All Competitions shall be played in accordance with the Rules of Golf subject to such local rules as are in force on the course over which the competition takes place.
  2. The Match Committee has the responsibility to monitor and review all competitions and has full power to alter conditions of play should they deem desirable, and in potentially dangerous situations or unsuitable weather conditions, play may be modified, suspended or cancelled.
  3. Players must be ready to start at the appointed time otherwise penalties may be applied by the Match Committee.
  4. Caddies or accompanying persons are not permitted during a competition unless otherwise stated. (N.B. Exception – Dorset Star Medallist Playoff)
  5. The Match Committee will arbitrate decisions on the rules of golf, and will consult with the VGL, or Golf Victoria as required.
  6. All members must comply with the dress code of the Club.
  7. Distance Measuring Devices may be used in any competition that the club holds. Please note that any Distance Measuring Device must conform to the Rules of Golf and must not be capable of measuring any other information that may be relevant to the stroke. They must not be capable of measuring slope, wind speed, wind direction, etc., even if this capability has been turned off for the round of Golf. For this reason, Mobile Phones with GPS capabilities are not acceptable measuring devices under the Rules of Golf.
  8. Mobile phones should only be used in an emergency. If a player considers their mobile phone essential, the player must notify all others in the group and set their phone on “Silent”.
  9. The Match Committee will monitor Slow Play and will apply penalties if necessary.
    • The Golf Victoria Heat Policy developed in consultation with the Sports Medicine Australia, Sports Dieticians Australia and the Department of Health and Ageing, notes that in ambient temperatures of 36 degrees or above the risk of thermal injury is “Extreme”. Players are encouraged to either postpone their rounds to a cooler part of the day or cancel. On those days when the weather is forecast to exceed these guidelines all players should consider their need to play.
    • Club Events: If, in the opinion of the Match Committee (or the person in charge on the day), the weather conditions are so extreme that stress or illness may occur, a decision will be made to modify, postpone or abandon the event.

Competition Handicap Grading

Grading for Mens Competitions

The following table is a guide to Handicap grades that apply to regular Club competitions.  A minimum of four players is required to constitute a Grade or Division.

Tuesday Friday Saturday Sunday
A  Grade 0 – 12 0 – 12 0 – 12 0 – 12
B  Grade 13 – 18 13 – 18 13 – 18 13 – 18
C  Grade 19 – 36 19 – 36 19 – 36 19 – 36
Division 1 * 0 – 16 0 – 16 0 – 16 0 – 16
Division 2 * 17 – 36 17 – 36 17 – 36 17 – 36

*  Applicable when there are less than 4 players in any of the Grades (A; B or C)

Pace of Play and Etiquette


Members are requested to arrive at the first tee at least 10 minutes prior to their tee-time. Failure to do this may result in you losing your time and entry into the day’s competition.

Maroondah Leisure Members must register with the front desk at least 15 minutes prior to their tee time.  Failure to do so may result in your time being allocated to someone else.

Players shall play throughout their round without delay. Your Match Committee considers that a reasonable round of golf (stroke in 4s) breaches Rule 6-7 of the R & A Rules of Golf should it exceed 4 hours 20 minutes.

The Rules of Golf provide penalties for slow play.



Members playing outside Competitions MUST play off the WHITE tees.  The BLUE; RED and YELLOW movable tees are for use in DGC Inc. authorized competitions only.


  • No one shall move, talk, use a mobile phone or stand close by or directly behind the ball or the hole when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke.
  • If a player considers their mobile phone essential, the player must notify all others in the group prior to commencing play and assist others by setting their phone on “Silent”.
  • Members are expected to observe all matters of Golf Etiquette as described in the R & A handbook.
  • Dorset Golf Club has a policy that members must not consume alcohol during competitions.  Members found to be consuming alcohol during competitions will be disqualified.

Scorecard Validation

Score Card Validation

To be valid, a Scorecard MUST include the following information:

  1. The Player’s Signature
  2. The Marker’s Signature
  3. The Player’s Handicap *
  4. The correct number of strokes taken by the player for each Hole **

To keep the scorer happy, the card should also:

  1. Include the Player’s Golflink number. (Last 3 digits for Dorset Members, full number for players where Dorset Golf Club is not their HOME club.)
  2. Be legible and easy to follow.

Mistakes in adding up your score are not considered a reason for disqualification; the same applies to incorrectly converting Strokes to Points in Stableford or Par events. The Golflink Computer will correctly allocate points and total scores.  If there is a discrepancy between the Computer and the card, that is when we start to look closer at a card for a reason for the discrepancy.

Make sure that you and your Marker have the same number of STROKES recorded for every hole on which you score.

*   The Handicap noted for a player must be correct or less than the Player’s Official Handicap.  If the Handicap on the Scorecard is greater than the true Handicap then the player is disqualified.  If the Handicap on the Scorecard is lower than the true Handicap then the card is marked with the lower Handicap and the player is not disqualified.  If no Handicap is recorded then the player is disqualified.

**  The number of strokes is relevant only on holes that you wish to score.
For example:
In Stroke Play all holes must be scored on and the score recorded; failure to enter a score for a hole in Stroke play will result in Disqualification.  The score for a hole recorded by the Marker and the player must match or the player will be disqualified.
In Stableford and Par competitions it is acceptable to leave a hole blank, this will result in either a 0 (Stableford) or a -1 (Par) being recorded for that hole.  Do not just put down your points for the hole; this will result in either a 0 or a -1 being recorded, even if you should have made 4 points. You must have the number of strokes taken for a hole recorded to prove that you have allocated the correct number of points.

Booking Procedures

The MiClub system is used for Competition bookings.  The login ID used for this is the Membership number.  However, when booking from the Kiosk in the Club Rooms, Members may also swipe their GolfLink card.  Bookings for the following week open at the Kiosk 7 days prior and to the Internet 5 days prior to the competition day.  All bookings close to both the Kiosk and Internet 48 hours before the event.  On the day of the Competition, the Kiosk may be used for ‘last minute’ bookings, provided vacancies exist.

Unless otherwise advised ALL players entering a Competition need to use the Player Registration button, which enters the player into the Competition, after which a scorecard is printed.  When the Competition is a Team event e.g 4BBB this is particularly important.

Players are required to play in the timeslot that they have selected, or been assigned.

  1. All Bookings for Tuesday; Friday; Saturday and Sunday are made by using the MiClub system.
  2. Bookings for Wednesday are made through the Pro Shop only, but Members must then ‘Register’ for the Competition using the MiClub system.
  3. Tuesday and Friday TimeSheets will have timeslots reserved for Ladies only.  These will become available for Men members 2 days prior to the Competition.
  4. Friday is for members 50 years and over; no bookings are to be made by any other players.  Younger players may fill places still vacant on the Friday of play, but players younger than 50 will be prevented by the MiClub system from ‘Registering’ for the Competition and are therefore not eligible for any prizes or Handicapping.
  5. On Saturdays all times on the TimeSheet will be available to any Member, regardless of gender.
  6. The number of bookings a Member can make on a given day will be restricted by the MiClub system.  Currently a maximum of 2 (self and one other), except for the early block on Sunday which is restricted to 1 booking per Member.
  7. Phone Bookings are not available at all.
  8. Payment for your booking (or provision of your Maroondah Leisure membership number if applicable) must be made to Course Management at least 2 days prior to your tee-time.  Members not paying before the due date may lose their tee-time and have to re-book on the day of Competition for a later time.

Your tee time can be confirmed by using MiClub, or by contacting Course Management during the week. Late bookings can be made through the MiClub booking system, either via the internet or by using the MiClub KIOSK located in the Club rooms..



Competition Tee Times


Members are requested to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to their tee time. Failure to do this may result in you losing your time and entry into the day’s competition.

SUNDAY. From 24 April 2016 the Club has been assigned block bookings from 7:32 until 07:56 and 10:28 through until 11:16.  Play must be within those blocks of time.

TUESDAY. The Club has block bookings on for Tuesdays starting at 07:16  until 08:04 and then again from 09:16 through until 10:36.

WEDNESDAY. An evening 9 hole competition (‘Chook Run‘)is run during the Daylight Savings months on Wednesday evenings with tee off be between 16:00 and 18:00.  To be eligible for the competition tee off must be within those times. Bookings need to be made through Course Management.

FRIDAY. The Club has a block booking for Members from 07:16 through to 08:44 and then again from 09:48 through until 11:08.

SATURDAY. On Saturdays the Club has a block booking from 07:56 through until 10:52.  For the VGL Medal Saturday, a draw may be held to allocate tee times. Members wishing to partake in the draw must register their interest before 11:00 am on the Saturday prior to the competition,  with tee times allocated thereafter.


Visitors and Guests

The following conditions apply to members and guests who are playing visitors.

A Member shall not introduce more than two (2) playing visitors on any one occasion.  The member must play with his/her visitors/guests.  No person shall be introduced as a visitor/guest on any more than four (4) occasions in any one calendar year.

A Member introducing a visitor/guest to the club must sign them into the visitor’s book on arrival and before commencing play.

A Member shall not knowingly introduce as a visitor…

  1. any person whose name has been expunged from the register of the club
  2. any person who has been refused membership of the club or any other registered club
  3. any person whose presence may, or may reasonably be believed to, have a disruptive influence.  Such a visitor may be asked to leave the club and/or be refused permission to play in the club competition.

Exceptions to this rule may only be allowed by the permission of the General Committee.