Club Membership Overview

The USGA is an organization of 8,000 clubs, courses and qualified practice facilities serving all golfers as the national governing body for the game. A USGA club membership supports the work of the USGA and provides information and materials to enhance your golf program.

To be eligible for USGA Club Membership you must fit into one of three distinct categories: Golf Course, Club Without Real Estate, or Training Facility. New members must also agree to provisions of the USGA By-Laws.

USGA Club Membership By-Laws

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To become a USGA Member Club, please contact USGA Member Club Service at 800-246-7967 Monday-Friday from 9-4:30 ET.

Golf Course

A golf course of nine or more holes on which the game of golf is played on a natural surface, where holes are separated by fairway and lofted golf clubs are used to reach the green, and a score is tallied against par.

Club Without Real Estate

A group of at least 10 individual players operating in a limited geographic area, running a named club guided by written by-laws and committees to supervise golf activities, where the players have a reasonable and regular opportunity to play golf with each other and scores are posted personally.

Applications must include a copy of your club's by-laws and a name / address roster of your players.

Sample By-Laws

A Word About Handicapping

If a golf club plans on offering its members a USGA Handicap Index™, there are specific requirements established by the USGA. The club must establish a handicap committee and elect a handicap chairman who is able to meet an educational requirement. The club itself must also undergo a license procedure.

It is recommended that the handicap chairman complete the educational seminar and test before the club applies for a license.

Further Information on Handicap Education

USGA Handicap System Licensing

Training Facility

Any outdoor golf training facility that provides instruction in playing golf, develops skills and showcases the instruction in curriculum that includes the rules and etiquette of the game.

Examples include:

  • Stand-alone practice ranges
  • Golf academies and schools
  • Schools and colleges offering outdoor instruction without a golf course
  • Social or civic clubs which offer instructional programs
  • Caddie camps


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The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

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Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.

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IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website,, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit

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Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

For more information on Lexus, visit

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American Express

Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

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