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.
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.
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
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.
- 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