HANDICAPPING
Definition of a Golf Club September 21, 2017 | Far Hills, N.J.

Effective 1/1/18 - Golf Club

A "golf club" is an organization of at least ten individual members* that operates under bylaws with Committees (especially a Handicap Committee) to supervise golf activities, provide peer review, and maintain the integrity of the USGA Handicap System (see Club Compliance Checklist, Section 8-2m and Decision 2/7). A golf club must be authorized by the USGA to utilize the USGA Handicap System. A club can obtain authorization directly from the USGA or in conjunction with its membership in an authorized golf association that is already authorized by the USGA and that has jurisdiction in the geographic area that includes the principal location of the golf club. (See Appendix F.)

*For administrative reasons, some authorized golf associations may require a golf club to have more than the USGA minimum of ten members in order for the golf club to be a member of the authorized golf association.

Members of a golf club must have a reasonable and regular opportunity to play golf with each other. The Members’ scores must be posted as soon as practicable and be available for inspection by others, including, but not limited to, fellow members and the club's Handicap Committee.

A golf club is one of three (3) Types:

Type 1  The members of a Type 1 club are located at a single specific golf course with a valid USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating where a majority of the club's events are played and where the club's scoring records are accessible and demonstrate a frequency of play (see Decision 2/6.5) or

Type 2 The members of a Type 2 club are affiliated or known to one another via a business, fraternal, or social organization. The majority of the club members had an affiliation prior to organizing the club and have no affiliation to any one golf course or demonstrate frequency of play at a single specific golf course. The residence or business address of each member of the golf club must generally be within approximately 75 miles of the principal location of the golf club. ; or

Type 3 The members of a Type 3 club had no prior affiliation, and a majority of the recruiting and sign up of the membership is done by solicitation to the public (e.g., newspaper, Internet) and where the members do not exhibit any regularity of play at any specific golf course. The residence or business address of each member of the golf club must generally be within approximately 50 miles of the principal location of the golf club.

Note: Within the context of the USGA Handicap System, a member is defined as one who is affiliated with an authorized golf club for the purpose of obtaining a Handicap Index. A club’s type should be determined at the local club level. Where clarification of a golf club type is needed, the authorized golf association or the USGA will make the final determination as to the club type.

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