CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
(Note 1: A newly forming golf club
should modify and adapt the following Articles to fit its
particular circumstances and review the document with its own
(Note 2: Statements in parenthesis
are recommendations and may be modified as decided by the
Article I - NAME
The name of this golf club shall be
___________________________________________ Golf Club.
Article II - PURPOSE
To stimulate interest in golf at the
____________________________________ (course or company) by
bringing together a group of golfers desirous of forming a
To promote and foster among the members a closer bond and
fraternity for their joint and mutual benefit, and to promote
and conserve the best interests and true spirit of the game of
golf as embodied in its ancient and honorable
To encourage conformance to the USGA Rules of Golf by creating
a representative authority.
To maintain a uniform system of handicapping as set forth in
the USGA Handicap System and issue USGA Handicap Indexes to the
To provide an authoritative body to govern and conduct club
Article III - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership shall be
available to all (men/women) 18 years of age or older. There
shall be a least 10 members with a maximum membership of
Section 2. Memberships in the club
are individual and non-transferable (which is associated with
the ________________________________________ privately owned
and operated golf course).
Section 3. Only golfers with a
reasonable and regular opportunity to play golf with fellow
members and who can personally return scores for posting may be
members and receive USGA Handicap Indexes from the club.
Section 4. Membership confers no
voice in the operation of any golf courses, clubhouses nor any
facilities of the courses.
Section 5. Membership confers no
special privileges in connection with any golf course.
Section 6. Memberships in the club
are for a calendar year only, with all memberships expiring on
Section 7. The fiscal year for the
club will be (November 1st through October 31st).
Section 8. Each candidate for
membership shall be proposed and seconded by two active members
in good standing. The Board of Directors shall act upon each
proposal by vote and two negative votes shall disqualify any
Section 9. The Board of Directors
may confer honorary memberships upon those whom they feel have
contributed to the advancement of golf. The unanimous
affirmative vote of the Board shall be required to approve such
Section 10. In the event that any
member of the club shall commit any act which reflects
discredit or disrepute thereon or shall refuse or neglect to
comply with the rules and regulations adopted by the Board of
Directors or the duly appointed officers, such member shall be
subject to suspension or expulsion after (ten days) written
notice and the right to be heard, by a vote of two-thirds of
the Board of Directors at any regular meeting or special
meeting called for such purpose.
Section 11. The annual meeting of
the ________________________________________ shall be held on
the (third Wednesday in the month of October). The Board of
Directors shall provide for the holding of such other meetings
as may be deemed necessary or desirable, and they shall call
special meetings upon written petition signed by not less than
(ten percent of the membership).
Section 12. A legal quorum at any
meeting shall be (twenty) members present in person or by
proxy. Each active member in good standing shall be entitled to
Section 13. All membership fees and
dues shall be established by the Board of Directors from time
to time in such amounts as they deem to be adequate to operate
and maintain the club. Members shall be liable for dues until
their written resignation has been received and accepted. All
monies collected shall accrue to the benefit of the
Article IV - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. The Board of Directors
shall consist of five members in good standing of the
_______________________________________________ and they shall
exercise all powers of management of the club not specifically
excepted by these By-Laws. The Board of Directors shall include
the General Manager of the golf courses or his nominee.
Section 2. At least five weeks
prior to the Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors shall
appoint a nominating committee consisting of five members of
the organization. At least four weeks prior to the Annual
Meeting, this committee shall submit to the Board and shall
post upon the club bulletin board a list of nominees to fill
any vacancies for the term o office beginning on the day of the
meeting. Names of other members in good standing may be
nominated by petition signed by a least (ten) members and
submitted to the Board at least two weeks prior to the Annual
Meeting. At least one week prior to the Annual Meeting, a list
of all candidates nominated shall be mailed to each member at
their last known address and a copy of such list shall be
posted on the club bulletin board.
Section 3. Voting shall be written
ballot and those names receiving the greatest number of votes
cast shall be declared to be elected. The Board shall appoint a
committee of three judges who are not members of the Board or
candidates for election to supervise the election.
Section 4. The Board of Directors
shall meet at such times and places as they may select and a
majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum at any
Section 5. In the case of any
vacancy through death, resignation, disqualification or other
cause, the remaining directors, even though less than a quorum,
may elect a successor by majority vote to hold office for the
unexpired term of the director whose place shall be vacant, and
until the election of his successor.
Article V - OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES
Section 1. Within (ten days) after
the annual meeting and election, the Board of Directors shall
meet and elect the officers.
Section 2. The officers shall
consist of president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer,
and their duties shall be such as their titles would indicate
or such as may be assigned to them respectively from time to
Section 3. The Board of Directors
shall authorize and define the powers and duties of all
committees. Chairmen and members of all committees shall be
appointed by the president, and the president shall be an
ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating
Section 4. The following committees
shall be appointed each year, with such other committees as the
president may deem necessary or advisable:
Tournament Committee to arrange and
schedule with the management of any golf course as necessary,
and conduct all intra-club and inter-club competitions.
Handicap Committee composed
primarily of members with the responsibility to establish a
fair and proper system of handicaps in accordance with
procedures set forth in the USGA Handicap System Manual.
Membership Committee to investigate
and act upon all applications for membership and to recommend
appropriate action to the Board of Directors.
Social Committee to encourage and
arrange social entertainment features and events for special
Article VI - AMENDMENTS TO BY-LAWS
Section 1. The Board of Directors
shall have the power to repeal or amend any of these By-Laws
provided that such action shall not be effective until approved
by a majority vote of the members of
_______________________________ club at a meeting held in
accordance with the provisions contained herein.