FAQ - USGA Membership Benefits


Do I receive a USGA Handicap with my Membership?  

When will I receive my benefits?  

When will I receive the USGA Catalog ?  

What is the USGA Holiday Card Program?  

Are there any discounts associated with my USGA Membership?  

Am I entitled to USGA Championship Tickets as part of my Membership?  

What is a USGA Walking Member?  

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Do I receive a USGA Handicap with my Membership?       top

A handicap is not included as a membership benefit. Please contact your local head golf professional or regional golf association for information about establishing a handicap.

To locate your regional golf association, go to www.usga.org/associations/ , or call the Members Program Customer Service Department at 800-223-0041 between 9:00 AM and 4:30 p.m. (ET). Tell them the state where you reside and they will provide you with the telephone number of your regional golf association.

When will I receive my benefits?       top

Your initial USGA membership benefit package is mailed four to six weeks after payment is received. The remainder of your benefits will be mailed throughout the year, as they become available.

Upper level Members (Champion Club Level and above) will receive the basic membership items in the same time frame indicated above. The benefit items that are associated with each particular level of membership will be mailed in the late fall of every year.

New Members will receive the USGA Rules of Golf book with their initial benefits package. After the first year of membership, renewing Members will receive the Rules of Golf at the beginning of the year in which the book is printed.

When will I receive the USGA Catalog?       top

The USGA Catalog is printed and distributed twice each year -- once in the spring and once in the fall. If you have not received a catalogue, misplaced your copy, or would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the USGA Members Program Customer Service Department at 800-223-0041. You may also call the USGA Catalog at 1-800-755-0293 or visit www.usgacatalog.com .

What is the USGA Holiday Card Program?       top

Each year, holiday cards are designed and printed on behalf of the United States Golf Association. This is a retail opportunity made available to our Members through a mailing each fall. As such, the holiday cards are not part of your USGA membership benefits and are therefore not part of your tax-deductible contribution to the organization.

Are there any additional discounts for USGA Members?       top

Members receive special Member discounts on most items in the USGA Official Catalog and Online Store From Golf House.

There are no green fees or other retail discounts associated with USGA membership. As the governing body of the game of golf, the organization cannot align itself with golf courses or golf products. Any such association would imply an endorsement, which may compromise the objective relationship the USGA must maintain with golf courses and retail golf products.

Am I entitled to USGA Championship Tickets as part of my Membership?       top
All USGA Members are given advance priority to apply for U.S. Open seven-day Grounds Only or Trophy Club ticket packages over the general public during the Members-only application period from March 1 - April 15, 5 p.m. (ET).

This offer is made available through a ticket application online at www.usga.org for the following year's championship or by contacting the Members Program Customer Service staff for an application. Details are outlined on the ticket application.


What is the USGA Walking Program?       top

The Walking Program, created in 1995 for USGA Members, was established to promote one of the traditions of the game. While each individual player has his or her own circumstances to consider when deciding whether to walk or ride, the Program's message is to encourage Members, who are able, to walk. Members who sign a Declaration will receive a walking bagtag for their golf bag. If you are a Member, you may request a Walking Member Declaration by calling 800-223-0041.

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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, www.usopen.com, 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 http://www.usopen.com/IBM

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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.

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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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