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March 25, 2009
What is the USGA/GAM Alliance Membership Program?
It's an alliance of GAM golf clubs and facilities that have
agreed to enroll their members in the USGA/GAM Alliance
program at no additional cost beyond their regular annual
How do I know if my golf club has agreed to participate in
the Alliance Membership?
Please contact the Golf Association of Michigan (GAM)
Membership Department at (248) 478-9242 for a complete
listing of participating GAM golf clubs.
What if I'd like to participate in the Alliance Membership
but my GAM golf club doesn't?
If you have a USGA Handicap Index administered by GAM, you
can contact GAM Membership Department to be added as a
USGA/GAM Alliance Member.
What benefits do I receive as a USGA/GAM Alliance
In addition to your GAM benefits, you will receive a deluxe
personalized USGA/GAM bag tag, special USGA Member discounts
and offers, the monthly
e-newsletter and the opportunity to volunteer at USGA
When can I expect to receive the Alliance Membership
benefit package including the USGA/GAM bag tag and my USGA
GAM Members with valid mailing addresses who have an active
GAM Membership as of Apr. 15, 2009 can expect to receive the
Alliance Membership package in mid-to-late May. GAM Members
who join between April 16 and June 27
will receive their benefits by mid-June to early-July. GAM
Members who join between June 28 and July 27 will receive
their benefits by mid-August.
What happens if I am already a USGA member?
If you are currently an Individual, Dual or Junior Member of
the USGA, your USGA Membership will be extended one year from
your current USGA expiration date at no extra cost.
What happens if I have an upper-level USGA Membership?
GAM members who are also USGA Members at the Champion, Eagle,
Medal, Honor or Patron level will not have their USGA
Membership extended and will not participate in the Alliance
program. These Members will continue to receive their USGA
upper-level benefits in the fall. To view a complete list of
USGA Membership levels and benefits, visit
I just received a notice from the USGA to renew my USGA
Membership. What should I do?
If you would like to continue to receive the associated USGA
member benefits (e.g., a U.S. Open hat) at the basic and dual
Member level then please renew your USGA Membership. GAM
Members who are active USGA Members at the basic level will
have their USGA Membership extended for a period of one year
and will be automatically enrolled in the USGA/GAM
Alliance Membership program.
I just received a notice from the USGA to renew my
upper-level USGA Membership. What should I do?
If you would like to continue to receive the USGA upper-level
membership benefits (e.g., USGA Championship calendar, U.S.
Open hat, etc.) then please renew your USGA Membership. GAM
Members who are also active USGA Members at the Champion,
Eagle, Medal, Honor and Patron Level
have their USGA Membership extended (as provided to the basic
and dual members) and these Members will continue to receive
their USGA upper level benefits in the fall.
As a USGA/GAM Alliance Member, am I eligible to apply for
the random drawing to purchase tickets for the 2010 U.S. Open
at Pebble Beach?
Yes, USGA/GAM Alliance Members are eligible to apply for the
random drawing during the application period of March 1 to
April 15 (5 p.m. EST). A USGA Member ID is required to enter
the drawing. GAM Members, who are not currently active USGA
Members can call the USGA Customer Service Staff at (800)
223-0041 Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (EST) for
assistance. Please identify yourself as an USGA/GAM Member to
the Customer Service associate and request a USGA Member ID
number to include on the ticket application (
What is the United States Golf Association?
The USGA is a non-profit organization that has served as the
national governing body of golf for the U.S., its territories
and Mexico since its formation in 1894. The Association
sponsors a variety of programs that benefit everyone who
plays the game, among them: conducting 13 national
championships each year, writing and interpreting The Rules
of Golf, funding turf grass research, promoting better course
maintenance practices and equipment standards, and supporting
grassroots programs through its
For the Good of the Game
I have a question on my USGA Membership, who can I
If you have additional questions, simply contact the USGA
Members Program Customer Service,
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT) at (800)
What if I want to receive additional USGA Membership
If you would like to upgrade your USGA Membership to obtain
additional benefits (e.g., U.S. Open Golf hat, The Rules of
Golf), please contact the USGA Members Program Customer
Service Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET) at
What if I don't want this membership?
You have the option to decline this membership offer by
contacting the GAM Membership Department at (248) 478-9242.
However, we hope you reconsider your support of the USGA and
try the membership for a year.
Is my privacy protected?
The USGA will not make the personal information of Alliance
Members available to third parties (except as may be
necessary to fulfill the Alliance Membership) unless the
Alliance Member is already or becomes a USGA Member in the
future. E-mail addresses will be used solely for the purpose
of sending monthly USGA/GAM Alliance e-newsletters and other
Alliance communications. Club Members lists are subject to
What if I don't want to receive the Alliance
USGA/GAM Alliance Members can opt out of these communications
at any time by clicking on the "Unsubscribe" button located
at the bottom of every e-newsletter. You will be unsubscribed
from the USGA/GAM Alliance e-mail communications within 10
What will happen to my USGA/GAM Alliance Membership after
The USGA/GAM Alliance Membership pilot program will be
evaluated in the fall of 2009. We will send an e-mail
announcement on the future of the program in December 2009.
Why am I still receiving solicitations from the USGA to
join the Members Program?
In an effort to attract new supporters, the USGA solicits
prospective Members through the mail.
The USGA obtains names from a variety of golf-related mailing
lists. The names on the list are checked against the USGA
current membership records to avoid sending out invitations
to USGA Members. If the name and address on the list is
slightly different from the name or address on the USGA
Membership file, a solicitation may be sent out. Please
contact the Members Program Customer Service Staff and the
USGA will eliminate the second address in the future.
What happens to my USGA/GAM Alliance Membership if I move
out of state during the year?
Unless you request otherwise, you will continue as a USGA/GAM
Alliance Member until your USGA/GAM membership expires.
My contact information recently changed, how can I update
Please contact the USGA Members Program by calling (800)
223-0041 or via e-mail to