Definition of a Golf Club January 1, 2020

As determined by the USGA, a golf club is an organization of at least ten active 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 Rules of Handicapping.

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 specific golf course with a valid 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; 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 specific golf course. Members generally must be within approximately a 100 mile radius of the principal location of the golf club. The principal location of a golf club must be the physical address in the city or town which the club first identified in its application for an authorization; 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). Members do not exhibit any regularity of play at any specific golf course. Members generally must be within approximately a 100 mile radius of the principal location of the golf club. The principal location of a golf club must be the physical address in the city or town which the club first identified in its application for an authorization

Note: Where clarification of a golf club type is needed, the Allied Golf Association or the USGA will make the final determination as to the club type.