Whether you are an iconic club like Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, host site of the 118th U.S. Open (USGA/John Mummert)...

Club Membership Overview

The USGA is the game's governing body, dedicated to serving all golfers. The association is proud to include more than 8,000 country clubs, public, daily-fee and municipal golf courses, qualified practice facilities and clubs without real estate as member clubs because they have the same mission -- serving all the men, women and children who play and love golf.

A USGA club membership supports the work of the USGA and provides information and materials to enhance your golf program. To be eligible for USGA Club Membership you must fit into one of three distinct categories: Golf Course, Club Without Real Estate, or Training Facility. New members must also agree to provisions of the USGA By-Laws.

USGA Club Membership By-Laws

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To become a USGA Member Club, please contact USGA Member Club Customer Service at 800-246-7967 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET. Any current USGA Member Club that wants to Renew its Membership can complete the process online.

Golf Course

A golf course of nine or more holes on which the game of golf is played on a natural surface, where holes are separated by fairway and lofted golf clubs are used to reach the green, and a score is tallied against par.

... to one of the thousands of public golf courses open to everyone all over North America (Courtesy/USGA)...

Club Without Real Estate

A group of at least 10 individual players operating in a limited geographic area, running a named club guided by written by-laws and committees to supervise golf activities, where the players have a reasonable and regular opportunity to play golf with each other and scores are posted personally.

Applications must include a copy of your club's by-laws and a name / address roster of your players.

... or a golf facility without a course, you are welcome to become a USGA member club. (Courtesy/USGA)

Training Facility

Any outdoor golf training facility that provides instruction in playing golf, develops skills and showcases the instruction in curriculum that includes the rules and etiquette of the game.

Examples include:

  • Stand-alone practice ranges
  • Golf academies and schools
  • Schools and colleges offering outdoor instruction without a golf course
  • Social or civic clubs which offer instructional programs
  • Caddie camps

If you need more information, please log on to usga.org or call 800-233-0041 to learn more abuot becoming a USGA Member Club.