Handicap Club Membership
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Looking to establish a handicap in Arizona? Then an AGA Handicap Club membership is for you!
A Handicap Club membership is for golfers who are interested in maintaining a USGA Handicap Index. In order to maintain a handicap, you must join an Arizona Golf Association member club.
There are three types of AGA member clubs:
- Green grass clubs, also known as Type 1 clubs, are groups of individuals who are affiliated with a golf course property whether it's private, semi-private, public, retirement, resort or military. The club is located at a single specific golf course with a valid USGA Course and Slope Rating where a majority of the club's events are played and where the club's scoring records reside.
- Affiliate Clubs, or Type 2 clubs, are not attached to any particular golf course, but conduct tournaments on a regular basis and whose members are affiliated or known to one another via a business, fraternal, ethnic or social organization. The majority of the club members had an affiliation prior to organizing the club
- Unaffiliated Clubs, or Type 3 clubs, consist of members that had no prior affiliation before joining and a majority of the recruiting and sign-up of the membership is done by solicitation to the general public.
Club members must follow the rules and regulations set forth by the United States Golf Association in the administration of the handicap system. Memberships are available for both 9-hole and 18-hole clubs.
In most instances, individuals pay their AGA dues directly to the club to which they belong. Some AGA member clubs, however, have opted to allow members to pay their dues through the AGA website.
Your AGA club handicap membership dues pay for more than just your USGA Handicap. The Arizona Golf Association:
- Is licensed by the United States Golf Association (USGA) to provide handicapping services to its member clubs.
- Provides access to the Arizona Handicap Network (AZHN), a state-of-the-art handicap system through association provided computers at all Arizona member clubs. The AZHN provides all AGA members an online, real-time method for posting scores.
- Provides access to member clubs that allow the posting of scores over the Internet.
- Through the AZHN network, provides management tools to clubs to ensure fair and accurate handicaps of its members - a vital responsibility of a club's handicap/tournament committees.
- Is the authoritative source of information on the operations of the USGA Handicap System -- provides expertise and support to handicap committees to assist them in following the rules of the USGA Handicap System.
- Conducts educational seminars to handicap committees in order to satisfy the USGA's requirement that each club have a representative certified in the administration of the USGA Handicap System.
- Publishes a magazine, Arizona, The State of Golf, free of charge to all AGA club members. The January issue includes tournament information for the upcoming year and a directory of all golf courses in Arizona.
- Provides members with access to the AGA web site enabling them to post scores online, review both their own scoring records as well as the record of other members of the association, enter tournaments, and obtain information on Arizona golf course.
- Provides discounts to the membership through alliances with corporate sponsors and partners.
- Manages a successful club delegate program to facilitate communication with our member clubs.
- Provides opportunities for volunteerism and annually recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the association and the game.
- Oversees the Arizona Golf Foundation (AGF), a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, that is targeted toward juniors and relies on charitable donations to fund programs.
- Conducts the Arizona Amateur Championship, the premier amateur championship in the state, as well as 30 plus tournaments each year, providing a competitive venue for individuals of all ages and ability.
- Administers the regional qualifying rounds for the championships conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA).
- Conducts an annual Club Team Championship at a premier golf facility in the state. Each club is entitled to enter one two-person team to participate in a qualifying tournament to determine the 52-team field.
- Recognizes exceptional playing ability through its annual sponsorship of teams to participate in the Arizona Utah 'Shootout', the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, the International Team championship in Peru. Every other year it sends a team to represent Arizona at the USGA State Team Championship.
- Assists college golf programs through financial support and assistance in the administration of regional competitions.
- Provides an authoritative source of information on all aspects of tournament administration and course marking.
- Provides expertise and education in the interpretation and application of the USGA Rules of Golf.
- Is the local representative of the USGA in matters of amateur status.
- Provides course measuring services to member clubs - a critical element of accurate USGA Course and Slope ratings.
- Provides global positioning satellite (GPS) services for golf courses to acquire accurate measurements of sprinkler heads as well as golf course mapping, which is used to generate yardages books and effective irrigation management tools. Additional fees are required for this service.
- Through a license with the USGA, rates all member clubs throughout Arizona and northern Mexico in order to provide the USGA Course and Slope Rating - an essential element of the USGA Handicap System.
- Works with and supports local allied associations including the Arizona Women's Golf Association, Cactus and Pine (golf course superintendents), Golf Industry Association) Junior Golf Association of Arizona and the Southwest Section PGA.
- Has representation on several USGA committees and has participated in changes and improvements to the USGA Handicap and Course Rating Systems.