START A CLUB
Golf Club Definition
As defined 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 (or interrelated community of facilities) 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
Form Your Own Club
Starting your own club is a very popular option for golfers who have a group of friends that play regularly and want to enjoy the benefits of being an AGA member. In order to establish your own Club and issue USGA Handicaps, you must meet the following criteria:
Must have at least 10 members who have a regular opportunity to play golf together. This means that you need to have at least nine other golfers that you have a reasonable and regular opportunity to play golf with in order to start your own club.
Must operate under by-laws with committees and elect a Handicap Chair. These by-laws explain the structure of the group and guidelines to follow. The duties of the Handicap Committee are outlined in the USGA Rules of Handicapping.
Must make peer review available to the members. Once the group is established it is important that peer review is available. Peer review means that club members have the ability to review the scores and Handicap Indexes of fellow members.