order to complete the licensing process, each club must first
meet the definition of a golf club.
golf club is an organization of at least ten individual members
that operates under bylaws with committees (including a Handicap
Committee) to supervise golf activities, provide peer review,
and maintain the integrity of the USGA Handicap System (see
Checklist, Section 8-2m and Decision
2/7). A golf club must be licensed by the USGA to
issue a Handicap Index® to its members. A club can obtain
a club license agreement directly from the USGA or through its
membership with the NGA that is already licensed by the USGA and
that has jurisdiction in the area that includes the principal
location of the golf club.
of a golf club must have a reasonable and regular opportunity
to play golf with each other. They must be able to return scores
personally. These scores must be readily available for inspection
by others, including, but not limited to, fellow members and the
clubs Handicap Committee.
golf club must determine its type. A golf club fits into one of
the following three (3) types:
1 - It is located at a single specific golf course with
a valid USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating where a majority
of the club's events are played and where the club's scoring
records reside; or
2 - Its members are affiliated or known to one another
via a business, fraternal ethnis or social organization.
The majority of the club members had an affiliation prior
to organizing the club; or
3 - The members had no prior affiliation and a majority
of the recruiting and sign-up of the membership is done
by solicitation to the general public (e.g., Internet, newspaper).