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Club Licensing Program FAQ's

Why did the USGA create the Club Licensing Program?
The purpose of the Club Licensing Program is to ensure that all golf clubs in the United States are compliant with the USGA Handicap System™. Each golf club must meet the requirements of the Club Compliance Checklist before they are authorized to issue USGA Handicap Indexes. If a club is found to be non-compliant, then they will not be authorized to issue USGA Handicap Indexes.

Who is eligible to participate in the Club Licensing Program?
The Club Licensing Program is for all clubs in the United States that wish to issue a USGA Handicap Index® to their members. If a club is a member of the Nebraska Golf Association, then they must sign an agreement with the NGA. Any golf club wishing to issue USGA Handicap Indexes that is not a member of the NGA must be approved through the USGA Club Licensing Program.

What is the NGA's role in the Club Licensing Program?
The NGA is responsible for veryifying that any club wishing to become authorized is compliant with the USGA Handicap System. Specifically, the NGA needs to verify that the golf club follows the correct handicap revision schedule, active/inactive season dates and other items in the Club Compliance Checklist. If the club is compliant, then the NGA must sign and approve the application. If the NGA is aware that the club in question is not compliant, then the NGA will provide the golf club with information as to why they are not in compliance.

What is expected of the current member clubs of the NGA in regards to the Club Licensing Program?
The NGA must receive written confirmation from each of our member clubs stating that the club is following the USGA Handicap System. Member clubs must fill out and sign the Licensing Program for Clubs Application that they received from the NGA. Once a club is in compliance with the USGA Handicap System, the NGA will send a listing of their authorized clubs to the USGA, so that their club names will be placed on the USGA Web site. Authorized NGA member clubs will also be listed on the NGA Web site.

When did the Club Licensing Program begin and how long will the program last?
The Club Licensing Program began January 1, 2005. Throughout 2005, NGA member golf clubs wishing to become authorized to issue USGA Handicap Indexes sent their application to the NGA for approval. NGA non-member clubs wishing to become authorized requested their application from the USGA for approval. Any golf club that was authorized will remain so until December 31, 2015 provided they have a representative from the club attend a USGA Handicap System seminar whether conducted by the NGA or USGA.

Where can interested golf clubs obtain an application for the Club Licensing Program?
Interested golf clubs may contact Justin at the NGA office by calling (402) 505-4653, ext. 104.