USGA Club Licensing
The USGA Handicap System Licensing Program for Clubs is a requirement for all clubs in the United States wishing to utilize the USGA Handicap System. If a club is a member club of the authorized golf association in its area, and a member club is considered as a club that uses the authorized golf association’s handicap computation service, then it must sign an agreement with the authorized golf association. Any independent golf club that is not part of an authorized golf association and wishes to utilize any aspect of the USGA Handicap System must be licensed directly through the USGA. To review the licensing policies or to begin the licensing process now, see the links below:
NEW: In 2016 the USGA Handicap department will be introducing and implementing
a new club compliance and education assessment that will be required for all golf
clubs. This assessment will be an annual requirement and will be administered
electronically through the authorized golf associations and the USGA. The
assessment will aid the authorized golf associations to identify clubs in its geographic
jurisdiction that may need additional assistance regarding the USGA Handicap
In addition, any new golf clubs in for 2016-2017 will be required to satisfy the
handicap seminar participation and passing of the open-book quiz either online at
USGA.org or through its authorized golf association’s education program. This will
allow authorized golf associations who will be asked to give attention and collaborate
in other areas to spend more time on those efforts, and to prepare for the 2018
Handicap System implementation.
The USGA has initiated an audit program for golf clubs to ensure the integrity of the USGA Handicap System is being maintained. The USGA randomly selects licensed golf clubs to complete the audit program and to provide evidence that they are using the USGA’s formulas and service marks correctly in connection with the USGA Handicap System. All licensed golf clubs are subjected to being audited by the USGA, regardless of whether there is a compliance item in question or not.