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The Iowa Golf Association sponsors and conducts programs that make the game of golf more enjoyable for all golfers – amateurs and professionals; public and private course players; low and high handicappers.  Whether it be clarifying and teaching the Rules, maintaining the integrity of the Handicap System™ or conducting statewide championships, the IGA acts for the good of the game in Iowa.

What is a Member Club of the IGA?

A member club of the IGA is one that widely and voluntarily supports the IGA through an annual club fee and a minimum commitment to the IGA Individual Member Program. 

What is the Individual Member Program?

Participation in the IGA Individual Member Program is tracked through the golfers enrolled on the IGA Handicap Service (GHIN®) at a golf club.  Golfers enrolled in the Individual Member Program receive much more than just a handicap (see below) including the satisfaction of supporting the game of golf in Iowa.

How do I become an IGA Individual Member?

Someone can become an Individual Member of the IGA by signing up through an IGA Member Club and receiving an active IGA/GHIN membership number.  This membership gives you access to all the Individual Member benefits listed at right, including access to the Golf Handicap Information Network (GHIN®).  There are currently over 190 IGA Member Clubs throughout Iowa but if you cannot find one that suits you then you are not out of options.  You can actually form your own golf club and your club can be a member club of the IGA. 

How do I form my own Golf Club?

A group of golfers who have a prior affiliation (business, fraternal, ethnic, social, etc.) can form their own 'Type 2' golf club.  The club must meet the requirements of a golf club as outlined by the USGA Handicap System™.

You can also start a golf club and recruit other members via solicitation to the public (newspaper, Internet, etc.).  A club that is formed under these circumstances would be a 'Type 3' golf club and must follow a few more requirements than type 1 and 2 clubs.

Member Club Benefits 

All Services listed below are included in the dues paid by Member Clubs.

  • Course Measurement and Rating Services

  • Handicapping: Following the USGA Handicap System that allows golfers of all abilities to compete against one another, the IGA utilizes a network (GHIN®) that allows a golfer to post scores at thousands of golf courses throughout the country.

  • GHIN Software Suite including Handicapping Program, Tournament Pairing Program, which is used to manage all your tournament and event needs, and other software modules

  • Handicap Licensing: through your membership in the IGA, your club will fall under the license the IGA holds to issue Handicap Indexes™.

  • IGA Membership Directory Listing

  • IGA Website Listing using 'IGA Club Locator' mapping tool for information, club special promotions and directions to all IGA Member Clubs

  • Listing of Club Events on our online Statewide Tournament Database

  • Eligibility for IGA Annual Awards

  • Eligibility to field a team in the Annual 'IGA Club Team Championship'

  • Education: The IGA routinely conducts seminars for your club members and staff on Handicapping, Rules of Golf, tournament administration, GHIN Software, and Issues affecting Golf Clubs. The IGA is also available to speak at your club on a number of subjects on a request basis.

Individual Member Benefits

Each member that participates in the Individual Member Program at your club is entitled to the following benefits:

  • USGA Handicap Index®  from the Golf Handicap Information Network (GHIN)®

  • Eligibility to participate in IGA Championships and Player of the Year races

  • Eligible to participate in "IGA Member Play Days". The IGA is pleased to organize the opportunity for our members to play these courses which are not normally available to the public. The fee varies for each day but each time is less than the normal guest fee. These play days are not formal competitions and are open exclusively to IGA Members.

  • A subscription to Iowa Links, the email newsletter of the IGA (when email address is provided)

  • eRevision - Your Handicap Index™ emailed to you at each revision

  • Membership Card

  • Online Score Posting

    A digital copy of the IGA's annual Yearbook

  • Access to International Golf Network (IGN) for score posting while traveling

  • Hole-in-one recognition and certificates

  • Current and future benefits include such things as discount programs and other special arrangements made through corporate sponsorships

  • Satisfaction of supporting the game of golf in Iowa

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