FAQs



FAQs 

USGA Mission Statement

What are the USGA's Primary Functions?

How can I become a USGA Member?

What if I don't know my USGA Member ID?

Corporate and Bulk Orders

What is the difference between the USGA and the PGA or the LPGA?

How can I contact the PGA of America, the PGA Tour or the LPGA?

I purchased merchandise at a USGA championship. Who do I contact to exchange or return the item?

USGA Directory

USGA Championship Schedule

Why can't I order Rules of Golf items if I live outside the United States and its territories?

What is the USGA's privacy policy?



 

USGA Mission Statement      top

The United States Golf Association promotes and conserves the true spirit of the game of golf as embodied in its ancient and honorable traditions. It acts in the best interests of the game for the continued enjoyment of those who love and play it.

The USGA serves the game most visibly through the conduct of its national championships. Together with The R&A, the Association provides governance for the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, establishing equipment standards, and formulating the Rules of Amateur Status. The Association also maintains the USGA Handicap and Course Rating Systems, develops and promotes sustainable golf course management practices, and celebrates the history of the game. 

What are the USGA's Primary Functions?       top

  • Conducts 13 national championships
  • Writes & interprets the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status.
  • Serves as the authority in all matters that arise relative to the game.
  • Sponsors programs that serve everyone who plays the game, whether beginner, amateur or professional, public or private course player.

How can I become a USGA Member?      top

To become a Member, simply  click here  or you can call (800) 223-0041 to join, Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (ET). As a USGA Member, you will receive many great benefits including: the latest edition of the "Rules of Golf", advance priority to purchase U.S. Open tickets, a personalized USGA bag tag and Member ID card, Members-only U.S. Open golf hat and access to the online  Member Clubhouse with exclusive content and offers. In addition, you will enjoy special Member-only discounts on  USGAshop.com  and in the  Museum Photo Store . Benefits are subject to change. 

What if I don't know my USGA Member ID?      top

Your USGA Member ID can be located on your USGA Member ID card that you received with your USGA benefits package. Your ID can also be located at the top right corner of the USGA Insider e-newsletter that is sent to USGA Members with e-mail addresses. If you cannot locate your Member ID, please call Members Program Customer Service at (800) 223-0041, Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (ET) or e-mail membership@usga.org .


Corporate and Bulk Orders      top

If you are placing an order for U.S. Open gifts that will be distributed at or in connection with the U.S. Open Championship to guests that will be attending the championship, whether or not the gifts are to be distributed on the premises of the championship site or a nearby facility, your order must be placed through the U.S. Open Corporate Merchandise Office. Additionally, U.S. Open merchandise cannot be co-branded with a corporate logo under any circumstances, unless the corporation has purchased a corporate hospitality tent and/or ticket package through the USGA. In that case, co-branded merchandise may be purchased only through the U.S. Open Corporate Merchandise Office by calling (908) 234-2300. 

Bulk or Large-Volume Orders Bulk merchandise purchases* ("Bulk Orders") are those orders totaling $1,000 or more and/or any order of a quantity of 25 or more of any one item. Customers are limited to placing two Bulk Orders per calendar year. Requests for additional quantities or orders must be submitted in writing to the USGA and may/may not be approved at the sole discretion of the USGA. Customers placing Bulk Orders must complete and sign the attached Bulk Merchandise Purchase Agreement Form and are subject to the approval of the USGA. 

Merchandise bearing any USGA trademarks and/or logos may not be altered after purchase (e.g. the addition of other trademarks or embroidery or combination with any other merchandise). Further, the USGA prohibits the commercial resale, including resale via online auction sites, of any merchandise purchased in bulk from USGA catalogs and stores, including but not limited to www.usgashop.com. 

*Important Note: If you are placing an order for U.S. Open gifts that will be distributed at or in connection with the U.S. Open Championship to guests that will be attending the championship, whether or not the gifts are to be distributed on the premises of the championship site or a nearby facility, your order must be placed through the U.S. Open Corporate Merchandise Office. Additionally, U.S. Open merchandise cannot be co-branded with a corporate logo under any circumstances, unless the corporation has purchased a corporate hospitality tent and/or ticket package through the USGA. In that case, co-branded merchandise may be purchased only through the U.S. Open Corporate Merchandise Office by calling (908) 234-2300.


What is the difference between the USGA and the PGA or the LPGA?      top

The USGA is the not-for-profit governing body of the game of golf. Existing to preserve and protect golf's tradition, this organization monitors the rules of golf and equipment standards in an effort to ensure that skill rather than technology represents the essence of the game. 

The USGA also conducts turfgrass and environmental research, maintains a National Handicap and Course Rating System and preserves an extensive collection of golf memorabilia at its museum and library. On behalf of all golfers, both amateur and professional, the USGA conducts three Open championships each year -- Men's, Senior Men's and Women's - and 10 Amateur championships.

The PGA (the Professional Golfers Association of America) and the LPGA (the Ladies Professional Golf Association of America) are organizations of individual professional golfers. Both the PGA and LPGA conduct tournaments for their members. Also, members of these associations provide expert golf instruction and are involved in a number of other local activities. The USGA has a close working relationship with these organizations.


How can I contact the PGA of America, the PGA Tour or the LPGA?      top

PGA of America
100 Avenue of the Champions
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 33418
561-624-8400
fax: 407-624-8448
http://www.pga.com/home

PGA Tour
112 TPC Boulevard
Ponte Verde, Fla. 32082
904-285-3700
fax: 904-285-7913
http://www.pgatour.com

LPGA
100 International Golf Drive
Daytona Beach, Fla. 32124-1092
Phone: (386) 274-6200
Fax: (386) 274-1099
http://www.lpga.com



I purchased merchandise at a USGA championship. Who do I contact to exchange or return the item?      top

The merchandise pavilion at a USGA championship is usually operated by either the USGA or the host golf course. All sales are final. Items are non-returnable as denoted on signage inside the pavilion and on your receipt, unless noted otherwise. Any size exchanges would only be allowed during the week of the championship, which requires an admission ticket. For defective items, please call the USGA Merchandising Department at (908) 234-2300 for further direction.


USGA Directory      top

Headquarters:
United States Golf Association
P.O. Box 708
77 Liberty Corner Road
Far Hills, NJ 07931
T (908) 234-2300 F (908) 234-9687

Rules of Golf Department (All questions regarding Rules of Golf)
www.rulesofgolf.com  or  www.usga.org/rules    |    rules@usga.org  
T (908) 234-2300

GHIN (Golf Handicap Information Network, scorecards, software)
www.GHIN.com
T (908) 253-8800

USGA Museum 
www.usgamuseum.com  
T (908) 234-2300 F (908) 470-5013
museum@usga.org

Museum and Gift Shop Contact:
Kim Gianetti, Manager, Museum Gift Shop
T (908) 234-2300 ext. 1245 or  kgianetti@usga.org

USGA Museum Photo Store (Purchase photographs from USGA Archives)
www.photos.usgamuseum.com

Holiday Card Center (Golf-themed holiday cards and note papers, gifts)
www.holidaycardcenter.org/usga  
T (800) 556-5490


USGA Championship Schedule      top

Click here to view the Championship Schedule at USGA.org >>


Why can't I order Rules of Golf items if I live outside the United States and its territories?      top

Due to an agreement with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, sales of Rules items are limited to customers in the U.S., its territories and Mexico. We will, however, ship one of each Rules item to each of our USGA Members as a membership courtesy. Please contact the Royal and Ancient for all other Rules needs at www.randa.org or via phone at (011) 44-133-446-0000.


What is the USGA's privacy policy?          top

You can view our privacy policy by clicking  Privacy Policy .