YOU MAY CONTACT THE VSGA BY CALLING (804) 378-2300, ext. 23
The Virginia State Golf Association is an association of member clubs first and foremost. In order for an individual to join the VSGA, he or she must join one of our more than 315 member clubs (private or public) or form his or her own recreational golf club (minimum of 10 members). When an individual joins or forms a club and pays VSGA membership dues, he or she automatically becomes a member of the association and will reap the benefits and services the association offers.
In order for golfers to secure a USGA Handicap Index, they must be a member of a club (green grass and/or recreational golf club). Individuals cannot get a handicap without belonging to a club; this is what makes associate clubs popular.
THE MANY BENEFITS OF JOINING THE VSGA ARE LISTED HERE
Presently, membership options for joining a VSGA member club include golf course facilities and associate clubs (recreational golf clubs):
1. Golf Course Facilities
Every private golf and/or country club in Virginia and nearly all public golf facilities in the commonwealth have clubs that belong to the VSGA. To find a list of golf course facilities near you, click HERE.
2. Associate Clubs (Recreational Golf Clubs)
Associate clubs (recreational golf clubs) are formed in concert with businesses, churches, synagogues and fraternal organizations, to name just a few. Forming “clubs without real estate” is not difficult, but quite simple. Some VSGA associate member clubs (recreational golf clubs) are connected with courses (in addition to the regular club at the course) but most are not. Some are just groups of people who band together as a club through their common passion for the game. For a list of VSGA associate member clubs (recreational golf clubs), click HERE.
While most golfers think of golf clubs as “green grass” facilities, nationally there has been growth in “clubs without real estate” that has continued to fuel the expansion and reach of regional golf associations like the VSGA.
The VSGA requires that a “club without real estate,” (recreational golf clubs) also known as an associate club (like any member club belonging to the VSGA):
· Have a minimum of at least 10 members.
· Provide club members with a reasonable and regular opportunity to play together.
· Ensure that club members can personally return scores for data entry.
· Make scores available for review by members.
· Create a set of bylaws.
· Appoint a handicap chairperson.
In addition, each “club without real estate” (recreational golf clubs) must meet all of the conditions of the USGA club compliance checklist in order to issue valid USGA Handicap Indexes to golfers.
Dues vary from club to club; please contact the club for more information regarding pricing.