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Join the CSGA

You've bought your first set of clubs. You have been hitting balls on the practice range whenever time permits. And now you are eager to join your friends on the course. This is a common path for new golfers. However, if you want to make it a fair match, you will need to make allowances for each player’s ability. To do that, you will need to establish a USGA Handicap Index.

If you are a GHIN Handicap holder through a CSGA member club you are already a member of the association. If not, Golfers can become a member of the CSGA in one of the following three ways. CSGA membership includes a number of benefits.

Join the CSGA Online 

If you are a GHIN Handicap holder through a CSGA member club you are already a member of the association. If not, CSGA membership is available to all golfers throughout Connecticut who wish to take advantage of the benefits of belonging to the oldest state golf association in the country. The cost of joining the CSGA online is $49 per season (April 1 through November 15) and includes several member benefits.

A CSGA online membership includes a certified USGA Handicap which will be issued through the CSGA E-club.

Join a CSGA Green-Grass Club

CSGA Green-Grass Clubs are CSGA golf clubs located at a specific golf course. A CSGA Green-Grass Club can be a private, semi-private, public, or resort golf course.  Contact the club directly to get started! If you are a member of a CSGA Member Club and are a GHIN handicap holder, you are already a member of the CSGA.

Join via the CSGA Golf Clubs for Connecticut Schools Program (FREE for ages 18-and-younger).

The CSGA Golf Clubs for Connecticut Schools Program offers students CSGA membership including a USGA Handicap Index through our Online Club for Schools. Click here to join!


Now that you have joined a club, you will need to play at a course with a USGA Course Rating™ and Slope Rating®, then post your scores for review by your fellow club members. Once you have posted five adjusted gross scores and a revision date passes, the club will issue you a Handicap Index. An adjusted gross score is a player's gross score adjusted under USGA Handicap System procedures for unfinished holes, conceded strokes, holes not played or not played under the Rules of Golf or Equitable Stroke Control..

Once your Handicap Index is issued, it is important to adhere to the Rules of Golf to ensure accuracy. Click here for more detailed information about situations such as posting nine-hole scores and correctly giving strokes when players are playing from different tees. Click here to order a USGA Handicap Manual for quick reference when out on the course.

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About the CSGA

The CSGA functions as an extension of the USGA and provides stewardship for amateur golf in Connecticut. Founded in 1899, it is the country’s oldest state golf association and conducts over 50 Championships, Qualifiers and One-Day Tournaments throughout the year, in addition to administering handicaps for over 40,000 members and 181 member clubs. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the CSGA supports a variety of golf organizations within Connecticut, including the Connecticut Women’s Golf Association, Southern New England Women’s Golf Association, The First Tee, the Connecticut PGA, the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents and the CSGA Scholarship Fund in honor of Widdy Neale.