How do I become a member of the CSGA?
The CSGA is an association of golf clubs. You must join the CSGA through an CSGA club. There are two types of CSGA golf clubs: regular (affiliated with golf courses) and associate (no affiliation with a golf course facility). CSGA eClubs (regional associate clubs based via the Internet) are a new type of associate club. An associate club is a group of 20 or more members who play golf on a regular basis and have a reasonable opportunity to play golf with one another. Associate clubs can be found just about anywhere, including work places, social groups, etc. For more information on joining the CSGA, click here.
Do I need to join a private club to be a member?
No. You can go into the pro shop of virtually any public course within the state of Connecticut and tell them you'd like to get a Handicap Index and become an CSGA member. They will help you register for the CSGA member club that is affiliated with that golf course. You can also join an CSGA eClub, based on your place of residency.
Why do I need a USGA Handicap Index?
The USGA handicapping system was developed to allow golfers of varying abilities to play together on equal footing, and having a Handicap Index brands you as a true golfer, not just someone who plays golf. You can track your improvement and compete in tournaments or other more casual outings, many of which ask for a Handicap Index when you register.
Besides a Handicap Index, what else do I get for my CSGA membership?
Benefits of CSGA membership include the ability to enter and play in CSGA championships and one-day tournaments, the CSGA e-Revision Newsletter, subscription to the CSGA Links Digital Magazine, and access to special deals and offers available only to CSGA members. Many CSGA members also take advantage of educational opportunities such as Rules workshops.
What else do my membership dollars go to support?
As a non-profit organization, the CSGA directs a portion of membership dues to support the a variety of "Good for the Game" initiatives, such as the CSGA Scholarship Program, the First Tee of Connecticut, the Connecticut Section PGA, and many others.