If so, why.
If not, why not.
I'm trying to decide if I should join.
I've been a member since 1991. I believe in and support their goals, and what better way than through a membership.
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.
When you join, for $25 you get:
• Member-only U.S. Open golf hat
• Latest edition of The Rules of Golf
• USGA Championship Preview
• Personalized Members bag tag
• Advance priority to purchase U.S. Open ticket packages
...plus much more!
This alone is a great deal.
Yep. Have been for over 20 years. I like to support the game, and supporting the organization that probably does the most to preserve the game is one of the easiest ways to do it.
Gotta admit, getting my U.S. Open hat is a highlight of every year too......and my Merion hat just came a couple of weeks ago!
I have been a member since the 80's, But I am not going to renew. The last several years, I have had to call numerous times to get my benefits, and numerous times I have gotten the run around. I am just tired of having to beg for the things that they have promised to send me. This is probably an isolated case, but it has happened to me the last three years.
FYI, you can order rules booklets for free whether you're a member or not.
No excuses not to have one, even if you don't want to pay for a membership.
If you are an avid golfer who really enjoys the game, there is no excuse for not belonging to the USGA. You don't join for the "benefits." As others have said, you join to support the organization that governs the world's greatest game. For example, the USGA donates millions of dollars to research organizations for turf management and other agronomic research directly related to maintaining golf courses. They also test equipment, manage the rule book, handicap system and also provide millions in grants to under-privileged and disabled individuals.