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1 hour ago, Zippo said:

Yes, it is. And, it says "USGA GHIN" when I open the app on my phone so it's either official or a darn good foreign counterfeit!

Interesting, pro golf must have some sort of deal then. Most clubs are charged $36 from WA state, or it was before, for every member they sign up. I get mine, now, through my PGA section for $10 😁

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I think I pay $60 annually in Northern California. My membership is on auto-renew, so I don't really even think about it. But seeing all these lower costs in other states makes me feel like the NCGA might be a ripoff.

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7 hours ago, Golfingdad said:

Huh.  Here in Southern California I pay $60.

Yours comes with sunshine and warm weather! Mine is only good for 7 months.

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7 hours ago, Darkfrog said:

I think I pay $60 annually in Northern California. My membership is on auto-renew, so I don't really even think about it. But seeing all these lower costs in other states makes me feel like the NCGA might be a ripoff.

He also asked what other benefits you get. Few seem to be answering that question.

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Ours is $50. I don't think I get any benefits other than the handicapping service. My understanding is the $50 fee is split between the state golf association and my men's club. 

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2 hours ago, iacas said:

He also asked what other benefits you get.

I signed up for NCGA/GHIN membership through a phone app (Golfshot) I was using on to keep score and give yardages. I was only interested in the handicap index, so never really paid much attention to all the email and snail mail from NCGA. I stopped using the app several years ago, but kept the NCGA membership for handicap purposes.

I had to look these up on the NCGA website. I've never used any of the benefits but there are discounted NGCA member rates at Poppy Hills/Poppy Ridge golf courses. There are other things listed like exclusive golf/travel deals, member events, and news/information.

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$25 to $30. I have access to GHIN on my phone as well as on my computer. I get weekly email updates from the New York State Golf Association.

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25 minutes ago, Darkfrog said:

I've never used any of the benefits but there are discounted NGCA member rates at Poppy Hills/Poppy Ridge golf courses.

Don't forget the annual free round at Pebble Beach.  It's in the fine print.

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3 hours ago, iacas said:

He also asked what other benefits you get. Few seem to be answering that question.

Missed the part about other benefits.  I don't use many of the additional benefits.  I get Golf Digest Magazine, discounts on some courses, opportunity for some GAM Golf events, etc.  Here is a full list of Member Benefits for a full list.  All for $39.

Member Benefits
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  Track your game with an official GAM/USGA Handicap Index powered by GHIN - including online score posting
  Hotel and resort discounts from Affinity Travel as well as special discounts on sporting events, concerts and theatre shows.
  Swing & Save (show your GAM Golf Card) and receive discount golf at 100-plus Michigan courses, including a large bucket for the price of a medium at Carl’s Golfland.
  GAM Golf Days: Play some of the state’s top private and public clubs and resorts starting at $60.
  Annual Michigan Links Course Directory magazine that includes Golf Day and tournament schedules and special coupons from our sponsors.
  Free access to GolfShot for GAM members and special pricing on the premium version of Golf Shot for GAM members.
  Annual subscription to Golf Digest magazine
  Biweekly Michigan E-Links newsletter to keep you updated on everything GAM!
  GAM events and tournaments for all ages and skill levels
  Get 10% off regular prices at Dunham’s Sports when you show your GAM membership card plus special offers for GAM members throughout the year.
  Win FREE prizes at gam.org and through our various social media - GAM members can enter various online contests to win free golf, and much more!
  Hole-in-One Certificate for those who notch an ace.
  Discounted tickets to the West Michigan Golf Show.
  Receive Destination KOHLER gift card with a Golf Kohler or Dye-Abolical package when booking your getaway.
  Special offers on Golf Travel from Sullivan Golf & Travel
  Receive 20% off full price Linksoul apparel! Visit Linksoul.com and use the promo code GAM20. One time use per member.
  Digital subscription to GolfWeek Magazine.
  Special offers from Imperial Headwear. For the GAM Collection, click HERE.
  Receive 20% off all Rocket Tour Knit Headcovers including the GAM x Rocket Tour Collection. Visit RocketTour.com and use member promo code GAM20.
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11 hours ago, Darkfrog said:

I think I pay $60 annually in Northern California. My membership is on auto-renew, so I don't really even think about it. But seeing all these lower costs in other states makes me feel like the NCGA might be a ripoff.

That’s how I felt too haha.

I also live in an area where mediocre public courses charge triple digits on the weekends simply because they can, so the $60 is pretty tame comparatively.

4 hours ago, boogielicious said:

Yours comes with sunshine and warm weather! Mine is only good for 7 months.

Very true.  If we broke it down by how much we’re each paying per (golfable) day, the price would be a lot more similar. 🙂

Regarding other benefits, as far as I know the only one I’ve ever taken advantage of is a chance to play a lot of the private courses around here.  SCGA has “member outings” to a lot of nice private courses in the area (and some resort courses at discounts) which is a nice thing.

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43 minutes ago, Golfingdad said:

Very true.  If we broke it down by how much we’re each paying per (golfable) day, the price would be a lot more similar.

Correct.  Posting scores almost every day in California can burn up those USGA servers.

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5 hours ago, iacas said:

He also asked what other benefits you get. Few seem to be answering that question.

In Northern California, you get reduced fees at the two courses owned by the NCGA (Northern California Golf Association): Poppy Ridge and Poppy Hills. They are open to anyone, but having an NCGA membership greatly reduces the green fees. You also get access to NCGA run tournaments and a magazine, in print (every other month?) and some newsletters via email, much more frequently. Also, like @Golfingdad said, your NCGA membership gives access to "member for a day" events at some participating private clubs (including the prestigious Olympic Club at Lake Merced).

BTW, I get my handicap through my Associate Club (club without an actual golf course, roaming around for tournaments), and they charge $80, but I think $40 to $50 of that is to pad up the prize money fund of those tournaments: we only add $5 to the green fees when entering a tournament, so that almost doubles it, and gives an incentive for people to play in those tournaments (or that $40-50 is "wasted").

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In Virginia, handicap subscription through a club includes membership in the VSGA.  That membership includes eligibility to VSGA events, a bi-monthly Virginia Golfer Magazine and a subscription to Golf Digest, and some free educational opportunities regarding Rules and Handicaps.

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