* Your GHIN # must be active in order to register for any events.When your home club activates you, you will still remain INACTIVE in the GHIN system until the next handicap revision on the 1st or 15th of the month, whichever comes first.
If your GHIN # has been inactivated please contact your home club to have them reactivate you!
Register Now for PGA Junior League-*PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and enjoy the game of golf. Much like other recreational league sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends. Registration for the new season is now open. For more info, visit www.pgajlg.com/teamgolf to search for programs by ZIP code and register online.
2017 Scholarship Bag Tag Program
*Help Support the VGA Scholarship Fund! 2017 Scholarship Fund Bag Tags are now available!
Consider purchasing a 2017 Scholarship Fund Bag Tag! For a donation of $20.00 or more you will receive the personalized bag tag displayed above.
The 2017 bag tag features the 14th hole at the Dorset Field Club, site of the 2017 Vermont Amateur ampionship!
Click here for more information and to download the 2017 Scholarship Bag Tag Donation Form!
Score Posting Active Season
The active season for posting scores shot in Vermont ended on October 31st. Any scores shot in Vermont after this time and before April 15, 2017 are not eligible for posting for handicap purposes because the condition of many of the Northern courses are not the same as they would be during a typical golf season.
Scores shot in states that are still in an active golf season (i.e. the Carolinas, Florida, etc.) can and should be posted during this period. You can post those scores either by going to www.ghin.com or by posting it from the GHIN Mobile App. For more information, visit the handicap section at www.usga.org
Just a reminder to all VGA & VSWGA members who establish their handicap through the Lakeside Golf Club (internet): All handicaps are automatically inactivated at the end of the year! You will need to pay your 2017 handicap fee before you will be able to register for any online events! If you need to renew your membership, type ghin.com into your browser and press enter. You will see the Username and Password prompts on the right
side of the screen. Type in your username and password. If you cannot remember your Password, click on the 'Forgot Username/Password' prompt and an email will be sent to you with information.
Put your thinking caps on, get better acquainted with the Rules and let the Rules help you to score better!
A and B were partners in four-ball stroke play. At the 11th hole, A picked up and B holed out in 4 strokes. The marker inadvertently recorded a score of 4 for A. The card was returned. What is the ruling
a) The side is disqualified.
b) A is disqualified for the hole. Since B made the 4, a two stroke penalty is added to B's score so the score for the team is a 6.
c) There is no penalty. B's score of 4 stands as the team's score.
Click here for the answer!
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In order to participate in VGA and VSWGA tournaments, players are required to have a valid, active GHIN handicap.
Handicaps are updated twice a month - on the 1st and 15th.
Although your home course may activate you on a given day, your handicap won't become active in the GHIN system until the next revision period on the 1st or 15th - the next one immediately following the day you are activated at your club.
Please be aware of this when planning your summer golf schedule.
We understand that situations can change and some folks may make the decision to forgo a golf course membership for one reason or another. Should you find yourself in this situation, you can still keep your handicap active by becoming a member of the Lakeside Golf Club. Click here for more information. If you have any friends in this situation, please pass this information along to them as well.
2017 US Senior Open Championship
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to experience a National Golf Championship up close and personal? Here is your chance! Online volunteer registration for the 2017 U.S. Senior Open Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and to be held at Salem County Club, June 26-July 2, 2017, is now open.
More than 2,800 volunteers are needed to fill positions on more than 28 committees, including marshals, transportation, leader boards and merchandise. Early submission of the application allows volunteers to specify their committee preference. Interested volunteers should visit www.2017ussenioropen.com. A full description of committee responsibilities is provided on the website to assist volunteers in determining their preferences.
Member Clubs Special Events
Throughout the summer our Vermont member clubs host various golf events that are open to the public, both men and women. For more information about these events, dates and entry forms, check them out at our Member Clubs Special Events page.
Member Clubs Special Golf Offers
Vermont Golfers have two great savings opportunities for golf in 2017:
For more information on either the VIP Card or the Punch Pass - click here!
- The 2017 Golf Value Book VIP Card for $27
Special Rates at 30 Courses
- The 2017 Golf Valuel Book Punch Pass for $197.00
24 free rounds of golf
GHIN Handicap Benefits
One of the benefits of having a GHIN handicap issued through a Vermont club is that you are entitled to receive two great e-Magazines at no charge. The GLOBAL GOLF POST is a weekly e-magazine published every Monday with all the results from the past week's golf tournaments, both Amateur and Professional, along with some great human interest golf stories. The GRAIN is dedicated to the Major Championships and is published 6 times throughout the summer. There is a early season kick-off issue, issues immediately preceding the Masters, US Open, British Open, PGA Championship and in the fall, the Annual Travel Issue is released.
If you are not receiving the Global Golf Post or The Grain, you can sign up by clicking here.
VGA On-line StoreLooking for some gifts for your favorite golfer, or even for yourself? We have tee shirts, headcovers, caps, towels and even some gag gifts - embroidered toilet paper!!
Click here to visit our VGA Online Store!