The MGA works closely with more than 360 golf clubs as part of its Club Services program. Our club membership comprises public, municipal, semi-private, private and non-real estate facilities located across the Bay State.
Membership with the MGA includes a myriad of club-level benefits including the following:
GHIN Services Program
The MGA provides each club with the software needed to run the GHIN Handicap Program (see links to the right). The comprehensive program allows Member Clubs to properly and efficiently manage the handicap indices of its members. The MGA does not charge its Member Clubs for junior GHIN Handicap fees and it offers complimentary scorecards, labels, etc.
Tournament Management (TM) Program
Beginning with the 2017 season, the MGA and USGA will be collaborating with Golf Genius to provide clubs with all of the tools needed to set up and run member events, leagues and outings. Two distinct Tournament Management software products will be offered to all MGA Member Clubs as a replacement for the current Tournament Pairing Program (TPP). This new product will substantially reduce the workload in the golf shop and provide high-quality printed materials including fully customizable scorecards, cart signs, bag tags, locker labels, tee sheets, alpha lists, etc.
Course Rating, Marking & Measuring Services
As part of its member services package, the MGA rates Member Club courses in accordance with the United States Golf Association (USGA) Course and Slope Rating System. The USGA requires that all new golf courses be rated every three years for a period of nine years and then every 7-10 years thereafter.
Attentive Customer Service
Our experienced and dedicated staff is available to serve the needs of our Member Clubs. Throughout the season, the staff holds regional seminars and conducts on-site visits for members upon request. They are also available to answer any questions via phone or email. If a Member Club has a question or problem... our staff will be there to assist you in a timely manner.
Computer Purchase Discount Program
The need for a powerful and dependable computer is a must for any Member Club trying to manage a membership and tournament program on site at a facility. As a service to our green-grass Member Clubs, the MGA has partnered with CDW - a leading provider of technology products and services for business, government and education - and has created a computer purchase discount program to serve those specific needs. As part of this program, the MGA provides computers (1 per club) to all green-grass clubs.
Economic Impact Study
The MGA, through a collaboration with the Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations (AMGO), have conducted three Economic Impact Studies on the golf industry here in the Bay State. The most recent study data (for the calendar year 2012) indicated that the golf industry in Massachusetts is robust, creating a total economic impact of $2.7 billion annually. The data from the study is invaluable to many different segments of our industry - click here to learn more.
In addition to sponsoring 12 Championship events, the MGA serves as a clearinghouse for all golf events scheduled in the state of Massachusetts. To that end, the MGA publishes and distributes an Annual Championship Calendar which assists member clubs in scheduling and coordinating events of their own. This schedule includes all MGA, USGA, NEGA and major Regional events.
The MGA publishes its nationally-recognized magazine, the MassGolfer magazine, four times per year. This local golf magazine is a complimentary service for all individuals who are members of our Member Clubs. Our members are encouraged to contact the MGA directly to ensure that its membership receive this individual benefit.
Rules of Golf
The MGA is readily available to provide answers to any Rules of Golf questions or concerns. The MGA is an experienced liaison between the USGA - the ultimate authority on the Rules of Golf - and our Member Clubs. As part of its communication and education services, the MGA offers basic Rules of Golf seminars during the summer season for local golf clubs and organizations. In addition to the pre-scheduled events, interested Member Clubs can arrange on-site seminars covering the Rules of Golf for their members' benefit. A minimum of 50 participants is recommended.
The MGA works closely with the Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations (AMGO) in order to monitor all state and national legislation that could affect the operation of its member clubs. For example, AMGO successfully spearheaded legislation which now provides equitable tax relief for open space recreational areas (Chapter 61-B), and in 2002, oversaw the passing of House Bill 4310, which allows 16 and 17 years old to drive a golf cart while working so long as the individual has been issued a license to operate motor vehicles.