First and foremost, the IGA is an organization of member clubs. Individuals can join the IGA either through a member club (in person) or through our online signup process. Scroll to find out more about both membership types.

Club/Course Membership

IGA Member Clubs see great benefit in membership. Some of the services provided to our member clubs include, but are not limited to:

Benefits of Club/Course Membership

  • Course Rating & Measurement
  • Tournament Management Software & support
  • Handicap Management Software & support
  • Eligibility for IGA Annual Awards
  • Educational seminars (rules, handicapping, course rating & more)

Benefits of Membership Booklet – Click Here

IGA Member Clubs pay annual dues to the IGA. There is an annual club fee as well as dues for the individual members (see info below on individual memberships) at your club.

For information on joining the IGA as a member club, please contact Katelynn Hogenson. Click here to email her.

Individual Membership

You become an IGA Individual Member through your participation in the IGA/USGA Handicap Service (GHIN®) at an IGA member golf club.  Golfers enrolled as an individual member receive much more than just a handicap (see below) including the satisfaction of supporting the game of golf in Iowa.

You can join in one of two ways, in person or online.

Join in Person

Visit one of nearly 230 IGA Member Clubs and ask to get a handicap and join the IGA.  Each course sets their own price, but the cost is typically $30-50 for the entire year.  You can see a list of IGA Member Clubs by clicking here.

Join Online

It is now easier than ever to join the IGA through our online program.  Individuals can go through a step-by-step process where they pick their “home” club (over 115 member clubs participate in the online program), fill out a brief application and make a payment with your VISA, MasterCard or Discover card.  The annual dues for an online membership is $47.

Click here to join the IGA Online.

Benefits of Membership

  • World Handicap Index® (GHIN)®

  • Handicap Index revised daily
  • Eligibility to participate in IGA Championships and Player of the Year races

  • eNewsletter – Your World Handicap Index™ and amateur golf news emailed to you twice a month

  • Free GHIN mobile app – post scores, track stats, and follow playing partners all in one location
  • Membership Card – Available in the GHIN mobile app

  • Online Score Posting

  • Hole-in-one recognition and certificates

  • Discounted travel perks – Save up to 70% on hotels, concert, sporting event, theatre tickets through Affinity Travel Benefits (click here)
  • Current and future benefits include such things as discount programs and other special arrangements made through corporate sponsorships

  • Satisfaction of supporting the game of golf in Iowa


How do I form my own Golf Club?

Sometimes golfers wish to form their own golf club for handicapping purposes.  Usually this is for a group of friends or acquaintances that don’t necessarily play at the same course all the time.  You must have at least 10 people to form your own club.  If you have interest in forming your own “Type 2” club, please email Katelynn by clicking here.


Don't hesitate, become a member of the IGA today to receive awesome benefits and services. Plus, you are helping support the great game of golf that we all love. What's better than that?
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