USE OF MATERIALS ON USGA SITES
LINKING AND FRAMING
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USGA ONLINE CATALOGUE
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RULES OF GOLF [to come].
visiting www.usga.org, you can
reach the USGA's Handicapping section. Since its inception in 1912,
the USGA Handicap System has made it possible for golfers of differing
abilities to enjoy fair competition. Today, there are more than 4.5 million
golfers who have USGA Handicap Indexes issued by golf clubs. It is important
to note that the USGA does not issue Handicap Indexes directly to golfers.
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including the complete USGA Handicap System manual, and provides
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(the "Catalogue") allows you to order products ("Merchandise")
offered by the USGA. Northern Fulfillment, an independent merchandise
vendor (the "Vendor"), fulfills all Merchandise. By placing
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responsible for the fulfillment and shipment of all Merchandise ordered.
The Vendor can be reached by using the contact information provided
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consisting of your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and
credit card information and shipping address. (Please refer to the USGA's
for an explanation about how such information may be collected and used.)
You can reach USGA Customer
Service by calling (800) 736-3044, 7AM - Midnight, EST, 7 days a week.
You may also write to USGA Customer Service, 1000 Westgate Drive, St.
Paul, MN 55114-1077.
POLICY. The USGA
recognizes the importance its visitors place on privacy issues. We do
not share personal information regarding our visitors with any outside
organizations. Any information you give us will only be used in accordance
with the practices described below.
describes the information we collect about you from the USGA Sites and
how we use such information. Our statement also describes the choices
you can make about how we collect and use your information. By visiting
any USGA Site, you are consenting to accept the practices described below.
please do not use any USGA Site.
We suggest that you review
was last revised in September 2001.
- WHAT INFORMATION DOES
THE USGA COLLECT?
- HOW DOES THE USGA USE
- WHAT ARE "COOKIES"
AND HOW DOES THE USGA USE THEM?
- HOW DOES THE USGA PROTECT
MY ORDER INFORMATION?
- WILL THE USGA DISCLOSE
THIS INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES?
- CHILDREN'S POLICY
- CONTACT THE USGA
DOES THE USGA COLLECT?
When you visit any USGA Site,
our web server automatically recognizes your Internet Protocol (IP) address
as well as other information about your visit to the Site, all of which
is non-identifying and used to compile statistics about traffic to our
web site. In addition, the USGA collects the following identifying information:
- When you visit www.usga.org
to submit an on-line entry application for a USGA Championship, we ask
for your name, mailing address, telephone number, credit card number
and expiration date. In addition, we ask for information concerning
your golf background including whether you are an Amateur or a Professional,
the name and address of your golf club and your USGA Handicap Index.
Finally, if you are a minor, we request the name and telephone numbers
of your parent/guardian and your family physician. This information
allows us to process and evaluate your entry application.
- When you sign up as a USGA
member at www.usga.org, we ask for
your e-mail address, mailing address, daytime phone number, credit card
number and expiration date. This allows us to process and fulfill your
registration and to notify you of your registration status.
- When you post messages on
our Guestbook web page located at www.usga.org,
we ask for your name and e-mail address. Your message will be posted
on the USGA Guestbook web page, together with your name, e-mail address
and the date and time that you posted your message.
- When you sign up for a Handicap
Seminar at www.usga.org, we ask for
your name, mailing and e-mail address, and telephone and fax numbers.
In addition we ask if you are a PGA Member and if so, we ask you to
provide your member number. This information allows us to process your
registration form to ensure your space at the Seminar.
- When you make purchases
from our on-line catalogue located at shop.usga.com,
we ask for your name, telephone number, e-mail address, mailing
address, credit card number and expiration date. This information
allows us to process your order and to notify you of your order
status. We may need to contact you via phone, postal mail or email
if we have questions regarding your order. In addition, if you are
a USGA Member, we also ask for your membership identification number
so that you may receive the appropriate membership discount.
HOW DOES THE
USGA USE MY INFORMATION?
The information we collect
is used to improve the content of our web pages and to customize the content
and/or layout of our pages for each individual consumer. We may also use
the information we collect to occasionally notify you via e-mail about
USGA news and other announcements or changes to USGA Sites. If you do
not want to receive an e-mail from us, please e-mail us at email@example.com
or call us at (908) 234-2300 Ext. 1312.
If you visit the USGA's
Online Catalogue located at shop.usga.com,
we may use the information you give us to learn about your product
interests and purchases and to help us improve our site design and
your shopping experience. In addition, we may combine the information
you share with other demographic information. We use this combined
information to enhance and personalize your shopping experience with
us and to send you a USGA Catalogue. If to you do not wish to receive
a USGA Catalogue, please call 1-800-755-0298 or write us at USGA Customer
Service, 1000 Westgate Drive, St. Paul, MN 55114-1077.
"COOKIES" AND HOW DOES THE USGA USE THEM?
The USGA uses a feature of
your Internet Web browser called a "cookie" to assign a unique
identification to your computer. Cookies are files that your Web browser
places on your computer's hard drive. Your cookie allows the USGA to recognize
you when you return to any Site and provides you with access to account
information you may have entered on any USGA Site. We may monitor and
maintain information about your use of a USGA Site in a manner that does
information about you from your computer.
In addition, the USGA writes
cookies when you visit www.usga.org
to fill out an on-line entry application for any USGA Championship. This
cookie allows the USGA to recognize you if you return to the Site to complete
a USGA Championship entry application, thereby making your next on-line
application process smoother and more friendly.
to improve your shopping experience when you visit our Online Catalogue
located at shop.usga.com. When
you shop at our Online Catalogue, your cookie helps us keep track
of the items you put in your shopping cart and whether you visited
shop.usga.com previously. Cookies
can also be used to save information on past purchases and other preferences.
This way you do not have to re-enter information upon every new visit
to shop.usga.com. Your cookie
allows us to recognize you when you return to this USGA Site and provides
you with access to your account information. If you order from us,
we use your cookie to monitor and maintain information about your
use of this USGA Site. If you have not ordered from us, we may monitor
and maintain information about your use of this Site in a manner that
personal information about you from your computer.
them off in your browser. However, if you turn off cookies, we will not
be able to track your order or enable you to make a purchase from our
Online Catalogue. Nor will we be able to recognize you when you visit
a USGA Site or allow you access to your account information.
THE USGA PROTECT MY ORDER INFORMATION?
When you register as a member
or order from our on-line catalogue at shop.usga.com, we offer
the use of a secure server. We use "Verisign" secure server
software, which is among the best software available today for secure
commerce transactions. Verisign encrypts all information you input
before it is sent to us, including credit card number, name and address,
so that it cannot be read as the information travels over the Internet.
USGA DISCLOSE THIS INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES?
The USGA does not sell, trade
or rent your personal information to outside organizations. We may compile
the information regarding what pages users access or visit and non-personal
information volunteered by the user and use it for statistical purposes,
but these statistics will not provide personal identifying information.
In addition, our vendors may compile such non-identifying personal information
on behalf of the USGA, however such information will never be shared with
organizations other than the USGA.
The USGA is concerned about
the safety of children when they use the Internet. Consistent with the
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act which became effective April
21, 2000, we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information
from anyone under the age of 13 without verifiable parental consent. If
we become aware that anyone under the age of 13 submits information to
us though any USGA Site, we will not use that information for any purpose.
offers children's merchandise for purchase by adults. If you are under
18, you must have the consent of your parent or guardian before making
any purchases on shop.usga.com
or on any USGA Site.
The USGA welcomes your questions
and comments about privacy. Feel free to contact us for any reason, including
a request to be added to or taken off a list. Please send us an e-mail
OF WARRANTIES. While
the USGA uses reasonable efforts to include accurate and up to date information
on its Sites, it makes no warranties or representations as to such accuracy.
The USGA assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions
in the content of any USGA Site. Further, the USGA does not warrant or
represent that the information contained on any USGA Site will be uninterrupted
or free of errors and/or viruses. You specifically acknowledge that the
USGA is not liable for the defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of
other users of any USGA Site and that the risk of injury from the foregoing
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The USGA makes no representation that the materials contained in any USGA
Site are appropriate or authorized for use in all countries, states, provinces,
county or any other jurisdictions. If you choose to access a USGA Site,
you do so on your own initiative and risk and are responsible for compliance
with all applicable laws.
In no event shall the USGA be liable for any direct, indirect, special,
punitive, or consequential damages (including lost profits) that arise
out of or in connection with any failure of performance, errors, inaccuracies,
omissions, defects, untimeliness, interruption, deletion, delay in operation
or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or
destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of record,
or unauthenticity of any content in a USGA Site, or the use or inability
to use a USGA Site or any content therein.
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and hold the USGA harmless from all claims, liabilities, damages and expenses
(including attorneys' fees and court costs) arising out of or relating
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United States Export control laws. The United States Export control
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certain territories. No software from a USGA Site may be downloaded
or exported (i) into (or to a national or resident of) Cuba, Iraq,
Libya, North Korea, Iran, Syria, or any other country to which the
United States has embargoed goods; or (ii) anyone on the United States
Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nationals (see
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The USGA does not authorize the downloading or exportation of any
software or technical data from any of its Sites to any jurisdiction
prohibited by the United States Export Laws.
laws of the United States of America, the State of New Jersey, and the
Federal Arbitration Act for arbitration purposes.
For disputes involving the unauthorized use of any proprietary material
contained on any USGA Site, the USGA shall have the option and right to
seek preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, and/or any other relief
which is available to it, in any federal or state court of New Jersey,
the jurisdiction of which you expressly and irrevocably give your consent.
arbitration under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association
("AAA") in accordance with its Commercial Arbitration Rules.
The arbitration shall be held in New Jersey unless otherwise agreed by
the parties. The decision of the arbitrators shall be final and binding
upon the parties and be entitled to be entered as a judgment in any court
of competent jurisdiction.
USGA, and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous written or oral agreements,
proposals or communications with respect to the subject matter herein
by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unlawful, void, invalid or
unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and
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