TERMS OF USE

WELCOME
USE OF MATERIALS ON USGA SITES
LINKING AND FRAMING
LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES
USGA GUESTBOOK
HANDICAPPING
USGA ONLINE CATALOGUE
PRIVACY POLICY

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
LIMITATION ON LIABILITY
INDEMNIFICATION
SOFTWARE
CHOICE OF LAW
DISPUTES
MISCELLANEOUS

WELCOME TO THE USGA! The following websites are owned and operated by the United States Golf Association ("USGA"): USGA.ORG, USOPEN.COM, USWOMENSOPEN.COM, USSENIOROPEN.COM, USAMATEUR.ORG, USWAMATEUR.ORG, SENIORAM.COM, SENIORWAM.ORG, USAPL.ORG, USGIRLSJUNIORAM.ORG, USJUNIORAM.ORG, USMIDAM.ORG, USWAPL.ORG, USWMIDAM.ORG, WAGC.ORG, WALKERCUP.ORG, CURTISCUP.ORG, [RULESOFGOLF.COM], GHIN.COM, GOLFJOURNAL.ORG and STATETEAM.ORG (Each such website shall be individually referred to herein as, a "USGA Site," and collectively as, "USGA Sites").

Please read the Terms of Use Agreement ("Terms of Use") described below carefully before using any USGA Site. Your access to and use of any USGA Site is subject to these Terms of Use (including the USGA's Privacy Policy described herein) and all applicable laws. By using or visiting any USGA Site, you agree to be bound by the Terms of Use. If you do not agree to the Terms of Use, please do not use any USGA Site.

The Terms of Use may be modified or amended, or new conditions may be imposed, at any time. Any such changes or additions will be reflected by an update of this posting. Please check the Terms of Use periodically for such changes. Your continued use of a USGA Site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes. The USGA reserves the right to impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or the entirety of any USGA Site without notice or liability at any time for any reason or purpose, including but not limited to, conduct that the USGA believes violates the Terms of Use or other policies or guidelines posted on a USGA Site. Upon any termination of these Terms of Use, you will immediately discontinue your use and access of all USGA Sites and destroy all materials that may have been obtained from any USGA Site.   Top^

USE OF MATERIALS ON USGA SITES. The USGA Sites include content and materials including text, video, webcasts, audio, photos, images, scoring information, trademarks, logos and other intellectual property and proprietary materials which are either owned by, or otherwise made available to the USGA. Except as provided in these Terms of Use, no content or materials may be reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, reproduced, distributed, copied, publicly displayed or otherwise used, without written permission of the USGA.

The USGA maintains the USGA Sites for your personal information, education, communication and entertainment. Subject to these Terms of Use, please feel free to browse the USGA Sites. You may download materials displayed on a USGA Site to any single computer only for your 1) personal and noncommercial use and/or 2) legitimate nonprofit educational uses, provided you also retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials. Except as set forth above, you may not, distribute, reproduce, republish, display, modify, transmit, reuse or use any materials from a USGA Site on any other website or otherwise without the written permission of the USGA. Modification of any materials displayed on a USGA Site is a violation of the USGA's copyright and other proprietary rights and is strictly prohibited.

Unless otherwise noted, all trademarks and logos found on USGA Sites are either owned by or licensed to the USGA. They may not be used without the express written permission of the USGA.

Images of people or places displayed on USGA Sites are either the property of or used with permission by the USGA. The use of these images by you, or anyone else authorized by you, is prohibited unless specifically permitted by these Terms of Use or specific permission permitted elsewhere on a USGA Site. Any unauthorized use of the images may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity, and communications regulations and statutes, regardless of whether any such use is with the USGA's permission. The USGA neither warrants nor represents that your use of materials displayed on any USGA Site will not infringe rights of third parties.

The USGA Site located at WWW.USOPEN.COM contains live webcasts of the U.S. Open Championship. Use of any content from such webcasts, except as provided in these Terms of Use, is strictly prohibited. Except as stated in the license agreement accompanying any software provided through or in connection with the live webcasts, you are only granted a personal, non-exclusive and non-transferable license to use such software, and unauthorized copying of such software is prohibited. The USGA only makes such content available for your entertainment; we neither warrant nor represent that your use of such content will not infringe rights of third parties. nbsp;  Top^

LINKING AND FRAMING. The following restrictions apply to all links to all USGA Sites from any on-line, cable or wireless or other site, service or browser:

  • Neither the USGA logo nor any other logo or service mark of the USGA may be used to link to any USGA Site, to any web page within a USGA Site, or to any website accessible from a USGA Site, without the express written permission of the USGA.
  • You may request permission to use one or more of the USGA's "hyperlink logos" in connection with providing a hyperlink to the front page of a USGA Site. The hyperlink logos include and incorporate the USGA logo, the USGA Site-specific logo (e.g., the U.S. Open "Event Logo," if the link is to www.usopen.com,) and the text "Official Website." The USGA's "hyperlink logos" are the only logos the USGA permits unaffiliated and non-news third parties to display on the Internet. Permission is granted subject to certain terms and conditions. If you would like to be considered for permission to use a USGA hyperlink logo, please contact linking@usga.org and include the address of your website and the name of your website operator (if different than the website owner).
  • Sites, services or browsers other than commercial sites may link to USGA.org without the written permission of the USGA if such link is: (i) a "word" (as opposed to a logo) link, and is (ii) spatially separated from, and not otherwise associated with, any sponsorship, advertising, or other commercial text or graphics that may be on the page and/or area containing such word or link. Please notify the USGA at linking@usga.org if you are linking to any USGA Site and include information regarding the name of your website and the name of your website operator (if different than the website owner).
  • Any permitted link to a USGA Site must be to the Site's home page. Except for limited circumstances, links to internal pages within a USGA Site (e.g., a link to the Rules of Golf Web page within www.usga.org), other than to the home page of a USGA Site, are not permitted.
  • No Site may be "framed" by any other website, without exception.
  • News organizations interested in using USGA and/or Championship Logos should contact the USGA at linking@usga.org and include the address of the requesting website and the name of the website operator (if different than the website owner).
  • The posting or creation of a link to any USGA Site signifies that you have read the restrictions described herein and agree to abide by their terms.
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LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES. USGA Sites may include hyperlinks to websites operated by third parties other than the USGA. The USGA does not control any such websites, and is not responsible for their content, privacy policies, or for the collection, use or disclosure of any information those sites may collect. Links to and from any USGA Site to sites maintained by third parties do not constitute an endorsement by the USGA of any third party site, content, or such site's product or services.

USGA GUESTBOOK. The USGA Site located at www.usga.org offers the opportunity to sign the USGA's Guestbook and post comments and communicate with other users about the USGA and the game of golf. You must use the guestbook feature in a responsible manner. In order to participate in the guestbook feature, you must provide complete and accurate personal information consisting of your name and e-mail address, and abide by the terms of the USGA's Privacy Policy. 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.

By transmitting any comment, you are granting the USGA a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, and irrevocable right and license to reproduce, prepare derivative works based upon, distribute, perform and/or display such comment in whole or in part in any form, media or technology whether now known or hereinafter developed.

The USGA has the right, but not the obligation, in its sole discretion, to review, edit or delete any comment transmitted in a way that: (i) violates any term of these Terms of Use, or (ii) is otherwise illegal, offensive or inappropriate. The display of any comment does not constitute approval or endorsement of that comment by the USGA.

The Guestbook feature may not be used for any bartering purposes whatsoever.

You acknowledge that any information disclosed by you in any guestbook comments (e.g., your name or e-mail address) may be read, intercepted or used by any third party, and the USGA assumes no responsibility for such disclosures. You acknowledge that by submitting comments to the USGA Guestbook web page, no confidential, fiduciary, contractually implied or other relationship is created between you and the USGA other than pursuant to these Terms of Use.   Top^

RULES OF GOLF [to come].

HANDICAPPING. By 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.

The Handicapping section invites you to explore the various publications on the USGA Handicap System, including the complete USGA Handicap System manual, and provides information about how to obtain a USGA Handicap Index. The USGA Handicap System manual and other handicapping publications contained in the Handicapping section are copyrighted works of the USGA. Use of any such materials is subject to the following Copyright Notice and to these Terms of Use:

Copyright Notice. No portion of the content of any of the publications contained in the Handicapping section may be used without the express written permission of the USGA. You may download publications displayed in this section to any single computer only for your 1) personal and noncommercial use and/or 2) legitimate nonprofit educational uses, provided you also retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials. Except as set forth above, you may not, distribute, reproduce, republish, display, modify, transmit, reuse or use any publications displayed in this section on any other Web site or otherwise without the written permission of the USGA. Any reproduction (for purposes other than those noted above), modification, distribution or republication of materials contained on this Web site, without prior written permission of the USGA, is strictly prohibited. The grant of this license is conditional upon your agreement to and compliance with these Terms of Use. Please refer to the Terms of Use for further information regarding restrictions concerning this Web site, including information regarding permission to link to this Web site.   Top^

USGA ONLINE CATALOGUE. The USGA's Online Catalogue located at shop.usga.com (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 an order with the Catalogue, you acknowledge that the Vendor is exclusively responsible for the fulfillment and shipment of all Merchandise ordered. The Vendor can be reached by using the contact information provided below.

All orders are subject to product availability. The USGA reserves the right to modify the price of any Merchandise.

In order to purchase Merchandise via the Catalogue, you must provide complete and accurate personal information consisting of your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and credit card information and shipping address. (Please refer to the USGA's Privacy Policy and the Online Catalogue's Frequently Asked Questions 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.   Top^

PRIVACY 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.

This privacy policy statement 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. If you do not agree with the privacy policy practices described below, please do not use any USGA Site.

We suggest that you review this Privacy Policy Statement periodically as we may update it from time to time.

This Privacy Policy Statement was last revised in September 2001.

  • WHAT INFORMATION DOES THE USGA COLLECT?
  • HOW DOES THE USGA USE MY INFORMATION?
  • 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
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WHAT INFORMATION 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.
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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 usga@usga.org 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.   Top^

WHAT ARE "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 not identify you. We do not and cannot use cookies to retrieve personal 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.

The USGA also uses cookies 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 does not identify you. We do not and cannot use cookies to retrieve personal information about you from your computer.

You can refuse cookies by turning 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.   Top^

HOW DOES 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.   Top^

WILL THE 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.   Top^

CHILDREN'S POLICY

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.

shop.usga.com 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.   Top^

CONTACT US

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 at usga@usga.org.

DISCLAIMER 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 rests entirely with you. You use the USGA Sites at your sole risk.


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.   Top^

LIMITATION ON LIABILITY. 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.   Top^

INDEMNIFICATION. You hereby agree to indemnify and hold the USGA harmless from all claims, liabilities, damages and expenses (including attorneys' fees and court costs) arising out of or relating to: (i) your use of any USGA Site, including any content from any USGA Site, (ii) the USGA's Online Catalogue; and (iii) any breach or alleged breach of these Terms of Use.

SOFTWARE. Software and other materials from USGA Sites may also be subject to United States Export control laws. The United States Export control laws prohibit the export of certain technical data and software to 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 www.treas.gov\ofac\t11sdn.pdf) or the U.S. Commerce Department's Denied Persons List (see www.bxa.doc.gov\DPL\thedeniallist.asp). 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.   Top^

CHOICE OF LAW. These Terms of Use and any disputes relating to these Terms of Use or any USGA Site will be governed by the laws of the United States of America, the State of New Jersey, and the Federal Arbitration Act for arbitration purposes.

DISPUTES. 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. All other disputes relating to these Terms of Use shall be resolved by 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.

MISCELLANEOUS. These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between you and the USGA, and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous written or oral agreements, proposals or communications with respect to the subject matter herein between you and the USGA. If any provision of these Terms of Use is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unlawful, void, invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect.   Top^

LAST UPATED: September 2001