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RULES OF GOLF [to come].
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directly to golfers.
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USGA ONLINE CATALOGUE. The
USGA's Online Catalogue located at shop.usga.com
(the "Catalogue") allows you to order products ("Merchandise")
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All orders are subject to product availability. The USGA
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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
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.
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any outside organizations. Any information you give us will
only be used in accordance with the practices described below.
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
practices described below, please do not use any USGA Site.
periodically as we may update it from time to time.
- WHAT INFORMATION DOES THE USGA COLLECT?
- HOW DOES THE USGA USE MY INFORMATION?
- WHAT ARE "COOKIES" AND HOW DOES THE USGA
- HOW DOES THE USGA PROTECT MY ORDER INFORMATION?
- WILL THE USGA DISCLOSE THIS INFORMATION TO THIRD
- CHILDREN'S POLICY
- CONTACT THE USGA
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
- 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
- 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
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
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.
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
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.
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
personal information about you from your computer.
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.
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
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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.
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
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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
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
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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
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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
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
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.
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
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
to be unlawful, void, invalid or unenforceable, the remaining
provisions shall remain in full force and effect. Top^
LAST UPATED: September 2001