About the GAM
The Golf Association of Michigan, founded in 1919, is the governing body for amateur golf in the state. As a not-for-profit organization, our purpose is to represent, promote, preserve, and serve the best interests of the game. The GAM provides membership to more than 60,000 golfers and more than 400 golf courses; conducts 19 amateur championships; and oversees 14 USGA qualifying events. The GAM also hosts several one-day golf events called GAM Golf Days that allow GAM members to play in a less-competitive setting than a traditional tournament.
USGA Course & Slope Ratings
The GAM is licensed by the United States Golf Association to measure and rate golf courses in the state of Michigan in accordance with the USGA Course Rating System. Golf courses are measured using laser technology to ensure accuracy. Course obstacles are assessed relative to USGA standards to produce the official USGA Course & Slope Ratings.
GAM Tournaments & Golf Days
The GAM conducts more than 70 days of qualifying and championship events each season. Events are held for golfers of all abilities and include the events listed below:
- For men: Michigan Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Senior Amateur, and the GAM Championship, Senior Match Play, Senior Four-Ball,
- For women: GAM Stroke Play, Mid-Amateur, and Senior Amateur, Women's Four-Ball
- GAM Boys Junior and Girls Junior, GAM Junior Team Championship, Boy's Stroke Play
- Father & Son Championships, Parent & Child Championships
- Two Person Net Team Championship, GAM Net Amateur
- Tournament of Club Champions
- Local/Sectional Qualifying events in Michigan for all USGA National Championship Events
- Michigan Net Amateur Championship - for golfers of all skill levels. Two qualifying events will be held, with the top finishers invited to a two-day championship.
All GAM members are eligible to participate in GAM events. Most qualifying and championship events have restrictions based on GAM/USGA Handicap Index.
GAM/USGA Handicap Index
The GAM enables its members to post scores and establish an official GAM/USGA handicap index. This is essential for tournament players, members who want to travel overseas to play golf, and even for the more recreational golfer who might want to play in a charity event or a member-guest tournament. Handicap indexes are updated twice a month on the 1st and 15th throughout the year.
GAM Individual Membership - "GAM Golf Card Membership"
GAM members can take advantage of the many member benfits including:
* One-year subscription to Golf Digest or CondeNast Traveler.
* Swing & Save discounts at golf courses, pro shops, driving ranges and more!
* Eligibility to participate in online contests and drawings.
* Ability to establish a GAM/USGA handicap index.
* Use of the IGN handicap linking system to link your GAM handicap record with your record from antoher state.
* Annual Michigan Links Course Directory.
* Access to various presentations including rules and handicap seminars.
There are perks for every level of golfer from the low-handicap tournament player to the mid to high-handicap recreational player.
GAM Club Membership
The GAM provides handicap service for its member clubs as well as course rating services and handicap certification. GAM member clubs can also host GAM events including tournaments and GAM Golf Days and are privy to various discounts on goods and services.