About the GAM

Golf Association of Michigan

Founded in 1919, The Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) is a non-profit organization and Allied Golf Association of the USGA that promotes, preserves and serves amateur golf in Michigan.

GAM’s core services – Amateur Golf Championships, Handicapping, and Course Rating – help connect golfers and golf courses across the state. Member Clubs play a key role in delivering GAM’s services to individual golfers for greater enjoyment of the game. The GAM’s inclusive community of more than 80,000 golfers of all ages and abilities enjoy various benefits of membership including a Handicap Index, golf content, special offers from partners and opportunities to play in competitive and social golf events. 

Exemplifying golf’s values, positive and effective community impact is central to GAM’s purpose. The Association promotes environmental research and educational opportunities through strategic support of the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation and Evans Scholars Foundation, respectively.

The GAM Foundation, a 501c3 organization, invests in the future of the game by making junior golf more affordable and accessible at the local level through Youth on Course and educational scholarships.

Handicap Index® and GHIN® Mobile App
The GAM enables its members to post scores and establish a Handicap Index®. GAM members also receive access to the GHIN® Mobile App to easily post scores, track their game with score data and statistics, as well as access GPS course maps.
GAM Tournaments & Golf Days
The GAM conducts more than 130 days of qualifying and championship events each season. Events are held for golfers of all abilities and all GAM members are eligible to participate in GAM events. Most qualifying and championship events have restrictions based on Handicap Index®.

GAM Individual Membership
GAM members can take advantage of the many member benefits including:
* Ability to establish a Handicap Index®.
* One-year subscription to Golf Digest.
* Swing & Save discounts at golf courses, pro shops, driving ranges and more!
* Deals/offers from GAM Partners.
* Annual Michigan Links Magazine and Course Directory.
* Access to various presentations including rules and handicap seminars.

There are perks for every level golfer from the low-handicap tournament player to the mid to high-handicap recreational player.

GAM Club Membership including Course Ratings & Slope Ratings
The GAM is authorized by the United States Golf Association (USGA®) to measure and rate golf courses in the state of Michigan in accordance with the Course Rating System™. Golf courses are measured using laser technology to ensure accuracy. Course obstacles are assessed relative to Course Rating System standards to produce Course Ratings & Slope Ratings. The GAM provides access to the World Handicap System™ service for its member clubs as well as course rating services and World Handicap System™ 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.