Welcome to the Houston Amateur Golf Association
Founded in 1952, HAGA is a non-profit organization run by the members, with the main purpose being to schedule and hold golf tournaments on a regular basis and on a variety of golf courses year round. HAGA provides competitive golf under a fair handicap system and members are encouraged to play and particpate in the events or organization to whatever extent they choose.
Players participating in HAGA golf tournaments are required to play golf "by the book". By enforcing the strict Rules of Golf, a fair competition is ensured for all players. (Please read our HAGA local rules.)
HAGA uses the USGA Handicap System, GHIN. When a new member joins HAGA, he will be required to establish a handicap based on HAGA tournament play. To provide competition for the new member he is placed in a special flight for five tournaments along with other new members. While in the special flight the new players use the Callaway system of handicapping to compete against each other. This is also a time for new members to become familiar with HAGA tournament procedures and with USGA Rules of Golf.
After successfully completing the first five rounds and being voted into HAGA, the new member is placed on the USGA computer service and gets a USGA handicap. Once the new member has a USGA Handicap Index, they become part of the HAGA regular flighting, competing against others with similar handicaps. If a new member already has a USGA Handicap Index, he will still be required to play five tournaments in the Special Flight. His scores will be posted using his existing GHIN number.
Typically, we have three or four flights per tournament depending on the size of the field. Flights are divided based on handicaps. Winners of each flight win gift certificates redeemable at Golfsmith stores. Each tournament will have at least three places in each flight. Each flight winner prizes start at $180.00. Prizes for players in the Special Flight are based on the number of new members playing.
During the year HAGA has several special events where trophies, plaques and special prizes are awarded in addition to the gift certificates. One special event is our "Player of the Year" contest. The "Player of the Year" winner does not have to pay tournament entry fees for the following year.
Most HAGA tournaments are one day, 18 hole stroke play events, played on Sundays.
Fee Structure and Dues
Annual membership dues of $100 are due January 1st or $50 after July 1st. Members joining for the first time can pay the $100 dues after November 1 and play the rest of the current year and the next year. HAGA's $100 annual membership fee is used to cover expenses of the organization such as GHIN handicaps. The tournaments are exclusively on a pay-per-play basis, so when members are busy, on vacation, sick, etc. no charges are incurred.
The average fee for HAGA tournaments is $75 and covers all costs including green fee, cart, range balls, and prize fund. Players also have the option to participate in hole-in-one, dueces wild (any 2 shares the pot), skins, low gross and player's pool (low net) contests. The top four net finishers split the player's pool, .4 - first, .3 - second, .2 - third and .1 fourth.