The Rhode Island Golf Association is an association of Member Clubs. Individual members of a member club have the ability to join the RIGA and be eligible to participate in RIGA events. The RIGA conducts championships for Men and Women for higher level golfers and Weekly events that are intended to be more social.

How do I become an RIGA member?

There are different methods available to join the RIGA:

1. For most clubs your membership is included with your club's GHIN fee.

2. For all other RIGA member clubs you'll be able to register online. Clubs that do not include the RIGA membership and will need to pay online are as follows: Connecticut National Golf Club, Country View Golf Club, Crestwood Country Club, Crystal Lake Golf Club, Exeter Country Club, Foster Country Club, Green Valley Country Club, Montaup Country Club, New England Country Club, Newport Country Club, North Kingstown Golf Course, Quinnatisset Country Club, Sakonnet Golf Club, The Misquamicut Club, Segregansett Country Club and Weekapaug Golf Club.

3. If you are not a member of a club, you can register for a GHIN below.

Why do I need a handicap?

The USGA handicapping system was developed to allow golfers of varying abilities to play together on equal footing, and having a Handicap Index brands you as a true golfer, not just someone who plays golf. You can track your improvement and compete in tournaments or other more casual outings, many of which ask for a Handicap Index when you register.