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Terms of Use

Please read the Terms of Use Agreement ("Terms of Use") described below and USGA Privacy Policy carefully before using any USGA Site. Your access to and use of any USGA Site is subject to these Terms of Use (including the USGA's Privacy Policy described herein and found at www.usga.org/info/privacy_policy.html) and all applicable laws. By using or visiting any USGA Site, you agree to be bound by the Terms of Use. If you do not agree to the Terms of Use, please do not use any USGA Site.

The Terms of Use may be modified or amended, or new conditions may be imposed, at any time. Any such changes or additions will be reflected by an update of this posting. Please check the Terms of Use periodically for such changes. Your continued use of a USGA Site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes. The USGA reserves the right to impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or the entirety of any USGA Site without notice or liability at any time for any reason or purpose, including but not limited to, conduct that the USGA believes violates the Terms of Use or other policies or guidelines posted on a USGA Site. Upon any termination of these Terms of Use, you will immediately discontinue your use and access of all USGA Sites and destroy all materials that may have been obtained from any USGA Site.

Use Of Materials On USGA Sites

The USGA Sites include content and materials including text, video, Webcasts, audio, photos, images, scoring information, trademarks, logos and other intellectual property and proprietary materials which are either owned by, or otherwise made available to the USGA. Except as provided in these Terms of Use, no content or materials may be reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, reproduced, distributed, copied, publicly displayed or otherwise used, without written permission of the USGA.

The USGA maintains the USGA Sites for your personal information, education, communication and entertainment. Subject to these Terms of Use, please feel free to browse the USGA Sites. You may download materials displayed on a USGA Site to any single computer only for your 1) personal and noncommercial use and/or 2) legitimate nonprofit educational uses, provided you also retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials. Except as set forth above, you may not, distribute, reproduce, republish, display, modify, transmit, reuse or use any materials from a USGA Site on any other website or otherwise without the written permission of the USGA. Modification of any materials displayed on a USGA Site is a violation of the USGA's copyright and other proprietary rights and is strictly prohibited.

Unless otherwise noted, all trademarks and logos found on USGA sites are either owned by or licensed to the USGA. They may not be used without the express written permission of the USGA.

Images of people or places displayed on USGA Sites are either the property of or used with permission by the USGA. The use of these images by you, or anyone else authorized by you, is prohibited unless specifically permitted by these Terms of Use or specific permission permitted elsewhere on a USGA Site. Any unauthorized use of the images may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity, and communications regulations and statutes, regardless of whether any such use is with the USGA's permission. The USGA neither warrants nor represents that your use of materials displayed on any USGA Site will not infringe rights of third parties.

The USGA Site located at www.usopen.com contains live webcasts of the U.S. Open Championship. Use of any content from such webcasts, except as provided in these Terms of Use, is strictly prohibited. Except as stated in the license agreement accompanying any software provided through or in connection with the live webcasts, you are only granted a personal, non-exclusive and non-transferable license to use such software, and unauthorized copying of such software is prohibited. The USGA only makes such content available for your entertainment; we neither warrant nor represent that your use of such content will not infringe rights of third parties.

“Public Forum” means an area, site or feature offered as part of a USGA Site that enables users or visitors to such Site to submit, post, display and/or view submissions and/or to communicate, share or exchange submissions with other users of a USGA Site and members of the general public, including, without limitation, a page where you can submit comments on various blogs, articles and posts.

You acknowledge that anything you submit to a USGA Site by way of any Public Forum may be routed through our servers, the servers of one or more third parties on our behalf and the Internet, and may be viewed on the Internet by the general public and that you have no expectation of privacy with regard to any such submission. You acknowledge that Public Forums and features offered therein are for public and not private communications. Please keep in mind that whenever you give out personal information online through a Public Forum, that information can be collected and used by people you don’t know. We cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose through any of these media; you make such disclosure at your own risk.

You are and shall remain solely responsible for the submissions submitted and/or posted under your username or otherwise by you in any Public Forum and for the consequences of submitting and posting same. You acknowledge that the use of submissions posted in any Public Forum is at your own risk. You further acknowledge that we are not responsible for, and we do not endorse, the opinions, advice or recommendations posted or sent by users in any Public Forum and we specifically disclaim any and all liability in connection therewith.

We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit submissions at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum. If we elect to screen submissions, there may be a delay in the posting of such content in a Public Forum to allow for a review process. If we have questions about your submissions including, without limitation, the copyright, we may contact you for further information including, for example, verifying that you own the copyright or otherwise obtained permission to post the material. We are not responsible for the accuracy of any submissions contained in a Public Forum. By posting any submission to the Public Forum, you hereby grant a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, worldwide license to the USGA to use, copy, sublicense, adapt, transmit, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, modify and translate such submission. By posting any submission to the Public Forum, you represent and warrant that your submission does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyright rights, intellectual property rights, or any other rights of any person and that such posting of any submission does not breach any contract between you and a third party.

Your use of any USGA Site must be in a manner consistent with any and all applicable laws and regulations. The following is a partial list of the type of submission that is illegal or prohibited on a USGA Site:
  1. is obscene, patently offensive, or promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual;
  2. harasses or advocates harassment of another person or impersonates another person;
  3. contains nudity, violence, or offensive subject matter;
  4. involves the transmission of “junk mail” or “chain letters” or unsolicited mass mailing;
  5. promotes information that you know is false or misleading or promotes illegal activities or conduct that is abusive, threatening, obscene, defamatory or libelous;
  6. exploits people in a sexual or violent manner;
  7. solicits personal information from anyone under 18;
  8. provides any telephone numbers, street addresses, last names, URLs or email addresses;
  9. violates the copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights of any other person;
  10. furthers or promotes any criminal activity or enterprise or provides instructional information about illegal activities such as making or buying illegal weapons, violating someone’s privacy, or providing or creating computer viruses;
  11. solicits passwords or personal identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other users; or
  12. involves commercial activities and/or sales without our prior written consent such as contest, sweepstakes, solicitation of donations, barter, advertising or pyramid schemes.


Any and all games and their components are offered for informational and/or entertainment purposes only and may not be used in connection with any form of gambling or wagering. The USGA has the right to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, any game, whether in whole or in part, for any reason, without prior notice.

Linking And Framing

The following restrictions apply to all links to all USGA Sites from any on-line, cable or wireless or other site, service or browser:
Neither the USGA logo nor any other logo or service mark of the USGA may be used to link to any USGA Site, to any web page within a USGA Site, or to any website accessible from a USGA Site, without the express written permission of the USGA.

Sites, services or browsers other than commercial sites may link to USGA.org without the written permission of the USGA if such link is: (i) a "word" (as opposed to a logo) link, and is (ii) spatially separated from, and not otherwise associated with, any sponsorship, advertising, or other commercial text or graphics that may be on the page and/or area containing such word or link. Please notify the USGA at linking@usga.org if you are linking to any USGA Site and include information regarding the name of your website and the name of your website operator (if different than the website owner).

You may request permission to use one or more of the USGA's "hyperlink logos" in connection with providing a hyperlink to the front page of a USGA Site. The hyperlink logos include and incorporate the USGA logo, the USGA Site-specific logo (e.g., the U.S. Open "Event Logo," if the link is to www.usopen.com,) and the text "Official Website." The USGA's "hyperlink logos" are the only logos the USGA permits unaffiliated and non-news third parties to display on the Internet. Permission is granted subject to certain terms and conditions. If you would like to be considered for permission to use a USGA hyperlink logo, please submit a completed USGA Hyperlink Logo Permission Form to the USGA at Golf House P.O. Box 708 Far Hills, NJ 07931 Attention Paralegal IP & Litigation.

Any permitted link to a USGA Site must be to the Site's home page. Except for limited circumstances, links to internal pages within a USGA Site (e.g., a link to the Rules of Golf Web page within www.usga.org), other than to the home page of a USGA Site, are not permitted.

No Site may be "framed" by any other website, without exception.

News organizations interested in using USGA and/or Championship Logos should contact the USGA at linking@usga.org and include the address of the requesting website and the name of the website operator (if different than the website owner).

The posting or creation of a link to any USGA Site signifies that you have read the restrictions described herein and agree to abide by their terms.

Links To Third Party Sites

USGA Sites may include hyperlinks to websites operated by third parties other than the USGA. The USGA does not control any such websites, and is not responsible for their content, privacy policies, or for the collection, use or disclosure of any information those sites may collect. Links to and from any USGA Site to sites maintained by third parties do not constitute an endorsement by the USGA of any third party site, content, or such site's product or services.


By visiting www.usga.org, you can reach the USGA's Handicapping section. Since its inception in 1912, the USGA Handicap System has made it possible for golfers of differing abilities to enjoy fair competition. Today, there are more than 4.5 million golfers who have USGA Handicap Indexes issued by golf clubs. It is important to note that the USGA does not issue Handicap Indexes directly to golfers.

The Handicapping section invites you to explore the various publications on the USGA Handicap System, including the complete USGA Handicap System manual, and provides information about how to obtain a USGA Handicap Index®. The USGA Handicap System manual and other handicapping publications contained in the Handicapping section are copyrighted works of the USGA. Use of any such materials is subject to the following Copyright Notice and to these Terms of Use:

Copyright Notice: No portion of the content of any of the publications contained in the Handicapping section may be used without the express written permission of the USGA. You may download publications displayed in this section to any single computer only for your 1) personal and noncommercial use and/or 2) legitimate nonprofit educational uses, provided you also retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials. Except as set forth above, you may not, distribute, reproduce, republish, display, modify, transmit, reuse or use any publications displayed in this section on any other Web site or otherwise without the written permission of the USGA. Any reproduction (for purposes other than those noted above), modification, distribution or republication of materials contained on this Web site, without prior written permission of the USGA, is strictly prohibited. The grant of this license is conditional upon your agreement to and compliance with these Terms of Use.

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 all applicable laws.

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 any content therein.


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 Catalog; and (iii) any breach or alleged breach of these Terms of Use.


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 or technical data 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/offices/enforcement/ofac/sdn/t11sdn.pdf) or the U.S. Commerce Department's Denied Persons List (see www.bxa.doc.gov/DPL/thedeniallist.asp). 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.

Choice of Law

These Terms of Use and any disputes relating to these Terms of Use or any USGA 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 relating to these Terms of Use shall be resolved by arbitration 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.


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 of these Terms of Use is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unlawful, void, invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect.


Due to rapid changes in internet technology, this policy may be updated periodically. All revisions will be posted to this site, and will apply to all data collected by the USGA before and after the revised policy's effective date.
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