These are some of the most frequently asked questions by our members.
How do I register for a DWGA event?
You must be a DWGA member to be eligible to register for any DWGA event. All event registrations will be done online beginning 2018. No mail in registrations will be accepted. Log into the Members Area and look for the 2018 Event Registration link in the menu box along the left side. Navigate to the event of interest and look for the Register Online button.
How do I know if my registration has been accepted?
You will receive an on screen acknowledgement as well as a confirmation email. In addition, your name will be added real time to the Event Registrant list which can be found on the event registration page using the red pill button labeled "Registration List".
What if I don't like using my credit card for online activities?
If you are uncomfortable using your credit card online, we suggest finding a friend who will use their credit card for your registration. Reimbursement should be made directly to that person. If you are unable to find a friend willing to help with this, please contact the DWGA Tournaments using the Contact form on this website.
For Members Only Tournaments
You will receive an email acknowledgement from the website as soon as your tournament registration has been entered. In addition, a list of all registrants is updated automatically. Look for the red button " Registration List" to be sure your name has been added to the list. If you do not receive a confirmation email or see your name added to the list, please contact "Tournaments" using the contact form on the dwga.org website.
For Member Guest Tournaments
You will receive an email acknowledgement advising your registration is being validated. The Tournament Chairman will confirm your guest club membership and handicap information before any charges are made to your credit card. This may take several days. Upon validation, your pending registration will be completed and you will receive a second email advising of this completion and your team will be added to the tournament registration list. Look for the red button " Registration List" to be sure your name has been added to the list. If there is a problem with information validation, you will be contacted by the Tournament Chairman. If you do not receive any email information or see your name added to the list, please contact "Tournaments" using the contact form on the dwga.org website.
How do I cancel my tournament registration?
Please refer to Tournament Policies listed under "Events" on our home page. If your request is within the guidelines of our Refund Policy, send your request via email to "Tournaments" in our "Contact Us" form.
Handicap Index Information
What is a Handicap Index?
A "handicap index" is an official rating of a golfer's handicap, kept through and calculated by the official handicap system in use by that golfer. Membership handicap verification is a critical step in activating your membership. Please, be sure you have your correct handicap information before you begin the registration process. Please, if you are not sure, contact your club Professional.
There are the most commonly used handicap systems by DWGA members:link for more information.
Please, be aware than in 2018, all Delaware golf clubs stop using the GolfNet handicap system. These clubs are now using BlueGolf or GHIN. Before you renew or register your membership this year, please consult with your Pro shop to ensure you know which handicap system to list when you submit your membership.
MSGA Maryland State Golf Association handicapping system
How can I register for a DWGA event if I am not old enough to join the DWGA?
There is no membership fee for Junior Golfers wishing to join the DWGA. If you are a junior golfer wishing to participate in a DWGA tournament, please contact Membership using the Contact Form found on our website.
How do I get into the Members Area?
Once you have joined as a DWGA member, you will receive an email containing your password and instructions for logging into the Members Area of our website.
What do I do if I have not received an email containing my login password?
First check your email spam folder. If there is nothing there, contact the DWGA Membership by using the Contact area on the HomePage.
What is in the Members Area?
The current DWGA By-Laws, financials, membership meeting minutes and photos are posted in the menu box along the left edge of the Members Home Page.
Tournament Registration is available here for members only. We only accept online registration using your credit card.
The Members Directory, with complete contact information, aids in finding your new playing partner.
Membership Renewal Timeline
Following are the important dates to know as we prepare for the 2018 season.
Now to February 15 -
There are two requirements for membership in the DWGA; home club membership and a valid, current USGA handicap index. To be sure you will have no problems renewing your membership on February 16, you can check these two requirements in advance.
- Has your club renewed their DWGA membership for 2018.
- Has your USGA Handicap Index been registered in your club’s handicapping system? (BlueGolf, Ghin, MSGA)
- If the answers to (1) and (2) are yes, you are all set to renew your DWGA membership.
- If the answer to (1) and/or (2) is no, you will not be able to renew your DWGA membership until the requirement/s is met. Contact your Pro Shop to learn what you can do to help resolve the issue.
- To learn more about checking your eligibility, take a moment to review the following video.
February 16 to March 15 - DWGA membership renewal and New Membership sign up begins
Beginning February 16, you may renew your DWGA membership. If you were a member in 2017, please follow the membership renewal process noted below. Please do not sign up as a new member. Before beginning, check your club membership and handicap index status, and what handicap system your club will use. See above.
- Log into the Members Area of the DWGA website.
- A new screen will be presented giving you the option of continuing your login OR renewing your membership.
- Review your profile information for accuracy and enter your payment information.
- You will receive an email advising you of the pending status of your membership. Your credit card will not be charged at this time.
- The Membership Chairman will validate your membership renewal request. This process may take several days.
- You will receive a second email upon validation of your membership, your name will be added to the 2018 membership list and your credit card charge will be executed.
- If, for some reason, there is a problem validating your membership renewal, the Membership Chairman will contact you.
- For more information on renewing your membership, take a minute to review the following video.
March 16 Opening Meeting registration for delegates only
It is very important for DWGA Delegates to attend the Opening Meeting which will be held at Maple Dale on April 7. Delegates will have the first opportunity to register for this event before registration opens to the rest of the DWGA membership.
March 23 Opening Day registration for all other members.
April 1 registration opens for all other DWGA events.
What are Open Days?
Our member clubs offer play dates for DWGA members at a reduced fee. The schedule of Open Days for 2018 can be found under our Programs listing.
How do I sign up for Open Days?
Call the member club in advance to get an available tee time. Make sure to identify yourself as a DWGA member.
Do I need to have a DWGA membership card?
No, we have discontinued the use of DWGA membership cards. Your DWGA membership can be verified by the Open Days host club by looking on our website, dwga.org under Membership.
Pace Of Play
The single biggest complaint from DWGA members is the slow pace of play during a tournament. Whether you are playing in a very serious tournament like the Women's Amateur or a fun event like Opening Day, pace of play can make or break the enjoyment of your outing. If one player squanders just 30 seconds per hole, which isn't hard to do, that's an extra 9 minutes per round. If everyone in the foursome does this, it is the difference between a 4-1/2 hour vs a 5 hour round.
Everyone wants to have fun but finish "While We're Young". Following are some tips for improving pace of play.
1. Play Ready Golf - There is no need to debate, particularly when you are in the fairway, who is furthest out. The first person who is ready should hit.
2. Get ready to play - If you aren't hitting, get ready to play. Know where and how far you want to hit the ball when it is your turn to swing.
3. Don't wait in the cart - Don't wait in the cart for your partner. Drop her off, go to your ball and get ready to hit. If you have to leave the cart, that's fine, but take some clubs and start walking to your ball. Nothing wastes more time than sitting in the cart and watching someone hit the ball.
4. Hit a provisional - When in doubt about the safety of your ball, declare and hit a provisional.
5. Time spent looking for a ball - Be aware of how much time you spend looking for balls in the woods. Too many amateurs end up traipsing through the trees in search of a ball that will provide an unplayable lie even if found. Don't be afraid to declare a ball lost. Unfortunately, it's part of the game.
6. Scorecards - Fill out the scorecard on the next tee box, not beside the green where you just putted.
7. Avoid trips to the cart - Take every precaution to avoid walking back to the cart. Keep an extra ball in your pocket, bring more than one club, particularly if you are chipping and have a variety of choices. Golf is a thinking woman's game and using your head before you get to the ball will speed up play.
8. Don't mark every putt - If you have a two-footer or something just outside the leather, go ahead and knock the ball in the hole. You shouldn't rush, but conversely, there is no need to slave over every putt as if The Masters is at stake.
9. Range finders - Using distance finders is fine as long as you take some clubs with you. Don't waste time shooting a distance and then walking back to the cart to get clubs.
10. Cell phones - Use of cell phones in a tournament is strictly prohibited.
Passwords and Log In
How do I log in for the first time?
If you have registered for your membership online using your credit card, you will receive an email confirming your registration along with a system generated password and instructions of how to log into the Members Area of the website. If you have joined through your club ladies golf association, you will receive the same confirmation email with your password as soon as your eligibility requirements have been verified.
What if I didn't get an email confirmation?
Contact the Membership Chairman by using the Contact box found on our website. An email will be resent.
How can I change my password?
When signing into the Members Area, select the link under the password entry box entitled "lost password?". Follow the prompts from there. To be secure, this password should meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 10 digits long
- Contain at least one capital letter
- Contain at least one number
- Contain at least one special character such as $, #, @