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Local Golf
July 22, 2017

What Does It Take To Be A "Senior" Golfer?
RJ Smiley

It's Not Blue Hair, Hearing Aids Or A Cadillac

The question has come up..... How old is a senior golfer? The definition is not as easy as qualifying for Medicare. Here's how it works...

If you are age seventy or older and play golf you may safely say that you are a senior golfer. However, if you want to play on the PGA's Champions Tour you would be a senior golfer at age 50.

The United States Golf Association has two different ages that define senior golfers. Participants in the USGA Senior Open Championship must be age 50, but if you want to play in the USGA Senior Amateur Championship you must be age 55.

Women who play in the USGA Women's Senior Amateur only need to be age 50.

The MN Section of the PGA requires golfers to be age 50 to participate in the MN Senior Open Championship while the Minnesota Golf Association requires golfers to be age 55 to participate in the MGA Senior Amateur or the Senior Tour.

The MGA Women's Senior Amateur Championship requires golfers to be age 50 to participate. The Minnesota Public Golf Association requires golfers to be only age 50 to participate as a senior golfer in their men's and women's championships.

The age that defines a senior golfers varies from age 50 to age 65 at Minnesota golf courses. When calling your local golf course to ask about senior leagues and senior green fee rates you will want to ask, "HOW OLD IS A SENIOR GOLFER AT YOUR COURSE?" With that said, many golf courses will extent those rates to golfers who have grey hair and want to play with the other seniors golfers.

Bottomline - while being a "senior" golfer may not be as easy as qualifiying for Medicare, it's almost as confusing. You may very well be a certified senior golfer - somedays at someplaces sometimes.

Embrace the "senior" title. It has benefits.

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