Joining APPA

APPA welcomes into an association with it any individual who has a love of the game of pitch and putt or organisation of whatever corporate structure that has as a primary or major objective the promotion or enabling of the sport.

While much of the activity with which APPA has been associated since its formation in 2006 has had to do with formalising competitive play between committed players of the sport, it realises that there are many players who are not so inclined, and see the game mainly as relaxation, healthy exercise, release from stress and a pleasant recreation, not much bound by rules of play other, perhaps, than those of golf.

It also regretfully recognises that the sport is sometimes seen (often by those who have not played it seriously) as an inferior form of golf for those of lesser ability – including the young and the old – that is not worthy of serious participation by aspiring golfers.

Trying to reconcile these conflicting views of pitch and putt has been the dilemma APPA has faced since its inception. It is a dilemma that is particularly frustrating in an organisation that can clearly see both sides of the apparent divide. APPA cannot deny that in Australia many of those who play and enjoy the game are former golfers who find it more compatible than the big game with their failing prowess and who want a healthy stress-free pass-time for their later years. But it also notes with pride and pleasure that the game has players, young and old, male and female, who have the capacity to play the 18 hole course in little over 2 strokes per hole and who are able to compete at it on an even footing with the best golfers in the world.

APPA believes that somehow these divergent interests can and should come together. We have not missed the enormous changes that have been forced upon sports such as cricket and football by demand for short, high impact, accessible forms of the game. Golf could be next, with Pitch and Putt offering a game that requires most of the skills of golf, but that can be played in an hour instead of a day. And these interests need not compete. Well run handicapping enables players of widely different standards to compete evenly against each other. If every golf course had a pitch and putt course built into it, how many more players would they have on their courses? How difficult would it be to put tees into each fairway of a Par 3 golf course to make the holes the maximum length of 90 metres P&P requires?

APPA wants the golfing world to embrace Pitch and Putt as the way to burst open the potential of golf for every player, of every skill level, of every age, in the same way Twenty20 cricket has revolutionised that sport. APPA is working with Golf Australia to achieve this. It is now calling on all who enable or play Pitch and Putt, in whatever form and in whatever place to join with it in realising this dream.

APPA offers three different forms of membership depending on the interests and capacities of those wishing to join.

Corporate Membership.
There are two types of corporate membership available upon application to APPA – Recognised Entity and Associated Entity membership.
Recognised Entities are those that seek a full corporate involvement with APPA, including representation on the APPA Board. They have a playing course that complies with the international rules of pitch and putt, run regular competitions for their members, operate a handicapping system and are eligible to host interclub and national championships. Their members become APPA Accredited Players because of their membership.
Associated Entity membership is available for other entities that while wishing to establish and maintain links with the Australian pitch and putt community, do not seek the same degree of formality in their relationship with APPA or do not have equivalent attributes as Recognised Entities. They would be expected to have facilities for pitch and putt and welcome visitors but not necessarily to require rigid adherence to the rules of Pitch and Putt.
The membership criteria for Recognised and Associated Entities are detailed here.

Individual Membership.
Any individual may become an APPA Accredited Player by becoming a member of a Recognised Entity. No separate application is required. The current list of Recognised Entities is here. As an APPA Accredited Player, you are entitled to:
1. Formal recognition nationally and internationally as a registered competition-playing member of your Course, Club, State Association and APPA;
2. Eligibility for selection by APPA as a representative participant or team member in any competition to which APPA nominates participants;
3. Eligibility for support for participation as an APPA representative participant or team member in any competition so designated by APPA;
4. Eligibility for inclusion in APPA’s national player ranking system;
5. Eligibility for participation in any national handicapping system or handicap-based divisional classification system APPA may set up, including the APPA Course Handicapping System;
6. Eligibility for publicity for event performance through channels available to APPA;
7. Award of documents and/or other insignia denoting APPA accreditation;
8. Eligibility to participate fully in APPA Annual and Special General Meetings;
9. Eligibility to nominate for appointment to any position in the Executive Committee of the APPA Board; and
10. Eligibility to nominate for selection as your Club’s representative on the APPA Board.