The IGST is run by a Board of Directors subject to a constitution which was ratified by the IGST membership at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2005. The Board of Directors meets regularly to plan events and activities. Under the terms of the constitution, the Board is empowered to make or amend the society's by-laws. Board Directors are assigned various functions including finance, course bookings, tournaments, sponsorship, membership benefits etc. The Chairman (elected by the Board) oversees the running of the Board and the society. All Board Directors pitch in to help at IGST events.
Membership is open to anyone who wants to play golf regardless of nationality, gender or golfing ability. Membership tends to vary from season to season but averages between 70 and 100.
Annual membership fees are set by the board at the beginning of each year and are currently NT$5,000. Benefits of membership include:
IGST tournaments are played either on the first and third Saturdays of every month. However, most IGST members also get together for additional friendly games whenever possible. IGST has a range of different competitions, events and social activities.
Most IGST competitions use the Stableford scoring system based on handicap.
The IGST currently uses the United States Golf Association (USGA) handicap system, but over this year will adopt the new World Golf Handicap system. All IGST members are required to submit scores from all games played (including non IGST events). These scores are then entered into a database/software system maintained by the Board, which calculates the handicaps. Handicap updates and score histories are regularly sent out to members and posted on the IGST website. New members are required to submit at least 5 cards to get an official USGA handicap, which makes them eligible to compete for place prizes in our tournaments. Before receiving an official handicap, new members may play along for fun with their gross scores being used to count towards a handicap.
The IGST's main social event of the year is the annual prize giving banquet, held in December where trophies from all the year's major events are awarded. The IGST also periodically holds social gatherings, such as a sign-up party, pre-tournament parties and other 'get togethers'. Many also travel overseas once or twice a year to experience other golfing destinations.
Making arrangements to play golf in Taiwan, especially on weekends and if you don't speak Chinese, can be very difficult. It is also more enjoyable to play with a group of people and to have a small competition to make things more fun. IGST is also very proud of the fact that our handicap system is very fair and transparent, which ensures that golfers of every ability can compete on an equal footing.