Most golf clubs are formed as unincorporated associations, which is the least formal way of forming a club as there are no setup costs or registration requirements involved. 

An unincorporated entity is not a legal entity itself, so members of an unincorporated association hold rights and liabilities between themselves and other members, and liability for the day-today business activities of the club generally rest with its managing members. The main disadvantage of this set up is that members can be held personally liable which means they can be pursued directly for any of the club's debts or legal claims. Furthermore, contracting arrangements and owning assets as an unincorporated association can be complicated because an unincorporated association cannot enter a contract or own assets in its own name.

A simple and effective way to limit personal liability and overcome the challenges of contracting and owning assets is to incorporate the club.

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Contributors

Andy Nolan

Partner

Ally Burr

Associate

Calum Lavery

Senior Solicitor

Clare O'Toole

Solicitor

Catriona Salton

Solicitor