The ASGCA (American Society of Golf Course Architects) Foundation helps those planning greenspace for recreational purposes understand how golf course architecture can increase player enjoyment, benefit the environment and grow the game of golf.
The ASGCA Foundation was founded in 1973 to help fund the research of golf course design and to disseminate that information to those interested in designating green space for recreational purposes.The Foundation today is also dedicated to supporting the health of the game of golf by funding and administering programs that grow the game. The ASGCA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
The American Society of Golf Course Architects, founded in 1946, is the oldest professional organization of golf course designers in the world. Our architects have designed, renovated and remodeled many of the most famous and storied courses in golf. They are active in current projects not only in the United States and Canada, but also in Europe, Asia and beyond. Visit our website!
ASGCA member-driven plans to reinvigorate your golf course
College scholarships for The First Tee participants interested in design
Development of an internship program is underway
Your generous commitments and donations make everything possible
A joint partnership with U.S. Kids Golf Foundation that increases course playability and golfer enjoyment. The program helps golf course operators strategically expand existing tee complexes and, as a result, increase rounds and improve pace of play. The goal is for all players to enjoy the game while maintaining the design integrity and challenge of the layout
Course owners and operators work with ASGCA members to add multiple tee locations – as many as seven per hole – at yardages that encourage players to tee off from locations based on how far they carry their drive.
The Longleaf Tee Initiative meets the ASGCA Foundation mission; supporting the health of the game by funding and administering programs that grow the game.
The USGA-ASGCA Site Evaluation Program, previously called “First Links”, was developed for golf course owners/operators interested in reconfiguring their layouts and/or devoting open land to smaller scale facilities to allow new players to learn the game.
The initiative provides grants to facilities for ASGCA members to visit and advise on how to modify or add to layouts to attract and retain players. The first three years of the program saw about two dozen golf courses benefit from grants.
The program was kickstarted with a gift from the PGA of America and recently enjoyed additional support from a USGA grant. The Foundation is eager to fund more ASGCA member visits.
The ASGCA Foundation partners with local chapters of The First Tee to provide college scholarships to deserving high school students.
Scholarship recipients from The First Tee are invited to attend the ASGCA Annual Meeting to play golf with our members, learn how math and science is applied to golf course design and attend an awards banquet.
The ASGCA Foundation is working on the development of an internship program for up-and-coming design students. Please check back in late 2016/early 2017 for news on this program
The ASGCA Foundation produces a wealth of materials to assist those seeking information about building a new golf course or remodeling an existing one.
The ASGCA Foundation has published books about environmental course design, the rich traditions of the golf course architecture profession, and building a practical golf course. Currently in research is a book about how golf course architects offer design solutions to today’s water management challenges.
The ASGCA Foundation, and the work we do to further the profession of golf course architecture, is only made possible by the contributions from our cherished corporate and individual supporters. As stewards of the game, we invite you to help us help golf.
The ASGCA Foundation offers a special giving platform for companies and foundations that wish to support our mission and initiatives in a substantial way. These gifts can be designated to our core initiatives or also to special projects or programs that have been selected for funding by the ASGCA Foundation Board of Directors.
Gift may be pledged over time up to four years
In tribute to the Donald Ross tartan proudly displayed by our members, these gifts are designated to fund a specific initiative or project for one year.
Gift may be pledged over time up to four years
If you would like to donate directly, please feel free to do so. The ASGCA Foundation welcomes any donation that helps further the game of golf.
The ASGCA Foundation would love to hear from you. Be sure to contact us with any questions, comments or requests for more information.