The ASGCA Foundation
Dedicated to the future of golf course architecture

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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!

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Golf Course Owners & Operators

ASGCA member-driven plans to reinvigorate your golf course


Participants in The First Tee program

College scholarships for The First Tee participants interested in design


Young Golf Industry Professionals

Development of an internship program is underway


Corporate & Individual Supporters

Your generous commitments and donations make everything possible

Longleaf Tee Initiative

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.

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Site Evaluation Program

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.

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“This is a project that we have been trying to move forward for more than three years, and having the plans and the ability to see what it could look like is key to us being able to get this accomplished.”
-Meridith Deverman First Links Grantee, Peoria, Illinois Park District Golf Operations


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.


“I aspire to be someone impactful in my field as the members are of the ASGCA. The opportunity to spend the day with ASGCA members was truly a treat and will be a memorable highlight of my high school years.”
-Christina Park ASGCA Foundation Scholarship recipient, The First Tee of San Diego


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.


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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.

Legacy Partners

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.

  • Invited to attend an ASGCA Annual Meeting
  • Recognition in collateral materials and on the Foundation website
  • Two invitations to the Breakfast Gathering at the Golf Industry Show
Commitment: $50,000

Gift may be pledged over time up to four years

Tartan Partners

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.

  • Recognition in collateral materials and on the Foundation website
  • One invitation to the Breakfast Gathering at the Golf Industry Show
Commitment: $10,000

Gift may be pledged over time up to four years

Additional Support Opportunities

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.

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Contact Us

The ASGCA Foundation would love to hear from you. Be sure to contact us with any questions, comments or requests for more information.

(262) 786-5960
 125 N. Executive Drive, Suite 302, Brookfield WI 53005