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!
The ASGCA Foundation is led by a nine-person Board of Directors:
ASGCA member-driven plans to reinvigorate your golf course
College scholarships for The First Tee participants interested in design
Apply for the Wadsworth Scholars program
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/Multiple 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 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 provide grants to facilities for ASGCA members and USGA agronomists to visit and advise on how to modify or add to layouts to attract and retain players. The program saw about two dozen golf courses benefit from grants.
The Site Evaluation Program was funded by a grant from the USGA, and administrative support from the ASGCA Foundation. Prior to the Site Evaluation Program, the ASGCA Foundation worked with the PGA of America on a program called First Links, which also sent ASGCA members to golf facilities to advise on how design could bring more players to the game. The Foundation is looking forward to reporting on the implementation of plans at the facilities which have received grants.
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 partners with the Wadsworth Golf Construction Company and Wadsworth Golf Charities to provide scholarships through Wadsworth Scholars to two college students/post-grads who have demonstrated the intent to practice golf course architecture.
Wadsworth Scholars are invited to attend the ASGCA Annual Meeting, and are awarded a $2,000 academic scholarship. The application process begins in the fall of each year. Watch this page for more information.
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 generous donors. Here’s how you can help.
The Society of 1872 is a group of ASGCA members and non-member supporters of the ASGCA Foundation. Members pledge $15,000 to the Foundation for administrative and program support. Payment may be in one lump sum, via payment plan, or as a planned gift. About two dozen people have joined the Society of 1872.
For information on the Society of 1872, contact ASGCA Executive Director Chad Ritterbusch.
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.