Initiatives

Longleaf/Multiple 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.

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Site Evaluation Program

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.

“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