Wisconsin Golf Affiliates / Memberships
PGA Wisconsin Section | homepage: wisconsin.pga.com/home
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The PGA of America is the world’s largest working sports organization, comprised of 27,000 men and women golf Professionals who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and managing the game of golf, while serving millions of people throughout its 41 PGA Sections nationwide. Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has enhanced its leadership position by growing the game of golf through its premier spectator events, world-class education and training programs, significant philanthropic outreach initiatives, and award-winning golf promotions.
The Wisconsin Section is one of the 41 sections that comprise the regional entities of the PGA of America. Over 500 members and apprentices belong to the Wisconsin Section stretching from areas in the Upper-Peninsula of Michigan to almost the entire state of Wisconsin. Annually the Wisconsin Section conducts over 40 professional events, operates it’s Junior Golf Foundation and participates in several growth of the game activities (Play Golf America Days, Golf Shows and instructional clinics).
National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) | homepage: ngcoa.org
Owners and operators of golf courses throughout the U.S. and the world – from those who run 9-hole facilities in rural locations to owners of the largest golf course portfolios in the most popular golf destinations – look to the National Golf Course Owners Association as a valuable source for information and education, and an advocate for their best interests. Established in 1979 and headquartered in Charleston, S.C., the NGCOA is the leading authority on the business of golf course ownership and management. The Association represents the industry’s key decision makers with ultimate responsibility for golf courses throughout the world. The not-for-profit organization is the only trade association dedicated exclusively to golf course owners and operators. Membership of the NGCOA includes owners and operators of daily-fee, semi-private, private and resort courses. While diverse in its makeup, the Association serves as a resource for a critical need shared by all owners and operators in today’s ever-changing golf industry: information and inspiration on how to operate their facilities as efficiently and profitably as possible.
Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA) | homepage: wsga.org
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The Wisconsin State Golf Association was formed and exists for the general purpose of promoting and conserving, throughout the State of Wisconsin, the best interests and the true spirit of the game of golf.
The Wisconsin State Golf Association is a 501[c]6 organization comprised of over 400 member golf clubs located in the state of Wisconsin and approximately 50,000 individual golfing members. The WSGA is directed by a statewide Board of Directors including officers, active past presidents and volunteer Associate Directors who donate their time and services while paying their own expenses. The daily affairs of the WSGA are managed by a full-time executive director, department heads, and an administrative staff; augmented with part-time seasonal help.
Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendents Association (WGCSA) | homepage: wgcsa.com
The start of our association which is today called the Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendents Association was started after the conclusion the first University of Wisconsin’s Short Course for Greenkeepers in 1930. Thirty-nine charter members met in March of 1930 at Blue Mound CC, in Wauwatosa, WI to form the Wisconsin Greenkeepers Association. Host Paul Brockhausen was elected President. From these humble beginnings began a rich tradition of continuing education, professional camaraderie, and networking that continues to make the present WGCSA the premier association for Golf Course Managers in Wisconsin.
Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin (GCOW) | homepage: gcow.org
The mission of the Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin (GCOW) is to provide education and advocacy on behalf of its members and to promote golf throughout the state of Wisconsin. The GCOW, established as a non-profit association in 1984, is a member of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA). It is governed by an elected board of directors.
The GCOW is an association that supports the golf course owners and operators in the State of Wisconsin. By representing and working on behalf of Wisconsin’s courses, we serve to promote, protect and educate its members of all sizes.