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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

Questions, Answers and Insights for Everyone Interested in the Business of Golf


American Society of Golf Course Architects


Corporate Headquarters

Brookfield, Wisconsin


Key Employees

Chad Ritterbusch – Executive Director
Aileen Smith – Director of Programs
Marc Whitney – Director of Marketing & Communications

Jan Bel Jan – President
Forrest Richardson – Vice President
Jason Straka – Treasurer
Brit Stenson – Secretary


Founded in 1946 by Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones and 12 other leading architects, the American Society of Golf Course Architects is a non-profit organization comprised of experienced golf course designers located throughout North America.

Bill Coore (Coore-Crenshaw), Gil Hanse, Tom Fazio, Forrest Richardson, Jan Bel Jan, Dr. Michael Hurdzan and the Dye family are among the notable names on the ASGCA’s accomplished membership roster. In all, more than 170 members have completed a rigorous two-year long application process that includes the peer review of representative golf courses.

ASGCA members are able to counsel in all aspects of golf course design and remodeling, from new course development around the world and local renovation work to alternative short course venues and master planning. The ASGCA is dedicated to fostering professionalism, supporting golf design excellence, helping grow the game and expanding opportunities to help ASGCA members better serve their clients.

Members of the ASGCA in their Ross Tartan red plaid jackets, a a tribute to the group’s honorary first president, Donald Ross. (Photo courtesy: ASCGA.com)


Innovation is among the hallmarks of the ASGCA, as its members are at the forefront of the industry’s efforts for sustainable, creative design solutions that support the healthy growth of golf, as well as developing programs and facilities that attract and retain new players.

The ASGCA is also focused on preserving the game, its traditions and its community connections through historic restoration, renovation or a combination thereof at some of the most famous and storied courses in golf.

From an environmental standpoint, ASGCA members are involved in projects that filter, protect and enhance natural resources while educating permitting boards, town councils, developers, media and the general public about the positive role golf courses play in improving the environment.

The association supports grassroots programs, including We Are Golf and Get Golf Ready, in promoting the game’s economic, charitable, environmental and fitness benefits, and collaborates with allied organizations and business partners to share knowledge, research, and reach a greater and more diverse audience. ASGCA members are often advocates for the game — at the forefront of conversations among industry leaders, contributing expertise at international, national and regional conferences on critical subjects such as water, environment, education and public relations.

NGF Takeaways

While the NGF GOLF 100 includes a few course designers because of their varied other business interests — names like Nicklaus, Norman and Woods among them — the inclusion of the ASGCA is greater recognition of the influential visionaries and design teams throughout the golf industry.


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