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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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


Some of the well-known associations in golf may be the most noteworthy businesses of them all – in terms of making money, growing the game and influencing the industry.

There certainly aren’t many organizations with more clout in the sport than the professional tours, which make millions of dollars from corporate sponsorships and television deals while also activating player-development and charitable initiatives. Other noteworthy trade associations in this category provide vital education, information and advocacy to their nationwide, and often global, membership.

The First Tee, meanwhile, is more than a player development program; it’s more about providing youth with educational programs that build character, instill life lessons and promote healthy choices – all through the game of golf.

Another diverse bunch, there are seven associations in the NGF GOLF 100.


The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America is the professional association for almost 18,000 member men and women who manage and maintain the sport’s most…

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Founded in 1950, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women and has a diverse and storied membership…

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National Golf Course Owners Association

The National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) is the leading authority on the business of golf course ownership and management, providing information and education to…

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PGA of America

The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, comprised of almost 29,000 men and women golf Professionals who are recognized experts…

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The PGA TOUR is the world’s biggest, richest and most powerful platform in professional golf, a $2 billion business that oversees far more than the…

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The First Tee

The First Tee has been golf’s most influential youth development program over the past two decades, offering both golf and life lessons to kids. The…

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The USGA celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf, and has been committed to the best interests of the game since its founding more…

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