In December 2009, the leaders of the national golf organizations (listed below) met in Ashburn, VA, at NRPA Headquarters, to discuss the game of golf within the park and recreation landscape, and its multiple benefits to the public. The results of this Summit delivered a commitment on behalf of NRPA to bring together the deep expertise, cross-disciplined knowledge, and keen insights of each respective golf entity, to be housed on the NRPA website. Further, each organization has entered into partnership agreements with NRPA in order to ensure that best practices, research, educational programming, health and conservation benefits, advocacy, and cross-communications objectives are shared. This site will be updated regularly and linked to NRPA’s Knowledge Center.
The coalition members include:
- American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) - Founded in 1946, the American Society of Golf Course Architects is the oldest professional organization of golf course designers in America. 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.
- Audubon International (AI) - The Audubon International envisions communities becoming more sustainable through good stewardship of the natural environment where people live, work, and recreate. They provide people with the education and assistance needed to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and natural resources.
- Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) - The Golf Course Builders Association of America is a nonprofit trade association of the world's foremost golf course builders and leading suppliers to the golf course construction industry. It was founded in the early 1970s, and its members represent all segments of the golf course construction industry.
- Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) - The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America is dedicated to serving its members, advancing their profession and enhancing the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. GCSAA members will be consistently recognized as a key to the enjoyment of the game, crucial to the economic vitality of the facility, clear authorities regarding issues related to golf course management. professionals belonging to an inclusive organization that embraces a diversity of ideas and people.
- National Alliance for Accessible Golf (NAAG) - The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is a coalition of golf organizations that exists to ensure individuals with disabilities have access to the game of golf and its inherent values. The mission of the Alliance is to increase participation of people with disabilities in the game of golf. Through the game of golf, individuals with disabilities become actively engaged in the social fabric of a community, and derive health benefits that improve quality of life.
- National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA)- In 1971, Don Rossi (then president of the National Golf Foundation) assembled a group of owners of public-access golf courses to form an association to represent golf course owners' interests. The group operated under the wing of the National Golf Foundation until 1979, when the owners split from the NGF and became the National Association of Public Golf Courses. From 1984 until 1990, the association was headquartered in Minnesota and known as the Golf Course Association. In 1990 the GCA moved to Charleston and changed its name to the National Golf Course Owners Association.
- National Golf Foundation (NGF) - The National Golf Foundation, founded in 1936 and based in Jupiter, Fla., is the industry’s knowledge leader on the U.S. golf economy. NGF delivers independent and objective market intelligence, insights and trends to fulfill its mission: To Keep Golf Businesses Ahead of the Game. NGF’s Consulting division offers experienced and independent advisory services for Parks Directors, City Managers, owners, management companies, developers, and others.
- LPGA - The Ladies Professional Golf Association is one of the longest-running women's professional sports
associations in the world. Founded in 1950, the organization has grown from its roots as a playing tour
into a non-profit organization involved in every facet of golf. The LPGA Tour and the LPGA Teaching &
Club Professionals (T&CP) comprise the backbone of what has become the premier women's
professional sports organization in the world today. The LPGA maintains a strong focus on charity
through: its tournaments; its grassroots junior and women's programs; its affiliation with Susan G.
Komen For The Cure; and the formation of The LPGA Foundation. The LPGA is under the guidance of
Commissioner Michael Whan and is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla.
- The PGA of America (PGA) - The PGA of America is the world's largest working sports organization, comprised of 28,000 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.
- World Golf Foundation (WGF) - The mission of the World Golf Foundation is to develop and support initiatives that positively impact lives through the game of golf and its traditional values. The World Golf Foundation also supports the golf industry in a variety of other roles, including acting as a centralized vehicle for communicating the industry’s initiatives to the media, initiating research projects to demonstrate the game’s scope and impact, and providing a unified approach to the anti-doping policies being implemented by the major global professional Tours.
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