What We Do

Two words stand out when describing ASGCA golf course architects: Innovation and Collaboration. As golf faces a new reality in the U.S. and around the world, our members are making a positive difference for the environment, the game, the industry and its patrons. Here is a look at some of the key initiatives ASGCA and its members are addressing.

Design & Innovation

Great, innovative design is the hallmark of ASGCA. Our members continue to lead the industry charge for sustainable, creative design solutions that support the healthy growth of golf. From new course development around the world, to local renovation work, to alternative short course venues and master planning, ASGCA members are instrumental in developing programs and facilities that attract and retain new players. ASGCA also proudly supports grassroots programs, including We Are Golf and Get Golf Ready, in promoting the game’s economic, charitable, environmental and fitness benefits.

Preservation

Since its founding, ASGCA and our members have worked with the most famous and stored courses in golf. Whether through historic restoration, renovation or a combination thereof, preserving the game, its traditions and its community connections are major priorities.

It’s a fact that golf returns a direct benefit to the local environment and economy. ASGCA golf course architects advance this cause, producing outstanding projects that filter, protect and enhance our 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.

Collaboration

ASGCA golf course architects are professional problem solvers, trained to lead and coordinate a multitude of disciplines while being sensitive to environmental impacts, budgets and sustainable design. ASGCA also collaborates with allied organizations and business partners to share knowledge, research, and reach a greater and more diverse audience.

One such effort is the ASGCA-USGA Site Evaluation Program, a pro-bono cause aimed at assisting owner/operators in the development of high-quality, sustainable products that remain integral assets of the local community

Advocacy

ASGCA members are at the forefront of conversations among industry leaders, contributing their expertise at international, nation and regional conferences on critical subjects such as water, environment, education and public relations.

With initiatives like the The Donald Ross Roundtable and Design Excellence Recognition Program, ASGCA gathers industry influencers to discuss the game’s economic, social and environmental opportunities, and honor those golf courses that improve their community and the industry.

And, ASGCA is getting the word out about golf’s virtues! Since 2010, “By Design” has been the showcase publication for ASGCA within the golf industry, detailing the collaborations of our members and their clients to better the game of golf worldwide. More than 29,000 subscribers receive each issue of the digital magazine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact regarding Partnership opportunities?

For matters concerning ASGCA educational partnerships, various sponsorship opportunities or other means of support, please email Therese Suslick or call 262-786-5960.

Can I advertise in the ASGCA newsletter or magazine?

The ASGCA Newsletter is a members-only publication and accepts no advertising. The best way for a supplier to reach ASGCA members is through the Resource Directory, a listing of golf industry suppliers located on the ASGCA Web Site and as a published directory distributed regularly to all ASGCA members. If you need answers beyond what is listed on the ASGCA website, please visit our contact form or call ASGCA at 262-786-5960.

Can I arrange to exhibit or present at the ASGCA annual meeting?

The ASGCA Annual Meeting is a members-only event and does not include a trade show or supplier component. The best way for a supplier to reach ASGCA members is through the Resource Directory, a listing of golf industry suppliers located on the ASGCA Web Site and as a published directory distributed regularly to all ASGCA members. If you need answers beyond what is listed on the ASGCA website, please visit our contact form or call ASGCA at 262-786-5960.

When should I call or hire a golf course architect?

As with any consulting professional, the sooner a golf course architect is hired in the planning process, the more value he/she can offer a project. ASGCA architects have extensive experience in administering the design process, which is crucial for keeping projects on task while avoiding common pitfalls. A golf course architect’s varied expertise in such disciplines as land planning, construction and agronomy can also direct (or redirect) a project early on in the process to maximize design efficiencies or realize creative opportunities.

Why do I need a golf course architect when I can remodel my layout myself?

A golf course architect has specialized experience and skills that encompass the many challenges of taking golf course projects, whether new design or remodels, from concept to reality. Please visit our New Course Design and Remodeling sections for an in depth discussion on the qualifications and the process that ASGCA architect’s can bring to your project.