Events

Annual Meetings

ASGCA Annual Meetings have a storied history dating back to the inaugural 1947 gathering of the Founding Fathers at Pinehurst, North Carolina. The signature event for ASGCA members, the meetings include great interaction, innovation and education between fellow architects and invited industry leaders. ASGCA professional development includes study and play at fine golf facilities, and the spirited, friendly competition among ASGCA members.

Annual Meeting Locations
  • 2016 Washington D.C.
  • 2015 La Jolla, California
  • 2014 Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 2013 Reynolds Plantation, Georgia
  • 2012 Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 2011 Denver, Colorado
  • 2010 Ponte Vedre Beach, Florida
  • 2009 Seattle, Washington
  • 2008 Scotland
  • 2007 Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2006 Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • 2005 Pebble Beach California
  • 2004 Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  • 2003 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2002 Santa Barbara, California
  • 2001 Columbus, Ohio
  • 2000 Ireland
  • 1999 Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1998 Los Angeles, California
  • 1997 Toronto, Canada
  • 1996 Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • 1995 Scotland
  • 1994 San Francisco, California
  • 1993 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1992 Long Island, New York
  • 1991 England
  • 1990 Pebble Beach, California
  • 1989 Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • 1988 Hamilton, Bermuda
  • 1987 Maui, Hawaii
  • 1986 Ponte Verde, Florida
  • 1985 Ireland
  • 1984 Indian Wells, California
  • 1983 Dallas, Texas
  • 1982 Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1981 Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1980 Scotland
  • 1979 Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • 1978 Carefree, Arizona
  • 1977 Hilton Head, South Carolina
  • 1976 Pebble Beach, California
  • 1975 Tarpon Springs, Florida
  • 1974 Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • 1973 Rancho Santa Fe, California
  • 1972 Naples, Florida
  • 1971 Palm Springs, California
  • 1970 Acapulco, Mexico
  • 1969 Hollywood, Florida
  • 1968 Boca Raton, Florida
  • 1967 Lahiana, Maui, Hawaii
  • 1966 Carefree, Arizona
  • 1965 Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1964 Palm Springs, California
  • 1963 Belleair, Florida
  • 1962 Boca Raton, Florida
  • 1961 Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1960 Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1959 Point Clear, Alabama
  • 1958 Naples, Florida
  • 1957 Boca Raton, Florida
  • 1956 Nassau, The Bahamas
  • 1955 Belleair, Florida
  • 1954 St. Augustine, Florida
  • 1953 Ojai, California
  • 1952 Belleair, Florida
  • 1951 Ponte Verde Beach, Florida
  • 1950 Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • 1949 Belleair, Florida
  • 1947 Pinehurst, North Carolina

Awards

In addition to the golf, business and educational sessions, ASGCA members also gather at the Annual Meeting for the presentation of the Society’s most elite awards:

Donald Ross Award

The Donald Ross Award, ASGCA’s highest honor, is presented annually to an individual who has made significant and lasting contributions to the profession of golf course architecture. First awarded in 1976 to golf architecture pioneer Robert Trent Jones, the honor continues to this day as one of the most prestigious in golf architecture.

Past Winners
Year Recipient Occupation
2017 Alice Dye Golf Course Architect
2016 Michael Bamberger Golf Writer
2015 Brad Klein Golf Writer
2014 Major Dan Rooney Founder, Folds of Honor Foundation
2013 Rees Jones Golf Course Architect
2012 Bill Kubly Golf Course Builder
2011 James Dodson Golf Writer / Editor
2010 Tim Finchem PGA TOUR Commissioner
2009 Ron Dodson Sustainable Golf Advocate
2008 George Peper Golf Writer
2007 Dr. Michael Hurdzan Golf Course Architect
2006 Jim Awtrey CEO, PGA of America
2005 John Singleton Irrigation Pioneer
2004 Thomas Cousins Philanthropist; Urban Golf Developer
2003 Bill Campbell President, USGA; Captain, Royal & Ancient Golf Club
2002 Byron Nelson Professional Golfer
2001 Jack Nicklaus Professional Golfer; Golf Course Architect
2000 Jaime Ortiz-Patiño Owner and President, Valderrama Golf Club
1999 Arnold Palmer Professional Golfer
1998 Judy Bell President, USGA
1997 Gene Sarazen Professional Golfer
1996 Ron Whitten Golf Writer
1995 Pete Dye Golf Course Architect
1994 James R. Watson Agronomist
1993 Brent Wadsworth Golf Course Builder
1992 Paul Fullmer ASGCA Executive Secretary
1991 Michael Bonallack Secretary, Royal and Ancient (St. Andrews)
1990 John Zoller Former Executive Director, No. California Golf Association
1989 Dick Taylor Editor, Golf World Magazine
1988 Frank Hannigan Executive Director, USGA
1987 Charles Price Golf World Magazine
1986 Deane Beman PGA Tour Commissioner
1985 Peter Dobereiner London Observer Columnist; Author
1984 Dinah Shore Sponsor of Women’s Golf Tournaments
1983 Al Radko Former Director, USGA Green Section
1982 Geoffrey Cornish Golf Course Architect; Historian
1981 James Rhodes Governor of Ohio
1980 Gerald Micklem Former Captain, Royal and Ancient
1979 Joe Dey Former Executive Director of the USGA
1978 Herb and Joe Graffis Founders, National Golf Foundation
1977 Herbert Warren Wind Golf Digest Columnist; Author
1976 Robert Trent Jones Founding Member of ASGCA

ASGCA Distinguished Service Award

The ASGCA Distinguished Service Award is given to an ASGCA member who has contributed exceptional time and effort to benefit both ASGCA members and the organization. The award winner is chosen by the ASGCA Board of Governors and is not necessarily given annually.

Past Winners
Year Recipient
2017 Past President John LaFoy, ASGCA Fellow
2017 Past President Don Knott, ASGCA Fellow
2011 Past President Bill Amick, ASGCA Fellow
2006 Past President Ed Seay, ASGCA
2005 Past President Larry Packard, ASGCA Fellow
2005 – posthumously Past President Jack Snyder, ASGCA Fellow

Study Tours

ASGCA members are the most knowledgeable golf course architects in the industry. Members continue to look for ways to improve their education and increase knowledge to better serve their clients. One way they build upon professional development is by gathering on a tri-annual basis for study tours that explore great golf courses around the world.

Since 2009, these events have not only allowed ASGCA members to continue building their font of knowledge, but also benefits their clients (and golfers) by making sure the work they do positively benefits all aspects of the game – economically, environmentally and socially.