ASGCA is the premier organization in the golf architecture profession. Membership in the Society signifies the ultimate recognition of an architect’s work, and a place in history among names like Ross, Jones, Nicklaus and Dye.
Through ASGCA’s educational initiatives, special events, shared experiences and understanding, members also gain a collective knowledge that helps them to lead projects and realize greater success.
Are you an experienced golf course architect interested in joining ASGCA? Scroll down to learn more about qualifications and process, or start the application process right now.
Top 10 Reasons to Join ASGCA
1. Industry Exposure
2. Shared Knowledge
7. Annual Meetings
8. Study Tours
9. Free Admission
A prospective member of the ASGCA must be a citizen of the United States, Canada or Mexico, a minimum 28 years of age, have no less than 8 years of practical experience in golf course architecture and be recognized by other ASGCA members as a competent professional golf course architect.
To become a member of the ASGCA, one must complete a two-year application process proving by virtue of their knowledge of the game, training, experience, vision and inherent ability, to be qualified to design and prepare specifications for a course of functional and aesthetic perfection and carry the design from planning through construction. Applicants must also provide evidence of direct project experience that illustrates competency in the core facets of golf course architecture.
Peer Review & Sponsorship
ASGCA members are very involved in the review of each potential member’s application and submitted projects, including direct review of project plans, interviews with construction personnel and club management, and a walking or playing tour of the course with the applicant. Each applicant must also be sponsored by three ASGCA members. The sponsors are members who can personally vouch for the character, professional integrity and high level of applied architecture skill of the applicant.
In addition, all applicants must agree to abide by the ASGCA’s standards of professional practice and a stringent code of ethics. The code of ethics set standards for the golf course architect’s role in contract negotiations and their responsibilities to the client and each other.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of training do I need to become a golf course architect?
Golf course architects come from varying backgrounds, with training in landscape architecture, civil engineering, environmental studies, agronomy, golf course construction and professional golf, to name a few. The most common degree among golf course architects is landscape architecture. In addition to formal education, time spent “on the job” learning about golf course maintenance and golf course construction is important to learn the technical aspects of the profession. Today’s golf course architect will need to acquire a variety of knowledge, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Landscape Architecture / Land Planning
- Environmental Knowledge
- Civil Engineering
- Agronomy & Turf Management
- Heavy Construction
- Plans, Specifications & Graphic Production
- Cost Estimating
- Public Speaking
Those interested in the field should become associated with a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects to learn more about the various demands of the profession. For a list of members near you, visit our Find a Member section.
Which colleges offer a degree in golf course architecture?
The College of Art in Edinburgh, Scotland offers a graduate-level certificate in golf course architecture. For more information about that program, visit the European Institute of Golf Course Architects website.
How do I find work as a golf course architect?
Golf course architecture is an extremely competitive field. Many golf course architects get their start working as interns with established golf course architecture practices. ASGCA will occasionally publish contact information in the ASGCA Newsletter for those students looking either for internships or entry-level positions. Contact Aileen Smith at ASGCA for more information.
How do I get in touch with a particular golf course architect?
In the Find a Member section of this website, you may access contact information for all ASGCA members, including mailing address, phone number, e-mail address and website by typing in the name of the member. You may also search on location or area of expertise.
If you need answers beyond what is listed on the ASGCA website, please visit our contact form or call ASGCA at 262-786-5960.