In 1922, the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) was formed in order to conduct the Men's State Amateur Golf Championship. Since its humble beginnings more than 90 years ago, the WSGA has evolved into one of the largest amateur golf associations in the United States providing a multitude of benefits and services to more than 69,000 individual members at over 550 member golf clubs throughout the state of Washington and Northern Idaho.
The WSGA is a 501(c)4 non-profit amateur golf association governed by volunteer, amateur golfers who employ a full-time, professional staff of 13 people. The WSGA also serves as the only statewide representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA).
Mission Statement: Enriching the lives of people in Washington and Northern Idaho through the many social, recreational, and lifetime benefits of the game of golf.
WSGA Core Values:
Integrity: Conduct business with highest moral and ethical standards.
Inclusiveness: Provide opportunities for all people interested in the game of golf.
Stewardship: Celebrate and embrace golf's history and traditions.
Excellence: Strive for the best in all endeavors.
Service: Provide superior support for all clubs and individual members.
Volunteerism: Give back to communities through the game of golf.
WSGA Vision: The WSGA will be the leader and the primary resource in promoting and providing opportunities for anyone interested in the game of golf. Through the development of strong alliances and partnerships within and beyond the golf industry, we will exemplify and enhance what the overall enjoyment and growth of the game is all about. We will enthuse our members and partners by giving back to the game and by providing more inclusive and tangible benefits to enhance the membership experience. The WSGA-owned and operated facility will be a warm and welcoming place for all and serve as the foundation for the organization to establish programs that benefit the people and communities of the region.
Provides USGA Handicap Indexes Through the GHIN System
- Issues an official USGA Handicap Index through the USGA GHIN system (largest in the world)
- More than 69,000 members annually
- 24 Handicap revisions (updated the 1st and 15th of every month) resulting in the most up-to-date and accurate USGA Handicap Indexes
- Receive USGA Handicap Index Report (eRevision) via e-mail
- WSGA/Youth On Course Membership lets Washington and Northern Idaho juniors (ages 6-18) play for just $5 per round at participating courses
- Eligibility to compete in 15 WSGA State Amateur Championships, as well as enjoyable competitions for golfers of every handicap
- WSGA Winter Series and OGIO Fall Series Events
- WSGA Player Point Systems from the Championships of Excellence resulting in annual rankings
- WSGA Casual Golf Days are fun-filled, noncompetitive golf outings at a reduced fee, held at WSGA Private and Resort Member Clubs
- Members of participating clubs eligible to renew their club membership through the WSGA website
- Members of participating clubs can access WSGA-provided club websites (eClubhouse)
- Members receive special offers from participating clubs via email
Pacific Northwest Golf Association Membership
All WSGA members are automatically members of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA). PNGA member benefits include championship eligibility into 17 regional amateur championships, and receiving the Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine with the Golf Washington insert direct-mailed to your home four times a year.
Conducts Championships of Excellence
Conducts 14 major amateur championships for all playing levels and gender – Men's Amateur Championship, Women's Amateur Championship, Men's Mid-Amateur Championship, Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, Senior Men's Amateur Championship, Senior Women's Amateur Championship, Super Senior Men's Amateur Championship, Men's Best-Ball, Senior Men's Best-Ball, Women's Best-Ball, Men's Member Club Team, Women's Member Club Team, Champion of Champions, and Parent-Child. The WSGA also conducts four OGIO Fall Series events in the Fall, and four WSGA Winter Series tournaments in Winter/Spring.
The Home Course
Located in historic DuPont, Wash. you will find The Home Course of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association and Washington State Golf Association. The golf course was established in 1833 and renovated in 2007. A research of the history of the area tells us that a golf course may have been established next to the historic Fort Nisqually in the early 1800s. As a member of the WSGA you are entitled to play The Home Course at a reduced green fee. In the future, you will find many other golf entities housing their offices at the home of amateur golf in the Pacific Northwest, The Home Course.
Recognizes WSGA Players of the Year
Every year, the WSGA Championship Committee reviews the competitive records of players from throughout the state and recognizes the individuals who have compiled the most outstanding accomplishments and awards them the WSGA Player of the Year Award. One individual in each of the following categories is recognized: Men, Women, Senior Men, Senior Women, Men's Mid-Amateur, Women's Mid-Amateur, Junior Boys, and Junior Girls.
Administers USGA Course and Slope Rating System
Up to 70 courses rated annually (30 additional with laser measuring service).
Conducts USGA Qualifyings in the State of Washington
Conducts USGA national championship qualifying for the following events:
- U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
- U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball
- U.S. Open
- U.S. Women's Open
- U.S. Senior Open
- U.S. Amateur
- U.S. Women's Amateur
- U.S. Mid-Amateur
- USGA Senior Amateur
- USGA Senior Women's Amateur
WSGA Youth on Course – affordable golf for junior golfers
The WSGA offers a special junior membership called WSGA/Youth on Course (YOC) Membership. The WSGA/YOC Membership offers Washington and Northern Idaho juniors (ages 6-18) an incredible opportunity to play affordable golf - play for just $5 per round at participating courses. The courses are later reimbursed by the WSGA for any lost revenue.
Supports Evans Caddie Scholarship Program in the State of Washington
Provides Financial Support for Washington Junior Golf Association
Largest financial contributor to WJGA – supports statewide competitive programs for young golfers.
Supports Legislative Lobbyist in Olympia to keep the WSGA and its members and member golf clubs apprised of issues related to the golf industry
Provides Financial Support for Turfgrass Research at Northwest Universities
Annual financial contribution to Northwest Turfgrass Association which conducts turf research to enhance environmentally friendly methods of maintaining golf courses.
Provides Financial Support for the First Green of Washington
Annual financial contributor to FGOW – supports high school curriculum designed to teach the "Links as Labs" philosophy.
First Green is an innovative environmental education outreach program using golf courses as environmental learning labs. Golf course superintendents and/or local golf course representatives host students on field trips where they test water quality, collect soil samples, identify plants, design plantings, assist in stream bed restoration and are involved in the ecology and environmental aspects of the golf course. The students are also introduced to many other aspects of golf.
Selects Amateur Teams for:
- Pacific Coast Amateur Championship
- Hudson Cup Matches and Senior Hudson Cup Matches
- PNGA Cup
- USGA Men's and Women's State Team Tournament
Administers USGA Rules of Golf and Amateur Status Reinstatement Program
Washington Golf Economic Impact Study
In order to educate legislators about the importance of golf to the region's economic health, the WSGA helped to revive the Golf Alliance of Washington (GAW) and funded an Economic Impact Study, which was published in 2017.
The study was commissioned through GOLF 20/20 at the request of the leaders of the state's golf industry which make up the GAW, including the Washington State Golf Association, Pacific Northwest Section PGA, Evergreen Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America, the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, and the Inland Empire Golf Course Superintendents Association. The study was funded by the GAW.
The GAW had previously released an Economic Impact Study in 2007. Since that earlier study, Washington's golf economy has experienced strong growth in golf supplies, due to an increase in the number and size of golf manufacturers in the state, and growth in golf tourism, driven in part by several large events in the state, such as the 2010 U.S. Amateur, 2010 U.S. Senior Open, and 2015 U.S. Open. Although this study was completed in 2015, the trend is continuing, with other major events such as the 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship.
In addition to the game's recreational value, golf is a key industry which contributes to the vitality of Washington's economy. In 2015, Washington's golf industry generated a direct economic impact of $1.6 billion. The study, conducted by the Stanford Research Institute, found that the state's 298 golf facilities generated $473.5 million in revenues in 2015, which is comparable to the combined revenues of all other spectator sports (football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, etc.); generated $464.7 million in golf tourism spending; generated $38.5 million in charitable giving; and the golf industry in Washington supports 22,469 jobs which have a total wage income of $499.1 million per year.