Industry Associations


Asian Golf Industry Federation

AGIF was formed in 2009 and is a not-for-profit regional organization with a distinguished Member Roster of leaders in the Asian golf industry including golf course and club suppliers, professional support services, golf course architects, and golf real estate and development companies. AGIF promotes sustainability through the work of its Environment Committee.


ASGCA American Society of Golf Course Architects

Founded in 1946, the ASGCA is the professional association representing golf course architects in North America. They are the leader in advancing the interests of golf course architects and create golf courses that are technically, strategically and aesthetically excellent while meeting the economic, environmental and other needs of golf course owners, developers and communities.


British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association

BIGGA is dedicated to enhancing the professional reputation and advancement of greenkeepers. Managing land, resources and golfer expectations, BIGGA appreciates that its members make decisions that determine the sustainability performance of the industry, and its image as a responsible steward of the environment.


Club Managers Association of America

The CMAA is the professional association for managers of membership clubs in the United States. Its 7,000 members recognize the need to meet the aspirations and environmental needs of golfers, the public and government. The CMAA provides education and support that will help its members show sustainability leadership in clubs and communities.

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Club Managers Association of South Africa

CMASA is the representative body for the Recreation and Sports Club sector in South Africa. CMASA offers members access to information on international and local best practice material relating to the management of their clubs as well as current information on trends in this sector. CMASA's strength is heightened by the expertise of its elected Executive Committee and management team, who collectively have in excess of 150 years in club management.

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CMAA China Chapter

The China Chapter of the CMAA was set up to support the emerging group of club managers with education and professional development.  The China Chapter aims to help golf grow, develop and be managed in the country with great consideration for social and environmental factors.


Club Managers Association of Europe

The CMAE is a professional association with members managing a diverse selection of clubs, many in the golf sector. The Association is committed to furthering the education, professionalism and reputation of Club Managers across Europe, and views nature, energy, water, supply chains and community as important focus areas for club success.


European Golf Course Owners Association

EGCOA is a longstanding supporter, bringing a genuine belief that sustainability has a strong fit with the future growth of the game, and profitability of golf clubs and developments.  The association actively encourages and supports awareness and practical environmental stewardship in golf facilities across Europe.


European Institute of Golf Course Architects

The EIGCA represents European architects, with 80 Senior Members and Associates.  The institute has published a clear environmental policy and code for its members; contributed to the GEO Sustainable Golf Development Guidance; and initiated a new professional development programme for ongoing education of members.  


Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Association

The umbrella body for the greenkeeper associations of Europe, and established on a vision of sustainability in golf, FEGGA clearly recognizes and strongly advocates for the highest standards environmental management and community outreach, promoting the need to minimise the consumption of resources.


Golf Course Association of America (GCBAA) 

GCBAA is dedicated to advancing and continuously improving the profession of golf course construction while representing the interests of the golf course construction industry. The Association endeavors to provide comprehensive programs and services to construction contractors and specialists in regard to the changing regulations and technology of golf course construction. 



IAGTO is the global trade organization of the golf tourism industry, with 2040 member companies in 88 countries, including tour operators with more than 85% of all golf holiday packages worldwide and $1 billion in annual sales.  IAGTO is now encouraging members to add more value to their golf product and experience through sustainability.

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Professional Golfers’ Associations of Europe

The PGAs of Europe is an Association of 37 National PGAs with a collective membership in excess of 18,500. With environmental issues playing an increasingly significant part in the development and management of golf courses, and with more and more club professionals involved in club decision making, The PGAs of Europe recognize the value of practical programmes which also reach out to their members.


Professional Golfers Association of South Africa

The PGA is a non-profit organization that educates, supports and provides lifelong learning opportunities to its PGA Professionals throughout their careers within all sectors of the industry. They aim to play an active role in the sustainability, growth and development of all facets of the game of golf in South Africa and as a founding member of the PGA World Alliance takes an active global role on behalf of the professional game, enhancing the golf experience and contributing to successful golf facilities and golfers that benefit from their unrivalled knowledge, skills and expertise within the African continent.

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Ryder Cup Europe

The Ryder Cup is golf's most prestigious team event - engaging, inspiring and entertaining millions. It presents an unparalleled opportunity to showcase leadership in sustainability. At The 2010 Ryder Cup GEO coordinated the delivery of a groundbreaking sustainable event staging plan - reducing resource consumption, raising awareness and showcasing innovation.


The Society of Australian Golf Course Architects 

SAGCA is a society of architect professionals who exchange ideas and experiences, encourage the highest standard of golf course design and construction, convene to discuss such topics as Sound Environmental Design, Safety in Design, and advancement of Modern Technology and impact on old and new golf courses. SAGCA encourages the advancement of the game of golf by highlighting the health benefits of the game, the social interaction the game facilitates and the importance of golf courses as green open spaces – especially in cities.