• NGCOA Names Golf Pro Payments the “Official Merchant Processing Partner of the NGCOA”

    The NGCOA is pleased to partner with Golf Pro Payments, a credit card processing and payment technology company designed for golf facilities.

    As the “Official Merchant Processing Partner of the NGCOA” and an NGCOA Smart Buy Marketplace partner, Golf Pro Payments will provide NGCOA members with its standard flat monthly fee, next-day funding, real-time reporting, PCI compliance support, optional free equipment, personalized support, and a no-cost annual rate review and transaction audit. New NGCOA member customers will also receive a $200 Visa gift card upon account activation.

    To further support NGCOA's membership, Golf Pro Payments is also contributing 50% of its monthly technology fee from each new account to the NGCOA Champions Circle to bolster the association’s advocacy efforts.

    Learn more about its products, services and support in the NGCOA Smart Buy Marketplace at

  • Just Released: Independent Contractors in the Golf Industry — Navigating the Department of Labor’s R

    NGCOA is pleased to offer its members its latest white paper, Independent Contractors in the Golf Industry — Navigating the Department of Labor’s Rule for 2024 and Beyond. This publication explores how the new rule affects golf course businesses and the industry, and focuses on challenges faced by teaching professionals and golf business operators. It also offers guidance on adherence and compliance, and underscores the significance of understanding the criteria for independent contractor status, including control and financial independence.

    (This white paper does not constitute legal advice. NGCOA recommends that golf business owners seek legal and/or tax counsel if they have questions or concerns about complying with the Independent Contractor Rule.)

    NGCOA members can download this 50+ page publication at no cost; non-members can join NGCOA to access this publication (and many others) as a benefit of membership. Visit to learn more about this publication.

  • NGCOA Welcomes 2024-2026 Board Officers and Directors!

    Board Officers

    Cathy Harbin, PGA/LPGA, President
    Pine Ridge Golf Course, Paris, TX

    Whitey O'Malley, Vice President
    Saddleback Golf Club, Firestone, CO

    Jeff Hoag, Treasurer
    Scott Lake Country Club, Comstock Park, MI

    Gaylord Schaap, Secretary
    Northwood Golf Club, Monte Rio, CA

    Board Members

    Tom Brooks, Immediate Past President
    Carson Valley Golf Course, Gardnerville, NV

    Eric Bergstol
    Empire Golf Management, New City, NY

    Whitney Crouse
    Bobby Jones Links, Alpharetta, GA

    David Frem
    Cyprian Keyes Golf Club, Boylston, MA

    Allison George
    Toad Valley Golf Course, Pleasant Hill, IA

    Mark Giustina
    Tokatee Golf Club, Eugene, OR

    Steve Graybill
    Foxchase Golf Club, Stevens, PA

    Allison George
    Toad Valley Golf Course, Pleasant Hill, IA

    Jim Hinckley
    Century Golf Partners Management, Addison, TX

    Rock Lucas
    Charwood Country Club, West Columbia, SC

    Keith Miller
    Montgomery County Revenue Authority, Rockville, MD

    David Pillsbury
    Invited, Dallas, TX

    Renee Powell
    Clearview Golf Club, East Canton, OH

    Linda Rogers
    Juday Creek Golf Course, Granger, IN

    William (Bill) Stine
    Golf Enterprises, Kissimmee, FL

    Dick Stuntz
    The Oaks, Lawrence, KS

    Brooks West
    Franklin Bridge Golf Club, Franklin, TN
  • Lee Trevino is our 2024 Award of Merit Recipient

    The NGCOA is delighted to announce six-time Major Champion and World Golf Hall of Fame Inductee Lee Trevino as the recipient of our 2024 Award of Merit, NGCOA's most prestigious award which recognizes long-term and significant contributions to the game of golf.
    Trevino will accept the award and then sit down with NGCOA CEO Jay Karen for a conversation and audience Q&A during the Golf Business Conference 2024 Closing Luncheon on Wednesday, January 24 in Orlando. This event is included in a Golf Business Conference 2024 full conference pass; learn more and register for GBC24 at 

  • GBC24 Education Highlights Announced

    We're bringing Golf Business Conference 2024 attendees some incredible keynotes, panel sessions, breakout sessions, Golf Business LIVE presentations and more this January. We chose the education topics to address challenges that golf course owners and operators face, and attendees will gain expert advice and participate in candid peer discussions. GBC24 attendees can earn continuing education credits from the PGA of America, LPGA, CMAA and GCSAA

  • NGCOA Releases 2024 Golf Business Pulse Report

    The NGCOA today released its latest publication, the 2024 Golf Business Pulse Report. The report, which was developed and produced in partnership with Sports and Leisure Research Group (SLRG) and is sponsored by Pepsi, examines critical issues that golf course owners and operators are facing today. The report’s data, analysis and insights on opinions, challenges and emerging trends are essential for business planning in the year ahead.

    Continuing the strategy of the inaugural 2022 Golf Business Pulse Report, this year’s edition also incorporates perspectives drawn from in-depth interviews conducted with NGCOA members, and a comprehensive and empirical survey of hundreds of facility owners and operators. It uncovers trends and issues, and reveals significant shifts and developments, in the areas of Operations, Agronomy and Marketing.

  • NGCOA Annual Awards Announced

    Each year, the NGCOA recognizes the most outstanding members of the past year, and the individuals and organizations that have helped preserve the tradition of the game while embracing the challenges and opportunities of the golf business.
    Winners will be recognized throughout NGCOA’s Golf Business Conference 2024, January 22-24, 2024 in Orlando, Florida. Visit for event details.
  • Unleash Your Business Potential at GBC24! Register Today!

    Register TODAY to join hundreds of your golf course owner and operator peers at Golf Business Conference 2024, January 22-24 in Orlando. Experience 3+ days of timely and relevant education, meaningful networking, valuable peer discussions and a lot of fun — and return to your golf course business with new and stronger relationships, an accurate outlook on our industry, and tools and tangible plans for strengthening your golf business operations. There’s no better way to start the new year!

  • Now Available to Members: 2024 Golf Industry Compensation & Benefits Report

    Don't budget for 2024 without this most current and reliable compensation and benefits data!

    The National Golf Course Owners Association is pleased to announce the release of the 2024 Golf Industry Compensation and Benefits Report. The report, published digitally in single course and multi-course versions, is now available to you at no cost as a benefit of your NGCOA membership.

    Within its 40+ pages is the most recent and reliable compensation and benefits levels based on 842 participating facilities. It represents the most complete, accurate and up-to-date compensation data in the industry, and is designed to allow NGCOA members to easily compare compensation levels and benefit policies among their peer golf course businesses.

    The results explain how changes in the golf landscape will affect our industry, and offer insights that can better help owners and operators develop a compensation and benefits plan moving forward.

  • Full Education Program for Colorado Basin Golf & Water Summit

    The Colorado Basin Golf & Water Summit is designed to provide golf course owners, operators and managers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming with current and forward-looking research, perspectives and guidance, insight into the drought’s current impacts, and what to expect in the future.

    Education will include an exploration of federal and state policies, and funding that is available to golf facilities, steps to continue successful water consumption reduction efforts, and discussion of the industry’s significant progress and how it will continue to contribute to the Southwest’s economy and lifestyle. Attendees will also be provided with examples of effective public relations messaging and techniques to educate customers about what they can expect when visiting courses.

  • Full Education Program for Golf Business TechCon 2023

    Golf Business TechCon is the only conference specifically designed for golf course owners, operators, golf management companies and others to learn about the latest in on-course, off-course, clubhouse and back office technologies.

    The TechCon23 education program showcases current and forthcoming technology that can boost business reach, increase revenue, improve and streamline operations, enhance marketing efforts, save money, and make the start-to-finish golf experience more rewarding and fun for customers and staff.

  • Matt Ginella to Emcee Golf Business TechCon 2023 and Colorado Basin Golf & Water Summit

    NGCOA is pleased to announce Matt Ginella will serve as master of ceremonies for Golf Business TechCon 2023 (October 10-11) and the Colorado Basin Golf & Water Summit (October 12), both being held in Las Vegas. Matt was selected as emcee for these two golf business-critical events for his ability to captivate viewers, tell compelling golf course stories, and connect with audiences through a storied career in golf journalism and broadcasting, including his current endeavor as founder and CEO of The Fire Pit Collective. 

  • Special Guest Gideon Yu Joins TechCon23 for Golf Business LIVE's First In-Person Episode

    Kicking off Golf Business TechCon23 on Tuesday, October 10 will be special guest Gideon Yu, co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers, a current member of PGA's Board of Directors, and the former Chief Financial Officer of Facebook and YouTube.

    Gideon will join Golf Business LIVE co-hosts Jay Karen (CEO, NGCOA) and Don Rea, PGA (Vice President, PGA of America, and Owner, Augusta Ranch Golf Club) on the TechCon23 stage for our first on-location episode of Golf Business LIVE, live from Las Vegas!

    Please note: This exclusive Golf Business LIVE episode can only be experienced in person by Golf Business TechCon23 attendees; it will not be broadcast or transmitted through its regular channels, or recorded.

  • Water Summit Federal Policy Speakers Announced

    The Colorado Basin Golf & Water Summit is pleased to announce its esteemed speakers for the Opening Session on Federal Policy: Jaci Gould, the Lower Colorado Basin Regional Director for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and Amy Ostdeik, Chief of Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section for the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

    They'll share the latest updates on federal water management policy and its impact on the Colorado River Basin and regional planning decisions. You'll get a present look and future forecast into federal policy, as well as learn what federal funding is being provided to Basin states and communities to help implement long-term conservation strategies. 

  • Founder and CEO of Marketing AI Institute Keynotes Golf Business TechCon 2023

    What is AI? What can it do? How can your golf course business benefit from it? NGCOA is excited to announce that Paul Roetzer, founder and CEO of the Marketing AI Institute (and a former member of a PGA Section Board of Directors) will serve as our Opening Keynote for Golf Business TechCon23, "AI and the Future of Your Facility: How Golf Operators Can Ace Artificial Intelligence."

  • NEW Colorado Basin Golf & Water Summit

    The NGCOA, the GCSAA, and the SCGA are pleased to announce the new Colorado Basin Golf & Water Summit, a one-day event to give golf course owners, operators, and other golf course professionals historical, current and forward-looking research, perspectives and guidance as it relates to water usage. Join us for the Water Summit on Thursday, October 12 at the Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas, NV; view the developing agenda and speaker list, as well as sponsors and hotel information at

  • Golf Business TechCon23 Registration is Open

    NGCOA is pleased to announce registration is now open for Golf Business TechCon 2023, being held October 10-11 at the Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas, NV. Visit for the developing agenda, networking activities, speaker lineup and sponsors.

    Attendance is limited and this event SOLD OUT in 2017 and 2018; don't wait to register.

    NGCOA members save $100 on registration. Deadline for the group rate at the Vdara Hotel & Spa is September 8, 2023. Sponsorships are still available; email