Awards


Each year, the NGCOA honors the most outstanding members and industry professionals of the past year. These individuals and businesses have helped preserve the tradition of the game while embracing the challenges and opportunities of the golf business.


2023 award recipients will be honored during NGCOA's annual Golf Business Conference 2023, January 23-25, in Orlando, FL. For a list of past award winners, click here.

For any inquiries regarding NGCOA Awards, please contact Rachel Carter, Senior Director of Membership, at rcarter@ngcoa.org.

    gbc23 awards badge

    Award of Merit

    The Award of Merit is NGCOA's most prestigious award, which recognizes long-term and significant contributions to the game of golf.

    Don Rossi Award

    This award is given for significant and long-lasting contribution to the NGCOA and its members.


    This award recognizes an NGCOA member golf course that epitomizes exceptional course quality and management excellence, while making important contributions to their communities and the game.


    Jemsek Regional Courses of the Year

    This award recognizes an NGCOA member golf course that epitomizes exceptional course quality and management excellence, while making important contributions to their communities and the game.


    Champion Award

    This award is bestowed upon individuals who, or entities which, have succeeded in working on behalf of a group of owners – locally, regionally, nationally or internationally – and have garnered significant victory for our members.


    Paul Porter Award

    This award was established to recognize an NGCOA member who left an enduring mark on a national or international affiliate through the highest level of commitment, service and leadership. The honor was given posthumously to Porter, the late CEO of Poppy Holding, Inc. and the Northern California Golf Association, who passed away in September 2006.


    Player Development Award
    This award is bestowed upon an NGCOA member golf course, organization or individual who has implemented true and tested player development programs, providing effective return-on-investment and an overall welcoming atmosphere for new golfers of all ages.



    -