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National Golf Course Owners Association

291 Seven Farms Dr Fl 2
Charleston, SC 29492-8000
(843) 881-9956

Business Categories: Facility Owner / Management

Business Member Profile


Owners and operators of golf courses throughout the U.S. and the world – from those who run 9-hole facilities in rural locations to owners of the largest golf course portfolios in the most popular golf destinations – look to the National Golf Course Owners Association as a valuable source for information and education, and an advocate for their best interests.

Established in 1979 and headquartered in Charleston, S.C., the NGCOA is the leading authority on the business of golf course ownership and management. The Association represents the industry’s key decision makers with ultimate responsibility for golf courses throughout the world.

Membership of the NGCOA includes owners and operators of daily-fee, semi-private, private and resort courses. While diverse in its makeup, the Association serves as a resource for a critical need shared by all owners and operators in today’s ever-changing golf industry: information and inspiration on how to operate their facilities as efficiently and profitably as possible.

Products and Services

NGCOA Listserv - The NGCOA Listserv is an email community of members from around the world with one goal in mind: sharing ideas and solving the problems that golf course operators face every day.

WE ARE GOLF - WE ARE GOLF (WAG) is a new coalition led by the NGCOA, the PGA of America, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and the Club Managers Association of America. WAG is an initiative to change the face of golf and to represent the economic, human and environmental benefits of the industry at federal, state and local levels of government.

Golf Business Magazine and GolfBusiness .com - NGCOA’s award winning magazine focuses solely on golf course owners and operators, for ideas and solutions to help them make informed decisions and operate more profitability. From features on environmental issues to marketing success stories to trends in retail, Golf Business delivers high-quality, relevant editorial content to readers every month. GolfBusiness .com, the official website of Golf Business Magazine, showcases the top stories available in the print version of the magazine, as well as exclusive online content just for NGCOA members such as Online Exclusives, Owner’s Manual, Bright Ideas Archive and Article Archive.

NGCOA Annual Conference and Golf Industry Show - The NGCOA Annual Conference brings together golf course owners, operators and other industry professionals – both NGCOA members and non-members - from around the world for education, idea exchange, and networking. Designed to address the critical issues facing the business of golf, this event provides attendees with the necessary resources and tools to help them run their operations more efficiently and effectively. The NGCOA Annual Conference is presented in conjunction with the industry’s premier trade show event – the Golf Industry Show.

NGCOA Purchasing Network - The NGCOA formed the Purchasing Network by forging relationships with the industry’s leading suppliers of products and services for golf operations. These organizations extend member-only pricing, rebates, and value-added packages exclusively to NGCOA members who purchase their products or services.

PerformanceTrak - PerformanceTrak is the golf industry’s leading financial benchmarking program. It is a collaborative service of the NGCOA and PGA of America to develop a central database that focuses on golf fee revenues and monthly rounds-played data that support detailed reporting at the local level. The service is available free-of-charge to NGCOA members and PGA Professionals.

Key personnel

  • Michael K. Hughes - Chief Executive Director
  • Mike Tinkey - Deputy Chief Executive Officer
  • Joe Rice - Director of Membership



In 1971, Don Rossi (then president of the National Golf Foundation) assembled a group of owners of public-access golf courses to form an association to represent golf course owners' interests. The group operated under the wing of the National Golf Foundation until 1979, when the owners split from the NGF and became the National Association of Public Golf Courses. From 1984 until 1990, the association was headquartered in Minnesota and known as the Golf Course Association. In 1990 the GCA moved to Charleston and changed its name to the National Golf Course Owners Association.

Today, the NGCOA is recognized as one of the most important and influential organizations in golf. The Association was a founding member of Golf 20/20, the industry’s comprehensive grow-the-game initiative, and CEO Mike Hughes serves on the consortium’s executive board. The NGCOA is also a founding partner in the Golf Industry Show, which attracts thousands of golf course superintendents, club managers, golf course architects and builders, as well as owners, to the industry’s second-largest trade show each year.

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