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The United States Golf Association

The USGA is a non-profit organization that advances, serves and celebrates the game of golf.

Founded in 1894, the USGA conducts many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, governs the sport via a global set of playing, equipment, handicapping and amateur status rules, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future and curates the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts at the USGA Golf Museum and Library.

Our mission: Champion and advance the game of golf to ensure a thriving, welcoming and sustainable future.

The USGA Foundation serves as the member engagement and philanthropic giving program within the USGA. It secures resources to fulfill the USGA’s commitment to invest in programs and innovative solutions that best serve golf for all who love and play it. To support our mission, become a USGA Member and/or donate today.

Foundation Priorities

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Pathways to the Game

The USGA supports and enhances programs for all golfers to learn and experience the game.

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Driving Innovation

The USGA researches solutions that enhance the golfer experience while ensuring the sustainability of golf courses.

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Celebrating History

We maintain the game’s remarkable history and guarantee that it continues to be shared and celebrated through the USGA Golf Museum and Library.

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Preparing Leaders

We facilitate programs that expose young people to careers in golf while welcoming a more diverse generation.

Impact on the Game


$2 billion annual economic benefit to U.S. golf courses through USGA-funded turfgrass and sustainability research.

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$2 million annual investment in growing the game, including First Tee, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf and Drive, Chip and Putt.

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The USGA Golf Museum and Library contains 80,000 catalogued artifacts, 100,000 library items, 750,000 photographs and 200,000 hours of footage.


Over 45,000 golfers compete in the USGA’s 15 championships, 10 of which are solely for amateurs.

USGA Golf Journal

Stress Less

Sports, we’ve been reminded, can be a pressure cooker for elite and average athletes alike – here’s how to best enjoy your time on the golf course.

Testing, Testing: How Equipment Goes from Idea to Your Bag

Carter Rich, the USGA’s senior director for Equipment Rules and Conformance, explains the process of how golf equipment goes from testing to…

Game-Changing Solutions

New extremes in climate prompt new approaches to golf sustainability

A Conversation with Megha Ganne

New Jersey teen Megha Ganne grabbed headlines in the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open at The Olympic Club by playing her way into Sunday’s final round and earning low-amateur honors.

Anatomy of a Four-Hour Round

Everyone who cares about golf, and benefits from it, has a role in improving pace of play.