The Golf Association as it is currently structured came into being in November of 2001, following the amalgamation of the Ontario Golf Association and the Ontario Ladies Golf Association. Prior to the amalgamation, the OGA and the OLGA had represented amateur golfers in Ontario for close to 80 years and had done an excellent job of building and promoting the game. The majority of our individual members are at the Private and Semi Private Clubs, but the association also offers opportunities for individuals to join directly as members of a Public Player Program. At the present time, the GAO represents over 420 Member Clubs and over 115,000 individuals making it one of the largest Amateur Golf Associations in the world.
The Ottawa Valley Golf Association (OVGA) is a non-profit organization incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act. The OVGA was formed in 1980 under the leadership of Len Copeland past President of the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, then provincial representative of the Ottawa District Golf Association which dated from 1948. The OVGA is affiliated with Golf Québec and the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).
The Northern Golf Association (NGA) is a non-profit organization whose members are golf courses located as far south as Katrine on Highway 11, Parry Sound on Highway 69, west on Highway 17 to Sault Ste Marie and north to Wawa, east to Mattawa and north along Highway 11 to Hearst.
Our mission is to promote the growth of golf in Northern Ontario, to govern the scheduling, allocation and to conduct NGA Championships for Men, Ladies and Juniors within our jurisdiction. The NGA Men’s Amateur Championship has been held every year since 1926 with the exception of 2 years during WWII.
The organization was officially founded in 1920 when the Montréal District Golf Association amended its constitution and changed its name to the Province of Québec Golf Association, enabling golf clubs outside the district of Montréal to benefit from the governance and golf development services rendered by the Association. Today, stakeholders depend on Golf Québec to knowledgeably, professionally and proactively build interest in, and excitement around the game of golf. The not-for-profit Association has approximately 62,000 men, women and junior members in some 286 golf clubs and is sub-divided into eight regions in the province of Québec and Eastern Ontario.
Golf Canada – a member-based organization – is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing more than 350,000 members at 1,600 clubs across the country. Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sport Organization (NSO) for golf in this country, Golf Canada is responsible for promoting participation in and a passion for the game of golf in Canada.
The Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association is a membership based non-profit organization representing over 3,700 club professionals and tournament professionals across Canada. The Association was founded on July 11 1911 at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club in Hull,Quebec which makes the PGA of Canada the 2nd oldest Professional Golf Association in the world. Besides raising the overall standard of play through organized competition, the Association established a code of ethics and performance standards for the Profession.
Founded in 1927, the roughly 1300 men and women who belong to the PGA of Ontario Zone, are located at 350 facilities throughout the province, and have chosen the game of golf as a career, promoting the game each and every day to Ontario’s 1.2 million golfers. The organization builds programs to train and educate golf professionals to learn and adapt to the ever changing industry. This includes various teaching workshops, accreditation programs and industry seminars, each designed to help ensure that golf professionals remain current within the golf industry and are able to provide the expertise expected of them in their day to day functions. PGA of Canada Members in Ontario work in a number of capacities within the golf industry ranging from administrators, chief operating officers, teachers, sales representatives, expert club fitters, tournament directors, special event coordinators and tireless promoters of the game to name a few.
The Ontario Golf Superintendents’ Association (OGSA) is an Association made up of golf course superintendents, assistant superintendents, golf course suppliers, students, educators, owners and architects.
The OGSA was formed in 1924 to benefit the superintendent in Ontario. Its main purpose is to provide up-to-date information on the needs and challenges facing the superintendent and to elevate the status of the profession to benefit all members.
Our Mission Statement
“OGSA is committed to serving its members, advancing their profession and enriching the quality of golf and its environment”
The OGSA works to accomplish this through constant communication to the members, with a dedicated Board of Industry professionals working for the association and its membership. The OGSA produces a trade magazine published four times per year, weekly short e mail blasts to keep the members informed and a variety of other services, including an employment referral service. We host our own Golf Course Management Conference and Trade Show held every winter, usually in January. There are also informal meetings and golf tournaments held throughout the year. We also provide our membership with an up-to-date membership directory.
The spirit of friendship, community and unity amongst Canadian golf operators has been at the heart of the NGCOA Canada since its very beginning, and the story of how the NGCOA Canada came to exist is an invigorating study in how passion, initiative, and friendship can build a powerful and progressive community for the good of an entire industry. It all began in 1993 when a handful of Ottawa area golf course owners, led by Mark Seabrook, embarked on a vision of establishing an owners group similar to that operating in the United States. These operators believed that sharing information, keeping open lines of communication, and using collective buying power to negotiate for better pricing and stronger discounts from suppliers was the best way to run more profitable and efficient golf operations.
The Ottawa Valley Turfgrass Association (OVTA) was founded in 1972 when a group directly involved with the turfgrass industry recognized the need for a local association. Founding members established a forum through which they could encourage and support research and interchange scientific and practical knowledge relating to the construction and care of turfgrass areas as it pertained to their own environment. The OVTA initially started with fewer than forty members and played host to one golf tournament each year, the Fall Field day. Today, membership is over two hundred and in addition to the annual Fall Field Day, the OVTA plays host to other tournaments and an annual Winter/Spring Seminar and Tradeshow.
The foundation of the United States Golf Association on Dec. 22, 1894 marked the formal organization of American golf, establishing a centralized body to write the Rules, conduct national championships and establish a national system of handicapping. The USGA also plays a prominent role as the game’s historian in the United States, collecting, displaying and preserving artifacts and memorabilia at its Museum and Archives in Far Hills, N.J.
Formed in 1754 and based in St Andrews, The R&A seeks to engage in and support activities that are undertaken for the benefit of the game of golf and, despite deriving its name from the members’ club, is separate and distinct from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. The R&A organises The Open Championship, golf’s oldest Major, along with a number of other amateur and junior events, some of which are sanctioned by other golfing bodies. In addition, The R&A assumes responsibility for the administration of the Rules of Golf with the consent of 143 organisations from the amateur and professional game, and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 126 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.