Founded in 1901 with only seven golf clubs, the Minnesota Golf Association's membership has grown to 400 courses and nearly 83,000 individual members throughout the state. Our mission is to uphold and promote the game of golf and its values for all golfers in Minnesota.
During the last one hundred years, the MGA has held true to its beliefs and greatly enhanced the golfers, the courses and the game itself. During the early years, the MGA's primary function was to conduct the golf championships within the state. However, in the last several decades, the MGA has expanded its scope to include administering the USGA Handicap System for Minnesota, publishing the Minnesota Golfer magazine four times a year, measuring and rating the golf courses in Minnesota, monitoring the state legislature to make sure the best interests of golf are served and supporting the game golf in general.
What does the MGA do?
- Serves 400 golf courses and nearly 83,000 associate members
- Provides the GHIN Handicap service
- Conducts 25 state level championships & 16 USGA qualifiers
- Runs junior and senior golf programs
- Runs Associate Member Day events for golfers of all ages and abilities
- Provides course rating and measuring services
- Teaches & interprets the Rules of Golf
- Provides clearinghouse and resource for golf information
- Acts as USGA liaison organization
- Publishes the Minnesota Golfer magazine
- Lobbies on behalf of the golf industry
- Measures the Impact of Golf on the Economy
2006 Economic Impact Study-Full Report
2006 Economic Impact Study-Exec Summary
- Supports charitable programs including college scholarships through the MGA Foundation
- Supports turfgrass research, allied golf association initiatives, and golf tourism efforts
- Provides opportunities for clubs to receive complimentary USGA Agronomist site visits
- Provides volunteer opportunities
- Leads regional volunteer network
- Preserves golf's history and traditions and ensures the game's future
- And enlists a passionate and committed staff working for the good of the game