2019 Women’s Golf Day Wrap Up!

Women’s Golf Day (WGD) is a global golf initiative that was launched in 2016 to introduce women of all ages to the game of golf and encourage new and existing female golfers to get out on the course and “tee it up.”

On Tuesday, June 4th, 2019, staff of the California Golf Course Owners Association (CGCOA), National Golf Course Owners Association of Arizona (NGCOA Arizona) and Nevada Golf Course Owners Association (NVGCOA) helped celebrate WGD at CGCOA member course Haggin Oaks Golf Complex.

At 8:00 in the morning, the summer heat was already beginning to roll in, but that did not stop over 100 female golfers from participating in the activities Haggin Oaks had to offer. These fun in the sun activities included free interactive clinics, contests at the Academy Hole, as well as discounts on green fees, club fittings, and golf lessons.

The staff assisted with greeting all the participants with smiles and giveaways. The team even got to take a few swings on the driving range. Thanks to the coordination of the CGCOA, local news program Good Day Sacramento was on-site covering the event live. Dina Kupfer, Reporter for Good Day Sacramento, interviewed Linda Reid, Women’s Golf Ambassador for Haggin Oaks, and Kelli Corlett, Director of Youth, Family, and Adaptive Golf, also at Haggin Oaks.

View the engaging news clips here:
Good Day Sac Interview with Linda Reid, Part One
Good Day Sac Interview with Kelli Corlett, Part Two

Alisyn Gularte, Director of Membership and Sponsorship for CGCOA, NGCOA Arizona and NVGCOA really enjoyed chatting with all the participants, each with their own unique stories and background.

“Haggin Oaks provided a supportive and non-threatening environment for women of all abilities to learn golf. I was impressed by the staff’s friendly, energetic and patient demeanors. I was also inspired by the women I met on the course. One woman started playing because she received a gift card and wanted to try something new. Another lady began the game after her husband passed away. She hasn’t missed a day of golf in fifteen years,” Alisyn proclaims.

Other CGCOA, NGCOA Arizona, and NVGCOA members that participated in Women’s Golf Day included:

Alhambra Golf Course
Anaheim Hills Golf Course
Angel Park Golf Course
Carson Valley Golf Course
Castle Oaks Golf Club
Dairy Creek Golf and Event Center
Eagle Crest Golf Club
Foxtail Golf Course
Lincoln Hills Golf Course
Palm Desert Resort Country Club
Willowick Golf Course

All of these courses provided a variety of activities and promotions of clinics and classes, discounts, trunk shows, raffles, yoga, happy hour, putting contests and so much more!

CGCOA, NGCOA Arizona, and NVGCOA also profiled a series of amazing women with deep roots in the golf industry. Read their inspirational stories here.

While Women’s Golf Day has come and gone, it is never too late to start planning for next year. CGCOA, NGCOA Arizona, and NVGCOA encourages all golf courses to participate in this globally recognized day of encouraging women to get out and play some golf!

The mission of the California Golf Course Owners Association (CGCOA), National Golf Course Owners Associations of Arizona (NGCOA Arizona), and Nevada Golf Course Owners Association (NVGCOA) is developing strategic partnerships and strategies to help golf course owners to provide a thriving recreational facility for the local community.

Join the movement and become a member today!

EPA reaffirms finding that glyphosate does not cause cancer

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently reaffirmed its finding that glyphosate, the world’s most popular herbicide, is not a cancer risk to users.

“There’s no evidence that glyphosate causes cancer,” said Alexandra Dunn, an EPA assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention. “There’s no risk to public health from the application of glyphosate.”

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Watch March webinars on demand!

NGCOA Arizona Members, you can now view recordings of our recent webinars Longleaf Tee Initiative: Increasing Golfer Enjoyment and Course Playability For All Ages and Skillsets and The New Tax Code: Your Guide to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 in our Members Only section here.

Additional resources related to each webinar are also available.

If you have any questions regarding The New Tax Code, please directly contact Ron Zraick, Director, Petrinovich Pugh & Company LLP, at rzraick@ppandco.com or (408) 200-9024.

If you have any questions regarding the Longleaf Tee Initiative, please contact Peter Kaufmann, Program Coordinator, American Society of Golf Course Architects Foundation, at Peter@asgca.org or (262) 786-5960.

Please note:

In order to access the Members Only section of the website, you will need to be an active NGCOA Arizona member and log in with the email address associated with your NGCOA Arizona membership. If you have issues or need help, please contact NGCOA Arizona Executive Director Marc Connerly at mconnerly@connerlyandassociates.com to check on your membership status.

Westin Kierland Golf Club is our 2017 Arizona Golf Course of the Year!

The National Golf Course Owners Association of Arizona (NGCOA Arizona) is pleased to recognize Westin Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale as the 2017 Arizona Golf Course of the Year.

Exceptionally managed by Troon Golf, the justifications for Westin Kierland’s selection are numerous. From its upper echelon rankings in several national golf publications to its innovation programs and amenities, the 27-hole course was a clear choice for Course of the Year.

Among the many innovations in place are a variety of methods for navigating the terrain. In addition to traditional golf carts, the club offers golf bikes, Segways and GolfBoards to golfers seeking a new way of getting around on the golf course. In 2017, Westin Kierland also introduced the TurfRider, which is part scooter, part motorcycle, and part single rider golf cart.

Westin Kierland’s programs include family-friendly “Friday Night Lights” activities, “Nine and Wine” social events, very active Junior Golf leagues, and the Fore-Max golf fitness program.

“Staying fresh and embracing innovation are key elements in golf’s endeavors to attract new golfers and appeal to broader segments of the population,” stated NGCOA Arizona Executive Director Marc Connerly. “Westin Kierland management should be applauded for their willingness to innovate and test drive nontraditional golf course amenities.”

Additionally, Westin Kierland’s contributions to the community figured in the award decision. Fundraising events hosted at the course in 2017 raised more than $1.2 million for charities, including the Children’s Cancer Network, the Bruce Arians Foundation and Folds of Honor, benefitting military families.

The course has demonstrated exceptional water stewardship practices, converting more than 30 acres of turf to drought-tolerant plants and landscaping, native trees, and 3,000 tons of decomposed granite.

Westin Kierland was recently ranked by Golf Advisor among the Top 10 public courses in Phoenix/Scottsdale, and was ranked the 4th best Scottsdale course by USA Today. The course was also ranked 4th on Golf Digest’s “9 Most Cheerful Courses in America.” Kierland’s Director of Golf, Nancy Dickens, was recently recognized by Golf Inc. with its operator of the year award.

The NGCOA Course of the Year award honors an Arizona golf course, and is based on exceptional quality of the course, exemplary water stewardship practices, exceptional quality of ownership and management, outstanding contribution to the community, and significant contributions to the game.

The National Golf Course Owners Association of Arizona (NGCOA Arizona) represents over 400 golf courses in Arizona, responsible for the employment of more than 41,000 Arizona citizens, with wages in excess of $1.5billion and a statewide economic impact exceeding $3.9 billion.