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Government Relations

The CSGA, as an association of member clubs, has a responsibility to monitor proposed legislation on a national and state level that could have positive or negative effects on our members and the golfers they serve. CSGA representatives offer expert testimony and regularly attend hearings and legislative sessions on issues of interest to golf course operators.  To assist in these efforts and to remain well informed on a range of issues, the CSGA employs the services of lobbying group Capitol Consulting, Inc.  These services funded by the CSGA are available at no additional cost to Connecticut's Golf Course Superintendents, Course Owners, PGA Section and other parties within Connecticut's golf industry.

Current topics (week of April 16, 2018):

CSGA and CAGCS recommend elimination of "Public Trust" language in State Water Plan.  CLICK HERE for written testimony from Peter Gorman, Vice President, Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents.

CLICK HERE for additional information about the State Water Plan and the Public Trust language issue.


Historical information about CSGA efforts related to Government Relations:

In 2015, the CSGA led a successful effort at the State Capitol to prevent an additional $14 million in taxes being levied upon various components of Connecticut's golf industry.

In 2010 the CSGA coordinated and published an Economic Impact Study on the golf industry in Connecticut which has served as a guide to the golf industry's important role in the state's overall economy.

CLICK HERE to view the press release

CLICK HERE to read the 4-page Executive Summary

CLICK HERE for the full report

The CSGA's government relations work is one of many services made possible by the annual dues of our member clubs and individual members.

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About the CSGA

The CSGA functions as an extension of the USGA and provides stewardship for amateur golf in Connecticut. Founded in 1899, it is the country’s oldest state golf association and conducts over 50 Championships, Qualifiers and One-Day Tournaments throughout the year, in addition to administering handicaps for over 40,000 members and 181 member clubs. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the CSGA supports a variety of golf organizations within Connecticut, including the Connecticut Women’s Golf Association, Southern New England Women’s Golf Association, The First Tee, the Connecticut PGA, the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents and the CSGA Scholarship Fund in honor of Widdy Neale.