SCGA Public Affairs

Advocating for Golf in Southern California

The SCGA is unique among the nation’s amateur golf associations in providing legislative and regulatory advocacy services to its members, member clubs and the California golf industry. Whatever the public policy issue—water, drought, environmental compliance, taxes, land use or mounting costs of doing business— the SCGA is a constant presence at local, state and national levels, working to ensure that the political terrain is friendly for all who love and play the game of golf in Southern California.

SOURCES INCLUDE USGA & GCSAA

What We Do


Covid-19

The SCGA is committed to ensuring that golf remains a safe and viable activity during the pandemic.

Legislation / Regulation

The SCGA advocates for the game at those junctures where the game and public policy intersect by engaging elected officials, regulatory agencies, special districts, and commissions and committees of all types.

Municipal Golf

Municipal golf’s continued success is key to the game’s continued success, and SCGA Governmental Affairs is laser focused on promoting policies conducive of that success.

Water / Environment

SCGA is committed to reducing the water footprint of the game in a manner consistent with sound agronomic practice and conducive of long-term sustainability.

Latest Updates


EPA Enters Formal Partnership with Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed a partnership agreement Monday (September 19) with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) pledging a commitment to environmental stewardship and environmental sustainability on golf courses everywhere.

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6TH CIRCUIT DECISION CALLS INTO QUESTION SWRCB JURISDICTION OVER “SENIOR WATER RIGHTS”

Thursday, September 15, 2022

With California in its third year of a historic drought, the 6th Appellate District Court has ruled that the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) lacks the power to interfere with the ability of “senior” water rights holders to divert water from California’s rivers and streams.

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2022 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Thursday, September 15, 2022

All that remains of the 2022 legislative session is to see which bills Governor Newsom signs and which he vetoes.

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LAST WEEK’S SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GOLF & WATER SUMMIT HIT ALL ITS MARKS

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Water has been the subject of myriad forums and symposiums over the years. It is a staple of GCSAA Chapter meetings. It is the subject of multiple research and academic studies. University and college “Field Days” are dedicated to it. Magazine articles about it abound. And for good reason. Mother Nature may provide enough of it in much of the nation, but irrigation is the lifeblood of the game in California and the Southwest.

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Contact the SCGA


Craig Kessler

Director, Public Affairs
e: ckessler@scga.org
p: 818.980.3630 ext. 320

Kevin Fitzgerald

Asst. Director, Public Affairs
e: kfitzgerald@scga.org
p: 818.980.3630 ext. 302

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