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


MOTHER NATURE & THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE MAY BE GIVING US AN OPPORTUNITY TO FOCUS ON THE LONG TERM

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Last Friday was the deadline for the filing of 2024 bills. Because 2024 is the second year of California’s two-year legislative session as well as a presidential election year, there were fewer bills filed this year than last. But that doesn’t mean that there weren’t a lot of filings.

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Of Water, State Budgets, and “Entertainment” Golf

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

It’s that time of year when we start to pay close heed to the status of the Sierra snowpack upon which so much of Southern California’s water needs continue to depend – a dependence that the region is busy working to reduce in favor of local supplies – e.g., storm water capture, aquifer replenishment, traditional recycling (non-potable), potable reuse, and desalination.

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STATE’S LEGISLATIVE ANALYST ECHOES WATER PROVIDERS’ CRITICISMS OF SWRCB’S PROPOSED RULES

Monday, January 8, 2024

Back in early October we reported that the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) was set to hold its first public hearing on the Proposed Rule it published August 18 to effectuate what the Governor and others had termed “Making Conservation a California Way of Life.”

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HOLIDAY MESSAGE

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

This is our Holiday message, and it is one of optimism. Yes, some of the challenges are daunting. But golf has proven over and over again that if it will organize itself around its many strengths, tackle the arduous work of communicating those strengths to all who will listen, and never succumb to cynicism and defeatism, it can not only survive, but thrive.

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Contact the SCGA


Craig Kessler

Director, Public Affairs
e: [email protected]
p: 818.980.3630 ext. 320

Kevin Fitzgerald

Asst. Director, Public Affairs
e: [email protected]
p: 818.980.3630 ext. 302

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