SCGA Public Affairs


Golf industry reference materials commonly cited in the public sphere.

Opposition to Assembly Bill 1910

Letter of Opposition to Assembly Bill 1910

Assessors’ Handbook Section 515 - Golf Courses

Assessors Handbook Section 515 - Golf Courses

California Golf Industry Best Management Practices Guide (GCSAA)

GCSAA Phase-3 Water Survey

GCSAA California Golf Industry BMP

GCSAA California Golf Industry BMP (Spanish)

California Golf Water Facts (Infographic)

Check out the following infographic and get educated on Golf's usage of water in SoCal.

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California Legislation

Recent California legislation directly impacting the golf industry.

AB 2257 - Full Text
Referral Exception -- AB 2257
AB 5 Business to Business for Professional Services Exception

California Public Resources Code - Public Park Preservation Act

Public Park Preservation Act -- California Public Resources Code 5400-5409

California Water Conservation

GCSAA - Day-Time Restrictions
GCSAA - California Water Talking Points

Dynamex Decision - CAG White Paper

Dynamex Decision - CAG White Paper

Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance - Proposed Separate Sub-Chapter under SLA’s

The California golf industry used its seat on the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Industry Stakeholder Advisory Group in 2017 to propose a separate chapter for new constructions and renovations under the Special Landscape Area (SLA) Section of the Ordinance. This proposal aimed to preempt various unworkable ideas of how the water budgets for water dependent enterprises such as golf courses, parks and sports fields were to be calculated.

MWELO - Golf Water Budgets - Proposed Separate Sub-Chapter under SLA's - December 19, 2017

Proposition 15 - CAG - White Paper

"Split Roll" Initiative on November Ballot - Potential Impact Upon California's Golf Courses as well as a primer on the tax assessment of the state's golf facilities.

Proposition 15 - CAG White Paper

Public Golf Endangerment Act (Infographic)

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USGA - 2022 SoCal Golf & Water Summit Recap

Water Summit a Resounding Success

White Paper - 501(c) Golf Organizations and Advocacy

White Paper -- 501(c) Golf Organizations and Advocacy

Archived Updates

Opposition to Assembly Bill 1910

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CGCOA Golf is Good Ambassador Program

Are you interested in becoming an advocate for golf in California? The CGCOA is seeking amateur golfers who are passionate about protecting the game of golf and promoting public policies that enable golf to flourish in California. Take the next step to becoming an advocate for golf by completing the attached Golf is Good Ambassador Application.

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FORE - Public Affairs

FORE - The magazine of the SCGA. Find archived Public Affairs articles on the website of the SCGA's award winning quarterly publication.

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In light of the Lower Basin states’ conservation proposal, the Biden Administration has announced that it is temporarily withdrawing the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) published last month so that it can fully analyze the effects of the proposal under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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We had the joy of participating in a meeting of the Duarte City Council a couple of weeks ago in which a very preliminary proposal to repurpose a daily fee 9-hole executive golf course cum driving range as an RV Park / storage facility was all but killed by a City Council that made clear that the rezoning necessary to repurpose the property would not be in the offing.

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Yesterday was National Golf Day. Three hundred (300) golf course superintendents, PGA golf professionals, golf course owners, and leaders of the game’s national organizations descended on Capitol Hill to share 1) the game’s national legislative agenda with Senators and Representatives, and 2) the social, philanthropic, and environmental value golf courses provide for communities across the nation.

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The “suspense” round of legislative Appropriations hearings is scheduled for next week. That is when the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees speed through hundreds of bills that have cleared their committees of reference to see which among them move to their respective floors and which are put on “suspense,” otherwise known as all but dead for the year.

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To live in Southern California is not only to understand how it is possible to be on flood watch and drought watch at the same time, it is to understand also how it is possible to live during the greatest growth period in the game’s history in the most golf starved market in the United States while losing golf courses of all types and sizes.

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Major Coastal Resorts Environmental Accountability Act AB 1590 [Friedman; D-Burbank]

Introduced as a spot or placeholder bill on the final day to file bills in this year’s session (February 17), AB 1590 was populated with substantive content subsequent thereto that among many other things would “prohibit the use of any nonorganic pesticide, as defined, or fertilizing material, as defined, at a major coastal resort.”

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Colorado Basin:  What’s Going On?

A glance at the front page of Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times tells you all you need to know about where California stands with respect to water.

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