SGA Mission Statement


  • Mission Statement

    The SGA is dedicated to advancing and continuously improving the profession of advising, consulting, and valuing golf related business and assets while serving the interests of its members.


    The shared goal of the SGA’s membership is to support the integrity and vitality of the golf course industry while promoting the continued enjoyment of the game through the sharing of information and providing the highest quality professional advisory, consulting, and valuation services in the golf industry.


    Among its members, to advance high standards and ethical practices for the golf industry.

    To speak for the golf and club industry on a national and international level, and representing fairness and promoting education at all times.

    To encourage and maintain a spirit of cooperation and shared skills and information among its members.

Over  twenty years ago, The SGA was incorporated and established as a professional organization of uniquely quailifed professional advisors who have demonstrated outstanding expertise in the business of golf. This unique collaboration of professionals was initiated for the following reasons:


  • To provide a means to publicly identify professionals who have demonstrated a high level of expertise in the specialized area of golf property appraisal for clients in need of such services. Users of SGA member services will have the confidence of knowing that SGA Members have med rigorous admissions standards with ongoing continuing education.


  • To provide advanced, semi-annual education programs for its members. Instructors frequently include experts in related fields, such as developers, lenders, architects, accountants, attorneys, investors, operators and golf course superintendents. This is the only such program available to professional golf property analysts, in the United States.


To collect and provide historical and current market data for the exclusive use of its members. A proprietary, digital databank was developed to archive sales and operating characteristics of courses all over the United States as well as golf properties in some foreign countries. This information is only available to SGA Members.




19th Hole Quote:

“I went to play golf and tried to shoot my age,

but I shot my weight instead.”

                                                        ~ Bob Hope


The SGA, a national professional organization,  where each members hold the prestigious MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute and have each demonstrated a long-term commitment to and competence in the business golf and asset analysis.  The SGA currently has 24 active members geographically spread out in every region of the US.

Why Was the Society of Golf Appraisers Formed?

Typical commercial business and real estate advisors and valuators generally lack the experience and understanding the unique characteristics of the business of golf and its related assets. SGA allows the market a means of identifying those who have demonstrated expertise in the industry. Members pool their collective resources of experience, data, education, networking and enthusiasm.

What SGA Members offer?

SGA members have taught, published and written extensively on golf appraising in general and specific issues related to membership, intangible value, tax valuation, market data, etc. SGA publishes an industry leading publication including The Drive, a bi-annual newsletter, and the SGA Annual Investor & lender Survey, the preeminent source of investor and lender business criteria, and others.

Members are regularly quoted in national and regional golf and real estate newsletters and magazines including Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Walls Street Journal, and have appeared as guest experts on cable news networks. Members also are cited at the wining expert in various golf related court decisions. The SGA membership attends national and regional golf conventions and meetings. Often the group, or individual members, share ideas in forums and teach breakout sessions regarding a variety of related topics. Representative venues include the Golf Industry Show, Crittenden, NGF, Golf Course News, National Institute of Golf Management, Harvard University, National Institute of Golf Management, International Association of Assessing Officers and Golf Course Superintendents of America. The SGA “speaker’s bureau” program offers expertise and data to individuals, groups, organizations as instructors and guest speakers.


The SGA sets the highest standard for golf analysis and is the only golf professional organization of its kind in the world.