Twenty-four State Championship competitions are held annually between the months of April and October, including five women's championships, sixteen men's championships, and one mixed championship. These championships are conducted for golfers of all ages, including junior championships for boys and girls.
Most notably, the NJSGA conducts the State Open Championship, State Amateur Championship, and Women's State Amateur Championship which are recognized as three of the most competitive events in the region. Other events include the Senior Open, Father and Son, Mixed Pinehurst, Four-Ball, Junior Boys and Girls, Senior Amateur, Men’s and Women’s Public Links, and the Tournament of Club Champions. In addition, the NJSGA participates in three regional invitational matches: the Compher Cup with the Golf Association of Philadelphia; the Stoddard Trophy matches with the Long Island and Westchester Golf Associations, and the Senior Team Match with the Golf Association of Philadelphia, Delaware State Golf Association, and Maryland State Golf Association.
Computerized Handicapping service via the USGA's Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN) is available to our member facilities. Service for men, Women, and junior golfers (Junior golfer handicaps are free to golfers under the age of 18) accompany this worldwide-acclaimed program which is fully supported by the NJSGA. NJSGA member golfers are able to post scores either via the internet or from a computer stationed at a club or course to the GHIN master server where handicap in formation is calculated and revised twice monthly. Approximately 45,000 golfers in New Jersey subscribe to GHIN through the NJSGA. In, addition, the powerful Tournament Pairing Program (TPP) is available to NJSGA member facilities through the GHIN service package.
Course Rating service is provided by highly trained and skilled NJSGA officials. In accordance with USGA specifications, nine and eighteen hole ratings are assigned to tee loctions which weigh the effect of each individual hole's playing characteristics, yardage, and obstacles. Ratings are calculated for both an 'expert' and 'average' or 'bogey' golfer in order to determine the course's Slope Rating.
All members who hold a handicap through a NJSGA member club or course (public or private) are eligible for eBenefits. Through the eBenefits program, NJSGA golfers have exclusive access to promotions featuring golf and non-golf specials. There is no extra cost for NJSGA members to participate in eBenefits. To gain access to this program, simply sign-up online to recieve the NJSGA electronic newsletter, eLinks, which is sent bi-weekly and includes a link to his/her revised Handicap Index and score information.
Member Golf Days:
Member Golf Days were created by the NJSGA to provide a broad range of golfers with the opportunity to play at exclusive clubs in a casual, non-championship level competition. A golfer must have an active GHIN Handicap Index of 30.0 or less through a NJSGA member club or course in order to be eligible. A total of 10-12 Member Golf Days will be scheduled for 2015 and registration can be done on-line.
Caddie Scholarship Foundation:
Since its creation in 1947 by several visionary trustees of the NJSGA, the Caddie Scholarship Foundation has provided over $9 million in college tuition grants to over 2,600 deserving caddie scholars from our member clubs. The mission has remained constant throughout the intervening sixty-three (64) years: to financially assist talented young people pursue a college degree in their chosen field.
These scholarships, which are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study, are based on scholastic achievement, College Board SAT scores, financial need, and length and quality of service as a caddie. An applicant must have caddied at a NJSGA member club for at least two seasons. Funds for the Caddie Scholarship Foundation are generated by contributions from generous individuals and NJSGA member clubs. NJSGA Caddie Scholarship applications are available online at, through the NJSGA office (908-241-4653), and NJSGA member club golf professionals.
The New Jersey State Golf Association Youth Foundation supports deserving youth golf and sports-related programs throughout the state of New Jersey. This support is provided through grants and instructional clinics, as well as recognition through NJSGA publications and events. Organizations which are interested in applying for a grant may do so by downloading the application.
Last year, over $23,000 was awarded to deserving organizations through the proceeds gained through the annual Youth Foundation Pro-Am which precedes the State Open each July. This year, the Youth Foundation Pro-Am will be held on Monday, July 9 at the Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle. Teams are comprised of four players, including one New Jersey member club professional plus three amateurs. Those interested may contact the NJSGA for further information, or consult the website.
The NJSGA is a partner in the latest First Tee facility in New Jersey: The First Tee of Essex County. Founded in 1997 by American golf’s major governing bodies, The First Tee is a national non-profit organization dedicated to making golf accessible to youth who otherwise would not be exposed to the game and its positive values. The First Tee’s mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. TFT’s latest facility in New Jersey was opened in August 2006 at the Weequahic Park Golf Course in Newark. It is a joint venture of TFT of Metropolitan New York, the MGA Foundation, the NJ Section of the PGA and the NJSGA. For more information on its programs and goals, please visit the First Tee page in the Youth Foundation section of this web site.
Over recent years, the NJSGA has greatly expanded the variety of media in used to communicate with individual golfers as well as key contacts at member clubs and courses throughout the state.
The NJSGA website, www.njsga.org, contains comprehensive information, news, and announcements specific to golf in New Jersey. A club directory is also available for visitors to learn more about our member facilities throughout the state.
NJSGA Golf magazine is printed four times each year, and is mailed free of charge to NJSGA members. This informative magazine includes articles specific to New Jersey golf, including golfers, member clubs and courses, and NJSGA championships. To receive your copy, sign-up today.
eLinks, the official electronic newsletter of the NJSGA, is also available to member golfers. This newsletter features local golf news and reminders about important events and offers through the NJSGA. Those interested in receiving eLinks should sign-up online.
Social Media. Stay in touch with the NJSGA and the Caddie Scholarship Foundation through Facebook and Twitter.
Seminars and Presentations:
A variety of informative seminars covering such important topics as the USGA Handicap System, the Rules of Golf, and the Course Rating System are conducted annually. These seminars which are conducted in the early-mid Spring are made available to members and employees of NJSGA member facilities. The NJSGA Golf Summit is held each spring, bringing together officials of the New Jersey State Golf Association, New Jersey PGA Section, Golf Course Superintendents Association of NJ, and the NJ Club Managers Association to discuss items of mutual importance.
In concert with various local, state, regional, national, and international golf associations, the NJSGA works to maintain a constant level of cooperation in the spirit of growing the game of golf both in New Jersey and beyond. Each relationship is dedicated to the promotion of our game and its ongoing growth.
New Jersey Legislative Representation:
The NJSGA maintains legislative representation in Trenton which constantly monitors issues which affect golf in New Jersey. This representation serves the interests of our member clubs and courses and provides a proactive and diligent voice on behalf of the golf community in New Jersey. Such important items monitored by our representatives include the economic climate, taxation, land development, and water conservation/usage issues as they impact club operations. The NJSGA and its representatives provide clubs with reports and advisories when the need for action arises.