Kentucky Golf Association

About the KGA

The Kentucky Golf Association (KGA) is recognized by the USGA as the governing body for amateur golf in the Commonwealth.  Founded in 1911, the KGA is a full-service golf association comprised of over 120 member golf courses.  The KGA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of representatives from courses across Kentucky. The KGA serves and fulfills many roles for golf in Kentucky.  The KGA is a founding member of Golf House Kentucky, the umbrella organization that manages Kentucky’s Family of Golf Organizations.

USGA Relationship
The KGA is charged with governing, promoting, and protecting amateur golf in Kentucky, and enjoys a close relationship with the United States Golf Association in pursuit of accomplishing this mission. The KGA annually conducts qualifying events for a number of USGA competitions, administers a statewide handicap system in accordance with USGA guidelines, provides course rating services in accordance with USGA guidelines, administers the Rules of Amateur status on behalf of the USGA, and enjoys support from USGA staff and committee members in areas such as the Rules of Golf, Handicapping, and Course Rating.

The KGA conducts numerous state-wide championships and one-day events, in addition to a number of qualifiers for USGA Championships.  While the Kentucky Amateur is for the top golfers, all other championships are for golfers of multiple skill levels.

     -- 2024 Tournament Schedule

The KGA, in cooperation with the Kentucky PGA, is proud to offer the World Handicap System (WHS), the largest handicapping service in the world, to the golfers of Kentucky. Currently, approximately 120 facilities in Kentucky utilize this important service. USGA Course and Slope Rating Equity in the handicap system begins with each golf course rated against all others. The KGA oversees course ratings and ensures that USGA guidelines are followed and met.

     -- How do I get a Handicap?

Rules of Golf
KGA staff is available to assist clubs and individual members with Rules of Golf questions, and conducts Rules of Golf workshops throughout Kentucky each year.

The KGA annually awards the J.W. Janes Award, Colonel Lee Reed Award, Harreld Kirkpatrick Award, and Uncle Joe Dickson Award. Information on each of the awards may be found on the links shown below:

     J.W. Janes Award – Contributions to Amateur golf

     Colonel Lee Reed Award – Low Junior at Ky Amateur

     Harreld Kirkpatrick Award – Low Senior at Ky Amateur

     Uncle Joe Dickson Award – Low Public Links player at Ky Amateur

Board Leadership

Dean Terry, Paducah                                                                                                 


Vice President
Phil Armbruster, Louisville

Dan Wilhelm, Louisville

Honorary Past President
Jim Thompson, Frankfort

Golf House Kentucky Sponsors

About Golf House Kentucky

Golf House Kentucky is the umbrella organization for Kentucky’s Family of Golf Organizations: Kentucky Golf Association, Kentucky PGA and Kentucky Golf Foundation. The vision of Kentucky’s golf leaders, Golf House Kentucky was founded in 1978, and is headquartered in a picturesque country setting in Louisville, Kentucky. Golf House Kentucky conducts competitions for golfers of all ages, gender and skill levels (amateur, professional and junior), and provides valuable services to Kentucky PGA professionals and member golf facilities. Working in partnership with the USGA, Golf House Kentucky provides individual golfers and member golf facilities with a wide range of services: Handicapping, USGA Course and Slope Rating, award programs, club consulting and golf management software. The family’s philanthropic affiliate, Kentucky Golf Foundation promotes the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame, Kentucky golf museum and provides grant and scholarship programs for youth in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Contact Us

1116 Elmore Just Drive
Louisville, Kentucky 40245
(502) 243-8295