What is the UKGCOA 

Set up in 2010, the UK Golf Course Owners Association is a representative body of golf course owners and operators established for the benefit of golf course owners and operators. 

The UKGCOA is the representative body for the proprietary golf facilities and will actively lobby and provide support on all issues that affect our members.

UKGCOA members are kept informed of revenue enhancing and cost saving opportunities that arise from constant research, for example many clubs in England benefited from a business rates rebate under the Government’s flood support scheme introduced following the wet winter of 2013/2014.

The UKGCOA also offers members a number of networking opportunities to meet like-minded golf facility owners and operators. The value of the exchange of experiences at such events should not be under-estimated, you will always learn something.

As the UKGCOA is consulted by the sporting national governing bodies on all matters that might have an impact on the commercial objectives of golf facilities, you have a voice. By becoming a member of the UKGCOA, you have the opportunity to input to how the UKGCOA represents your views with the governing bodies and in submissions to Government consultations. 

Aims and Objectives

The UKGCOA is a not-for-profit organisation whose aims are:

  • To represent and support the interests of commercially-minded golf facilities in the UK;
  • To take a key role in growing the game of golf on behalf of the UK’s commercially-minded golf facilities;
  • To provide leadership on behalf of the UK’s golf facilities in discussions with Government and golf’s governing bodies on all matters that may impact commercially-minded golf facilities


Any golf facility in the UK is able to join the UKGCOA regardless of ownership structure. There is a small annual fee charged to members, to help with the costs of running the Association. To see a list of all current UKGCOA members click here.


The UKGCOA is managed by an experienced Board of Directors of golf course owners and operators. Board members are elected by UKGCOA members at the Annual General Meeting and rotate in accordance with the constitution.

All membership and events administration is provided by the Federation of Sports and Play Associations (FSPA), the UK National Trade Federation and Europe’s largest sports trade body.

Other Golf Associations operating under the FSPA umbrella include the British Golf Industry Association (BGIA), the British Association of Golf Course Constructors (BAGCC) and the British Rootzone and Top Dressing Manufacturers Association (BRTMA).