The Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) is a non-profit association of member clubs and individual golfers in Illinois and parts of Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. With more than 80,000 member golfers at more than 400 member clubs, the CDGA is one of the largest and oldest golf associations in the United States. Founded on March 18, 1914, the CDGA was established to promote amateur golf in the Midwest.
The CDGA is directed by a district-wide board of directors and an advisory committee comprised of past presidents of the Association. Directors, known as “Blue Coats,” donate their services and time, amounting to more than 15,000 man-hours a year. The Association is serviced by a staff of 19 and is based at the Midwest Golf House Complex in Lemont, Ill. A Central Illinois office is located in Peoria, Ill.
CDGA services and benefits are extended principally to Association member clubs and individual golfers at these facilities. These golfers are served through the CDGA in its interpretation of the Rules of Golf, processing of applications for reinstatement to amateur status, handicapping, the tournament program, course measuring and rating as well as the CDGA's various educational services.
The CDGA also handles thousands of inquiries annually through personal visits, phone, email and correspondence regarding rulings, handicaps, tournament procedures, places to play-and-stay, greenskeeping practices and various information requests from people across the country. In addition to these services, the CDGA is one of the few golf associations in the country to provide turfgrass services to its member clubs.
CDGA Services include:
- USGA HANDICAP INDEX® - The CDGA provides a USGA Handicap Index® to all members. Handicap revisions take place on the 1st and 15th of every month and are sent to members via email as well as accessible from My CDGA Caddie.
- COURSE RATING & MEASURING PROGRAM - The CDGA is authorized by the USGA to conduct Course Ratings. The CDGA Course Rating Committee updates Course and Slope Ratings and yardages at member clubs on a rotational basis. Permanent records are kept with the Association and the USGA.
- WEBSITE - The CDGA’s official website features My CDGA Caddie, a personalized section which allows players to access their handicap information and, if their club allows, to post scores from any computer with internet access. Tournament and Member Days registration as well as the Green Book course directory are also available on the CDGA website.
- MEMBER COMMUNICATIONS - Through email communication, Chicago District Golfer magazine, and the Chicago District Golfer television show on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the CDGA will keep you informed on all things golf related throughout the year. Click here for a CDG episode archive available on the CDGA’s YouTube Channel. For an archive of CDG magazine issues, click here.
- TURFGRASS RESEARCH PROGRAM & SUPERINTENDENT SUPPORT - The Turfgrass Program provides three areas of turfgrass support to the Chicago District including diagnostics, research and education. On-site, rapid diagnostic support is the cornerstone of the program. The Turfgrass Program presents three educational events annually: the MAGCS/CDGA March Education seminar, the Medinah Club Leadership Conference, for private club Green Committee members and superintendents, and the Turfgrass Field Day on the Sunshine Course in Lemont.
- EDUCATION PROGRAM - Each year, the CDGA conducts several basic rules seminars at locations throughout the Chicago suburbs. Basic seminars at Midwest Golf House are typically scheduled in March and are free of charge to members. For seminar dates, click here.
- TOURNAMENT PROGRAM - This season, the CDGA will sponsor and conduct more than 50 championships for amateur golfers - high and low handicappers, juniors, seniors, men and women. These include, but are not limited to, the CDGA Amateur, Illinois State Amateur, Illinois State Mid-Amateur, Illinois State Senior Amateur, Better Ball of Pairs series, as well as regional qualifying rounds for USGA championships. For a tournament schedule, click here.
- SUNSHINE THROUGH GOLF FOUNDATION - The Foundation brings the benefits and resources of the game of golf into the lives of beginners, juniors, individuals with physical and mental challenges and veterans throughout the areas served by the CDGA. Through the generosity of many clubs, groups and individuals children as well as adults are being offered the opportunity to learn more about the game with programs like the Sunshine Through Golf camp program. Many CDGA member clubs host these camps with the assistance of the Foundation staff. To visit the Foundation’s website, click here.
- THREE-HOLE SUNSHINE COURSE - The Three-Hole Sunshine Course at Midwest Golf House is designed to service the CDGA, Sunshine Through Golf Foundation and all allied golf associations. The Sunshine Course is located in the Midwest Golf House Complex on eight acres of land across the street from Cog Hill Golf & Country Club. The Sunshine Course, built in May 2002, services the CDGA through the Sunshine Through Golf Foundation, turfgrass research, and as an arboretum. The course features three par-3 holes, a chipping and putting green and the I*Mag*Jen Clubhouse. For more information about the Sunshine Course, click here.