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Give Back and Grow the Game

Help the CDGA expand access to the game and ensure that it evolves for future generations

CDGA members and CDGA Foundation donors play a pivotal role in sharing the game, ensuring future access for all and inspiring new generations of players.
About Us

About Us

CDGA Foundation

Founded in 1944 for returning veterans from World War II, the CDGA Foundation secures and administers philanthropic support to advance the mission and programs of the CDGA. We recognize the life-changing benefits of golf and the importance of giving back to our community. Every donation to the CDGA Foundation contributes to furthering access and inclusion within our District, so that we can grow the game for all.

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CDGA Sunshine Programs

Presented via a new partnership with USAGA, clinics and school programs allow individuals with physical disabilities to enjoy the game through modified rules and equipment. Golf outings hosted in collaboration with the Hines VA Blind Rehabilitation Center help empower veterans with visual impairments to live as independently as possible.

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Over the past 25 years, the Sunshine Through Golf Camp Program has brought joy into the lives of thousands of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Since 1944, the CDGA has used golf clinics as restorative tools to support the health and healing of our nation's veterans, while also bringing playing opportunities to active-duty military and their families.

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Through our affiliation with the national Youth on Course initiative, CDGA Youth Members can access rounds of $5 or less. The CDGA Foundation subsidizes a network of 60 participating courses that provide the special rate. Our military scholarship program offers financial assistance to disabled veterans or dependents of deceased or disabled veterans.

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Bob Berry Sunshine Course

Bob Berry Sunshine Course

The CDGA Foundation owns and operates Midwest Golf House and the Bob Berry Sunshine Course, a 15-acre campus located in Lemont that provides the following value and benefits to the game in our region:

  • A home and educational center for golf in the Midwest providing office, meeting and research spaces for the Chicago District Golf Association, Illinois Junior Golf Association and Midwest Association of Golf Course Superintendents.
  • The Bob Berry Sunshine Course is an outdoor classroom and 3-hole golf course for Sunshine Programs and community organizations. It also serves as an Audubon and research center for turfgrass and environmental sustainability to the benefit of the Illinois golf and green industries.

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Environmental Impact

CDGA Turfgrass Program

The CDGA is the only Allied Golf Association in the country to provide its own Turfgrass Program to member clubs, which helps to ensure pristine playing conditions for all golfers via environmentally friendly best practices.

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Environmental Impact

Chicago District Golf Association
11855 Archer Avenue
Lemont, IL 60439