The GSWGA is a non-profit organization that was founded on November 10, 1953 in order to provide statewide competition for New Jersey’s best women amateurs. The tremendous amount of interest in women’s golf in the metropolitan area spurred the creation of the GSWGA by eleven Founding Members representing ten Founding Clubs. (All of these Clubs are in existence today and are highlighted below.) Over the years, we have enjoyed a steady expansion to our present relationship with forty-seven New Jersey clubs. In 2024, those affiliations include:

Alpine Glen Ridge Rockaway River
Arcola Hackensack Roxticus
Baltusrol Hamilton Farm Rumson
Beacon Hill Jumping Brook Shackamaxon
Bedens Brook Laurel Creek Somerset Hills
Bella Vista Manasquan River Spring Brook
Brooklake Maplewood Spring Lake
Canoe Brook Mendham Springdale
Cedar Hill Metedeconk Stanton Ridge
Cherry Valley Montclair Trenton
Cobblestone Creek Mountain Ridge Trump Bedminster
Copper Hill Navesink Upper Montclair
Crestmont North Jersey White Beeches
Deal Oak Hill
Essex Fells Pine Barrens
Fairmount Plainfield
Fiddlers Elbow Raritan Valley *Essex County*Hollywood
*No longer a member club
Forsgate Ridgewood


True to tradition, the GSWGA remains committed to preserving New Jersey women’s competitive amateur golf history. Currently, the handicap eligibility requirement includes maintaining an index of 14 (or under) for a minimum of one year (1) year before seeking membership. The GSWGA conducts approximately ten (10) annual tournaments that enable our members to gain competitive experience at the local level. Two (2) notable and well known tournaments are the “Elizabeth Goss Round Robin” and the “36- Hole Stroke Play Championship”. Points earned in these major events are recognized by the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association and are factored into the prestigious WMGA’s Player of the Year Award, as well as the selection of team members for the Golf Illustrated, Griscom Cup, and the French American Challenge teams.

The GSWGA continues to recognize and seek ways to give back to the game and all that it stands for. We strongly encourage our members to be actively involved in state, regional and national organizations and to foster the ideals of this great game. The GSWGA promotes avenues of volunteer work, including but not limited to, rating courses for the WMGA/MGA, and acting as markers/scorers for professional and amateur events in the metropolitan area. The GSWGA annually supports the efforts of the NJSGA Caddie Scholarship Foundation and the WMGA Scholarship Foundation.

As stated in the 2003 – GSWGA 50th Anniversary commemorative agenda:

“The principles of the GSWGA remain true to the dreams of the founders — to provide keen competition for New Jersey’s best women amateurs, and to offer the players an important bridge between competitive golf on the local and national level.”

To view our 50th Anniversary Book, please click here .