History & Founding Clubs

The Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association, Inc., the second oldest golf association for women in the United States, was founded in October 1899 one year after the Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia.  Organized and headquartered in New York City until 1994, it is now housed at Golf Central in Westchester County.

From an initial roster of 23 Founding Clubs, the association has grown to represent 204 Member Clubs located within a 60-mile radius of Columbus Circle plus all of Long Island and nearly 2,400 individual members who are members of or enjoy playing privileges at those clubs.  The membership territory is divided into three districts: Long Island, which includes all of Long Island, New Jersey, which covers a large portion of northern and central New Jersey and includes Staten Island and parts of Rockland County, NY, and Westchester, which takes in parts of Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, CT.

A 17-member Board of Directors, lead by five officers, oversees the operations of the association, which are conducted largely on a volunteer basis.  The office is staffed by an Executive Director, Manager of Tournament Operations and a USGA P.J. Boatwright, Jr. Intern.

The Association conducts about 30 competitions each year, providing Women's Met members with one of the largest and most varied playing schedules in the country. The schedule includes individual, partner, family, and team events as well as a series of spring Interclub Team Matches.  The WMGA is the USGA-sanctioned Course Rating authority for women players throughout the metropolitan region, serving public and private courses to provide the underpinning for the USGA Handicap System. 

 

Developing a Junior Girls’ program is another priority of the association which conducts two open championships for all girls within our boundaries, regardless of club affiliation.

The WMGA remains dedicated to its objective of fostering good sportsmanship, good fellowship and friendly rivalry and to recognize and develop skilled amateur junior and women golfers through individual competition and team play.

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Maureen Orcutt, 1922, Junior Girls’ Champion

A tournament for juniors, in her name, has been contested since 1960 at her home course, White Beeches G&CC.

Founding Clubs

The Ardsley Country Club  -  Baltusrol Golf Club
Brooklawn Country Club - Country Club of Lakewood 
Dyker Meadow Golf Club  -  Englewood Golf Club
Essex County Country Club  -  Fairfield Country Golf Club 
Golf Club of Lakewood - Harbour Hill Golf Club 
Hillside Golf Club  -  Montclair Golf Club
Morris County Golf Club  -  Nassau Country Club
New Brunswick Golf Club - North Jersey Country Club
Powelton Club  -  Richmond County Golf Club
The Rockaway Hunting Club  -  Seabright Golf Club
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club - Wee Burn Golf Club 
Yountakah Golf Club
 

Of the 23 founding clubs, 13 remain members while the others have ceased to exist.