Where Should Charity and Goodwill Begin? Salaries Paid Golf Course Association Executives are Stunning!

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Golf course owners are requested continually to “donate” their courses so that State Golf Associations and Sections of the PGA of America can conduct amateur and professional events for the “good of the game.”

Presented below are the salaries made by the Executive Directors of the various allied associations supporting the golf industry:

Association

990 Year Published

Amount

ASGCA

2021

$231,000

Colorado Golf Association

2022

207,133

CMAA

2021

698,667

GCSAA

2021

579,889

LPGA – Commissioner 1

2021

451,154

LPGA – Commissioner 2

2021

307,692

National Club Association

2021

251,418

NGCOA

2021

285,000

NGF

2021

458,094

NRPA

2021

353,042

PGA – Colorado Section

2022

149,349

PGA

2021

2,769,141

PGA Tour

2021

8,423,305

USGA

2021

1,703,383

World Golf Foundation

2021

203,729

Note that the salaries listed are the reportable compensation from the organization and do not include compensation from related entities or other compensation.   For example, when considering the supplemental compensation, the head of the PGA Tour received compensation of $13,906,082 in 2021.

Considering that the golf course owners assume tremendous operational responsibilities, accept the responsibility of debt, are engaged in a full-time position with numerous overtime hours spent, and are subject to the vagaries of the weather as to the profits they might make, I ponder if the risk-free salaries paid the Executive Directors of various Associations are fair.  The only risk these well-paid executives assume is that of continued employment.

Without golf courses, the need for these Associations becomes mute.

 

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2 comments

  1.    Reply

    Thanks JJ, as it happens all too often those at the so called top usually get paid beyond the real level of importance. More so their level of actual contribution. Much of which is covered up by those who put them there.
    I could go on and explain further, but you’ve got things to do!

  2.    Reply

    Jim:
    I’m not sure that any of these salaries are truly earned and that the people paying them are getting value but ultimately the answer is with those who pay the salaries through their dues, etc. Are they happy or even aware of the situation. As to the PGA Tour who cares.