In 1972, a few women decided to form their own golf organization in the Village. Fifteen members attended the first meeting and because so few women played 18-holes, the first play day was only nine holes. As the membership grew play changed to 18-holes.
A Rules Committee was formed and a decisions was made to observe winter rules based on the conditions of the new course, DeSoto.
The season was established as being March through October and dues were only $10. Tee times were at seven-minute intervals and the motto was BE ON TIME!
A dinner dance for members of the Women and Men's Golf Association took place in December 1973, and continued until the groups outgrew the facilities. It was replaced with a two-day couples golf tournament.
In 1974, a Women's Tri-Club Golf Association was formed between Hot Springs Village, Hot Springs Country Club and Belvedere Golf Club. Teams from each organization competed for a trophy. In 1977, the organization was enlarged to include teams from Diamondhead and the name was changed to SPA. The trophy was dropped and teams vied for prizes instead.
As the Village grew so did the Golf Associations, including the formation of additions leagues. The WGA 18-Hole league takes pride that our league was one of the village pioneers, that we have a 51 year history, and around 150 women enjoy competitive golf.
We pledge to maintain the integrity and values of the original founders of the organization and to provide an atmosphere of fun golf for all members this year as we have done for the past 50 years!
As stated in the By-laws, "The object of the Association is to promote the pleasure of golfing recreation among its members..."
The governing body consists of four officers, namely President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and the Chairpersons of the committees appointed by the President.
Membership is limited to property owners or renters who are not property owners but are leasing in Hot Springs Village and have paid the transfer fee to the POA. A USGA maximum handicap index of 30.5 is required to join. GHIN handicap calculation fees MUST be paid to the POA for ASGA membership.
From the President
I’m Shaun Anderson, your HSV WGA 18 President, welcoming you to our 2024 season. It’s an honor to serve you as we begin this new season doing what we love—playing golf and building friendships!
Our organization was formed over 50 years ago to offer a platform for a small group of women who wanted to learn more about the game and improve their skills. Having grown to a membership of approximately 150 ladies with handicaps ranging from 3 to 30.5, we strive to encourage and expand everyone’s understanding of the game. With a sincere belief in the advocacy of every member, we want to provide our members with an opportunity to have fun in a socially involved and informative environment. Our play days, which are held on Thursdays from April through October, offer a variety of both team and individual games played on eight great golf courses. These fun competitions allow us to improve our golf skills while adhering to and learning more about the USGA Rules of Golf. In addition to regular play days, we host tournaments throughout the season, including our Invitational, Crush Cancer, Snow Woman, and Member/Member tournaments. Through these events, we hope to promote the values of golf – honesty, integrity, respect, honor, sportsmanship, and friendship.
The WGA 18 provides a great way to have fun and make new friends while playing competitive golf. If you are hesitant about joining our league, don’t be! As a new member, you will be paired with a “Big Sister” who will offer support, guidance, and answers to any questions you might have. If you think your game isn’t good enough, don’t worry! Since we play using GHIN handicaps, the playing field is leveled for golfers of all skill levels. If you love golf, come join us! Our application can be found on this website under the menu option ‘2024 Application’. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
Knowing that I will leave each round at least one friend richer, I look forward to an exciting year of fun, fellowship, and enjoyable competition. Again, I welcome both our returning members and our new members to our 2024 golf season!
Let’s go for the greens!