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 has maintained a membership in the 200 range, and takes pride in being a pioneer for women's golf in the Village.
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 47 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 are paid to the POA for ASGA membership.
From the President
Hello Ladies and welcome to the WGA 18-Hole League. We are celebrating our 48th year in HSV and would love to have you join our great group of ladies. In addition, HSV is celebrating its 50th Anniversary (postponed until September due to Covid-19) this year so what a great time to live and play in the Village!
Our play days are on Thursdays and run April through October. Our tee times begin at 7:32 AM on league days with a mix of fun formats for both individual and team games.
We have about 170 women in our league with a wide range of handicaps. There is always a flight for everyone! Thursday games are always fun days and we also host several very popular tournaments throughout the year. We end our season in late October with our coveted Net and Gross Championship tournament.
Our league is committed to encouraging good sportsmanship, camaraderie, and lasting friendships while also supporting and enjoying the great game of GOLF!
Give me a call or email me with any questions. We look forward to meeting you and having you play with our WGA 18-Hole League on our beautiful courses.
Fairways and Greens,