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 49 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 (exception Diamante GHIN membership).
From the President
Hello ladies and welcome to the WGA 18-Hole League.
We will be celebrating our league’s 50th year of play although in the beginning it was a 9-hole group because so few ladies played 18 holes. WOW we’ve come a long way since that day in 1972 and it is my hope that we continue to move forward and grow our league as more & more amazing ladies continue to move into our little Village.
I am again humbled & honored to serve as your WGA 18-Hole 2022 President. With the help and support of our committees & members I know our league will continue to move full steam ahead with our rich traditions of providing “fun” golf for our members.
Our league play days are on Thursdays and the season runs from April through Oct. We have approximately 170 members with handicaps ranging from 3 through 32. We play a wide variety of games—some individual, some as a team in addition to several fun and exciting tournaments.
Our greatest asset is YOU and without your passion for our league & golf we would not be where we are 50 years later!
We welcome you all to our league and have a fun season planned. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me by email or phone call. If you have any questions or concerns.
Looking forward to seeing you all on our beautiful HSV courses. I know you will be glad you joined our league. We are committed to encouraging good sportsmanship and camaraderie and lasting friendships besides getting to play the game we all love GOLF!
See you on the Greens,
Sharron A. Montgomery