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March 16, 2022

American Society of Golf Course Architects announces hole-design contest for kids

American Society of Golf Architects contest

Anything goes: from whimsical to serious

It’s time to let your golf imagination run a little bit wild. Children ages 17 and under can win some cool stuff from the American Society of Golf Course Architects simply by designing a golf hole.

Continuing a program first introduced during the COVID shutdown of 2020, the American Society of Golf Course Architects is bringing back a popular opportunity for young people to showcase creativity in golf course architecture.

“The Great Junior Golf Design Challenge of 2022,” encourages children to design their own golf hole and gives families and educators an opportunity to involve children in the art of golf course design.

The challenge remains straight-forward. Children ages 17 and younger may submit design ideas for golf holes of any par, style or strategy, and from whimsical to serious.

A submission may be created in pencil, markers, crayon or digital as long as it fits within the provided border from ASGCA. Scans or photos of designs may be sent via email to  or uploaded via Twitter to @ASGCA to be shared on social media and

Submissions are due by April 8.

Go to  for complete information about the contest go to the contest website or call or call (262) 786-5960.

A “top design” will be selected from all the submissions and the winning designer will receive $250 from ASGCA Foundation. A matching donation will also be made to the designer’s local First Tee chapter.

All submissions will also be entered into a drawing, and two names will be selected to receive merchandise from U.S. Kids Golf.

“Great Junior Design Challenge’ has been a success since it was first introduced, with designs coming from more than 40 states and nearly 10 countries,” ASGCA President Jason Straka said. “It’s great to also see the continued engagement from our friends at U.S. Kids Golf.

“There is no lack to the fun – and challenging – designs young people come up with,” Straka continued. “We look froward to seeing this year’s ideas.”

The Great Junior Design Challenge was the brainchild of Jay Smith of McAlpin, Florida, working with Nathan Crace, ASGCA, and Lester George, ASGCA.

American Society of Golf Course Architects contest deadline is April 8

ASGCA plans to share comments on the designs from ASGCA members and others who follow ASGCA on social media.

The ASGCA was founded in 1947 by Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones and 12 other leading architects. It is a non-profit organization comprised of experienced golf course designers located throughout North America.

For more information about ASGCA, including a current list of members, visit the AsGCA website.

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Featured image courtesy of the American Society of Golf Course Architects  

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