Meadow Park assumes operation of Tacoma Golf Association

Chris Goodman (fourth from right), the manager at Meadow Park, with the representatives of the Tacoma Golf Association after the two organizations agreed on a partnership in late January.

After 93 years of independent operation the Tacoma Golf Association (TGA) has passed its activities and functions on to Meadow Park Golf Course. The changing of the guard was finalized in late January after more than a year of discussions. 

Founded in 1931, the TGA has a rich history of promoting and supporting amateur golf, including the development of competitive golfers of all ages and fostering a love for the game in Tacoma and surrounding communities.  

Meadow Park, which opened in 1915, is dedicated to preserving that history, in part through a commitment to host and enhance the longstanding Tacoma City Golf Championships. This series of four legacy events includes the Tacoma City Amateur Championship, Tacoma City Senior Amateur Championship, Tacoma City Junior Championship and Tacoma City Best-Ball Championship.  

Chris Goodman, who manages Meadow Park, said the long-term goal for the series is reviving its reputation as premier-level events that attract players from across Washington. 

“We want to capture the spirit and honor TGA’s work of the past 93 years but also look ahead and make sure that we’re established for the next 100,” Goodman said about the acquisition. 

Securing that vision means a reimagining of its future and renewed dedication to engaging with younger and more diverse golfers to ensure its continued success. Under Meadow Park’s stewardship the TGA will partner with other regional golf associations, local golf courses and local schools to introduce new golfers into these events and cultivate the next generation of golfers. 

Meadow Park’s “youth first” programming, exemplified by initiatives like the PGA Jr. League programs with over 600 school-age children currently enrolled, serves as a solid foundation. Their collaboration with First Tee of South Puget Sound extends outreach even further, nearly doubling youth participant count to 1,200. 

The TGA is committed to preserving its rich history, and this new joint venture not only reaffirms that commitment but provides the ideal environment for embracing new ideas and taking first steps towards a bright future. 

Upcoming Tournaments in 2024 

  • TGA Senior Amateur – July 13-14 
  • Tacoma City Amateur – July 26-28 
  • Tacoma Junior City Amateur – July 29-30 
  • Tacoma Best-Ball – Sept. 14 

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