To promote golf and its life-enhancing values, with an emphasis on teaching youth, veterans and the disadvantaged.
Impacting Lives Through the Game of Golf
The Tennessee Golf Foundation is the 501c(3) charitable affiliate of the Tennessee PGA Section and Tennessee Golf Association. Founded in 1990, the vision of the TGF is to impact Tennessee youth and the state’s disadvantaged through the game of golf. TGF is funded solely through private individuals and corporate donations, memorials, special events and contributions from Golf House Tennessee organizations.
Tennessee Golf Foundation Is Working For You!
Whether you are a beginner, a junior, an amateur, a professional, a veteran or even a FedExCup champion, we have a place for you here in Tennessee.
Since 1990, the Tennessee Golf Foundation has worked every day – from Bristol to Memphis – to provide affordable and accessible opportunities for everyone to learn, play and grow in the game. Whether you are a beginner, a junior, an amateur, a professional, a veteran or even a FedExCup champion, we have a place for you here in Tennessee.
Our TGF Ambassadors
Scott Stallings Talks About How Golf Is Helping Tennessee Kids
The PGA Tour winner and Knoxville native has teamed up with TGF as the founder and organizer of our Kids Play Free and Junior Cup programs. Each year, Scott shares the game of golf with kids who might otherwise not have the chance to experience all the game has to offer.
Brandt Snedeker Teaches Youth About Competitive Golf with The Sneds Tour
The Nashville native, FedEx Cup winner, and PGA Tour pro has contributed greatly to TGF’s mission linking youth to golf with his dedication to the Sned’s Tour, Tennessee’s premier junior golf tour for over 20 years. The tour continues to grow in popularity with young golfers across the state.
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Why We Do What We Do
The game of golf can teach many life lessons to young and old alike. We love sharing golf by teaching the fundamentals and rules of the game, but at the end of the day, we want the kids to just get out there and have some fun.
“Success in this game depends less on strength of body than strength of mind and character.”
How do I sign my child up for classes?
Can I make a specific donation?
Yes. We have many ways to give. You’ll want to make a Restricted Gift. Please visit the Supporting Our Mission page for more info.
How can our company sponsor and event?
We have both regional and statewide events all throughout the year. Fill out the contact form and let us know if there is a specific event or we’ll help coordinate the best fit for your organization.
We just moved from another state. How can our family get involved in golf locally?
How do I get a handicap?
You’ll want to visit the Tennessee Golf Association website. Our sister organization provides resources and promotes amateur golf in Tennessee.
TGF News & Events
Mayor Cooper presenting the Tennessee Golf Foundation with funds totalling $2 million to go toward the renovations of Metro Nashville golf courses at Shelby Park and VinnyLinks.
Shelby Park Golf Course is the oldest of the seven golf courses in the Metro Nashville system as it is set to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2024. VinnyLinks is the home to The First Tee of middle Tennessee and welcomed over 500 students for programming last year, while having a total of 14,475 rounds played on its nine-hole, par-three layout.
The Tennessee Golf Foundation staged their annual TGF Pro-Am Tournament this week at Council Fire Golf Club, one of several events state-wide that help fund the organization’s growing impact on the sport.
But the roots of the foundation can be traced to the vision and generosity of Chattanooga philanthropist and The Honors Course founder, Jack Lupton.
The Tennessee Golf Foundation is pleased to announce that Andy Mears has been hired as the new Regional Director for West Tennessee. He will begin work in this role on August 1, 2023. Mears joins the Tennessee Golf Foundation staff after seven years with the First Tee, first in Greater Chicago and then in Sarasota, Florida.
Tennessee Golf Foundation (TGF) President, Whit Turnbow, and partner, Payne Denman are the 2023 TGA Four Ball champions. This win was Turnbow’s second TGA win in this event, his first win in 2005 with partner Nick Shelton, and Denman’s second win of the season as well as second Four-Ball Win. Turnbow and Denman defeated Jet […]
Our Impact Numbers
The TGF utilizes its resources in each region of Tennessee—including regional directors and staff—to positively impact the game and its participants, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity.
For more than 30 years, the TGF has worked hard to build and maintain trust by providing meaningful and life-altering programming in every region of our great state. TGF initiatives provided opportunities that reached more than 40,000 people in 2022 and continue to grow and expand.