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Rounds 4 Research auction kicks off April 24 with opportunities to golf at nearly 1,000 courses

GCSAA Foundation program has raised more than $2.5 million since 2012

Lawrence, Kan. (April 4, 2023) – Rounds 4 Research presents its 2023 online auction April 24-April 30. Nearly 1,000 rounds of golf (each round includes two or four players) have been donated at courses in 43 states plus Bermuda and Costa Rica. Rounds are added daily, so check back often. To preview rounds and to bid when the auction opens, visit

Rounds 4 Research is a venture of the GCSAA Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). It is presented in partnership with The Toro Co. Funds generated from the auction support research-related initiatives of GCSAA and its affiliated chapters. Since launching in 2012, Rounds 4 Research has raised more than $2.5 million for turfgrass research, education and advocacy programs. In 2022, the auction raised a record amount of more than $490,000. Funds raised by the event also help support GCSAA’s national research program. 


“Rounds 4 Research gives golfers the chance to help fund efforts that help ensure the game’s future and do it while playing the game they love,” said Rhett Evans, chief executive officer of GCSAA. “Last year’s auction set our all-time record, and through the generosity of the facilities and  management companies that donate and the golfers who bid, we hope to exceed that this year.” 

Some of the high profile facilities that have donated rounds for the auction include Old Memorial Golf Club in Tampa, Fla., TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nev., Ohoopee Match Club in Cobbtown, Ga., Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla., Frederica Golf Club in Saint Simons Island, Ga., Sutton Bay in Agar, S.D., and Nanea Golf Club in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Several management companies also have joined the effort to support research, including Invited, Dormie Network, Founders Group International, GreatLIFE KC, Indigo Golf, KemperSports, Marriott Golf, the PGA Tour TPC network of courses and Troon Golf. 


The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to more than 19,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and improve communities through enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at or find us on Facebook or Twitter. Visit our industry-leading magazine at

The GCSAA Foundation is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to secure funding and support to strengthen advocacy, education, and research that advances the work of golf course management professionals. Visit the Foundation at

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