Central Wisconsin Golf Association, Inc. (CWGA) was founded April 3, 1975, and Articles of Incorporation were duly filed with the State of Wisconsin by John D. Britzke of Neenah, WI. The principal office of the Corporation at that time was Cedar Springs Golf Club, Manawa, Wisconsin, Earl L. Paape, registered agent.
The stated purpose of CWGA was and remains the promotion of the best interests of the Association, golf, member golf courses and golfing in general throughout the state of Wisconsin.
The founders recognized the need for a vehicle to promote their various golf courses to a large number of players, and in general promote the game of golf and good sportsmanship. This was accomplished by issuing playing passes for a limited number of rounds of golf to the members (season pass holders) of each course, free of charge to the golfer, and by holding a series of tournaments to be played on a rotating basis at each member course.
Many of the original courses were built and financed under the community development program of the FHA, and while no in depth search of the records has been made to confirm membership in the original charter, some of those courses were Weymont Run Country Club at Weyauwega, Grand View Golf Club, Inc., Hortonville, Iola Country Club, Iola, Riverview Country Club, Antigo, Maple Hills Golf Club, Wittenberg, Pine Hills Golf Club, Gresham, and Indianhead Golf Club, Mosinee.
At the time of the incorporation golf was not as widely accepted as it is today, and the Member Courses were looking for a reasonable cost means of attracting players and familiarizing a larger number of people with their various courses. The CWGA pass also provided the Member Courses a tool to aid in recruiting new members to their courses, due to being able to provide access to the other member courses. Today, the Member Courses are equally interested in attracting golfers on the most economical basis possible with the goal of filling as many tee times as possible, and the CWGA Pass still attracts new members.